My sinuses are trying to kill me.
June 30, 2007 4:46 PM Subscribe
I've had sinus pain for about 11 days now, and I've tried about everything (details below). Suggestions?
posted by rikhei to health & fitness (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
About two weeks ago, on Tuesday the 19th, I was at our storage facility, looking through old books that haven't been checked out for a long while to see if we should get rid of them. I was there for about 6 or 7 hours total, and at the end of the day, I had a bad headache. This didn't surprise me, because I've had bad reactions to massive amounts of dust before.
After taking Claritin, using my prescription nasal spray (Nasonex), using my neti pot (with just water and salt), and even Excedrin migraine, my head was still hurting quite a bit by Thursday, so I saw the physician's assistant. She prescribed me Allegra-D, and that was about it.
The following Monday, I was still feeling crappy, and the Excedrin migraine wasn't helping anymore, so I went and saw my doctor. She declared I had a sinus infection (said it was looking crusty), and prescribed me an antibiotic (amoxicillin). She told me to take guafenesin instead of a decongestant because of my high blood pressure, and NyQuil, so I started taking the latter in the day and the NyQuil at bedtime.
I've been using the Nasonex intermittently, still, and for the last few days, I've been trying to use the neti pot at least twice a day. I've finished off the entire box of guafenesin, so I'm going to buy more of that. That seemed to help a bit.
For the most part, it's just around my nose and below my eyes that hurts and feels pressured. I also have been feeling some pain in the back of my head, in sort of a band - in terms of location, it's been basically right above the hairline.
Some additional gross details: I don't feel very congested, and haven't. The guafenesin produced a little more post nasal drip, but for the most part, it wasn't irritating to my throat. I haven't needed to blow my nose very much, and when I have, my mucus has never been anything other than clear or white.
So it's now Saturday, and my head/my sinuses been hurting for about 11 days now, and you know, I'm pretty tired of it, and feeling really frustrated because while some of the things are seeming to help, nothing seems to be actually getting at the problem.
I'd appreciate answers to either or both of the following questions:
(1) Any thoughts on what could be causing the pain? I'm kind of skeptical that it's actually an infection, due to the fact that the antibiotics don't seem to really be getting rid of it, and the color of the mucus. Could it be some sort of mold?
(2) What else can I or should I be doing?
I'm not averse to going to the doctor's office a THIRD time, but I'd feel better if I had a suggestion for another direction to go in.
My sinuses and I thank you!