Hi Everyone. This is my first post. I started having problems about 5 years ago. It was occasional problems such as mild sinus pain/pressure and headache with mild eye strain. Each year it has gotten worse. Over the course of the past 5 years I have seen multiple doctors across different specialites: Ears, Nose & Throat, Neurologist, Allergist, and my Intern. I have had MRI's and CT scans. This year has been the worst so far. I have already gotten 2 sinus infections. In February of this year I got a CT scan and the ENT doctor said I have a severe deviated septum with chronic sinusitis. I was treated for a sinus infection and that was it. I still felt bad so I went to a neurologist. He wrote it off as a vestibular problem. I did vestibular therapy for 2 months with almost no relief. In May when allergy season started, everything got worse. I have had nonstop sinus pressure/pain, headache, dizziness, major eye strain, my face is sore, my teeth are sore. At the beginning of July I went to an allergist. He said I was allergic to 3 types of trees, 4 grasses, dust, molds and very mild allergy to cats. He put me on Rhinocort. NO results. Then I went back to him after already dumping over $200 in co-pays and medication and he said I have a sinus infection. I just finished the antibiotics and I still feel the same as I did when I first went to him in July. He had me on amoxicillin plus Astelin. I have tried Nasacort, Zyrtec, Claritin, Alavert, etc.... no relief. I am a computer programmer and I can't function like this anymore. Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks.
How did you treat Candida? Is there any definitive test to tell if you have it? The diet is so restrictive it's hard to follow, especially not knowing if it'll work.
I have been suffering from increasingly worse sinus symptoms for almost 2 years now. Worst is the pressure that seems to build at the top of my nose, and this 'fuzzy' feeling that makes my whole head/face feel inflamed.
I took some antibiotics, seemed to make things better for about a week and a half, but now I seem to be sensitive to sugar and especially beer. Get a flush feeling in my head and can't concentrate at all!
26,m, i have been going through this for well over a year now. i have horrible pain /pressure in my cheeks ,forehead ,and eyes. ive been real dizzy at moments. ive seeen my primary doc 20 times 2 seperate ents a neurologist . ive had ct scan xrays every antibiotic known to man . at best felt ok for maybe 2 week span. but every time gets worst . my glands in my neck are buldging out . my vision gets hazy when pressure is bad i get these dizzy spells pretty much daily sometimes 1 sometimes 5 times a day. my nose seems pretty clear no drip cant blow anything. i am so sick and tired of being sick and tired. i just want some sort of relief. my ct scan says i have mild deviated septum and slight build up of mucus in maxofacial sinus,ENT says neither could be causeing my problems must see neurologist i went to see neuorologist he said i should go to Ent i give up any help???
I have many of the same symptoms as are mentioned here but am getting better (rocking sensation, apparent deviated septum per my ENT but no sinus trouble, blood shot retina and sore eyes, etc.) I am taking a two step approach to my problems: mercury amalgams and aspartame poisoning. Will post my story later as my treatment is still ongoing. Just wondering though, do all of you drink diet soda?
I have had what you have all described for years!! You all sound like me!! I have done the test, xrays, meds, everything. All for nothing. Until I met the Neti Pot! Google it! You can pick one up at any health food store or online. Its a tea pot looking thing that you fill with warm salt water. You flush you nose/ sinus with it. It is awesome! I have got my whole family hooked. What a relief!
The salt water flushes, reduces inflammation in the sinus, ears, nose, promotes drainage. Wonderful!
Has anyone here considered getting tested for sleep apnea? I have many of the same symptoms that many of you are describing and just found out I have sleep apnea and get terrible sleep. For the record I'm not overweight, my apnea just flairs up because my nose shuts during sleep thanks to my septum. I'm still awaiting my c-pap machine (this has all been diagnosed this past month, and it moves slow) but the one night I was tested and slept with the machine I awoke to no headaches, better posture, and sinus relief. I believe the machine actually helped dry out my sinus a bit too, and flushed it.
Bad sleep can cause a person tons of problem, and for people with sinus pressure, it only helps create more headaches.
God...reading all of your comments I feel so bad for everyone. Because I too have been dealing with sinus pressure, dizziness, ear aches for the past month. My ENT said he isn't sure if it's my Meniere's attacks (severe vertigo) returning (haven't had one in over 3 years since my treatments stopped). I have been tracking the humidity and it seems I am worse when the humidity reaches 80% or higher. I take Allegra and a nose spray daily. My ENT says there is nothing he can do unless I have another "attack". (actual spinning with vomiting / diarhea).
It is so frustrating because one minute I am fine (humidity low) and an hour later I am walking like a drunk and nauseous (humidity high). Not sure if any of you have had the bad vertigo attacks but with those I never went anywhere alone, didn't drive for months and felt like a prisoner. I am so afraid of that "fear" coming back. Not sure what else to do.
God...reading all of your comments I feel so bad for everyone. Because I too have been dealing with sinus pressure, dizziness, ear aches for the past month. My ENT said he isn't sure if it's my Meniere's attacks (severe vertigo) returning (haven't had one in over 3 years since my treatments stopped). I have been tracking the humidity and it seems I am worse when the humidity reaches 80% or higher. I take Allegra and a nose spray daily. My ENT says there is nothing he can do unless I have another "attack". (actual spinning with vomiting / diarhea).
It is so frustrating because one minute I am fine (humidity low) and an hour later I am walking like a drunk and nauseous (humidity high). Not sure if any of you have had the bad vertigo attacks but with those I never went anywhere alone, didn't drive for months and felt like a prisoner. I am so afraid of that "fear" coming back. Not sure what else to do.
i've read every single post! And i am suffering from sinus pressure, dizziness, which is very frustrating, for nearly 2 years now! I've also seen ENT's and had tests done, MRI, Sinus Scan, and also had operation last year for my deviated septum and turbinectormy.
Nothing has helped so far. However, i have just ordered a Netti Pot, to wash out my sinuses, as my fiance watched Oprah show and Dr. Oz got a woman who was suffering from sinus pain and bad headaches to wash her sinuses out daily for a week or so... Apparently the relief and the cure she had!
I will let you know, how i go with using my Netti Pot, as soon as it arrives in the mail! And i will let you all know if it is worthwile....
As we speak, i've got a throbbing forehead, and my eyes feel blurry, can't see porperly, and my ears feel blocked up...and my head feels like a zombies head, dizzy, full, congested....
I know we will get through this! We just must share and give each other help!
I'm 35 and have had allergies ever since we moved to Kentucky in 1977. Things I've learned along the way are that places like Lowes and Wal Mart are really bad to go into for allergy sufferers. I get burning eyes, a spacey feeling like I'm there, but not really there and then it's time to go! My allergies have been extremely bad for the last 5 years or so. I have taken countless rounds of antibiotics to the point of getting a male yeast infection from them (which by the way is not fun at all). Antibiotics help for awhile, but not in the long run. Prednisone really helps but is too dangerous to use for a long time as it lowers your immune system. I used to take allergy shots for a few years and after awhile it did help but I got to where I didn't take them faithfully and I quit after a time. The drawback to shots is that you get sick with allergies for a few days after taking a shot and then you feel better for a few days until it is time to start over again. However I will be taking them again soon. I learned in college from my chemistry teacher that air polluiton is a major factor in allergies. He taught us that the air polluiton from the Chicago area is carried to our area by the jet stream and then deposited on us. To drive this point home, I did a google search for Mammoth Cave Park, which is 30 miles from me and discovered it is in the top 5 most air polluted parks in the U.S. with the Smoky Mtns being number one. Just goes to show that you don't have to live in the city to deal with air pollution (I live in the country in south central KY). Down here you can look out across the fields and see a haze that makes everything appear a bluish color-this is ozone which is air pollution which kills your sinuses. Other things I've learned along the way is that if doctors healed us quickly we wouldn't need to keep coming back and therefore they wouldn't drive Ferraris and such. It's in the best interest of a doctor to only give you temporary relief as this addicts you and you keep coming back for more. Another thing is that doctors don't take the time to spend on our "difficult" cases to correctly diagnose us. An example of this would be when you go to the doctor notice how many people are there and see if he/she spends more than 15 minutes on you when you're seen. I learned that you need to do your own research on your illnesses so tha tyou can ask or rather insist that your doctor do certain tests to rule out other conditions that can contribute to allergies and sinus troubles. Here's a good example for you. In January I was treated for H. Pylori and after that developed acid reflux as well as a host of other ailments. I saw no less that 15 doctors since then and alot of times was told "It's all in your head, here's some Zoloft". I firmly belived it was not all in my head and researched the web. I suspected I had an autoimmune thyroid disease based on the fact that my mom, dad and two sisters have thyroid problems. I was tested for the typical tests-TSH, T3, Free T4 which always came back normal- I was tested no less than 12 times-all normal- but through research I found that with an autoimmune thryoid disease you will test normal early on, but you need to be tested for thyroid antibodies which show that your immune system is attacking your thyroid. I went to a 3rd endocrinologist in Louisville, he basically said it was all in my head(after hearing of me having an irregular heartbeat and anxiety attacks) and sent me to the lab to test for everything except-antibodies. I told the nurse I drove 84 miles for this and I want the anibodies tested. Lo and Behold.... I had antibodies on my blood working against my thyroid-less than 35 is normal, mine is 487. I'm switching to ann endo in Bowling Green as this Endo in Louisville wouldn't treat me after this. Did more research and found out that an autoimmune thyroid disease( Graves disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis) can cause chronic sinusitis..imagine that. I had bronchitis and took zythromax and prednisone for a week for it and also noticed that my irregular heartbeat went completely away as well as helped my allergies. I also months ago spent 2 days on the cardiac wing for my irregular heartbeat. Was told they were PVC's and that was about it...irregular heartbeats are a symptom of thyroid disease....Hmmmm...imagine that. Point is sometimes our sicknesses (such as allergies) have underlying causes and the doctors can't see the woods for the trees.
To anyone with info. On this past staurday night I was awokend by my front right tooth hurting, at first I thouhgt is was something wrong with my tooth. Now a fews days have gone by and I started doing some reasearch on sinus problems. Heres what I've conluded. I have not had any colds in the past months, weeks, or even years. I did though the day before my probelm strted went into a home deport to help my frined get some plumbing parts. I also helped him repair some plumbing parts in his wall. After doing some reasearch I went and bought some nasil solution that is suppose to help clean out sinus's. I think it is actually working but is there anything else that I could take?
I have had some type of problem around sinuses for 5 weeks. Pressure around eyes, forehead and top of head and dizziness. Always affects my eyes. Had CTscan of head, another of sinuses, all types of blood work; Was on high blood pressure med Benicar HCT and for 2 weeks doctor changed, cut med in half thinking the medicine was causing the problems. Still have it without any BP med at all. For 1 day, menthol cough drops helped pressure, so I assumed it was sinus. 2 Scans show sinuses clear. Using Meclazine 3X daily, 1/2 Xanax .25-- 3 times a day and Coricidin 2X day. Nothing helps. Strange, but the pressure lifts some of evenings and back when I get up A.M. Day before yesterday I put a large humidifier and a small humidifier in house, hoping that would help and they ran all night. Yesterday I felt really good and thought my problem was cured.---needing moisture to break up sinus problem. Today, all symptoms are back and humidifiers are still running. Going to a neurologist in 2 weeks. This all started when I was going to aquatic therapy for knee injury. Don't think the water had anything to do with it as I stopped the therapy 3 weeks ago.
Have been to ear/nose/throat doctor, eye specialist twice and even to dentist. Nothing found.
Ear doctor said it was not my ears, motion sickness or vertigo. He thought it was sinus.
Really aggravating, even though it is not life threatening and takes time to get into doctors; then tests, then nothing found.
I have sinus problems for awhile now does anyone ever have pain in there jaw with the pressure? My head on the right side feels like its going to explode. I have shooting pain constantly through my right jaw up through my cheek and eye. It makes me feel dizzie and light headed is this common?
hi im female, 18 yrs old and ive been feeling reallllly crappy lately! I went to wet n wild sometime in july and got really sick then got better. now i have this horrible sinus thing! ihave head pressure, achy teeth, general anxiety, and really bad dizziness and foggy thoughts its really freaking me out! I went to the doctor and got prescribed omnicef i really hope it works, i feel like i cant live :( any comforting words for me anyone?
I am so glad to read others who have similar symptoms. I have had this problem before, and it comes and goes, but while I have it it lasts like a month or longer at a time so it is very disrupting to my life. It feels like a sinus infection but CT shows sinuses are clear. I also have clogged achey ears and am very dizzy and nauseated. Meclizine has not worked for me. I have been to an ENT and my regular doctor and was told I simply have vertigo...which is a symptom not a diagnosis. I have also had balance testing and allergy testing and I am completely fine there as well. I was thinking it was some sort of weird migraine type thing but the Drs always said no. I never get any answers I get looked at like I'm wacko. It makes it very hard to work, or do anything practically but lie in bed as moving my head at all makes me very nauseated and dizzy. Any ideas of what I can try or what kind of Dr. I can see?
Have you found any relief?
After searching the web for 2 months now, I just found this forum. I have close to the same symptoms as you - sinus pressure/pain, mild dizziness, major eye strain/drynees/burning, my face (cheekbone area)is sore. Doctors (ENT;Internist; Opthomologist; Allergist), I feel, are just guessing - prescribe meds (Nasal Sprays, Nasacort, Rhinacort, Zyrtec, Claritin, Alavert, Singular, Allerex, etc that dry my mouth & make me feel like a zombie. The only relief I have found is when I cry?
Does anyone feel debilitated from there allergies at times? I get to where I feel as if my head doesn't work right and I can't think straight at all. Also, does anyone ever get a coating on there tongue in the back from sinus drainage maybe?
Maybe the sinus headache turns into migraines....I have some mild form of all the post above(which I usually get whent he weather canges) I also suffer from Migraine (Those are knocked out by taking excedrin at the first sign of an headache). But it seems like these have something in common. Check the link below, it may answer some of your questions.
I woke up one morning feeling like I had a really bad hangover and was so dizzy I could not walk straight without great effort. I felt like **** the first day. In the days that followed the dizziness remained but subsided to manageable levels - if you don't mind feeling that way. I felt sinus pressure above my eyes and a feeling like there was a fist sized something deep in the back of my head. Looking up caused the room to spin and slightly so if I turned quickly to one side. Vertigo seemed to be the diagnosis. This lasted for over a month but not long enough for me to make it to the vertigo clinic appointment. Since my symptoms disappeared I canceled the appointment. It is now 2 months later and I awoke with the dreaded dizziness, a sore neck, and that stuffed head feeling complete with frontal above the eye ache. I have blurred vision which I can correct by refocusing and concentrating harder. I have no pain when touching at sinus areas and have no mucus running out of my nose but yet I feel congested and have post nasal drip. I bought the nettipot. I have used it for three days now. I think it would work great if it was my nose that was congested. I went to the doctor right away and he has prescribed meclizine. I feel it has only made me feel tired and not changed the mild dizziness or congested feeling and above the eye ache. I feel my vertigo is definitely due to my sinus pressure. When I asked the doctor what about my headache(constant above the eye pain and fist inside) he said that it was probably due to the tension of keeping my head facing forward and would dissipate with the dizziness. That seems to make sense but the dizziness seems to have increased with the meclizine. I feel like the doctor is listening to me but not really as he thinks it is a case of vertigo not a sinus issue. Is it possible to have an internal blockage or infection that would cause the vertigo. Is it possible to have an infection of the interior sinus without having it it the nasal cavity? Every once in a while I will be able to suck out a blob of bright yellow mucus but have no mucus in my nose. I also have a quiet ringing in my ears. I have not had sinus problems my whole life but I am starting to feel crazy about feeling bad at all.
