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Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by BelleDuJour, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I've suffered from sinus problems almost all my life, but the past year to 18months it's got worse and worse.
    I keep on getting repeated infections and my gunged up sinuses stop me sleeping then when I blow my nose it's all green goo and blood (sorry!). Also there's the nasty headaches that go with. Also my sense of smell is not as good as it should be. Altogether pretty bloody horrid!
    Last summer i had a persistent infection that simply would not go. I had 3 consecutive courses of antibiotics before it finally went.
    Just had another one and had a course of anitbiotics at home so took those to rid myself of it.
    I've now got a doctor's appointment and am going to investigate laser treatment of my sinuses or having them ballooned. I've got BUPA so I can get an appointment quickly and treatment at a time that suits me.
    What I want to know is has anyone on here had sinus surgery and does it work? Is it painful or uncomfortable and how long is the recovery? I'm really fed up with the constant discomfort, headaches, snot and blood!
  2. I had sinus surgury last summer on the NHS. I was referred due to chronic sinusitis to an ENT specialist and after 3 months on using a spray that did not clear up the problem, as welll as a CT scan, they decided to operate and the operation was 3mths later. It was a day case, I had to be very careful for a week after with head movements etc. Now...I have never been better, have not even had so much as a runny nose in the last six months. Having the surgury was the best thing I ever did.
    Like you I was constantly blocked up, getting high temperatures and headaches which lead to tiredness. I was repeatedly being given antibiotics which would help clear it but 2 weeks later it would be back. I was losing days on time off unable to get up with exhaustion from the high temp and banging headaches.
    Do it!
  3. bnm


    I have. I had a general anaesthetic and was supposed to go home that day but I kept on bleeding so they packed 20 tonnes of stuff up my nose and kept me in overnight.
    Everything tasted disgusting for about a month and then I got over it.
    Since then I've had more sinus infections (sorry) but fewer chest infections as I think my sinuses are working more effectively.
    Didn't solve the underlying problem, though, which is intense, continual pain when at altitude.
  4. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Thanks Sparklyand bnm. As far asa chest infections are concerned bnm, I've always had these but last year not a single one. I put that down to a change of job and being in one I 110% love with zero stress. I feel so much healthier not having any stress. But the sinus problem has dogged me all my life and I'm so fed up swallowing antibiotics time after time.
    Sparkly, what surgery did you have? Your post inspires me and on balance I feel I've nothing to lose and everything to gain.
  5. I had Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (Fess) and I also had my septum straightened as it had deviated to one side and was making my breathing difficult. I had blood coming from my nose for about 36hrs but they bandaged it. I couldnt have very hot drinks for 48hrs. I had to douche my nose with saline twice a day for a fortnight after the accident and since then I have used a nasal spray morning and night.
    Best thing i ever did- honest. When I think back to how it used to be, always sniffling, dripping throat, bringing up stuff every morning, loads of headaches and then I look at my health now its amazing the difference! Changed my life!
    Get your GP to refer you to an ENT specialist for a CT scan and go from there....can't hurt!
  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Thank you I will.
    Siinus problems seem relatively minor, which I guess is why we put up with them. My GP told me to use a spray (OTC stuff) which I did and it helped a bit, but I still get infections and problems and can't see stuffing a spray up night and day is the answer.
    Problem is we DO put up with it and it makes my life pretty bloody miserable a lot of the time. There has to be a more permanent solution and I'm going to go for it.
  7. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    Belle, I have had recurrent sinus problems since I was a teenager.
    I have had various types of surgery, which were not actually involving the sinuses, but trying to open up the nasal passages to allow better drainage from the sinuses.
    It was quite a long time ago, and there was little more on offer in the way of investigation than examination under anaesthetic, and then the surgery. I had trimming of turbinates, and then 2 years later, outfracture of turbinates (at the same time as a tonsillectomy, which was horrendous).
    A few years laters, they were then able to carry out rhinoscopy and they discovered that I had an overgrowth of cartilage of the septum. How they didn't notice that in the previous surgery I don't know. I then had rhinoplasty to fix that.
    In addition to this I also had chronic rhinitis.
    Sinusitis is often now classified as rhinosinusitis. It is very common in people with asthma, which I know you suffer from Belle.
