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I hope the antibiotic helps but it is only successful in around 70% of people. I'm not one of those
Even if it doesn't 'cure' the sinus infection long-term, you should definitely get some short-term relief.
I live with chronic sinusitis and haven't not had a headache for two years and for the past 2 months or so, I've been unable to taste or smell anything (even if my baby has pooed - sorry TMI and that's despite just finishing yet another course of antibiotic
Yup, shitty sinuses are horrid, so have my sympathies also! Def take the AB's, and of course take them properly and finish the course.
Re short term relief - Olbas does nothing for me, I don't think it gets through! A hot water bottle brings comfort. The other thing that helps a bit is facial massage - well, calling it that makes it sound more than it actually is, but I do get some relief from sort of pressing 'dots' along the path of where it hurts.
rightsaid - I had never heard much about sinusitis until it happened. The initial pain in my head was so severe I couldn't lie down or sit up. My head felt like it was exploding and without meaning to sound melodramatic, I thought I was experiencing a brain aneurism
Believe it or not, in the two years I've been suffering and attending GP appointments it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that a doctor actually looked in my nose. Turns out, the cause of my initial attack was a nose polyp. He's given my some steroid drops to try to shrink it alongside the antibiotic.
It's a horrendous condition if, like me, there doesn't seem to be a likely end to the infection.
Quite honestly, it's ruining my life. I can't enjoy the smell of my new baby and eating is just a necessity, as I have no enjoyment of food anymore. I won't even go into details about the amount/ colour or smell of what's coming out of my nose or the post nasal drip that makes me gag. It's ruined my confidence as I feel everyone must be able to 'smell' my revolting nose
I don't know what the answer is but I'm bloody determined that i'll find it and I genuinely hope yours clears up, it's depressing.
I have only had mild versions of this, it sounds awful. I am a lifelong sufferer of snot though. I have often been recommended to avoid dairy as it is associated with cattarh and mucus production. Personally I am not good at sticking to dairy free but it might be worth a try for you? Apologies if this advice is less than useless when you are suffering so much!
Thank you rightsaid, I think that's why I've just unloaded on your thread there really isn't much support (aside from fellow sufferers) and GP's certainly don't appreciate how all encompassing it is. I have had to fight all the way for support in exploring potential 'cures'.
If I can give you one piece of advice, advice I'd have given myself 2 years ago if I could have, don't be fobbed off. If you find that you are unlucky, like me, and the antibiotic doesn't clear it up, keep pushing for further treatment options. (That's if you ever manage to get an appointment). It's taken me too long to make a fuss.
Hope your groceries turn up soon and you can get started on the road to recovery
Thank you fruit I have cut dairy out and only very occasionally eat cheese as a treat that was before I lost my sense of taste and smell Please don't apologise for being kind enough to make a helpful suggestion.
I do neti potting! I don't find it helps when I am 'bad', but if I neti regularly, I find I have fewer bad periods. I don't use the spouty thing - I use this squeezy bottle
It's honestly fine - I've said it before on here, but you have to pretend to be a crow, and just say Kaaaaaahhhh, Kaaaaaahhhh, Kaaaaaahhh sort of under your breath as you squeeze in the saline.
Another thing that I think helps when I am all horridly blocked, is chewing gum. I think the contant jaw movement is a kind of massage, and also the mint taste counteracts a bit the horrid taste in my mouth and helps with my fears that sinus infections give you bad breath.
guys you should try to make a mixture of hot milk honey real butter big spoon of each and some garlic heat it up together and drink as hot as you can my friend told me the recipe it test terrible but after one week it work
I find if the tension gets too much of a build up, I lie across the bed, head hanging off the edge face down. Do this for as long as I can bear and then blow nose when sitting back up. All the orange sinus gunk comes out-locum Dr told me to do this after years of antibiotics. Worked a treat!
Have you tried alternating between paracetamol and ibuprofen? Take either then 2 hrs later take the other and so on. I was advised to do this when I had severe sinus pain so I literally do feel your pain
My GP eventually sent me for an MRI scan which showed narrowed nasal passages. I had a small operation which has worked wonders. Virtually pain free for several years now. Do you think you could get a referral to a specialist to see if there's anything that can be done? I t really is a horrible thing to put up with.
use the neti pot with luke warm salted water. It isn't the most pleasant pastime but you just have to make it part of your daily routine morning and night. If it is bad, first put your head under a towel and over a bowl of steaming water to loosen things. Once it clears up a bit, you can go without the steam and just use the neti jug once a day. I don't get this all year round but when I do this is how I tackle it.