Temporary relief discovery! Vicks nasal inhaler, Head On, and a Motrin... the behind the eye pain is decreased about 50% within 25 minutes - when I wake up at 3am from the pain, the heating pad along with this crazy combo is the only thing that helps me go back to sleep! I have been obsessed with this forum for 2 days now, I am so excited to be able to read everyone's suggestions and to know that I am not alone & crazy!!!
I am a 33 y/o smoker female in Massachusetts, both my parents smoked. I do not smoke in my house. I have had more than 14 rounds of antibiotics (and as many sinus infections) in the last 19 months, been on prednisone 14 day taper at least 6 times, had 3 sinus CT and one Xray.
I am on singulair, allegra (or allegra D) and nasonex. I try to do a nasal flush once per day, and use saline (simply saline is the best, it is aerosol and does not have that stale taste) 2-3 times per day. When I get a 'flare up', I am also on Advair and motrin. I spend a minimum of $100 per month on prescriptions and DR visits... thats with an amazing insurance plan... and with all this I still work 50-65 hours per week. I have noticed an increase in facial swelling when I travel over the mountain into New York... I live at about 200 ft above sea level, and the road goes up to 17,000 ft.
I just got off a 24 day round of antibiotics, started with avelox, switched to levoquin at the end.
I have had 2 days of relief after being sick for over a month, but I am still exhausted. The pain is gone and I am able to concentrate like my regular self.
I also have adult ADD... not the best combo when the sinus pressure decreases the ability to concentrate also!
I did allergy testing around christmas time, allergic to ~80% of the local irritants, most molds, most animals (not hampsters!?), all but white pine, all oaks and maples, most weeds...
Allergy shots began in February, but when I have a sinus infection, the shots are put on hold.
I love my allergist, they don't treat me like a hypocondriac, they listen and try to help me. They just don't know what to do...
After my 6th sinus infection in 7-1/2 months, my GP sent me to the ENT, he ran the tests and 2 more sinus infections later, I was referred to the Allergist.
I, too feel relief when I cry, almost like it helps to flush my sinus cavity!
I also noticed that drinking 2-3 red bulls per day helped with my ability to focus, both my eyes and my brain! And, of course, the side effect was headaches from caffine withdrawl...
I can go over a week with the same pain, lately it has been consistently behind my left eye.
I find difficulty focusing my eyes, and I noticed that when I look in the mirror when I have the eye problems that they are visibly not aligned with one another, you can tell by looking that my eyes are slightly crossed!
I can breathe thru my nose, and have very little discharge. Most of the sinus drainage goes right down my throat... which I think causes my reflux... which came first, the chicken or the egg? I am tired all the time, I prefer to eat really greasy / fried food - it seems to make me feel better when I'm sick. I have gained 2-6 pounds with each sinus infection, and cannot work out when I am having a sinus infection at all - overall over the last 2 years I have put on about 35 pounds... not the best when you work in fashion...
I also noticed before I started getting the sinus infections that dramatic changes in the barometer would always cause a sinus headache... I knew it would rain / snow before it was forecasted by the news! I could feel it!
I have been tested, and do not have sleep apnea... my DR thinks that the nasonex is the reason that my snoring has since stopped.
I have trouble concentrating at work, I get home and crash on the couch, staring at the TV for 3 hours, go to bed and start all over again. I have an enormous amount of trouble getting up in the morning, some of that I attribute to genes and how I was raised :)
My pain definitely travels to my neck, but doesn't seem to originate from my neck.
I fear that my job could be in jeopardy because of my condition... I am at the doctor at least 6 times per month to either get my allergy shot or have a visit b/c i am sick again. My doctor has the same hours I do... so sometimes I have to charge the $100 ER copay to my credit card...I don't like to go the ER, they just treat and street, they just get you to feel better, not to be better... and who wants to become dependent on vicodin?
I have been tested for a variety of auto-immune dissorders and diseases, all were negative. I feel the same way - good, negative - bad, no answers - still!
I began having motion sick issues around 8 years ago, when I was about 25 it was sudden and consistent. I do not actually vomit, but I get really nauseaus, sweaty and dizzy as a passenger in a car, I cannot go on amusement rides that spin - I can barely watch my family even ride them! I get dizzy and nauseaus on boats, and if I travel facing sideways or backwards on a train / bus.I do not have migranes, I do not get the same symptoms (halos, nausea...)
The worst pain is the behind the eye, but the chronic 3-4 weeks of dull, constant pain in my eyebrow definitely rivals it...
Also, I have noticed that when I go away for vacation / work that my symptoms and allergies all but dissapear for the week or so that I am gone, it takes about a week to return, I am talking Las Vegas and LA mostly! I have to leave the east coast all together to see a difference.
I also get an inflamation in my 3rd vertebrae from the bottom (right above my tailbone) within a few days of a full blown sinus infection about 50% of the time.
I take multi vitamins, drink plenty of water and only drink 2-3 caffinated beverages per day. The only negative is that I still smoke.
I flew to Seattle about 7 years ago, and unknowingly had an ear infection, which caused my eardrums to rupture (they have completely healed now).
Hmmm...sounds like you are just like me. Do your allergies just sometimes totally make you too tired to do anything? Also you may want to ask to be reffered to and endocrinologist for this and here's why: Sometimes an autoimmune thyroid disease will make your allergies much worse due to the fact that the immune system is in a confused state. A typical blood test that the general practitioners due for thyroid usually consists of t3, t4, free t4, and tsh-all of which can be in the normal range and you can still have a thyroid that is already bad or going bad. You have to insist on getting the thyroid antibodies tests done. These are the TPO( thyroid peroxidase antibodies) and the Thyroglobulin antibody, and the Thyroid stimulating hormone receptor antibody. All my hormones were normal for a year but I still had severe thyroid symptoms as well as worsening allergies and finally it was discovered when I insisted on thyroid antibodies testing to be done. All the members in my family have autoimmune thyroid disease and all of them had a terrible time with their allergies until their thyroids were treated. Keep up with the shots though as they do work over time...3-6 months.
I just wanted to offer what my experience and cure has been. I'm a 39-yr old female, living in Raleigh, NC (which is the sinus capital already), and had been having serious sinus problems/infections and bronchitis multiple times each year and my Doctor had tried all forms of antibiotics, steroids, allergy medications, etc. and it would temporarily cure the problem but come right back again and got worse every year. I normally take a sinus decongestant over-the-counter each day, but then my Dr. also put me on an Advair disk inhaler 1x per day and ta-dah! I haven't had a sinus infection, cold, allergy symptom or bronchitis for almost a YEAR now!!! Hallelujah! We don't know why this particular treatment worked, but we're not questioning it either and she's been prescribing these now for her other patients who have suffered the same symptoms as I did and it is the only thing that seems to be working. I hope this helps!
looking for anyone with related sinus problems. I don't have any drainage or blockage - just severe pain under my eyes. So far,none of the meds (sinus pills; nasal sprays) prescribed by Dr's have helped. My only relief has been heat (mainly from the sun) or hot steaming rags. It seems to be a lot worse at work. They keep the ac low and my coworker keeps her fan blowing my way. My face seems to get very, very cold.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I have all these problems, and it just started im a 20 year old female, and I also am having stomach problems. This has never happened before but i have been having migraines for years, and I can te l you this pain is by far worse! You still think I have a sinus problem. sorry if it grosses anyone out but i am going to list my symptoms.
Severe headaches in my head eyes, and ears
Get headflashes ( very hot and sweaty)
dizzy almost fainted
number 1 very frequent
sore throat at first, now its gone.
please please please help me, I hate being like this, I CANT sleep :(
PLEASE READ...IT COULD CHANGE YOUR HEALTH and SAVE YOUR SIGHT!!!
In my twenties I had all these symptoms and more. Chronic sinusitis, ear/nose/throat infections, terrible sinus headaches, migrains, cystic acne, chronic fatigue, fibromialgia, endometriosis, twenty one fibriod tumors, forgetfulness/confusion, couldn't concentrate, and dizziness so bad that I would get dissoriented and get lost two blocks from my house! Doctors had me on 7 different perscriptions told me there was no cure for any of these and then scheduled me a hysterectomy.
My saving grace was a pharmacist who was filling my perscriptions and said, "My gosh! Why are you taking all this, what's wrong with you?!" I told him my symptoms and he said, "This is your problem, read this book." It was called "THE YEAST CONNECTION." I took the test in the book and discovered that many if not all my problems were yeast related. They are a fungas/mold that lives in the body and overgrows after treatments of antibiotics or a diet high in carbohydrates and sugar. The yeast feed off sugar and simple carb's. Ever notice feeling worse after eating something sweet or bready?
Well I did a yeast kill off as the book recommended and ALL OF MY INCURABLE ILLNESSES WENT AWAY within six months including the sinusitis, vertigo, eye problems, endometriosis and 21 fibroid tumors. I felt great! For TEN YEARS I noticed very few problems except around cold damp times of year if I eat a lot of sugar (Christmas). But all I had to do was take a little bit of acidolphilus and oregano oil for a couple weeks and feel back to normal.
But four months ago I gave birth to my son acquiring a fungal infection in my milk ducts. It was so painful I couldn't continue nursing. Then I started noticing some of the same problems again, sinus pressure and pain, severe head aches, dizziness so bad I was running into grocery isles, and most concerning was my vision was getting really blurry. When I first went to the doctor she thought it was a sinus infection and gave me antibiotics. It immediatly got worse. So much so that my 20/20 vision declined to 20/30.
She did a ton of blood test, MRI, cat scan, and sent me to several specialists (nuerologist, ENT, optomologist, etc) and none of them showed anything. Meanwhile over just two more weeks my vision declined further to 20/60, almost LEGALLY BLIND! From 20/20 to 20/60 in 5 wks. The doctor was just going to give me a pair of glasses and I said, "Oh really? What should we make them, because at this rate I won't have ANY SIGHT in four more weeks!" All the Dr's did was give me more persciptions (7 total) and I thought...this is starting to look all too familiar.
I realized that no one has my best interest in mind but me and if I don't do something quick I'll be blind. I read on line about FUNGAL SINUS INFECTIONS and if they are LEFT UNTREATED they can spread into the ears and eyes CAUSING PERMANANT HEARING LOSS and even BLINDNESS. I began doing the antifungal kill off again and I am happy to say that in just six days my symptoms are 50% gone and my sight has improved to 20/30. This was a simple FUNGAL SINUS INFECTION THAT SPREAD INTO MY EYES AND EARS and no doctor was able/willing to find that or treat it.
I hope this helps some of you. You can go to: drJenine.com/fungalinfection.com to learn more. That is: drJenine (dot) com (backslash) fungalinfection
you can also google "fungal sinus infection" and get a lot too.
PLEASE GO TO SOME OF THESE SIGHTS AND YOU WILL SEE EVERYONE OF THESE SYMPTOMS MENTIONED.
Systemic yeast/fungal infections affect 1 out of 3 woman and many men, so lets tell as many people as we can (because Dr's certainly won't) so that they don't have to suffer. I know if it weren't for someone telling me the first time I would have gone through with the hysterectomy and I wouldn't have my four beautiful children and the second time around, possibly not have my sight.
Be well, and God bless
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Sorry I noticed a line from earlier in my post somehow ended up at the bottom of the screen. Oh, well. I also wanted to say that the book "THE YEAST CONNECTION" by Dr. Crook is a great resource and has a test you can take to see if that's what you're dealing with. Most libraries carry this book, and all Barnes and Noble's.
Also someone said that Wallmart has cheap "mold test kits" but it probably takes 28 days to grow it at the right temperatures in a peatri dish to confirm. But for those of you who care to...bacteria and mold look drasticly different when grown in a peatri dish.
And for the MOM WITH THE YOUNG DAUGHTER WHO IS IN SO MUCH SINUS PAIN I wanted to say to you that I went through something similar with my son, but thank God we were able to turn it around before it got that bad because I had a prior knowledge of the yeast connection. But I was really feeling for you and especially your little girl...my gosh! What she has been through!
PLEASE, PLEASE take her to a naturo pathic physician to be treated for systemic yeast problems. NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS can do A TEST THAT CONFIRMS IF YOU HAVE YEAST OVERGROWTH. They will take a stool sample and send it off to a lab where they will determine if it is yeast and if so what specifically will kill the yeast you have. They do this by growing it in a dish.
People with yeast problems often have many food allergies which contributes to headaches (on top of the sinus pain). This is because the yeast cause lesions/tears in the intestines causing large particles of food to seap out into the blood stream instead of microscopic ones. The immune system sees them as foreigners and goes into an immune response. Because of this her diet probably needs to become really basic for a while...this will aslo help kill off the yeast (if you stick to the yeast kill off diet) and she will begin to feel better soon.
Fred Meyer has a childrens chewable acidolphilus tablet for her to take daily (probably for a year) as a preventative. She will likely need something stronger to initially kill it off since it sounds like she has such a bad case of it.
I wish you the best. Feel free to contact me at the email address above if you like.
PLEASE READ...THIS COULD CANGE YOUR HEALTH AND SAVE YOUR HEARING OR SIGHT!!
I had all these symptoms and more about ten years ago. I was in my early twenties and the doctors kept telling me there was nothing they could do for me. I had chronic sinus infections, dizziness so bad I was running into walls, terrible headaches, Fibromialgia, Endometriosis, 21 Fibroid Tumors..all with no idea what could be making me so miserably sick at such a young age.
My saving grace was meeting a pharmacist when I went to pick up my meds who asked why I was taking all these medications. I told him my symptoms and he said, "You need to read this." And handed me a copy of the book "THE YEAST CONNECTION" by DR. CROOK.
I read this book and took the SYSTEMIC YEAST TEST inside (questionaire) and realized that ALL MY SYMPTOMES WERE RELATED TO SYSTEMIC YEAST. It is a fungus related to the mold family. Antibiotics and a diet hight in processed foods and or simple carbohydrates and sugar can cause this fungus in your body to over grow, most commonly thriving in places that are moist. This is why they often cause infection in the sinuses. Usually when someone has a sinus infection it is thought to be bacterial, but that isn't always the case. If it is fungal the antibiotics will often make it worse, soon after taking them.
IF A FUNGAL INFECTION IN YOUR SINUSES GOES UNTREATED IT CAN SPREAD INTO YOUR EARS CAUSING HEARING LOSS OR INTO YOUR EYES CAUSING BLURRED VISION AND EVEN BLINDNESS!!!
It is the infection spreading to the ears that causes the ballance and dizziness issues and into the eyes that cause the blurred vision. After I did the "yeast kill off" as described in the book, several months later I was free of every symptom and no longer had Fibromialgia, Endometriosis, or Fibriod Tumors.
