If a sinus infection kills me before the cancer, I'm going to be really pissed off.
December 13, 2012 9:26 AM Subscribe
Does anyone have experience with infection/disease in the sphenoid sinus? Everything I read online suggests that I have to get this treated IMMEDIATELY or I'll become brain-damaged or dead, and I'm already convinced the former is setting in...
posted by Felicity Rilke to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am (or was) on an experimental cancer treatment. I began to have episodes of hypertension (I'm a 32-year-old female who is healthy with the exception of the cancer). I also began to experience headaches and the feeling of pressure and fullness beginning at the back of my neck and moving around to my forehead. My hearing would change and my vision would black out a bit. These episodes usually were fleeting, no more than a minute or two, but would sometimes happen several times a day. Sometimes mild, sometimes so severe that I worried about passing out. These episodes happened most often when I was changing position, particularly when I would go from seated to standing. I've been having symptoms for five or six weeks.
I was sent for a head MRI to rule out hemorrhage or brain metastases. The MRI came back clear and normal (I thought). But my team missed the line about "significant sinumucosal disease in the sphenoid sinus" because they were looking for mets or bleeds as the cause of my headaches/blood pressure issues, not a sinus infection. Turns out all my symptoms can be explained by the sphenoid sinus problems.
Have you treated a sphenoid sinus infection with nasal washes and/or decongestants? Have you had surgery? The potential neurological complications freak me out, particularly because I've recently been having trouble with spelling (I'm a writer and an editor, so this change is quite noticeable). I'd chalked it up to stress but now I'm convinced that my sinuses are rotting my brain.
Everything online is a doomsday piece written by a medical professional who advocates for surgery yesterday, or comes from a website that sells home remedies. Should I be freaking out and demanding a referral to an ENT doctor right now? Or should I just chill because the fungus or bacteria in my skull isn't actually making me stupider.
I'm starting a new clinical trial in two weeks and I really don't want a GD sinus infection to delay my treatment.