to want to drill a hole in my head and scoop my sinuses out with a tea spoon?

(59 Posts)
giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Sun 09-Dec-12 15:20:41

well am I? angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry that is how my head and face feels just now, pills are Shit I need some sort of sinus removal device.

MrsTerrysChocolateOrange Sun 09-Dec-12 15:24:19

Me too. No suggestions. Off to hose out sinuses with a fire hose.

fuzzpig Sun 09-Dec-12 15:27:06

Have you tried sinus flushing with salt water and a syringe?

HansieMom Sun 09-Dec-12 15:28:30

Neti pot. Instant relief! Any drugstore, get one with packets included.

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Sun 09-Dec-12 15:29:26

My mum swears by steam inhalations with menthol crystals dissolved in hot water. I think you can buy them at a chemist.

ScarlettsPlantHasTinselHoHoHo Sun 09-Dec-12 15:29:42

Me too, I'm using it as an excuse to lie on the sofa and watch shit on tv all day with the puppy wink

weblette Sun 09-Dec-12 15:30:10

Send the drill here when you've finished please. Feels like some bastard is smacking my sinuses with a hammer atm...

WelshMaenad Sun 09-Dec-12 15:32:19

I use sterimar seawater nasal spray, it is the stuff of the gods.

AlistairSim Sun 09-Dec-12 15:34:14

If you use on of the washes, does loads of gunk come out?

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Sun 09-Dec-12 15:35:40

Do you want a hand with that? <helpful>

fuzzpig Sun 09-Dec-12 15:40:56

I found a fair bit came out when I did steam inhalation (had no access to menthol crystals but just squirted a karvol capsule into the water!)

Sparklingbrook Sun 09-Dec-12 15:43:17

You know they actually do that for horses don't you. They drill a flap in their face, get all the gunk out and close the flap again. shock

MrsTerrysChocolateOrange Sun 09-Dec-12 15:45:25

DH wants you to know he feels the same. He is going to trepan himself very soon.

Bunnygotwhacked Sun 09-Dec-12 15:48:35

I'm off to put a neti pot on my christmas list if that puts an end to my almost 20 a day sneezing habit I will find you hansiemum and kiss you

AlistairSim Sun 09-Dec-12 15:48:56

Oooh, netto, maybe we could hold the bowl?

And a sieve.
I feel a sieve could be useful.

Fakebook Sun 09-Dec-12 15:59:23

And that is exactly what they do when they operate to sort out sinuses. My lecturer at university used to tell us how they had drilled holes in the top of her nose to release air or something.

giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Sun 09-Dec-12 16:03:09

My gran had it done - a hole widened so it all drained out - sounds like bliss right now.

Had steam in shower. Lots of meds. I want it to SHIFT! I can feel it sort of bubbling a bit.

Problem with head over a bowl is that having my head forward hurts more. And I can't really tip a bowl of boiling water up to my face as it will spill and I will have scalded boobs!

How do they know when a horse needs that done?!

Meglet Sun 09-Dec-12 16:06:01

yanbu. I rant about wanting a bottle of Jack Daniels and a scalpel to take my wisdom teeth out on a regular basis.

farandawaysheran Sun 09-Dec-12 16:06:35

Not much help immediately but my sister used to cry with pain and then tried acupuncture.

Don't want to jinx but she's been pain free a few years now.

My sympathy.

Mibby Sun 09-Dec-12 16:12:21

Sending lots of sympathy <off to google neti pot before attempting own facial drilling>

TheJoyfulChristmasJumper Sun 09-Dec-12 16:15:13


I've spent the last few weeks feeling like someone has stuffed my sinuses with as much cotton wool as they can hold, and then shoved in another load. Every time I have a shower I fill the sink with hot water and chuck some olbas oil or karvol drops in so it mixes with the steam. It only helps for half an hour or so though. sad

giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Sun 09-Dec-12 16:19:08

I attempted a home made netti pot there with an old drinking beaker. No rivers of slime as in the youtube videos - gutted!

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Sun 09-Dec-12 16:24:24

Order bargainous pashminas, I am told they help with all ailments sinus troubles.

giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Sun 09-Dec-12 16:26:30

do you think it would help if I crushed an antibiotic and snorted it like cocaine? <desperate>

I am going to eat another ice lolly - at least that numbs my sore throat!

valiumredhead Sun 09-Dec-12 16:31:11

Steam inhalation every hour with Albas Oil.

