My sinuses are broken.
August 13, 2010 6:50 AM Subscribe
Sinus congestion is making me very unhappy. What works for you?
posted by littleflowers to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a "cold" for about a week. I've had ear congestion since June to some degree. I'm thinking it's more than the "cold" that the doctor claimed it to be on Monday.
My sinuses feel awful. My ear is crackling and congested. I've been relying on the neti pot with a slightly heavier saline to try to dry it out, and a half dose of sudafed twice a day (sudafed makes me insanely jittery and paranoid). I gave myself a couple doses of nasal spray yesterday because I couldn't take the not being able to breath. I am taking Zyrtec because the doc mentioned (as he was running out of the room) that it was ragweed season. This morning I also decided to see how Mucinex would impact.
I've been washing out mostly prolific amounts of clear stuff with the neti pot, but today... man. I thought Jimmy Hoffa was going to be there. The color and texture have changed to yellow and thicker and more abundant. (Maybe a result of the nasal spray use?)
When I stand, it seems to help...the nasal passages release a little bit. When I use the neti pot, it helps for a while. Sometimes it's so blocked nothing goes through though.
I had a major crying fit last night (another thread for another time) and it seems to be much worse today, if that's possible.
I'm frankly miserable. I can't afford to keep going to the doctor.
Any thoughts as to what might help?