For ten years I have had no problems with this until recently after I gave birth to my son four months ago. Soon after I came down with a fungal infection in my milk ducts meaning I could no longer nurse. I thought that would take care of the problem (as do most woman who get this common problem while breastfeeding) but instead the infection was still in my body and soon presented itself
in another way.
I began to get terrible sinus pain and pressure. Then pressure behind my eyes and ears. My ballance was off and I was so dizzy I felt like a just got off the "tea cup" ride at disneyland. My vision which was previously 20/20 declined to 20/60, almost LEGALLY BLIND in just 5 or 6 wks. I saw a number of specialist (nuerologist, ENT, allergist, optomalogist, etc.) and had tons of tests and blood draws, but ultimately there were no answers and it appeared I was rapidly going blind. I began researching and found lots of info online about fungal infections and how they can cause every one of these symptoms above.
Then I remembered that this was the same thing I had dealt with ten years before and started doing a fungal kill off (as described in the book The Yeast Connection) for the last two weeks and my head and sinus pain are completely gone (after experiencing them for two months)! Also my vision is almost completely back to normal and I have very little vertigo or dizzyness left.
If you would like more information on systemic yeast/fungal infections and the problems they can cause you can go to:
you can also email me with any questions at:
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First i have to start by saying how happy i am to have found this chat room. I can't believe that their are other people that have the same problems and symptoms i do. I am a 29 year old female. I have been feeling like this for almost seven years. I have been to numberous doctors. I have had the CT and MRI'S, the blood work. I always get the same response. "There is nothing wrong, everything is fine". Well if everything is fine, why do i feel so bad. I have constant dizzy spells, i feel nausous all the time. I have painful sinus pressure in my face. I have trouble with my vision. I feel like I am falling apart. My 50 year old mother has more energy than i do. I dont know what to do anymore. I feel so depressed because of how i feel. I don't know about anyone else but i am tired of being a walking pharmacy. I have a purse like Mary Poppins. I have medicine for feeling dizzy,one for nausea, one for my sinus,another for migraines,etc....I dont know what to do anymore. I have a husband who doesn't understand how i feel. He thinks it's all in my head. I tells me i do it to myself. He never gets sick, so he dosen't know. I would never wish how i feel on anyone. I just want to feel normal, whatever that is? I feel frustrated because none of my friends or family understand how i feel. Is there a cure? I will try anything. I just want to feel better !
I have just read part way through this thread and cannot believe how many people are going through what I did for so many years when I was the only one I knew who had anything like it. Please read the comment I put under 'Severe allergies and fatigue causing me to feel so depressed?' and my other one referred to it that post.
Finally at the age of 53 having suffered it for 30 years I have discoved it has been down to oestrogen. When I first started with all of this, when I was just a girl really, my boss asked if it could be hormones and I shot him such a look as if to say 'only a man could be so patronising' and it would seem he was right. This might not be everyone's problem but if, as I suspect, most posts are from women in their reproductive years then I think it is certain that a huge number of you might be suffering from the same problem - oversensitivity to oestrogen.
We have to first consider that all these allergies and infections are due to our immune system telling us that it is not coping. It is over-reacting to something in our system or outside that it has to spend so much of it's capacity on that it cannot fully protect us from infections, antigens etc. We may have weakened systems - ie lower resistance/higher sensitivity to certain foreign substances that those people we consider 'normal' - who knows - but it is a fact that the number of people getting allergies is increasing rapidly and the obvious reason seems to be that we live in such a chemical, toxic world now. Our immune systems were not built for that. They have had to deal with all these new foreign invaders yet still maintain cover for everything they previously had to.
The most potent chemical a woman is ever likely to come across in a normal life is her own oestrogen but our immune system should be equipped to react normally and harmlessly to the range of levels expected in the monthly cycle. But as our systems are getting more overloaded with these other substances to deal with it seems some of us develop a sensitivity to our own hormones. My reaction to oestrogen was every bit as if I'd been injected with a poison. 5 years ago I was so ill being pumped full of oestrogen in the form of HRT (without knowing that was the reason) that I finally gave up and frankly prepared to die I wrote a huge document hundreds of pages long to leave for my then 7 yr old son as I knew one day he would want answers. In it I described my symptoms:
'When it happened it was as though a complex and fundamental system in my body was triggered in some way into sudden and total malfunction, and it was always accompanied by a marked increase in the now familiar right head pressure and sense of fullness'
'...the blurred vision, feelings of being spaced out with some peculiar form of ‘dizziness’, the muzziness and mental confusion all combined with an increase in right head symptoms and an overwhelming fatigue that could bring me completely to my knees. It was not a case of feeling a bit down or a bit under the weather – at its worst I was for all intents and purposes totally and utterly knocked out by it, helpless and useless until it passed over. When it happened it was always made dramatically worse when I was walking, as I seemed unable to make sense of visual stimuli in a moving environment. The worst situation was shopping in a supermarket, having to walk up and down aisles scanning shelves.'
All of those symptoms were against a background of constant colds, right sinus and ear infections and streaming catarrh all of which vanished for the first time in 30 years once my system was free of oestrogen.
There are oestrogens all around us - in plastics, meat and things you would not imagine. Research websites and find out what you can do to avoid these artificial oestrogens. For instance plastic is heavily implicated and heating food in a microwave with cling film on top puts masses of oestrogens into food. In lab tests this artificial form makes male test animals sterile. Try to balance your oestrogen with natural progesterone which you can buy. Your doctor can give you progesterones like Dydrogesterone to counteract the effects of oestrogen. If you get pregnant it is likely your symptoms will vanish then return the moment you ovulate again. For the older ones still having periods I mentioned a contraceptive pill in one of my other posts that a friend has been given that stops her ovulating and it's been a magic cure.
If I'd been asked then, 7 years ago if I would like to be 25 again I would have said no way and that if I were and knew what I was going to go through then I'd have killed myself. If asked now I'd give anything to get those years back because I would have known what the problem was and could have prevented what followed.
My case is extreme but if any females out there are so desperate and would try anything please try these steps to balance out your oestrgen and I hope beyond hope some of you at least can get some relief.
Something that will knock you all sidewards like it did me when I actually saw all the symptoms my doctors didn't recognise for all those years in front of me on a list! We are all familiar with the symptoms of air borne allergens - sneezing, catarrh and all the rest but see this link for the symptoms of chemical allergy:
All the nasal sprays, antibiotcs, nose ops won't help, just perhaps cause yet more complications, until you eliminate the root cause. The infections, catarrh and congestion are manifestations of the inadequate response of your body trying to deal with a chemical toxin which it will prioritise as more dangerous than protecting you from colds etc.
My family MD has indicated that I may need sinus surgery.
I have been told that Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure which has had great outcomes. Patients have felt great the day after surgery and have had no complications with excelent results.
Have you guys ever considered alternative medicine? The Chinese have an entire body of knowledge about sinus problems, many of which are MISdiagnosed as allergies. I know it first hand. I've had inflamed sinuses and a slightly gaseous stomach for over half a year, and every time I went to the doctor they either found nothing wrong or said I had allergies. My mom is a Tai Chi Chi Gong instructor who studies Chinese medicine. At first I thought she was making up a lot of things, her theories sounded like ancient mystical house remedies. Why should I believe those? But you know what, the theory works and it makes sense. What I have isn't allergies, it's a virus. The way the virus works is by taking over the weakest parts of your body. You may not have flu/virus symptoms, but it can still be in your body! The virus likes cold places where blood cannot reach - it likes the sinuses. If you hurt your shoulder, it will go to that area b/c it is the weakest. The way to cure it is to rub your sinus. Yes, that's right, rub it! At first my head felt very numb. After some rubbing, I found an extremely painful place. My sinuses hurt when I rub them - it's the virus's way of telling you to stop, so it can complete it's host invasion. But don't be fooled..after a lot of good rubbing, the pain will go away and the area will get itchy. Itchy means you are healing. I had RLS - restless leg syndrome. I couldn't figure out why my legs kept moving until I realized it was my body trying to fix itself. Chi gong is about self healing, that's right, your body already knows how to heal itself, you just have to give it a helping hand. I soon realized that after rubbing my inflamed forehead my legs would stop moving, and I could sleep peacefully at night. My stomach was irrevocably tied to my sinus inflammation - it would get nervous easily. Everytime I got too nervous I would get gas trapped in my stomach. But rubbing my sinuses actually made me fart. Yup, that's right..your body is completely interconnected. That's what Chinese medicine is about - the natural flow of your body's energy.
Practicing self healing worked for me. The virus that was in my stomach and intestines prevented me from absorbing enough iron for red blood cell creation. I was diagnosed with anemia, as a result of an iron deficiency. The virus was making me a perfectly habitable host - the less blood I had, the more easily it could take over and kill me. I was so weak and fatigued I had half as much energy as I normally did. To help destroy the virus, I had to sit in the sun, my face to the sun, the rays touching and warming my skin. You also need to sweat it out, so don't be afraid to go on long walks in the hot sun - it will clear that sinus right out.
And the # 1 thing -- chew raw ginger. Prepare it with a glass of hot water, and chew it with water in your mouth. It will instantly clear out your nose and prevent the virus from spreading further. It will also calm and cure a nauseated stomach.
I hope this helps some people, b/c I'm kind of disappointed that the web doesn't provide more info on alternative medicines. Just b/c it can't be scientifically proven doesn't mean it's not true - and it doesn't hurt to try, nothing I mentioned has bad side effects. Tai Chi Chi Gong is about all natural self healing.
What you seem to be suffering from is chronic sinusitis.
Sinusitis refers to an inflammation of the sinuses, airspaces within the bones of the face. Sinusitis is most often due to an infection within these spaces.
The sinuses are paired air pockets located within the bones of the face.When the lining of the sinuses is at all swollen, the swelling interferes with the normal flow of mucus. Trapped mucus can then fill the sinuses, causing an uncomfortable sensation of pressure and providing an excellent environment for the growth of infection-causing bacteria.
Sinusitis is almost always due to an infection, although swelling from allergies can mimic the symptoms of pressure, pain, and congestion; and allergies can set the stage for a bacterial infection. Bacteria are the most common cause of sinus infection.
What you could do is try and find out what is trigerring your attacks and avoid coming in contact with it to prevent further attacks.
I have had a number of the symptoms mentioned on this board. The most debilitating aspect for me is the dizziness, especially when looking up, going from a laying position to sitting, turning from side to side while sleeping, etc.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to the local nutrition store. It was suggested that I mix 2-3 tps. of powdered ginger with 1/4 cup honey. Place that loosely covered in the refrigerator. Take about 1/2-1 tsp. 4 or so times per day. Literally in 24 hours, all my dizziness symptoms were gone. I still had the post nasal drip, full head, etc., but I can not explain more clearly that all symptoms associated with wooziness, dizziness etc. as I described above disappeared.
I have cut back to taking the equivalent of about 1 1/2 tsps. per day now and 14 days later, I am still doing great.
I'll post later on the other things that I did.
If just one other person benefits from this it is worth it. It has changed my life.
I'm 39 I started having symptoms when I went to Puerto Rico about 20 years ago. I was dizzy. All the time. I went to ENTs, brain surgeons, had MRIs, MRAs, Ultrasounds, hearing tests. Doctors told me I was in perfect health. I told some of them that they were incompetent and moved on. Time passed and I have not had much luck and the symptoms have gotten worse. I am tired, more dizzy, headaches, sinus pressure, I cough when I laugh, stiffness in my muscles, poor circulation. To date I have a horrible itch on my balls that comes and goes, panic attacks, chest pains, I added a few pounds and I have breathing problems. I feel like my body is trying to kill me. I don't eat crappy foods, I work, I even take Kung Fu. Tomorrow I am going to the doctor with a list of instructions and not just symptoms. I am really hoping I have what you all have. I think I do. It all sounds so so similar.
I have very identical symptoms to those half the people out here. Sinus pressure (with absolutely clear sinuses), severe muscle pains and fatigue, and a general feeling of being down and out. I all suffer from dyspepsia, though that is a long-standing symptom.
I had lots to study when these symptoms started and Dr.s told me it was due to stress. Things got worse when I actually came down with Depression and I believed that it was the cause. But after over a year of treatment for depression, I am no better. Now I feel strongly, as someone mentioned earlier, that my symptoms are the reason for my anxiety/depression rather than the effect. There seems to be nothing wrong with me clinically, as far as my tests show. Therefore, I really hope that its an allergy since that will give me a reason for these annoying problems that are creating havoc in my life.
I was very pleased to find this forum and see that there are fellow-sufferers of this inexplicable syndrome. Hopefully we shall all find relief and, most importantly, correct diagnosis!
I have struggled with sinus problems since we had a mold problem in our house. I moved about six months ago but all of the symptoms did not leave. A lot of mucus in my throat, sinus pressure, sore red eyes. I noticed the mucus buildup and headache started in the morning and lasted throughout the day into the next. All symptoms increased after I had a cup of coffee. I've been a big coffee drinker for years. I eliminated coffee and feel tons better. I don't feel sick all of the time and am starting to feel like my old self.
I have been suffering from sinus pain/pressure, headaches, earaches, tooth pain and dizziness ever since my root canal a couple weeks ago. Originally, i thought it was a root canal failure but my dentist has said it is a sinus problem. Just went for an x-ray, everything normal. Not sure where to go from here. I am taking 4-6 sinutabs, 3-4 ibuprofen and an antibiotic but nothing seems to help. I am getting very frustrated and depressed because my doctor tells me it's a tooth problem and my dentist tells me it's a sinus problem. I fell like no one wants to help me. I just want to feel good again. After reading these posts, I am going to try the Neti pot tomorrow. I will keep you posted as to whether it helps or not.
I was on vacation this month, two weeks into the trip I began having periods of dizziness and pressure in the sinus area and left side of my head, blurred vision. Then while walking I had a near fainting experience. Now I still have the pressure and dizziness with the occ. near fainting.
I had sinus surgery for a dev. septum in Nov. of last year, and have had occ. pressure on the left side of my head. I have seen the neurologist and he does not think it is a neurological problem. My primary phy. is not sure what is going on. I have not seen my ENT yet.
I feel weak and disoriented, and dizzy with the periodic near fainting episodes (extremely scary). I am not sure how I deal with this, since I'm sure it is causing anxiety. Am especially concered about the near fainting spells.
I find that a major cause of my sinus pressue is due to the weather. My friends have started to laugh at me and ask me how the weather is going to be because I get terrible heads during weather changes - usually from cold to hot or hot to cold. I normally suffer the most during the hotter months may - september. My head gets so bad that I find it terribly hard to concentrate and always get dizzy. I am on here because I had the worst one yet a few days ago that is causing me to feel constantly dizzy. I can normally just stand it and let it go away naturally but this time I can feel the pressure around my nose, eyes and temples and especially so when breathing through my nose. I am getting no drainage through the nose (but rarely ever do) but I am noticing that it is streaming down my throat almost continously ever since it started. I am finding it hard to sleep and walk around and have never had the dizzyness for so long. Usually it lasts for an hour or three or maybe a night but this has lasted for three days now on and off. It occurred on an especially warm day and at the end of that day it got signifcantly cooler quite quickly. WIthin an hour I almost fell over with the dizzy feeling and it made me worry to death all that night causing me to almost have a panic attack. I have suffered with it for many years and it runs in my family (my mum has it as well but in different ways) and have managed to live with it because usually the doctors dont seem to care or dont understand how bad it makes me feel. For pretty much one month of the year I am useless to my employer because I cant concentrate at all. But just to finish where I started, I recognised that the weather patterns affected me a long time ago causing my congested heads so in my opinion this definitely is a cause. At times I thought of getting into mediccine and specialising in this area because we seem to be the lost cause of the medicine world. Its hard for them to understand so they basically forget about it. I realised this to be the case when I try to explain to people how I feel. I swear they think I am making it all up. My boss will easily let someone go home with a cold but would never dream of letting me go home on a bad day. It just goes to prove that only those that suffer with it are the best to understand how it makes you feel.