    I think you probably need to have a proper ENT consultation, to establish exactly what the cause of the sinus infections is. It is often not a problem directly involving the sinuses.
    The rhinitis needs to be treated as well, as the antibiotics to clear the infection. If the sinuses cannot drain properly, they will become infected as soon as the antibiotics stop.
    I have sometimes been on a six-week course of antibiotics, to try to clear the infection.
    At the moment I am absolutely miserable and seem to have a constant sinus headache, and am constantly having chills/sweats which are common in sinusitis. They always give me doxycycline, which has started to make me really sick.
    I am supposed to use a steroid nasal spray,but it gives me a really sore throat.
    I would not consider surgery again. Having had 2 caesarean sections, I can tell you that I would have another one of those more quickly than nasal surgery. It is not the most successful surgery, and most ENT consultants will tell you that.
    I sympathise Belle, it is absolutely miserable.
  8. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I've had recurrent sinus infections that don't seem to go, even with antibiotics, once they've taken hold. I'm also quite allergic to artificial perfumes, air fresheners and so on, and very sensitive to dust. I've finally worked out (dunno why it tookme so long) that if I encounter any of these things, which I try to avoid, then I can head off the almost inevitable sinus infection (which results from my poor sinuses going 'Bleurghhh! Smells', and swelling up and stopping working) by taking a big fat dose of anti-hystamine. I now take anti-hystamines all the time, instead of just in summer when I get a bit of hay fever, and the new regime seems to be holding back the sinus infections. I know when to take extra anti-hystamine as I can feel my sinuses 'going' as soon as I encounter one of the things they don't like.
    I've had the steroid sprays and so on and all they did was give me a sore throat, without any benefit. I find the drowsy anti-hystamines the best but take Loratidine in preference, and I sometimes take more than one a day, if I've been in a bad place. I've resisted surgery as there seem to be so many horror stories.
    When my car was getting mended after an idiot bashed into it the stupid garage filled the interior (which hadn't been damaged) with the most loathesome air freshener, which made me really ill. I wish they were banned. They're just pollution overlayed with a hideous smell.
  9. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    I think you should see an ENT consultant, and take it from there. He maybe able to offer some other medical alternatives - they say a course of oral steroids and a low-dose, long-term antibiotic often helps.
    I am sitting here today, with a hot water bottle to my head, feeling extremely sick. I am trying to stay away from codeine-based pain relief atm, which is another story, but I feel miserable. Sometimes I don't know whether the pain is in my face, my head, my teeth or my neck. If I could lift my head off for a few hours, it would help, lol!
  10. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I know the feeling. And while it's offI could style my hair really well too!
  11. It is horrible Belle. I suffered in the same way in my 30s.
    I don't think there is a part of my body now that hasn't been under the knife, but I had an operation back then and haven't suffered since. (I have to say the sinus pain/migraine boundaries were always blurred because I used to get hellishly regular three-day migraines too! Recent medication - for another complaint- seems to have stopped the migraines. So..head is pain free mostly and it is a wonderful feeling.
    (I think it's difficult to enjoy life with almost constant head pain. It's very intrusive.)
    I had a ...and sorry if I have misspelled it...turbinectomy. (I thought 'turban' when the consultant told me what he was going to do...so that stayed in my memory!) Parts of my nostrils and the back of my nose were cut away. When I awoke my nostrils were packed with gauze - because of incessant bleeding otherwise! Let's just say having the blood-soaked but dry gauze (miles and miles of it is rammed up there!) was the worst part of the procedure. Ouch...makes my eyes water just thinking about it. A colleague at school at the time sneakily mentioned he didn't envy me the gauze-removal. I didn't know what he meant...but I did afterwards!
    They probably do things differently now, but that op helped me enormously. I haven't had another sinus infection. I hope you get some treatment which works for you, because although 'sinus trouble' sounds like a minor thing, the reality is a real pain!
  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Because it sounds minor we put up with it for far too long.
  13. I suffer with my sinuses as well. I constantly get fizzing sensations in my nose and popping sensations in my ears and flying at height in an aeroplane affects my ears for days afterwards. It's on my list of medical things to sort out this year-it's in the queue behind cripplingly painful digestive problems.
  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Yes. Me too. Peculiar isn't it? I've found it hard to describe it too but fizzing is exactly what it is!

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