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Does anyone know of any good alternative treatments for chronic sinusitis, I feel utterly horrible and sick of it. I had an ENT referral a few weeks back and the Dr basically said the only options he could offer were to grin and bear it, and hope for a reasonable quality of life, or have surgery. He gave me no advice or information, and at the time I was so shocked by his attitude that I didn't think to ask more questions, I just said I didn't want surgery.
I don't want to keep taking antibiotics and nasal steriods, are there any alternatives?
I had never heard of a netipot, but just had a quick google and it looks a similar concept to the saline spray/wash I get from Boots, I've only been using that for a week so I'll persevere and see how I get on.
Hi, I suffer with chronic sinusitis but it seems to come and go. I first got it a couple of years ago: chronic nocturnal cough and completely lost my sense of smell as well as awful post-nasal drip. After lots of antibiotics and steroids, got to ENT appointment and they said there was nothing they could do except surgery and strongly advised against it. I was then diagnosed with asthma and medication alleviated the cough but no other symptoms. I now have flixonase nasules which I use every day and which alleviate the symptoms but don't cure the PND which is the worst part. All I can say is that symptoms do seem to ease off after a while although it is all a bit up and down. I did read about a new treatment which involved inserting a balloon into the sinus and inflating it to enlarge the cavity: less intrusive than the usual surgery with better results. Might be worth investigating if nothing else is working.
Ha springboks I had exactly the same. The ENT doctor basically left it up to me whether or not I had surgery. I just don't get this attitude - he is the one with years of medical training not me! How am I supposed to know?
Anyway, like you I declined surgery if there was any chance I didn't actually need it.
Things that work for me : flixonase. Actually that's about it. And bizarrely I am pretty convinced that it's been more manageable since having reflexology - normally I don't give any credence to alternative medicine, but I was desperate. Acupuncture had no effect whatsoever but I reckon the reflexology either helped, or it was coincidental. Who knows.
My ENT chap thought it might be related to hormones as most of his referrals were middle aged women. He said he usually only saw people once, they rarely got a second referral. He didn't know if that was because their symptoms had eased though. Balloon sinus treatment link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8103949.stm
DS2 has it and has had it for years. He had allergy tests and his is caused by the dust mite.Have you had allergy tests.
He is always spitting green out. What happens is ,his nose is allergic,it produces more mucus,he then goes to sleep with his mouth open cos he is bunged up and then the mucus goes thicker and greener. His doc put him on nasonex nasal spray and cetirizine. it has really helped.
the fact that you say you have a cough ....do you eckon that is because you are swallowing the gunge in the night. You dont suffer with heartburn by any chance do you?
I love my neti pot and recommend nasal irrigation all the time! No, its not exactly killer party conversation but good habits w/ the sinuses can go a long way toward good health. I am a huge believer in natural cures, and in not jumping to meds or surgery too quickly. However I must say that if things get to the chronic stage dont mess around. See your doctor and then if you get a ct scan make sure you know all your options (it used to be that sinus surgery was the only option. but now there are less invasive choices like balloon sinuplasty). Thats my two cents. Take care everybody and keep those nasal passages clean!