I had it for a couple of months and the only thing that got rid of it was giving up cow's milk - I hardly drank any, less than half a pint a day but obviously it was too much.

Within a few days I felt normal again.

WayneDeer Sun 09-Dec-12 16:32:09

I had three sets of antibiotics for sinus death and lung infection about a mth ago
The sinus thing was the worst pain ever

Poor you (does sinus draining spell)

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Sun 09-Dec-12 16:32:51

I once snorted lemsip for the same problem, almost choked and then puked in the sink.
Antibiotics might be different though?

valiumredhead Sun 09-Dec-12 16:34:18

A to flannel on your forehead and a cold one on the back of your neck really gets your nose running weirdly!

valiumredhead Sun 09-Dec-12 16:34:34


Startail Sun 09-Dec-12 16:38:22

DD is really suffering with this too, she gone out to stand about in the cold, not sure that's going to make her feel any better? but I stopped her doing something yesterday and she's just fed up of mopping round the house feeling yuck.

Maybe the cold will make her nose actually run and cleat it a bit.

Hugs to all, 'tis something medical science jolly well ought to have a fix fir.

Startail Sun 09-Dec-12 16:38:33


DuchessofMalfi Sun 09-Dec-12 16:39:04

Depends how you feel about Reflexology, but I've been told that massaging the pads of your fingers and (maybe getting someone else to massage) the pads of your toes, can help to clear blocked sinuses. I often get bad sinus pain with colds, but just about manage to keep it under control with ibuprofen/paracetamol.

ndep Sun 09-Dec-12 17:34:37

I have taken on a nom-de-plume for this - but go & lie down on your bed, find your favourite erotic book & give yourself an orgasm. It does wonders for clearing blocked sinuses.

(And, if it doesn't work for you, at least it ain't painful or expensive wink )

Bluebelleswood Sun 09-Dec-12 21:43:18

Buy yourself "sinus rinse" from boots it's about £16.00.
If you are feeling flush ( no pun intended!) you could purchase sinupulse. Amazon stocks it.
Both work really well for me. The sinupulse gives more immediate relief.
I suffered with sinus problems for years before my new ENT consultant recommended using a saline wash.
I do hope it works for you too.

Bluebelleswood Sun 09-Dec-12 21:45:45

Neilmed manufacture sinus rinse. It's with the cold cures in boots. Make sure you buy the rinse kit and not just the saline mix packets.

TisILeclerc Sun 09-Dec-12 21:52:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SkinnyMarinkADink Sun 09-Dec-12 22:35:30

Also a sufferer..

Read online that hanging head upside down really helps, so i sat on the edge of the bed and hung my head towards my feet and it really did work to get things moving!

other thing that does it is in the shower if i get a bit of water up my nose!

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Sun 09-Dec-12 22:43:11

Love you.
I was going to call you, but I fear you'd yell at me down the phone.
'Fuuuck off, off, fuck, and I hate you'

JazzyTheSnowman Sun 09-Dec-12 22:45:13

I haven't bought a neti-pot, because I refuse point-blank to purchase something that can be improvised until I discover whether it actually works or not - somehow I don't think anyone would take a faulty one back after it had been in my nose!

I basically got one of those pots you use to refill an iron with and I used that (covering the big hole in the top of course!).

IT WORKED A TREAT. A Neti-Pot is on my list! Seriously guys - it takes a while, but I do it weekly now and I've barely sufferent with anything. It's a very odd sensation but once you get used to it you're raring.

CuriousMama Sun 09-Dec-12 22:49:41

Neti pot they do help as has been said.

I used to suffer terribly, mainly on my left side. I had a septoplasty operation in July and haven't suffered much since. I am a bit blocked up at the moment but not much, dss have had a cold so think I've had a milder version? I can't find my neti pot though sad

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Sun 09-Dec-12 22:50:09

In had a terribly blocked up ear from the in-->out iyswim. Someone on here said try a nasal saline spray. so I bought the cheapest child's one I could find in boots.

(My sinus pain always murders my ears.)

It worked. Cleared my sinuses a treat! Even did ds' with them too and it cleared his. grin Worked where antibiotics failed!

Hassled Sun 09-Dec-12 22:54:53

Sinus pain is the pain of the devil - you have all my sympathies.