Hi guys. I got very hard sinus pressure in my forehead, "Frontal sinus". I have had it for 1 year now it´s better some days but it always come back. It gets worse when its bad wheater, think the sinus preassures outs then.
I can say I am so bad that I quit studys, university studies. Got so anxoius when I didnt know what was wrong with me. But now as I understand more I dont have any anxoius.
I have found a product that might work for us. "Sinus Buster", does anyone know if it works??? Google it. I just ordered it, I mean, I gotta try cause I have so big problems.
I haven't tried Sinus Buster...but I have seen them online before. I have been using another nasal spray called Sinofresh...it's a little pricy but it's been working quite well for me. I have had chronic recurring sinusitis for the past 20 years. After countless rounds of antibiotics and 3 CT scans, I was told I needed sinus surgery. After having 2 sinus infections within a month, I found this product. I have been using it for 7 weeks now, and so far, so good. It really helps with drainage and does not have an unpleasant after-taste. I am recommending it to everyone I know. The website is: www.****.com
I have sat and read this forum for about a month now and I have just plucked up enough courage and patience to comment myself. I too have all the symptoms of sinus pressure, dizziness, pulsing head, ringing ears, fatigue, and have been put on high blood pressure meds. I cannot concentrate and it makes me extremely irritable. I have tried antibiotics and was also told to go and get a ct scan. I do not want to go down that road. Some days are definitely better than others, I have been experiencing this for 6 months. I lived in Key West for 13 years, nothing, moved to Tampa October 2003 and first had these symptoms December 2004. Moved again and a little further north, but still around Tampa Bay area, felt nothing until March this year. Both visits to the doctor and my blood pressure was high. I am confused about which is a cause and which is a symptom, I bought a cuff to start monitoring it myself along with the meds. Hopefully I will start to feel better soon. I turned 40 in May, and feel messing with blood pressure medications isn't really the way to go!
I have suffered with Sinusitis, sinus pressure & severe pain around the eyes, accompanied by dizziness & vision problems for well over 10 years now. A few years ago it got even worse, whereas I kept getting sinus infection after sinus infection. It affected my employment, my social life and the quality of my life. It seemed I was always on antibiotics!! The weather definitely seemed to play a role, as well as higher altitudes! I finally had to have surgery, which was supposed to "cure" me. The only thing surgery did, was help me breathe better through my nose. I'm still currently suffering. My ENT wants to do another surgery - widen my sinuses around my eyes. He feels there may be built up scar tissue (from the hundreds of sinus infections I've had), which would have narrowed my sinus passages. I'm too scared to go through another surgery, especially with the type of risks that go along with it (ie:brain infection, blindness). I've been using Flonase everyday-which in my opinion does nothing. I've tried salt water rinses - again no relief. I do not have any congestion. My head feels full, but my nose is clear and there's nothing to drain. When the weather changes to colder temps, that's when I feel the pressure the most. My whole face aches & my vision is also affected (which then causes dizziness). My teeth even aches sometimes!! I just got over another sinus infection. The strange thing is, that when I was pregnant with my son, during the whole pregnancy I had no sinus symptoms!! No pressure in the head & no pain around the eyes!! I never even had a sinus infection. My son is now 20 months and this is the 2nd sinus infection I've had since his birth. It also seems that all my old sinus pressure & pain symptoms have come back. I wonder if hormones play a role?? I'm going to see my ENT and find out. Also wondering if there's any type of laser (non-surgical) treatment that might help. Does anyone else have problems with the cold weather and their ears?? I've always had this problem (probably due to chronic ear infections from when I was a kid), but now this problem is worse too. I guess the ears & sinuses kinda go hand-in-hand. When I go out in the cold, my aching face & throbbing sinuses, feel even worse. I get sharp, excruciating pain in the ears, around the temples and my head feels like it's going to explode. I usually stuff cotton balls in my ears when I go out for walks, but this only mildly helps. My ENT has no advice or help to give me with this matter. Very frustrating, to be dealing with both of these conditions and receive either, no relief or no remedy! Even a warm summer breeze brings on my ear symptoms!! So it doesn't even have to be that cold. I live in Vancouver, Canada - where it's wet & cold for about 8mths out of the year. Maybe I need to live somewhere warmer.
Thanks for the ear everyone. I hope someday soon, we'll all find a cure to whatever ails us!
Right after I graduated high school, I started working at a vet. After about a week of working there, I started to sneeze CONSTANTLY. At home, at work, and while I was sleeping. I would literally wake up from sneezing!
One day I was walking through the back area of the vet, and I suddenly had this feeling like someone was pushing on the sides of my temples, and I forgot what I was even doing and nearly panicked; nothing like that had ever happened to me before. And the worst part, it happened like four more times that day, leaving me feeling nauseated and sickly.
Weeks passed and my symptoms got worse. I was 'dizzy' in the sense that someone was pulling/pushing on my frontal sinuses (the ones in your forehead) and the sinuses on my nose. Back then, before I knew what was wrong with me, I just knew that I was dizzy and I just wanted to lay down.
Eventually I made an appointment to see my doctor. I woke up, had a banana and a small gatorade, and had my boyfriend drive me to the doctor. I started feeling pains in my stomach, the ones you get before you puke, and sure enough, I did just that.
So I was flipping out thinking I had a tumor or something, because I'm the biggest hypochondriac, and I told my doctor every detail of my symptoms and that I'd just puked.
She assured me it wasn't a tumor, and that I had allergies. She prescribed me fluticasone and directed me to take one Claritin D a day, and scheduled a sinus x-ray which was determined to be normal.
My symptoms were totally gone... until I ran out of Claritin.
The day after I finished the pills, I was experiencing dizziness and added symptoms! I had begun to clear my throat constantly, and finally it was my family that couldn't take the annoying 'ahems.'
I went to an allergist, who talked with me for over an hour about every symptom and concern. It turns out I'd had sinusitus the ENTIRE time, and that the reason I was still having pressure and dizziness was because my sinus cavities were so blocked that the fluticasone couldn't reach them properly. He also told me I was clearing my throat so much because I had post nasal drip. He put me on a steroid and antibiotics for over a month, and my symptoms have improved TREMENDOUSLY.
I also returned for a follow-up allergy test, where I had to endure 60 pricks to my back only to find out I was allergic to cats, which I have three of.
And now it all makes sense. I should have known! Every time I would hold a cat at work, I would feel the sinus pulling/pressure on top of my head, or begin to sneeze and itch where the cat had touched my arms.
This all started in May of '08, and it's now October of '08.
All of the symptoms I had before are significantly better, but due to the cats and my parents' unwilingness to rid the house of them, my symptoms will not totally subside until I move out.
I'm still taking fluticasone twice a day, as well as nasonex and claritin d once a day.
I still feel mild sinus pulling/pressure, mainly at night, and my ears occasionally hurt.
Sometimes just my nose hurts, other times I just have one or the other sinus 'pulling' because of pressure, and sometimes it's all of them.
But I feel like myself again, and it's amazing.
It was such a relief to know I just have allergies, and no tumors, haha.
The Neti-Pot and other nasal irrigation systems really work, too.
SALT. Try cutting SALT from your diet for 2 weeks. Be careful to look on everything you are eating to make sure there is no salt. Stay AWAY from chips. Even if you do not think you eat a lot of salt--try eating NONE for 2 weeks.
I have a feeling many of you will be pleasantly surprised.
I live in Tucson AZ. and have all the sinus symtoms that are talked about here. Ringing in one of my ears and dizziness as well. I take fish oil for my itchy dry eyes and it works immediately. I'm going to try ginger and honey as a poster stated from above and see if it helps my dizziness. I also take acidophilus tablets in case I have a sinus yeast infection. I'm sure glad I found this forum...yey!!
I am 45 never had sinus problems. Been reading about removal of wisdom teeth or lack of. Some leave cavities causing sinus problems and some surgons leave teeth in causing a root that grows into you sinuses. I am having face pain on one side in the jaw and neck severe pain. I am finding alot of people with the same problems and no help. I am going to find an answer and let you all know whats up. I am going to find out who my surgeon was for my wisdom teeth and see how many were removed. I was 18 at the time all I know is I was swollen and some had to be cut out. Wonder if this has cavity or hole effecting my sinuses. I have only had this problem for 3 mths but it still comes and goes no matter anibiotic, tea pot rinsing blowin my nose it still comes back and is killing me. I feel I have an infection in the gums. Which effects my thinking, vision, mood and Im in pain and tired all the time. If anyone has any infor to help me e me at ***@****com I will post when I know more. There are too many people suffering, someone a doctor should look into this. Katherine
Hi! Dublin calling. Lively working mother of three. Tired of stream of doc visits and drugs., not to mention being drained of eneggy.. plethora of antibiotics , steroid sprays,antihistamines etc. ENT suggested also the use of NEILMED, a saline low-pressure rinse. Has been ok, but just not hitting the frontal sinuses and eyes starting to redden, headache unbearable etc. Taking longer for antibiotics to kick in.
My gut feeling is that I need sinuses openings increased.Also fungal culture to be taken surgically. ANY SUCCESSFUL REPORTS ON SURGERY ?
Glad to feel I'm not quietly going insane ,alone, with symptoms etc.
Sort me out!!
I've been reading these posts with interest. Unlike many of you, I have not been experiencing sinus problems....BUT I do expereince the dizziness...here's my story...if you have any input or knowledge, I'd love to hear it.
I got a super bad dose of vertigo about 4.5 years ago, which basically incapacitated me for 2 weeks. Would get a bout of it about every 9 months after, and each time, the same thing....back in about April 2008, I got some dizziness, but not the "vertigo" dizziness...this one was more behind my eyes- I felt like if you opened up the top of my head, you'd see 2 little wheels spinning behind my eyes. I was "functional" but not comfortable. I also stared noticing extreme fatigue at that time, and my eyes felt really sore and "heavy"...when I closed my eyes, it felt good. This lasted for about a month, then subsided gradually. I was good for about 3 weeks , and then the same thing started all over again with the slight dizziness, etc. Now I'm seeing a pattern to this. I get it for about 1-3 weeks, then it goes away and I feel "normal" and then it comes back about 3-4 weeks later. I had 2 MRI's in under 2 years- came back normal. My most recent blood tests show I'm one of the"healthiest" people alive, yet I still expereince these symptoms. Seen an ENT- rules out my ears in seconds, and has referrd my to a neurologist whom I see on Feb 11th.
I have no energy to do do anything when I'm going through these episodes, and to make it up past 9pm is a real feat. I'm 34 years old, female and have 2 children. I have done the anti-depressants, anxiety, etc. My diet is good- I try to eat 3 rounded meals a day, and I take vitamins that include a multi, Ferrous Sulfate, B-Com, sometimes a D, and when I start to feel like this, I take Cold FX and up my C intake. I also go for Chriopractic Tx 2-3 times per week. My body weight is good- not over or under weight. I'm going nuts and feel very lonely going thru this, and if anyone has any diagnoses they can share, I'd love to hear it...I need to feel normal again :0(
I have been following these commentaries for some time.
There are many factors in common with the postings but not everyone has the same problem.
I believe the majority of these problems have a central cause - which nobody is yet certain of.
me - a physically fit & successful person living in London - I have had many of these problems for 14 years now - I am mid 30's - I have visited maybe 50 consultants and spent 000's of pounds.
My theory is that this is fundamentally an allergic reaction manifested by fungal infection in sinuses / yeast overgrowth / and a blood disorder that in turn weakens the immune system causing the allergy - all of which have been diagnosed in me.
The cure - my belief is that this is a digestive problem - our bodies do not absorb the enzymes to digest our food which are killed by high heat, consuming processed food over time has removed the slow release of sugars in to the blood and consumption of excessive salt leaves the blood slightly acidic preventing healing mechanisms.
So the cure must be diet - what exactly this diet is I am sorry to say I do not know . Answers please & no shite!
Hey Again- I just thought of something for you sinus sufferers...like I said in my post above, I don't have the sinus pressures you all describe- just the dizziness...but I have some info you may be interested in hearing....
An aunt in my family has a son who lives in Japan. His whole life, he's been riddled with sinus infections, sinusitis, etc. In Japan, it got so bad at one point, it landed him in the hospital (this was only 6-months ago by the way). The doc's in Japan told him that getting sinus infections and sinusitis as often as he was was NOT normal, andthey suggested he have surgery to clear out his sinus cavities. He reluctantly agree, but only becasue he was in pain from the constant headaches, the dizziness, etc. What he found out after the surgery was that they basically had to "blast" out the buildup forom years of infection....that it was so built up, it had formed a hard crust that kept getting worse each year becasue all the drainage was blocked off. He said he has never felt better and all his problems have disappeared literally from the moment he awoke from the surgery. he said that this procedure is done in North America, but doc's aren't willing to perform it or mention it as they don't believe it's as effective as he cliams it to be...plus on this side of the pond, it's easier to put a "bandaid" in place for treatment--aka- antibotics.....anyways, don't know if this will help anyone, but it may be worth looking into...
I also have these same symptoms (sinus pressure, headache, dizziness, nausea at times, blurred vision) and am comforted just reading your stories. My family/friends/co-workers don't understand and think it's just all in my head. My symptoms are the worst when the weather changes drastically in a short period of time. I live in Charleston, SC and this happens a lot. Some days it's so bad I just stay in bed and cry (and at times even try pulling my hair out for some relief - or distraction-LOL). I've been reading a lot about possible reasons for all the problems and wonder if ear wax build-up might be the problem. It would make sense that if your ears are "stopped up" then the pressure in your head would build up as well?? I held my nose and tried to blow air through my ears and couldn't do it. Just wondering if anyone had experience with this. I'm grasping at straws these days.
I've experienced the same symptoms as many of you do, however, the past month I have not been able to sneeze. I saw the Internist and he gave me a prescription of flonese but it does not seem to help. I have the sneezing sensation but it does not develop into a full sneeze. I welcome any comments or suggestions.
Last year I started having really bad swallowing problems and it lasted 2 weeks. I went to my doctor and she said it was to do with my sinuses. I got a nose spray which helped and then my swallowing had improved but only for a few days. Throughout all this I had been moody and not my self.
I had a blood test done and my doctor said she will call me the next day to tell me what it said. That is when my problem started she never ended up calling and I started wondering "what if I have cancer, what if this.. that ..etc"
From that day I got all the anxiety symptoms and would just be scared of dying CONSTANTLY.
It's been happening for 5 months now and I just do no want to settle with anxiety. I had 3 more blood tests and more visitis to that doctor and another one for a second opinion. Seeing as all my tests came back they just tell me it's anxiety but why. I mean I was never like this it's just not me.
