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January 10th, 2009

04:20 pm - snoring!!!
ok so i need help with some curing of a snoring problem. i dont know if this is the right community to post on but my boyfriend snores HORRIBLY at night and i cant freaking sleep. it drives me absolutely crazy and we both wake up in the morning feeling as though we only had 3 hours of sleep. does anyon eknow of anything we can do... weve tried the breathe right strips but they dont stay on?? i dont know why.. but yea...


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December 17th, 2008

11:54 pm - post endoscopic surgery
Hey all, I'm new :)

Well, I drew the genetic short straw on respiratory systems. After several years of chronic sinusitis, complete with debilitating sinus infections 8-10 times a year, I had my tonsils removed, turbinate surgery, and a deviated septum corrected in May of 2007. All was well for about six months, and then the infections started coming back with a vengeance. After getting one so severe that it spread downward and developed into pneumonia this past May, I returned to my ENT and begged him for a solution. My sinuses looked absolutely horrible on my CT scan, and as a result, I had endoscopic sinus surgery (ethmoidectomy, sphenoidotomy, maxillary antrostomy, and more turbinate surgery, for those who are curious) on October 20. Recovery, while not pleasant per se, was not half as bad as I'd expected. How effective it was in treating my symptoms remains to be seen.

However - and this is kinda TMI, I apologize - I am still having quite a bit of postnasal drip, especially in solid clumps that are, as I'm sure you all know, indescribably nauseating. It has decreased since the surgery, but I'm still spitting up over the bathroom sink every morning like clockwork.

If anyone's had this procedure or similar before, did you experience these symptoms, and if so, how long did it take for your postnasal drip to resolve? Again, I am just shy of two months post-op...as you can imagine, it's getting old, lol.


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September 9th, 2008

09:33 pm
hi all, i'm Louisa, i'm 24 from the UK.
I've had a blocked nose as long as i can remember, and the headaches have been getting worse lately. i saw an ENT consultant who did an endoscopy and said i have rhinitis and polyps and i'm being sent for a CT scan in 2 weeks time.
Has anyone had nasal polyps removed before? is the operation bad? or is it a day case thing?

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July 1st, 2008

11:52 pm - Claritin-D
I have decided to try Claritin-D instead of just a plain antihistamine. Someone tell me this gets better. I really want to give it a chance to work and use up my two week supply, but I don't know if I can stand it. This stuff is supposed to make my sinus problems better, but like Flonaise, it seems to be making me sicker. Since I started it, my head is twice as stuffy, the post nasal drip is twice as thick, my mouth is bone dry for hours on end, I'm nauseated, I've had a sinus headache/painful sinuses every day, I cough non-stop, WTF!!! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I CAN GET SICK FOR FREE. Why, if this stuff is supposed to drain me and make me feel better, does it make me so damn sick?!?! Do I have to wait for it to start working, or are the side effects worse than the sickness, as was the case with Flonaise?

Just curious if anyone else had any experience with this.
Current Mood: crappycrappy

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June 26th, 2008

04:03 pm - Sinus related oddity!
Hey everyone! I have an issue which I was wondering if any of you seem to have experienced before. For starts, I have a deviated septum (corrected) as well as problems with polyps (removed but, reoccurring). I currently use Flonase for treatment along with the occasional sinus rinse and vitamin C when I feel extra yucky. Amongst a few other things, this has left me not needing to run to the medicine cabinet often. Now my issue:

Every so often - a couple months or so (mostly in the winter, but right now also) - I get sore sinuses with a faint swelling sensation. The most curious part of this is that I can often smell something burning. I cannot taste or smell normally, so this is odd. It's an almost sweet-smelling sort of burning. The smelling of things that are not there, as my research uncovered, is called Phantosmia. I really think that this is a sign of a sinus infection as it does not happen often or frequently. When it does happen, I feel sick, heavy sinuses, a slightly plugged up and tired. Has anyone else experienced this during an infection or at all? On the other hand, this may not be Phantosmia at all. As I've also read that bacteria from a sinus infection produce foul smelling substances.

The feedback is greatly appreciated :)
Current Mood: curiouscurious

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June 15th, 2008

02:50 pm - Introduction
Hi everyone!

