I just had sinus surgery (probably FESS) a couple of months ago, and it seems to have failed. What next?
I had sinus surgery back in March
which seemed to go well at the time. A little over a week after the surgery I got a sinus bleed
leading to all sorts of other fun stuff, like more missed work and GERD. In the midst of the post-surgical fun times, I did have a couple of weeks without the irritating little cough that's been my constant companion for almost a year. In spite of everything that happened after the surgery, it was a joy just to be able to sit quietly without coughing every five to ten seconds.
Well, that's come to a crashing halt. The sinus pressure, the drainage, and the cough are all back. It seems like the drainage is only on the side where the sinus bleed happened. I saw the ENT who did the surgery, who switched up my nasal sprays and antihistimines some more (to no avail) and said that the sidedness of this problem didn't indicate anything.
I've been referred to an allergist and will be going in mid-June. The problem is that I need to be better fast
. I've got a conference next week that I can't miss, a business trip the week after that I also can't miss, and on the week after that I fly to London
for my first vacation in 6 years.
I desperately want to be better as soon as possible. I'm still doing NeilMed sinus rinses, generally once per day, taking generic Allegra and am now using both a steroid nasal spray and a nasal antihistimine. I just called a different ENT's office to see if I'm a candidate for balloon sinuplasty - an option that wasn't offered to me before my sinus surgery, I guess because the ENT I had doesn't do that procedure. I've got an appointment for the balloon sinuplasty consultation later this week but don't know how I'd fit recovery time into my schedule in the next couple of weeks. I'm drinking water, taking garlic, trying to avoid allergens - an impossible task - and praying for mercy. I'm still taking generic Prilosec and a probiotic for GERD, too.
What else should I be doing? I'm willing to consider just about anything.