My mum has it but she got is as a result of living in the war and all. and my doctor said I can't get it from her. She also has depression. I've never given any thought to dying before like if I think of it once it jsut goes away after a minute but now it's like always in mind and I hate it. I know everyone is scared and gonna die one day but why can't I stop myself from thinking of it ??
My symptoms are:
chest pain (but near my ribs)
stuffy nose (had a tissues with me at ALL times fro as long as I can remember)
interested in things I like
frequent toilet trips
face pains expesh when leaning forwards
and moreee I can't think of right now....
I even had an liver X-Ray and went to an eye doctor and they said I'm all good.
My doctor is so confusing. First she said it anxiety then she says it ain't . =S
well my mum also has bad sinuses which she was meant to get operated but did not...
I just really want it to be something other then anxity I am only 17 and do not want this for the rewst of my life I had enough in 5 months and would not wish this on anyone.
It's so sad that so many people go through this and worse.
so what other things can this be ??
and did anyone ever get told its anxiety and then found out it is not and it was something else causing it ?
I bought a cool mist vaporizor and some Vicks. I also take an antihistamine. I smear a little Vicks up my nose and put my face close to the vaporizor and suck the mist up my nose and it really helps. Vicks is a natural decongestent. It's the only way I can saturate and clean out my sinuses. It helps my ears too. I do the treatment every night.
Has anybody discovered infection in the eustachian tubes from yeast and or bacteria, this would prevent release of pressure or fluid and gas from the ear and could be one of the explainations of the the variable pressure pain which we all seem to feel.
I am 26 years old female and am skocked by all the people who feel like me. I have most of the symptoms mentioned, as well and ringing/wooshing in my right ear which has caused some loss of hearing. This all started about 3 years ago and I've been trying to figure it out ever since. Some day I feel "normal," but most of the days I am misearable. I am am elementary teacher and had to take a leave because it is getting so bad that I can not teach and have recenly gotten anxiety and panic attacks.
I was told I have Meniere's Disease and to lower my salt and drink water. I did that, and nothing. I went to a natural doctor and changed my entire diet to be much healthier. There was some relief but not long lasting. Now, I am on a candida clear diet trying to rid my body of any yeast/fungal growth that may be causing some of these symptoms.
I have started to see a chirpractor now too. He found some misalignments in my spine and is working on aligning me. He thinks that many symptoms I have come from my spine and how it is out of wack. This can happen unknowingly, or if you are in an accident or fall etc.
Hope one of these ideas help someone else. I don't know what to do anymore and feel helpless. I hate being 26 and feeling as though I can't enjoy life like a 26 year old should.
44 years old. For as long as I can remember have had terrible ear pain. Like everyone else head felt clogged and very disconnected. I would joke that the pain and clogged feeling would be so much better if someone could just stab an ice pick in there and maybe it would drain. Did the usual route of sinus pain in front of eyes and severe pressure at the ear with stuffed up feeling followed by the stint of antibiotics. GOD BLESS the Z-pack --best thing ever invented. But, eventually within a month or so would start feeling that pressure again. The weird thing was that for the most part didn't have the drainage or opposite of being too dry. Mostly just pain and pressure and disconnected feeling and eye pain. Here's the bonus --Last year had bad vertigo and like all of you MRI and all ENT tests were negative but couldn't stand too save my life. Even had to have someone drive me home from work. Well during this vertigo time for some reason I also suspected that maybe I had TMJ problems. Was even told by a national TMJ specialist at a conference that it wasn't and that I had sludge in my ears. ENT still found nothing so pursued this with a local specialist. Well the TMJ appliance is fabulous and a miracle. When I sleep in it I have no face, eye, ear pain.
I highly recommend it. Some people grind their teeth and others just brace there muscles which will cause intense jaw, face, ear, and eye pain. In my case I have bad arthritis at the joint where it is kind of flattened. In cold weather, dampness or if it is windy the pain is horrific. This causes some swelling at that joint so that is why all the "sinus remedies" all those years helped because alot reduce inflamation. The big help is from wearing the TMJ appliance now and not getting my stomach eaten by all the meds!! Hope this helps others. Also poor posture with forward head will put tension on the neck which puts tension on the jaw which then puts tension everywhere in the form of head and face pain, ear pain or headaches. These headaches can turn into migraines to the TMJ mouth appliance will help for all of this if it truly is not a sinus infection.
There are definitely many of these physical symptons which too many of the above posts have in common for there not to be an underlying medical pathology based on physical symptons.
When the above posts are compared with the small amount of knoweldge in this area of sinus / digestive system allergies - it is hardly surprising that the meds first instinct is to suggest anxiety depression and all the other psychological factors.
I would bet everybody that has posted above when complaining of the symptons (which we all seem to have in varying degrees) has the doctor ask the first question - ARE YOU DEPRESSED?
I have made a few contributions to this forum - usually to bounce whatever is the latest area that I hope is the answer to my problem. My brain (sadly) can not stop trying to figure out the solution.
However, personally I strongly believe it would be more efficient to organise ourselves into a formal website where data and information can be shared on a more organised manner. It seems odd no one has created one although I note some intentions to do so (or have they??).
I would be happy to collaberate with anyone that shares my interest. I have created a website before for example.
I am sure there are many professional and competent bloggers - who have confidence and respect in their daily lives - I would feel tremendously empowered to systematically take a more measured apporach to this area of my life. Maybe there is more wisdom in the crowd than the medical textbooks.
I am suffering with this pressure feeling in my sinus all the time and poor digestive system for the fifteenth year - I am a man in my late thirties working as a property surveyor - other than the pain from this condition and the time seeing my sinus and stomach specialists in Harley St London, my life is happy and involves lots of travel and sport (triathlon soccer cricket) as well as my private hobby making property and stock investments
ie my time is precious and I would gladly share it with people like yourselves to try and solve our health problem.
I have much information I would like to share from my treatment conventional and non conventional over the years - for example I have been to Brazil to live in a macrobiotic community in the late 1990s.
Can I have some feedback whether
a) it would be worthwhile to organise ourselves via the web
b) any volunteers to help
c) Has anybody ever fully cured themselves?
Best to all of you.
I have suffered many of the symptoms that you all have described. Horrible pressure in face, post nasal drip, dizziness and what feels like your face is pulsating.
A lot of times I have been put on an antibiotic but many times if I take advil cold and sinus, within 20 minutes the facial pain starts to ease off and then I can feel the mucus run down my throat. I have found out through allergy testing that I have a severe allergy to molds. So with this info I have noticed that after the snow melts is when the my sinuses really flare up. I would assume from the moisture of the snow in the ground.
For the dizziness, my doctor has given me clonazepam. It seems to help with the dizziness so that I can at least stand up with out feeling like I'm gonna topple over.
I've tried the neti pot. Helps a little. But I do find that boiling the kettle and breathing in the steam helps better. Also cold ice backs and warm ones alternating seem to break up the blockage in the sinus. However, sometimes there is no blockage, just inflammation. I then take the Advil cold and sinus. It has a antihistamane in it which helps. I find it way more affective than Tylenol sinus.
Hope this helps
okay since sunday april 12, 2009 i have been feeling terrible. i've been feeling very lightheaded/dizzyness, having headach's and even if you touch my head it hurts, a stuffy nose, breathing problem's, slight drainage, a problem with swallowing, and i've been feeling like i'm in a dream and floating around everywhere. so i went to the doctor on april 13, 2009 and he said all i had was sinus allergy's. so he put me on some meclizine for the dizzyness and floating and some amoxicillin for an antibiotic. now it is wednesday april 15, 2009 and i've been feeling the same way as i did before except now i feel a little bit better. but i still feel like i'm in a dream and dizzy all the time. this is really starting to scare me and i don't know what to do. i hate this because i don't feel like myself at all. can somebody please help me? it would be wonderful if you could!!
i have some of you symptoms. its the weird dream/feeling like you're not really there that scares me the most. I'm afraid to drive because I feel like I need to pull over or i'll faint and I get really panicky. I've had this the past couple of years (I'm 18), but it only really occurs really badly in the spring time.
until seeing this thread, I never considered that it might be allergy related, as I dont have itchy eyes/sneezing/runny nose. I just feel an intense pressure in my temples and that weird feeling of dizziness/dreamy/tiredness.
It is only bad on sunny days, so I thought it was related to the light intensity in the spring. However, maybe it's because the rain washes away the pollen and I don't feel it then?
Hi...wow it is good to find that I am not alone. I have all the same symptoms that are mentioned here. The bridge of my nose and sinuses are extremely painful and I get this *pulling feeling* like someone is pulling the back of my nose from the inside. I feel dizzy and disorientated most of the time and it is really getting upsetting and worrying. I have tried everything I can think of including a netti pot. The anxiety has taken me to the ER a couple of times with my heart racing, but they said everything was fine. When things get bad, I have to take half a Xanax which really helps with the panicky feeling I get. It really is affecting my whole life when this happens. I can't concentrate on anything. There just has to be an under-lying reason for all of us to feel so crappy, I just wish we could find it. Good luck everyone....I will keep reading the posts in hope.
I've been using the cool mist vaporizor at night. Instead of the nasal rinses, I put my nose over the opening of the vaporizor and suck the vapor up my nose for a little while and it goes way up my sinuses and all around cleaning and loosening the mucus. I have bad allergies also and antihistamines don't always work because they dry out the sinuses. I still take an antihistamine and also take fish oil for my dry itchy eyes.
I've had the dizziness, headaches, and panicy feeling also. I could barely drive. Since I've been deep cleaning with the cool mist, the symtoms have gone away.
I just found out about this forum and I too have just recently (2-3 months ago) began to get the dizziness and extreme pressure. Saw my doc and got the antibiotics, pseudoephedrine, and tried NeilMed. It helped but it started up again two weeks ago. So I was trying to decipher what I've been doing to bring on these symptoms again. What I've come to conclude was I rarely drink alcohol but remembered that I had gone to happy hour with friends and that's when I started feeling the symptoms plus I did the NeilMed almost everyday twice. I noticed the solution from the NeilMed had not completely drained even though I knelt over for a few minutes to let it drain. I could hear the swooshing from the leftover solution. I haven't drank alcohol in two weeks plus I stopped the NeilMed for a few days and my symptoms have easied down. I figure the dizziness is brought on by the solution still in my ears which probably doesn't help with my equilibrium. Well hope this helps a little. I KNOW VERY FRUSTRATING AND AT TIME DIBILITATING!!!
hello, I am need of serious help!! I have been having serious problems! About 3 years ago i came down with a horrible sinus infection and tried to treat it myself. About 4 months later, me and my fiance were at dinner and i turned to look at him and had a sudden wave of dizziness and felt as though I was going to pass out. I immediately got up and left. I went to the doctor a couple of days later and was told that I had sinus disease. I was put on the traditional antibiotics and steroids, however; I am still living with debilitating dizziness. I have had an MRI that was completely clean, but I know something is going on. I also have a very strange symptom of seeing sliver spots running across my vision if I am in very bright lights, or especially outside when looking up at the sky. I am running out of doctors to go to, and I am tired of being told that I have anxiety and that is all that it is. I know something is wrong and not one doctor can tell me!! PLEASE HELP!!!!
I have suffered with SOME " MYSTERY ALLERGY " for the last 3 years. I have gone to the doctor on and off for years the only thing they seem to confirm is I have fluid in my ears often , in the last year I have had LOUD heart beats in my head at night when I sleep and when I wake up, my face feels like to sumo wrestlers are smashing it together , my eyes are sore and blood shot, my vision is changing , there is so much pressure in my face and ears I feel like I could pop ! My doctors SHRUG their shoulders and have no idea what is going on, I have had my house checked for mold , nothing, I went to a allergist NOTHING, the last 4 weeks I have been losing my balance and now I am vomiting because I am so dizzy , I have great hearing , actually exceptional. I went to a ENT doctor , I TOLD HIM I WAS SO FRUSTRATED I WAS READY TO MOVE TO A RANDOM PLACE IN AFRICA AND FORGET ABOUT IT !!! I asked him about the Vertigo he said I didn't have it and that my ears were perfect and he informed me I had TMJ , he told me to have fun on my vacation to Africa before I left , DOCTOR GENIUS didn't listen to ONE WORD I SAID , I guess tonight he will tell me that I didn't throw up from dizziness.
I am so frustrated I want to punch myself ... I wish they would just say.. I really am not sure what you have....?
PRESSURE PRESSURE PRESSURE ... ( in my ears and head )
I thought I would share my experience with all of this and give some of my thoughts. I am a 21 year old male who started experiencing these problems Nov 07. Needless to say, I still have some of the symptoms. During the 07-08 school year I lived in a terribly dirty house that I attribute my sinus problems to. These problems are still lingering, however, I have noticed that they have improved ever since I moved out. I just moved out of a second house (after my senior year) and have returned home. Now, moving back home, I have noticed that my problems have once again gotten a bit worse but they were never necessarily perfect during the school year.
When I say problems, I generally mean dizziness, and a sort of inability to focus and remember things/clearly recall memories. I also continually have some flem in the back of my throat.
When I first started feeling these symptoms I didnt think too much of it. They got much worse in the spring of 08 and I posted over on the neurology boards. I literally was afraid for my life and had an MRI done (thinking tumor) by a neurologist. Nothing doing. I also visited a neuropsychologist and later an Allergist. All signs pointed to nothing wrong.
I'm about to simply start taking my vitamin C, using my NeilMed sinus rinse DAILY, and taking my multivitamin and fish oils. I also have some Wobenzyn-M which is supposed to help with the immune system.
I'm not sure if this is the case with others, but my symptoms are sort of cyclical. Certain times during the day, whether I be inside or outside, I will feel more-or-less "normal". At other times, I am very dizzy. However, I used to pretty much not be able to read, with my eyes jumping around, not to mention not remembering anything. I also was afraid to drive on the highway because I was almost overwhelmed/confused. This is no longer the case.
Its been a long time but I am slowly feeling better. I strongly feel, however, that if I were still living in that original house I would still be getting worse.
Hi. You might want to try eriodictyol glycoside. It's a component of lemon bio-flavonoids. I had poorly diagnosed vertigo, tinnitus, meniere's disease, etc. a couple of years back. It was getting very bad.
I went to all the usual doctors described previously and all I came away with was prescriptions for antihistamines. However, one ENT doctor prescribed an over-the-counter product, Lipoflavonoid. It's a supplement.
I was very skeptical. I said so. She told me that some research had been done that showed it worked. So, okay, I'll try it.
To my great surprise and relief, it DID work. Apparently it works like an antihistamine and improves blood circulation in the inner ear. Lipoflavonoid is a brand-name and is pretty expensive, so I found thru other online forums that you can get plain old Lemon Bioflavonoids for much less. I take two caplets of Lemon BIoflavonoids a day and my inner ear symptoms are nearly gone. Apparently--and you don't hear this everywhere--the eriodictyol glycoside is really only in Lemon bioflavonoids, not all citrus. If you buy just 'citrus' bioflavonoids you probably won't get relief. I use Lindberg brand Lemon Bioflavonoid Complex, and no, I don't work for them and this is not spam.
Look up eriodictyol glycoside on the internet. You'll see it's for real. It's the only thing that helped me. It helped with vertigo/dizziness and ear pain, specifically.
