I don't want to be on the sinus infection roller coaster.
December 10, 2010 2:05 PM Subscribe
I don't want to end up on the sinus infection roller coaster. I'm curious about people's experiences with antibiotics.
posted by zeek321 to health & fitness (33 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been miserably fatigued for four months. Only in the last month have I started getting obviously, repeatedly sick. A lot of that has been sinus pressure, brain fog, and unquenchable thirst (doc ran a bunch of tests including glucose, calcium, and many more--all the thirst stuff and more stuff besides, and found nothing). The doc doesn't seem particularly interested in the fatigue or the thirst because all my tests are normal, but after a couple weeks of being obviously continuously sick, she felt that antibiotics were a reasonable next step. This is day three, and I feel... different, but I suspect I have a long way to go.
I read on some questionable website that antibiotics should continue for weeks to make sure the sinus infection doesn't come back with resistance to whatever antibiotic was used.
I'm wondering if I've been experiencing a sinus infection for months. I read on another questionable website that fatigue is a better indicator of a sinus infection than sinus pressure per se. I only started feeling sinus pressure in the last three weeks or so.
So, question--this course of antibiotics is only for ten days--you are not my doctor, but is that enough, chronic sinus infection veterans? I don't like being on antibiotics (I'm guzzling multiple brands of probiotics), but I have been utterly miserable for months, and my doc refuses to connect the dots. Are you a sinus infection veteran? Is there a way to minimize chances of relapse? I'm neti-potting, but it doesn't seem to be doing much. I've felt stunningly better, a million bucks, for 1-3 days at a time, but then fatigue comes back full force for weeks. I know what I'm missing and I really want to get it back permanently and not be dealing with this for many more months. What are some conversations I should have with my doctor?
*I also went to an ENT, stupidly when my symptoms were at lower ebb (but I had enough energy to get over there), and she said my sinuses were inflamed, maybe post-viral, but she didn't seem too concerned, either.