My name is Kelly, and I've been having sinus issues for a little over a year. Coincidentally that is also shortly after I started my present job. I work in a building that was once an old hospital, and was converted into office space. My office features a drop ceiling with tiles that mold in the summer as the condensation from the air conditioning units above drip water onto the tiles. If I don't catch it in time the tiles mold, and I have to wait on maintenance to replace the tiles. I know you're all wondering why this problem isn't corrected and instead the tiles continue to be replaced, and I can answer that: it is a local government that I work for and this is how things work. Several people that I work directly with have also had sinuses since the town offices were moved to this building, and one woman never previously had sinus issues and has since had a surgery to her sinuses.

The long and short of it is that I think my issues are caused by this environment since this is the only thing that has changed.

And now for the TMI stuff about what my sinus issues are...Collapse )

Monday I was still sick and congested, and after heading in to work on Tuesday they sent me home because I still looked bad. I would say today that I am a bit better in the sense that I'm not coughing as frequently, and I feel like when I blow my nose I'm able to breathe clearly after I've blown it. However, I'm still blowing out yellow stuff and coughing up some yellow stuff. My primary care physician said that she thought everything was viral since the amoxicillin hadn't lessened the symptoms in any way. She told me to just wait it out.

But if something is viral, does that mean it isn't a sinus infection? I've always had this perception that if you're blowing out yellow stuff from your nose instead of clear that it means you have a sinus infection.

I have an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor tomorrow to try to figure out how I can start to develop and promote some sinus health for me. I just feel so frustrated and powerless because EVERY time I'm sick it automatically turns into me blowing yellow stuff out of my nose and having some sinus pain. Even today I have really bad head pain, and it hurts every time I cough or tip my head forward. I am so surprised that a virus could be taking this long to clear.

Thank you all for listening to my venting!
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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April 14th, 2008

12:59 am
Anti-allergy icons!

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August 30th, 2007

10:57 am - Sinus update.
Well, I never really updated after I posted about getting acupuncture. It helped a lot, but as soon as I stopped going the issues returned. :( Crappy.

I've been avoiding the surgery route for a few years now, but I've finally decided that's the only thing left I haven't tried. Soooo.. I just emailed three hospitals in Thailand to get package quotes! (I have insurance in the US, but they won't cover my sinus stuff because it was a preexisting condition...) I'm getting another CT scan soon here in Canada. (I'm Canadian, and a US permanent resident.) I'd just get the stuff done here but you can wait forever to get appointments here. Plus the doctors give you a huge runaround (I just saw my sinus guy again and he tried to put me back on nasal spray!! After three years of nothing working.. riiight.)

Anyway, so I'm taking matters into my own hands. :) Wish me luck!

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August 26th, 2007

02:16 am - christ almighty help!
I think I may have posted on this before but I really need some suggestions...
I am "allergic" to my apartment.
That is, I think that the vents are dusty, and so I am miserable most of the time when I am at home. I am subjected to sneezing fits, runny nose, and post-nasal drip. Not to mention constant sniffing, which really annoyed an old roommate of mine.

Anyway, this is a student-housing complex, so I don't know that cleaning the vents is feasible. (I haven't looked into it, though.) I my usual regimen is a neti pot followed by SinoFresh. I also use Claritin.

I was gone for two weeks visiting my parents and I all but forgot how miserable it is in this place. I won't leave because I love the location (and I'm locked into a year lease), so what are some things I could do to help ease my suffering?...

oops I did post a similar question before... I hope there are more suggestions, though.

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August 25th, 2007

05:56 pm
I have this stupid sinus thing going on. I don't know it's a cold or just sinus ish. How do you tell the differenCe?

I have been on vacation all week This "thing" started out Tuesday as a sore throat and that lasted a few days and then it went into sinus ish in my head and draining down to my throat. I cough every now and then. Last night, I blew my nose like every 5 minutes it seemed. My poor nose!!

Went to bed at 4 am today. We stayed up watching tv. Could NOT go to sleep cause I coudn't breathe no matter how I propped myself up. So Travis turned on the air thing that adds moisture to the air. And I took a Zantac because my cough drop gave me acid reflux and I took this stupid "nighttime" sinus pill that dried my sinuses right up, but It knocked me OUT! I slept for like 6 hours straight, which I guess was good, but I feel drugged still.

It's gonna SUCK going back to work tomorrow with NOT A/C.

I have:
  • cough drops
  • Zinc lozenges
  • Low Acid Orange Juice

  • Current Mood: sicksick

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