I am baffled i have developed these sypmtoms constant dizziness, whirling motion sensation slight upset tummy, not feeling connected , head is heavy when i lay down its pressure and when i get up its like that as well no drainage or sneezing, coughing etc. I also feel like heart palpatations or rapid heart rate inthe moring it takes me a bit before i can adjust to the light and my head hurting , tired, fatigued and its all started few days ago suddenly makes me feel like i cant do my everyday life routine and beginning to worry me has anyone out there have the same or similiar problems help!
I also have had alot of the same symptoms, including some i have not read yet. I feel like my head is being tightened in a vice. I have the headache and sinus pressure right along my eye brows, and sometimes i feel like a hand is squeezing the back of my head. I also get dizzy and shaky, and my nose is plugged up. I also feel like my ears are plugged up its a terrible feeling and i am sometimes afraid to go any where because i get so dizzy sometimes. I don't get dizzy alot but when i do it scares me to death. When i sit for a long time and then get up i sometimes have a very uneven feeling. My head feels so full like i need to drill a hole in it to relive the pressure. I don't drink hardly at all and i don't smoke, i don't drink any pop but i do drink alot of water. My mucus also runs down my throat which makes me a little nausea. I live in Michigan and to be honest i have alot of other things to worry about then getting dizzy when i have the kids with me. I also take a multi vitamin and sometimes motrin. I take bendryl alot at night but nothing seems to really help. I try not to worry about it but when i get really dizzy i hate that. Good luck to everyone, and God bless!
Hi every on I am a 24 year old male that have had all of the symptomes you all have hade. I have always been active in sports playing college football and Pro boxing. When I was in the off-season is when the symptomes increased. This may sound crazy but I think by the head contact in football and getting hit in the head in boxing loosened up my sinuses and relieved the presure. Coffee seams to help to. Good luck to all you out there I know it is horricle!
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I'd like to add my experience to this thread to see what everyone else thinks. In the past I have had sinus issues in the spring, where I feel some pressure in my forehead and I feel foggy and not quite clear headed. It always seems to just go away at some point on its own. This year, however, it has been very different and has scared me quite a bit. It started in April with the sinus pressure. One day while working in my attic on my knees, I stood up and had a horrible throbbing in my forehead and I felt weak and shaky. It passed after a few minutes. A similar episode happened two days later, only not as severe. After that, my legs constantly felt weak, like they didn't have their normal strength. I was able to do all things normally and had no apparent loss of muscle tone; I just felt that way. The sinus issues grew worse to the point where I had severe post nasal drip. The mucous was a thick clump in the back of my throat. My doc put me on claritin and nose spray. It didn't help. I also experienced chills at night at least once and then another night had these weird power surges in my extremities. I finally went to an ENT who said my sinuses were swollen but not infected and suggested an allergist. So far I have tested negative for any airborne allergens such as pollen and ragweed. My symptoms began getting better and I felt really good for about 6 weeks. Then suddenly the sinus pressure, post nasal drip, weak legs reappeared now joined by a feeling like I couldn't catch my breath and constantly had to yawn and drawn in a deep breath. Then I started getting this weird feeling in my head like a balloon expanding and contracting over a few seconds. I'm not really dizzy, it's just a weird feeling and when it happens it's scary. I'm now seeing an internist who thinks many of my symptoms are stress related. She has sent me for extensive bloodwork, which I haven't gotten back yet, but doesn't seem to think it's serious. Meanwhile, the sinus issue remains unresolved and I think this is what is causing the weird feeling in my head. Has anyone experienced any of these things and what do you think about seeing a nutrionist?
Hey everyone :) I came here for some answers, and feel not so alone anymore. I have been having dizzy spells for about 7 months now and Its is horrible my mom brought me over a nedi pot and it seemed to help for a few hours but the pressure and dizzyness is starting to return.AHHH I just want to feel better!! I have been to the gyno pcp and they have no idea what is going on so I took it upon myself and made an appt w/ the ENT
Has anyone noticed that when you actually get a cold or the flu that your symptoms actually get better. I feel weaker and achy like im sick but my dizzy/ headach issues seem to get much better...... Anyone?
I've always had horrible allergies. However, the past couple years, I've been getting painful pressure in my face and my ears. I was dizzy and foggy headed, sometimes nauseous. Oddly enough, I didn't have runny nose, coughing etc because I was always taking Zyrtec. I kept taking many different other allergy medicines, yet nothing seemed to work. I'd go to my doctor when I got really bad, he'd give me steroids. I'd feel better the first couple days on the higher doses, then the pain/pressure would come back on the lower doses and after finishing the pack. A number of times, I got REALLY bad pain/pressure in my face and ears that I was getting nauseous and could barely drive. I'd go to the doctor again, my ears were all red and "looked" infected, so it was a round of antibiotics. It sorta helped, but I was at square one after wards.
After one really bad so-called-infection, I nearly passed out in the doctor's office. I got antibiotics and a referral to an ENT and an Allergist. I went to an ENT a couple days later who refused to talk to me more then 5 minutes. He was rude and said it was very rare for an adult to have an ear infection in both ears. He said come back when there are infected again and didn't SEE anything wrong in my ears. What a jerk! I went to an allergist who basically turned me into a lab rat. Tried just about every allergy medicine known to man. I started 3 allergy shots once a week for a long time. Whenever I got severe pain/pressure... more rounds of steroids. I felt like he just wanted my insurance money to feed his gravy train.
NOTHING WORKED! I'm tired and frustrated. I live nearly everyday in pain. I finally tried a different ENT because something is WRONG with me. This doctor seemed to really understand my frustration and seemed to know the problem!!! He told me it's NOT allergies. It's a migraine!!! He said most people don't believe him because it just sounds weird. He's been finding more and more of these cases then never before. The type of migraine is a...
Basically, it's a different type of migraine that affects the nerves to your face and ears. I had just been diagnosed with it and just started to run a few tests to be sure there isn't something else causing the pain. I have not started any treatment yet until I get a full diagnoses later this week.
To any of you suffering similar pains, the doctors just might be barking up the wrong tree. Hang in there and find a doctor who listens and is willing to find the answer (easier said then done). I'm just trying to shed some light and hopefully hope others find their relief. If you think you have the same problem then check with a doctor.
Note: Google for an article called "9 in 10 Sinus Headaches Really Migraines"
I just wanted to let you all in on my little secret. I bought an electric back massager. I put it directly on my face above my eyes, under my eyes, near my ears, the back of my head, especially the neck area, anywhere there are sinuses. Then I put massager on my nose and it makes me sneeze. I do this for 10-20 minutes a day, or what ever is necessary. It really loosens up everything in my sinuses. This is very important to me, because I have had sinus flareups that have actually caused my pupils to dialate. I feel like I'm drunk!!!
Try this, everyone, and let me know how it works for you.
Here's another story to add to all of this. This one will bake your noodles a little bit!
(36 male) My problems started in 1994. I was working night shift at a warehouse when all of a sudden I was hit with knock me on my rear dizziness. It lasted a week. 3 years later, in the late spring early summer it hit again, but this time I was covered in, well I guess they were hives, but when you looked at my chest and stomach, you saw just one massive hive. My Mum came and got me from work and took me to the hospital. They hooked up an IV and took some blood. 3 hours later the hives were gone, the dizziness was not, but they let me go home. All tests came back negative for everything. They said I was fine! That time, it lasted a little over two weeks.
3 years later it happens again. Same time frame. (between spring and summer) this time it lasted for a month then went away as fast as it came on. 3 years later, same time frame it comes on again. My wife and I were moving from British Columbia to Utah at the time. It made moving very difficult. It lasted for a little over a month. Can you see a pattern yet? Well if you were wondering if it happened again 3 years later, you can guess no more, cause it did and it lasted close to 2 months.
Now we're at the most recent episode of dizziness, eye pressure and bad headaches which I have now have and HAVE had for over 2 months with no end in sight. I've been to doctors back home in Canada for this, but none of them had clue why this happens to me every 3 years let alone why it happens at all, but when the dizzys get bad, I try my hardest to stay off of my feet, seeing as I've almost fallen down a flight of stairs on a couple occasions.
I never thought that this might be a sinus infection. The doctors never said anything to that end either, so this has been quite enlightening for me. I may have just found out what ails me every 3 years of my life.
contact me if you have some input, I'd appreciate it.
Clayton at ***@****
hi m 24 and i have same symptoms...its now more than 1 month..
headace.....mostly one sided...
eye pain..or eye pressure..
sometimes pain in my jaws...and upper cheeks just below my eyes..
i have pain in my ears sometimes
i have pain on the sides of my head
sometimes my i have neck pain..
i feel dizzy too
i feel good at morning but all these symptoms comes at evening..or night
it stops when i sleep..
post nasal discharge is there but no discharge or drips frm nose
i cant sneez often ..but in summers i can
headace is sometimes onsided sometime both(rare)
i have allergy prob..like nasal allergy
i went to the doctor..he asked me to get sinus x rays...he told me that there is a bit swelling in it but not too much..!!! and he said that this headace..and dizziness is due to allegy pro u have..he gave me some tab..a told me to take them for 2 weeks..if problem persis..he would refer me to neurologist...
well m not sure that if its really allergy prob ..or is it somethong really very srious like tumors..in brain...m so nervoused and confused...pls help if anyone can...
or plz tell me is that really an allegy prob..because i hate dizziness and headace...i feel like if m going to faint...and i have an hhostory of panic attacks too...:(
I'm a 30-year-old guy and I've been feeling really miserable with similar symptoms for the last month or so.
- Dizzy/rocking sensation - especially when sitting at my computer
- 'Spacey'/fuzzy feeling, like I'm there, but not really there! This makes me feel quite panicky - I'm scared I'm going to faint or be sick. This happens quite alot when I'm walking outside or I come into a heated room from being out in the cold - and thinking about it, these symptoms started when the weather started getting cold, so perhaps it's related??
- Pressure/aches in my forehead, behind my eyes, at the top of my nose, near the bridge, and at the top of my head
- Occasional popping sound in my right ear
- Occasional aches in my ears
- Achy/stiff jaw from time to time
- Sudden imbalance in hearing, like the sound very abruptly fades from one ear and goes loud in the other
- unable to focus my eyes properly sometimes - like the picture is all wobbly, or my eyes get tired and I find myself staring into space
I don't have a blocked or runny nose, but I sometimes sound like I have a cold when I talk.
I put this all down to having a virus, or cold, or feeling stressed at work. I thought perhaps it could be panick attacks, although I can't think of a reason why I would be panicking!
Then I thought it could be my eyes and got them tested, but, although I needed an updated prescription, the optician said my eyes are healthy.
Then I went to the doctor and he did ECG and blood tests - all normal. Haven't been back to the doctor yet, but after reading this I'm starting to think this could all be related to my sinuses.
Now I look back, I had a few problems with one of my ears a few years ago (had loud ringing and felt like I was listening with a cup over my ear!). I saw an ENT specialist, who couldn't find anything wrong with my ears, but refered me to an allergy specialist, who said I'm allergic to dust and grass. Doc prescribed me with Nasonex spray, but I stopped taking it a few months later, as I heard it could break down the lining of the nose if used for prolonged periods. I haven't had any problems with my ears since I stopped using the spray.
I gotta say, I'm a little relieved that other people are suffering similar symptoms - I honestly felt like I was going mad, and I know my friends/family secretly think I'm just being a hypochondriac. I was actually starting to wonder whether I was imagining this all myself!! I'm trying to stay positive about this all, but it's making me feel quite depressed. Good luck guys. I'm going back to the doctor next week to get a repeat prescription of my nasal spray - see if that makes any difference :)
I admit my recent symptoms aren't as bad as most of what you are listing here, but I just turned 40, and a few months ago at 39, I had a horrible dizzy feeling that overcame me the night before two days of successive storms, which brought on an allergy attack, right before Halloween. Halloween weekend I had a fever of 101 which lasted for about two days.
A month before that I had a sore throat for three weeks. The GP suggested I had mild ragweed allergies.
In the fall of '08 I was fine. In fall of '07, three weeks of a sore throat, and an attack for two days after a rainstorm.
So now I went to an allergist. He did all the scratch tests and nothing came up. But then he did interdermal and I reacted to mould, dust, dust mites, ragweed and some other pollens, some trees, and CAT, which I found most heartbreaking. I seem to live with my kitty rather well though. I don't have the severe reactions many people do.
What bugged me was that I was having a fuzzy feeling for months, and it increased to the point of headaches, and even nausea on and off. I had never had this before and was terrified. The allergist actually said he could not figure out why, even though there are tons of posts from people out there who have head problems and allergies!
He said that was because the headache I felt was more on top of my head, but a bit towards the front-top, than behind the eyes, and he said that was not the location for sinus headache.
Yet I read somewhere that there is a nerve that connects to the sinuses that goes up to the top of the head. Is this true?
I do notice that even now, while I have no big head issues, if my throat feels a bit swollen from wiping cat hair off the couch, my ears pop and a tiny bit of that head thing comes back, though nowhere near as intensely as before.
I went back to my GP, who is generally very good, but he basically wrote me off has having psychosomatic issues, even though I've never been that way before.
I discussed this with a friend, and he said he had Mienere's disease at one point, and woke up to find the room upside down! Scary! He went to an acupuncturist a few times and it cured him!!!!
I have not gone myself yet, and now my head seems mostly good.
But I will seek the acupuncturist anyway. My cat is 16 and I have no intention of giving her away unless my life is in danger, which it does not seem to be.
I hope this helps..... I am 26 years old, the symptoms that you are describing (Pressure in the head, dizziness, nausea, vertigo, fatigued, problem concentrating), I have had for over 10 years. It started when I was 16. I have seen every Dr. imaginable (3 times) and have had every procedure ran (MRI, CAT, blood work), and no one could tell me what was wrong with me. They kept saying it was sinus, inner ear, migraines, etc. Every time I slept it was like a restart button too, where I felt fine in the morning and started to feel bad in the afternoon. This progressively got worse over the years. Every day for the past 6 years I have had to take valium for the dizziness and pressure, just so I could feel a little normal during the days. I literally felt sick (nausea, pressure in the head/behind the eyes, dizziness) everyday of my life for a long time. I finally started reading blogs night and day and diagnosed myself.
I had a form of a yeast infection or candida where there was no visible signs. I went to the doctor and had a yeast test done and it was positive. I took a 9 day supply of Diflucan and it has now been 22 days of feeling normal. It is a shame that it took so long to figure this out, but I feel normal again and you can't possibly imagine how good it feels. Please try this if nothing else works. It may save you a lot of time in money.
Please email or respond with any questions. I want to help!!
