Care to chime in on my sinus issues?
June 22, 2012 9:31 AM Subscribe
I would like to hear your experiences with sinus issues and your recommendations for mine.
Last October I got a cold that resulted in a sinus infection. After a couple of months of using a neti pot and all the usual home remedies for sinus issues (lots of fluids, hot compresses, etc.), I got another cold resulting in absolute sinus misery, went to QuickCare and got a prescription for cephalexin. It seemed to really knock it back for a while, but after a month or so it came back. More attempts to treat with steroid inhaler, neti pot with Alkalol, etc. Three months ago I went and got a prescription for Augmentin which, again, seemed to knock it back for about a month, but then it came back.
I can breathe pretty well but I always feel it surging around up there, in my upper sinuses, and I'm exhausted all the time, although I have plenty of other issues that could be causing that (very low iron, for one). Also, the severity varies a lot from day to day. Some days I feel almost normal, others I feel quite unwell.
My doctor, whom I don't particularly trust, wants me to have a CT scan. Since I never had any structural issues before this, I don't see why I would suddenly have one now. Unless maybe we're talking about a tumor, which seems a very remote possibility and not worth the expense and radiation exposure at this point. I tend to think that since both rounds of antibiotics did have an effect, this is in fact bacterial and we just haven't hit it with the right thing yet. On the other hand, those antibiotics completely nuked my gut both times and I still don't feel altogether right, so I'm not keen to take any unnecessary rounds of them.
On the topic of sinus issues, Google is an overwhelming firehose of information. My questions are:
1) Is there a site that has reviews & recommendations specifically for ENTs? I know there's one for endocrinologists specializing in thyroid issues, so thought I'd ask if there is for this. I'm going to have to travel to see one and don't want to waste my time & money. I'd rather spend a bunch to see a top doctor the first time.
2) Given the above description, do you have any useful information to offer? Don't worry, I know it's the internet. Still, people often have useful things to offer and if you do, I'd like to hear them.