As much steam as you can bear (alternate in from the nose/out from the mouth and then in from the mouth/out through the nose, towel over your head and the bowl to make a sort of steamy chamber) and yes, then lie on the bed with a newspaper or mag on the floor and dangle your head off the end. Gravity does help.

CuriousMama Sun 09-Dec-12 22:55:47

Please use distilled or previously boiled water with a neti pot though.

apostrophethesnowman Sun 09-Dec-12 22:57:04

I take it you've tried antibiotics before thinking or resorting to the spoon solution? shock

On a serious note, it's really horrible when you get a sinus infection. Even one course of antibiotics doesn't always work. Last winter I had a couple of courses before it started to feel better. You may also need a different antibiotic. an aside, my brother had sinus trouble for years, then he had a dental x-ray for something unrelated and they discovered that the sinus space was totally taken up with a (benign) tumour. He had to go into hospital to have it removed, and rarely suffered after that.

BerthaKitt Sun 09-Dec-12 23:09:09
manicinsomniac Sun 09-Dec-12 23:18:20

no helpful suggestions but I feel your pain.

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 09-Dec-12 23:43:18

I've had my sinuses drilled - twice! First time when I was about 12.
Guess what - they grot up again. Mine are now. I am QUEEN of ENT problems!!

Ignore whichever sadist said put your head upside down. it feels like someone is attacking my eyes with knives when I do that.

Agree that the salt water flush/neti can help manage. I'd avoid the menthol ones though, as they're an irritant if used long term. The other thing I find useful is sort of massage/pushing - so along eyebrows (inside to out), bridge of nose (down/round/out) and along 'cheekbones'.

Warmth can help pain, so a hottie on pillow at night.
And if you're in CRAZY amounts of pain for weeks on end, may need ABs.

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 09-Dec-12 23:46:02

And agree with the Neilmed rinse that Bluebelleswood reccos. I've tried a load. Honestly, I'd sweep up on mAstermind if 'all things muccal' was my specialist subject.

It is easy to use, you sort of squeeze and sniff whilst making KAAHHH sounds like a crow.

giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Mon 10-Dec-12 00:53:38

Massage thing does help. It is eyebrows and one cheek bone that are the worse areas.

Have ABs, spray, betahistine, some other sickness drig, cocod and ibuprofen.

The neti flush really is a lifesaver.
try the squirt bottle rather than the neti pot. Very easy to use.
Its great for "maintenance" for those with allergic rhinitis as well as flushing out a nasty bout of infection before antibiotics or corticoids become necessary.

Abitwobblynow Mon 10-Dec-12 06:15:09

Poor Giraffe! If you start feeling really poorly, please see GP/antibiotics.

I had sinusitis once - pulling my teeth out to relieve the pressure seemed like a very logical solution at the time.

but as that helped me kick smoking once and for all it was worth it

KAAAAAH! Ha ha ha !

Hope these suggestions work Giraffe, poor you.

RiaUnderTheMistletoe Mon 10-Dec-12 09:57:03

YABU for that mental image <boak> but I hope you feel better soon.

KellyEllyChristmasBelly Mon 10-Dec-12 11:51:35

Put some salt in warm water and snort it up each nostril (don't swallow it!). then put two big blobs of vicks under each nostril and keep reapplying. Also olbas oil on a tissue at all times smile

CaptainVonTrapp Mon 10-Dec-12 13:05:50

'Beconase' nasal spray. It doesn't work immediately (sorry) but provides a longer term solution which is great esp if you have a chronic or recurrent problem. Lots of ibuprofen while you wait for it to work.

ElenorRigby Mon 10-Dec-12 13:22:36

Snort some Vitamin C powder grin

crazygirluk Mon 10-Dec-12 13:31:30

I have weird sinus problems and tried a neti pot but it never worked for me. My drug of choice is Sudafed Blocked Nose Spray. It helps almost straight away for me, a lovely clear nose and the ability to breathe in minutes. Don't use it too often though as it can make it worse if you overuse it <speaks from experience>.

Mine have been playing up since autumn. I gave in and took sinutab today as my whole head was thumping so badly and now my nose is dripping like a bloody toddlers.


noddyholder Mon 10-Dec-12 14:17:11

Tea tree oil on soles of feet neat and steam and then bed

fuzzpig Mon 10-Dec-12 14:41:35

Tea tree oil on my FEET?!? WTAF?

<ticklish feet alert>

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