This is crazy. I always thought I was crazy and something was wrong with me only. I have all the same problems that almost everyone has been describing. It is constant pain for me especially when it is cold outside. I have dizzy spells, I have to get glasses because my vision has changed. My vision was alright until I developed sinuses about maybe 2-3 years ago. I looked at a statement that said that they have problems switching positions. I do too. When I get up in the morning I have to take it slowly. I go from laying down to sitting up to actually getting ready for the day. If I get up to fast I get dizzy. It feels like all the blood has rushed to my head. I am constantly stuffy and it is usually dry stuffiness, so I cant blow my nose usually. I as well, have been to the ENT and have not received any answers. I also have a hard time concentrating especially when reading because things start to get blurry or my neck starts hurting. These sinus has been kicking my behind. One of the major focuses has been the top part of my nose that is where the pain always begins and the second one are my ears. I have had my ears clogged because I caught a cold and what occured because of my sinuses and the mixture of the cold was drainage into my ears and now my ears pop all the time. I also have pain in the face all the time, my cheeks, as once said my nose, my eyes, and etc. I also have to force myself to do everyday normal task because I cant function like those people who dont have sinus problems. At night I can't sleep properly because my head always hurts. You name I have it. I have nasal sprays and it works temporarily but I eventually get right back to the same symptoms and I take Allegra D's but they cost alot Its hard to keep buying them all the time. But I would recommend allegra d's the pain goes away for 24 hours! But they might keep you up! It only happened to me the first night I took them. Thanks for all the post it helped me realize that I am not the only one and that sinuses can be a real issue!
I was having sinus infections every three months for two years. The only thing that helped was antibiotics, but it was temporary.
I got desperate and started studying the human body and it dawned on me that all the organs of the body are in a straight line from the anus to the top of the head. That's why you can get shot in the arm and still live.
So to cure sinus problems, you have to attack from both ends, from the mouth and from the colon. It's the only way your gonna cure cronic sinus problems.
The problem is our bodies are full of crap, from bacteria, viruses, chemicals, molds, to ****. You gotta get it out!
For the mouth I used coconut oil extra virgin and sesame seed oil and started oil-pulling. Also, I started flossing my teeth twice a day rinsing with listerine. You can go to ************ and learn all about oil-pulling.
For the colon I used super colon cleanser you can buy from CVS. It takes about two months to heal your sinuses to about 80 %.
Six months to a year for 100% healing.
You will find that doing this will fix allot of other health problems you have also.
Hi am 46 years and has been experiencing/dealing with the exact symptoms along with headache occasionally and some vision changes. The big thiing the pressure in my head. I have been searching the web and came upon your comments . I too have been back and forth to different ent and neurologist. I also had several scans and nothing the doctors cant find nothing wrong so they tell me i will have to llive with the discomfort for the rest of my life, as you know its reallylife altering i dont feel normal, I am dizzy and feel the pressure all day everyday, only when am asleep does the pain go away. please help. I will like to feel better, leading a normal life again. My problem is getting worse.
i have had balance/dizzy symptoms for about 3 years now.... i get face pressure/head pain sharp shooting pains/ringing in my ears.... this all has led me to become quite housebound... the doc says aggrophobic ... i have panic attacks ... due to all these symptoms..... i'm sure after reading some of the post's here my trouble could be sinus related ??????
I read all of this this morning and I feel like I'm reading myself trying to explain my symptoms to people. I've been suffering with these symptoms for over two years and have been hospitalized twice because of them. I have it all- enormous pressure in the front of my face, racing heartbeat (which causes anxiety attacks), dizziness, vertigo, feeling as if I'm going to pass out at anytime, difficulty talking sometimes- you name it. I, too, have tried everything to counter effect what is going on because the doctors I have gone to have been clueless. One actually put me on Xanax for anxiety! (That has been stopped- talk about feeling like a zombie). The nose flushing does help temporarily, as do hot showers. The worst part is is effects my social/ work life. I'm often afraid/ anxious to go anywhere because I may get light headed and pass out. Sometimes being in strange settings make the symptoms worse. Does anyone else experience that?
Hello everyone! I am a 32 yr old woman, and the symptoms you all have discussed are similar to what I am having. I am having a dull pain (but mine started directly behind my left eye, seems to be spreading up and towards my right eye for the last 3 weeks), the dizzy/spacey/ unreal feeling which just started about a week ago.The left nostril is always congested it seems. I have some pressure when I crinkle my face. It seems like my left eye is slightly blurrier than my right eye, and seems like it doesn't work and move like its supposed to but when people are watching me move it, its working fine. My concentration at work is almost nonexistent. I think I was panicking to death almost breaking down into tears in front of my coworkers because of being afraid of feeling like this. Feels like something is TERRIBLY wrong. It was so bad they had someone at work drive me to the doctor, and I found out that I have high blood pressure 152/100. She put me on a beta-blocker and it has calmed me down a little but the other symptoms are still there. I get nervous because my father had an aneurysm in his late 30's. Last night I was thinking I was dying. I was praying that if something is going to explode in my head to let it happen while I was asleep, PLEASE! But when I laid my head down, I felt something moving from my behind my left eye and up towards the central/frontal part of my head and then I can breath out of my left nostril. I have been using the netti pot and nothing crazy looking has been coming out. It helps sometimes, other times it doesn't. I didn't have the headaches before, but I seem to be having slight headaches, not bad at all, but an annoying headache with pressure from ear to ear. I am wondering if its getting worse because of the seasons changing. Here in NC the pollen gets so bad you can see pollen clouds when the wind blows. I don't think it started yet though. I am scared to go to the dr for this because of all the money I have to kick out. I may still need to go. I just don't want to be told that its all in my head when I know my balance, concentration, and speech are being affected. I guess its better than not knowing if I have a brain tumor or an aneurysm so I better go.
I wish everyone luck, and I hope you all get better soon! Keep us all posted on progress please!
Sounds like you are really suffering. Take comfort- you are not crazy. This is a true problem and from everything that I'm reading, it really has become severe in the last two years.
I notice my symptoms get worse when its about to rain (which would make sense, onslaught of allergens). Two things I do that does provide relief- I do the NetiMed Sinus rinse (not the pot but the sinus bottle-same medicine, different technique) and I take wild oil of oregano capsules. They sometimes start my symptoms up a bit more but after regularly taking them, they really do work on knocking sinues symptoms down.
I think every single one of us needs to demand that more medical research go into these symptoms. There is an entire community of people who feel like they are on the verge of passing out all the time, having panic attacks and very little is being done about it.
Let us know how you are feeling..
Hello there! I am going to try what you said you're doing. I went back to the Dr. this morning (well, I went to Urgent Care) and the dr said that I have Trigeminal Neuralgia/ Tic douloureux. I don't know where he came up with that. They don't have the means to do a CT Scan or anything. I probably should wait until I get referred to an office that has all the equipment. Right now I'm sitting at work, trying not to move too much because I feel weird. He didn't give me any medication for the diagnosis he gave me. He said that the side effects will make me feel worse than I already feel. I don't know what else to do now. I guess I'll just try to stay busy and keep my mind off of things. As of right now, I still have some minor dizziness, but my head feels like its in some vice grips squeezing softly at my temples. When this happens, the dull pain that shoots up from behind my left goes away. I hope everyone is doing well, and I will let you know what I come up with. Thanks again Wolfmom68!
Hi, I am constantly amazed that we all appear to suffer from an identifiable problem but that no research is being carried out by this. i can set up a website to collate all this information if there is demand for it - which will then make it easier to draw to the medics attention.
what do you think?
Secondly I have been suffering pressure pain in my upper face and sinusitis with dizziness for 15 years now. The good news is I have had every test known to the medical community and all are normal save for reflux of stomach acid which has been mentioned many times on this blog. I am strong and healthy - holding down a good job in London and running marathons and triathlons which I find takes my mind off the pain.
Yesderday I went to Geneva Switzerland to see a specialist physician working with sinus and stomach problems. He immediatley told me there is a strong link proven in the literature between acid reflux and sinus ear and throat congestion even extending to lung conditions.
He said the acid should be stopped at all cost as it could cause throat cancer and in his opinion was without doubt the cause of my pain.
He could not explain the strange pressure feeling that we are all describing and ruled out a link to the dizziness problem.
I believe there is a feedback system operating that goes something like this-
pain causes body stress - this in turn causes stomach over produciton of acid - this leads to over production of phlegm through LRT (laryngopharyngeal reflux) - this leads to sinus inflammation / eustachian tube blockage / vestibular disorder - through the bodies own self cleaning through mucous produciton being affected detrimentally.
upper head area
How the pressure pain fits into this I can not guess. What is specifcally causing this feeling? What is the mechanism?
I agree with my Swiss medic that the stomach acid is causing the inflammation that is the source of the discomfort but I strongly believe there is a mechanism at work that prevents the upper head area functioning normally and which creates the negative feedback to kick off the feedback loop described above.
Recently came across this thread. I wanted to share that I've had sinus allergies for almost 8-10 years. Only since last year, I noticed that the sinus allergies were causing a bit of eye strain ( and ocasionally a slight increase in eye-pressure ?). For me, this only affects my reading small print or reading from a computer screen in the evenings or driving at night with glaring lights all around ( basically when there is insufficient natural light). However, when I do not have congestion issues, the eye strain goes away completely so much so that I can even read without my "reading glasses' ( which I am supposed to use anyways).
Just wanted to get this out, so that if someone is worried about eye-strain and needs a confirmation ( relief) about any corelation between sinus-pressure and eye-strain, I would like to add my two cents from my personal experience and say that I strongly think so. Most opthalmologists do not seem to take this factor into account.
I have horrible sinus problems all year around it seems like it gets worse each and every year. I pretty much tried everything from colon to total body cleanses and the netti pot and nothing works. To sum it up, mucus is my biggest problem it runs down the back of my throat and fills up my stomach. A lot of times when I eat something the food gets stuck in my espougus and won't even go into my stomach and I just spit or puke up the food with a ton of mucus and pretty much after that I can get the food in my stomach. I can't even follow a regular diet any more, alot of times my diet is dependent on my allergies are treating me so I can't eat a proper diet. slight changes in heat, cold and humidty wheather coming from an indoor heater or just mother nature control my life, I really dont know what to do anymore shall live in a plastic bubble.
Here is what I tried and it is working....slowly...no sugar, no pasta and breads...eat a lot of protein ( chicken sticks) and green veggies.Make sure you are getting the necessary vitamins. A neti-pot of salt water helps as does plain ole Vicks Vaporub and a cool mist vaporizer at night.. Diet is key and NO smoking!
Hello All, I have sat here and read all your stories and let me tell you. I to am suffering from Sinus pressure, headaches, dizziness and is *****. I have been dizzy for about 3 weeks and let me tell you it's not fun I to feel like I'm drunk and I have to be standing near something or someone just to hold onto them or it when I stand still because I feel like i'm going to fall over. I've been taking travel Sickness pills that you can get over the counter for the dizziness and they work for a while but I am so frustrated sometimes that it hasn't gone away. I am still taking medication that the doctor has given me but still hoping it goes away. I feel for each and everyone of you but i'm glad to know that I'm not the only one suffering from this. God Bless you all and take care and hope all your sinus issues go away along with my sinus issues.
SITUATION AND SYMPTOMS: 53 year old male. Every spring I get allergy problems. Last spring was brutal, as I had to work late into the evenings and my already deteriorated exercize regimen dropped to zero for a couple of months. My nasal drainage had stopped completely, which is when things get the worst. While the sinus pressure does not cause great pain, it is the accompanying symptoms that are debilitating. In early May I had a couple of bouts of extreme weakness that would hit out of the blue. I would suddenly feel like I might pass out. I went in and the first doc said my nasal cavities, inner ears, and throat were all very red and swollen. She prescribed antibiotics, but I was still struggling so I went to the second doctor for extended treatment. I was now starting to feel a hazy mental condition from time to time and still unable to exercise. Didn't feel at all like myself. Went to my regular doc, who said he could see nothing, but I could feel the pressure above my eye so I got a different antibiotic and a one shot of steroids. Taking the antibiotic caused abdominal pain that grew worse each day until it got real bad and I quit taking it. Then I developed diaherra. Got very weak and worked from bed for a week. I gradually got a bit better and tried to fly up to visit my family, but got so weak I had to leave the airport. I spent another week working from bed. I felt only strong enough to minimally cook and care for myself, as well as make a few trips to several doctors. I would use a shopping cart as a walker in order to pick up groceries. I had tingling in my hand after showering, and tingling in my feet. I regularly felt like I was half-numb throughout my body. There were also some acute issues. Once it felt like someone hit me with a baseball bat in the eye, just out of the blue. Another time it felt like my brain had moved suddenly, and I lost sense of balance and felt very weak, but did not fall over. I saw several docs over the three week period, and they all said there was nothing wrong with me. An ENT prescribed a nasal steroid, and a gastro enterologist assured me I would not die from these problems, even though I had diahrea for three weeks solid and had lost ten pounds. I got occasional chest pains and some shooting pains down my left arm, but they weren't severe. Nonetheless, after my pulse was measured at 48 I was rushed to a cardiologist who said my heart was not an issue, but that stomach issues can cause low pulse rates. My primary care doc prescribed Nexium, and the gastro enterologist said that is how they would treat acid reflux or an ulcer, so I began that and the chest pains went away fairly quickly.
THEORY: After analyzing my condition I realized that my above-eye sinuses had probably gotten totally blocked. I had acute glaucoma 15 years earlier, and that had caused severe weakness, which is a known symptom of glaucoma. While the docs all say that sinus pressure doesn't do the same thing, I believe that it does if the sinus cavity is completely blocked. I then believe that the antibiotics and steroids caused the diahrea and an ulcer, which compounded my problems. With the stomach problems, I could not eat correctly. Being in bed for two of three weeks had caused me to become quite weak on top of it. Lack of exercise over the previous six months likely further worsened my overall health. Also, I realized that the sinuses, esophagus, stomach and intenstines are all one system, and that sinus problems may lead to stomach and intestinal issues and vice versa. I theorized that nasal drainage might cause acid increase, and acid reflux might trigger additional mucosal flows. What was needed was a holistic treatment of that entire system.
TREATMENT: I came up with a treatment plan based on my theory. I did the NeilMed saline rinse right away upon waking and took Nexium then as well. An hour later I did another NeilMed rinse. This was to clear out the lower sinus. The idea is that if the nose and lower sinus are all cleared out, then the upper sinuses will be free to drain into them. The nose and lower sinus are also the entry point for allergens, so keeping them clear is job one. If congested later in the day, I would rinse again, up to five times a day if needed. On the second rinse I make sure to regularly floss and brush, including brushing of the tounge. When one is sick, such hygene matters can me overlooked. Also, clearing out of ear wax. All of that tissue is connected, and keeping it all in proper shape should help the overall system. Next up in importance was exercise. I started with a ten minute walk, which I could barely finish, but then added a 2 minute jog in the next week. Then a 4 minute jog the next week. Each month showed slow steady progress, and by keeping on the system I am now back to the full workout which is a 20 minute jog Sunday Tuesday Thursday and my tae kwon do forms on Monday Wednesda Friday. Six days a week. I also do 15 situps and pushups each morning.
RESULTS: With the steady, month by month, progress I am now back to feeling normal again. Not tip top shape yet, but all of the earlier symptoms are either gone or vastly reduced. Of course, the first thing everyone should do is see a doctor, as numerous things can cause symptoms. But if the docs say there is nothing wrong with you, then proper hygene and a good exercise routine may be very beneficial.
ADDENDUM - I see I failed to mention that the rinse routine, floss and brush should be done every day. Also, I weened myself off of Nexium after about three months, and then had another three months on Pepsid, and finally with the presumed ulcer cured, I am now down to just an occasional Tums.
I too have been hounded by these symptoms for the past 5 months. I have been on 3 rouns of anti biotics, everything from the pharmacy and im stilling suffering with little congestion but lots of head and facial pressure as well as fatigue.
I sleep great but after im awake for a bit all symptons return and i feel tired again. I finally seen an ENT yesterday and he states that my sinsuses are clear but he did notice something with his fibre optic camera and sent me for more xrays. I havent heard back yet on results. Maybe a polyp? He also stated i have deviated septum which should not be an issue either because i didnt have any nasal issues prior to this onset.
I found that to be THE LAMEST answer i have ever heard. Yes sir, you do have a deviated septum (which can cause all these symptoms) but thats not your problem........Boy oh boy these doctors are enough to give you a headache.
Anyways thought id share my story briefly and will keep you posted. Hope everyone gets feeling better!
I'm a 27 year old female and II too have been having a very rough time with my strange sinus symptoms. I've grown so frustrated with all of the medical care I've tried to receive and driven my family slightly crazy too I'm afraid. Since I've survived this long I guess I've convinced myself I'm not dying but it's hard to stay positive about all of it.
Here is what I've been experiencing for about 6 months now:
facial pressure, especially like someone is pushing me downward by my forehead or like my head is clamped at the temples.
rocking sensation, especially when I sit at my computer or lie down to try and sleep.
nausea (usually NOT while I'm feeling rocking or unsteady but rather when I'm experiencing lots of pressure in my face!)
eye soreness and stiffness, general discomfort (not usually bloodshot)
fatigue and weakness, overall not feeling good
lightheaded feeling or like I'm floating
swollen membranes in my nose so bad I can't breathe through it, but very little mucus.
occasional sinus pain and rarely a sinus headache
What I've done:
Went to see an eye doctor, who said my eyes were healthy. Neurologist did a brain MRI and found no tumors or neurological disorders. MRI did find some thickening of my sinus membrane but not severe according to my ENT. Blood work to check thyroid and other things (not sure what) Went on two courses of azithromyacin (z-pack) which seemed to help a lot while I was on them but the results did not last. One course of a much stronger antibiotic in case the z-packs weren't doing the trick. tried "cold lazer therapy" which did nothing at all. Allergist / ENT testing found me severely allergic to dust mites. Tried nasonex, fluticasone, omnaris, clariton, clarinex, and zyrtec, none of which helped.
things that seem to help:
crying. When I get to the point that I break down and cry about it, it seems like some of the pressure gos away but I usually get a head ache afterwords.
sinus flush with neilmed system helps make sinus pain less severe but does not last long.
advil or tylenol seem to help with pressure and rocking sensation, as does antibiotics, probably because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
singulair seems to be the only medication that has helped, and I'm told it is designed to reduce inflammation. I started on it about 10 days ago and felt better then I had felt in 6 months. Then I caught a cold a few days ago but was still actually feeling better then I feel when I have my bad sinus allergy symptoms. Then today I noticed the same pressure/nausea and "lightheaded" feeling but I realized I was a few hours late taking my singulair. I took the medication right away but still having problems. I'm hopeing that the relapse was just due to taking it late and not because of the cold or because the singulair was not really working. I guess we will have to see how I do in the next few days.
Also, incidentally, I do consume a good amount of sugar subsititutes and I drank several cups of diet coke today before I started feeling crummy. I'm going to cut them out completely and see if I feel any better. It seems like every week I change my mind about what's causing this. It's driving me crazy!! Good luck all and hang in there. Keep posting and maybe we can figure something out. Sometimes I wish I had a doctor in the family who could devote themselves to finding out whats going on because most doctors really don't seem to care.
My husband was diagnosed with "asthma" 10 years ago, right before we got married. It started out as a bad cough and when he went to the dr's they gave him advair and told him he had asthma. Well since then he has gotten worse health wise every year. He's only 32 yrs old and feels like he's 90....He can never breathe out of his mouth, coughs up brown marble sized mucous balls every morning, gets 2-3 bronchial infections a year, is always rubbing his forehead and back of his head because of pressure, feels light headed, spacey, like he's floating....then to make matters worse 3 yrs ago he was diagnosed with Diabetes type1 out of the blue....To top it all off, we have 3 young children, 3yr old and 1yr old twins....he gets so depressed that he never feels good enough to play with them. He's worried what will happen to us if he dies, because he honlestly feels like he's dying. We eat very healthy, are active, do not smoke, no drugs, it's so frustrating to go to countless doctors who all tell you they will "fix" you then thousands of dollars later you are still sick if not sicker!!!
Now he's been getting one pupil that's larger than the other...has anyone experienced different sized pupils? I think it's from all the pressure in his head pressing on his eyes but what do i know?!!
I truly believe (from all the reading and research i've done on my own) that he has a massive fungal infection but i don't know who to go see about that. I've read that fungal infections can also cause misdiagnosed diabetes symptoms. Most doctors don't even acknowledge me when i bring it up....Frustrating!!! It's encouraging (in an awful sad way) to hear all of you experience similiar things:(
I have been feeling a bit bla for quit some time now ( a year or so ), always having ear pain and swollen glands yet when I went to my ENT no infection, a time or two i did have fluid on the ears. Last Tue I was driving and started seeing spots or shadows behind my eyes. Within minuets I was totally sick to my stomach and could not respond very well. I was rushed to the hospital. I couldn't answer questions correctly the nurses were asking me. I had NO headache pain nor any sinus systems.They told me I had either had a stroke or migraines. I was transferred to a larger hospital, had 2 CT scans a CTA scan and a MRI....well the MRI showed I had a severe case of Sphenoid Sinusitis.I had so many weird systems ( dizziness, confusion,one eye dilated other wasn't, very blurred vision, red eyes,weakness, very high bp 183/103) all the nurses and Dr's were baffled.They started me on IV drip with heavy antibiotics 4 times a day for two days then Augmentin 875 mg in pill form 2 times a day for 2 weeks, also have Mucinex and Flonase. I am 2 days into my pills and have VERY heavy drainage! I now have the headaches and laying down makes them worse.Once the meds started working, my nose went numb a time or two,the headaches began,a cough began,and I can feel the sinus draining ALL the time! All I can say is research research research, this is a very dangerous thing and can lead to permanent damage!
Forgot to mention, while in the hospital I saw an Ophthalmologist and my eye site that has always been 20/20 every year on my checkups was 20/20 in my right eye but 20/200 in my dilated eye.....Don't ignore your symptoms! Look for a specialist!
I am a 27 year old female and life is pretty difficult at the moment. I have blocked eustacian tubes and both my ears are blocked. I have had a CT sinuses scan and the sinuses are mostly clear, although the sphenoid sinuses are blocked. My neck hurts both sides and one pupil is massively dilated (both are large). I am constantly tired and haven't been out/ to work for months. I too find supermarkets in particular very challenging- I get dizzy and disoriented and can't handle being in there for more than 5 mins. I get hot and sweaty and just want to get home. I realise what this sounds like but I am NOT agoraphobic- I have always lived life in the fast lane, getting stuff done and constantly setting myself challenges and for the most part, achieving them! I am not nervous around people but lately, my symptoms have made me very edgy about passing out in public (as I always feel like I am on the brink of fainting) especially when moving about/ walking. Friends are starting to wander where I am and a night out is pretty much impossible- I am too tired and a busy, noisy environment is my worst nightmare atm. I think maybe hormones have something to do with this as it does appear to be cyclical. I feel bad all the time but there are certain times when the headaches get particularly bad. My forehead and cheeks and bridge of nose feel numb, I have tried Neilmed and Sterimar and am taking Avamys nasal spray- no change yet. MRI booked for 3 weeks which I am now worrying about! Not bothered about the procedure, just what they might find! Surprised at all the posts about Supermarkets and dreading them- I completely understand this! Friends and partners do not understand that you feel trapped in your own world of vertigo and outwardly you look ok- also they get tired of constantly seeing you feeling low, in PJs and not having gone to work all day makes you look (and feel!) lazy, adding to a low mood. My skin is very dry and I have a sharp pain above my left eyebrow constantly there every time I blink- very annoying. At night a constant bobbing motion in my head and body make it difficult to sleep. I can hear my heartbeat all the time and its driving me mad. I have had my heart checked, bloods and now the scans. Been on lots of antibiotics and havent the energy to go for all these appointments. Sick of having to wait at least a week to see the GP each time and for specialist appts its months and months, then your sitting in a busy noisy hospital waiting room feeling truly awful. I am still optimistic about one day feeling better- and your posts have cheered me up in that I don't feel like a hypochondriac so much now! Part of the time I wander if I am making too much of all this and even worrying myself sick, but have to keep reminding myself that my symptoms would make anyone feel low, especially over a long period of time- 2 years for me so far, especially with constant dizziness- it is very scary. I am going to keep doing what the doctor says and we will see if it gets me anywhere.
Best wishes to you all- I sympathise completely and will let you know if I find anything that helps!
Omg my head is gonna explode I've been feeling this way for a week. Pressure on my forhead, nose bone, top of my head, then it travels to my neck. I started thinking OMG! Brain tumor. It made me nervous cuz I didn't think sinus would do that. But reading everyones post has put my brain tumor thought to rest. My cheek bones feel tight, my teeth hurt(only the top back teeth) and I get dizzy too. Medication doesn't work for me I don't know why? But I just got a massage yesterday and it felt good. All the pressure went away with the aromatherapy oils. But today I woke up with that same pressure. What the heck should I do? Antibiotics? claritin? I'm allergic to sudafed. Any suggestions?
I am a healthy 32 year old male in good shape. I run every morning and lift weights in the evenings. My diet and lifestyle habits are relatively very healthy.
2 months ago I began sleeping longer, missing work, and I stopped working out. I began experiencing incredible sinus pressure, blurry vision, brain fog, fatigue, irritability, memory failure, and occasional tinnitus with vertigo. Oddly enough, I had no nasal congestion, even though my sinus pressure was incredibly intense. I would, however, experience some slight post-nasal drip -- but it was always clear.
Also like many of you, some days were better than others. It seemed to come and go. I couldn’t figure it out.
I kept thinking I had a minor cold or that it was just pollen allergies. My symptoms persisted and worsened until I was rushed to the emergency room after nearly fainting... I had never fainted before in my entire life. I was scared, I thought I had become diabetic or I was having a stroke.
There, like many of you, I had the CT scan, blood work, urine test, EKG, everything. Everything came back normal -- no diabetes, no thyroid problems, no sinusitis, nothing. The ER doctor told me on paper I was healthy.
I knew he was wrong.
Reluctantly, the next day I visited my general MD. He told me I had sinusitis, and began treating me for that. I protested and told him I displayed none of the classic symptoms, except for the relentless sinus pressure. Still, he gave me a steroid shot, a round of oral antibiotics, and prescription for allergy nasal spray. I took it all except for the nasal spray, which I did not believe would help me.
Two professional medical doctors, neither of whom helped me, and both of which were more than happy to throw drugs at me and dismiss my specific symptoms which didn't align with anything they'd heard before.
Three more weeks passed and my symptoms worsened. At times I was so tired and miserable I wanted to cry. The pressure on my head was immense -- I felt my head was in a fish bowl. I felt half drunk all the time. Concentration became impossible. I missed days at work. I went from bench pressing 350 pounds and running 3 miles daily to sleeping in bed all day weak as kitten. I grew increasingly depressed and began fearing anxiety attacks.
Since the doctors and their drugs weren't helping me, I decided that I would begin systematically eliminating certain elements from my environment, in order to see if I could identify what was causing my illness.
Guess what I found out? It was the SHOWER SOAP I was using everyday.
The solution was so simple, I was almost embarrassed to tell my family and co-workers what had destroyed my life for months.
I had begun using a more expensive, name-brand soap about 2 months prior. It seemed insignificant and I had forgotten about it.
Immediately, I used an organic, hypoallergenic bar soap and scrubbed myself clean of the offending material. I felt immediate relief! All my symptoms vanished. I had forgotten what normal me felt like. I felt like my old self again.
I urge all of you – especially those with classic sinus headache symptoms but with little nasal congestion – to check your household or work environment for possible offending allergens.
I highly suspect this is why many people report feeling better when traveling away from home, or why some report random days being better than others.
I know how debilitating, miserable, and crippling this can be. I also understand how doctors, family, and friends can be dismissive and claim it's just depression, or it's just "all in your head." I occasionally heard those comments.
Check your environment! Check your surroundings! Check your diet! Remove the offending item, and you feel 100% better! Best of luck, and repost if you feel better.
On may the 8th I woke up out of a sound sleep , to go to the bathroom the whole darn room started spinning around and I got sick threw up all that day , I went to the ER days later when the dizzyness was getting worse . then after all the meds they gave didn't work I went to my doctor no good blood test came back just fine ! are they crazy I walked like I had been on a drunk for days . I still feel the pressure and the dizzyness when I turn my head or lay down . In the past I have had lots of sinus infections . after reading all the above systoms I believe I know what happened I spray painted something the night before and I believe I inhaled the fumes and it triggered all this hell . Thanks to all who showed me what it could be . I knew it was not Vertigo ! What the young man said about things around the house made so much sense . I have noticed ever since I moved in this apt . I have gotten sick ! I plan to check out everything now !
Vasomotor Rhinitis - Non allergic rhinitis causing allergy like reactions to the sinus. Mine is brought on by air conditioning. I find KMart the worst but may explain why people are feeling sick in the supermarket.
I'm 48 yrs old, and my incidents of debilitating sinus pain are increasing in frequency and intensity. Starting back in early 2000, the number of sinus pressure headaches has progressively increased - and the severity has also gotten worse.
I live in a high desert state, Utah, and the instances seem to occur with seasonal weather transitions. Meaning, I will experience sinus pain in the Fall -- when the weather changes from warm to rainy and cold, and again in the Spring, when the weather transitions from cold and wet to warmer and dry.
I can be in a windowless office, and tell you when the weather is changing just by the pressure I experience in my head. The pain can be so intense that I break into a cold sweat, become dizzy, nauseous and sick to my stomach.
I used to take 800 MG of GUAIFENESIN / DEXTROMETHORPHAN for severe sinus pressure ---which used to provide relief.
Recently, I decided that I could not continue experiencing / dealing with these debilitating headaches and the pain (burning) in my head (sides of forehead) and went to an ENT. He checked me out and told me that I had no sinus congestion - no blockage, but a deviated septum and some small polyps. He suggested a nasal irrigation device and a steroid spray (OMNARIS®) to be used once a day.
This brought some relief, but wasn't a 100% fix.
On a 2nd visit to this ENT, I had an MRI. No sinus problems revealed.
As I said above, I can take a sinus medication like Claritin or Pseudoephedrine and get relief -- but it's not 100%.
I have had past instances where the headache has become so bad that I've left work and gone home to bed. Where I'm severely nauseated to the point that any movement feels like my head will explode and I will vomit. I am extremely dizzy. I also can swallow mucus down the back of my throat, but freely breathe out my nose -- and as I swallow the mucus, I can feel the pressure in my head change (lessen)!
At one point the ENT suggested that I see a neurologist. I haven't gotten an appointment, as I still feel my physical aliment is sinus related -- although I don't have any possible explanation why I experience this. I know that the instances of occurrence are getting shorter, that I'm experiencing this more often -- and that I cannot continue dealing and living with this condition.
I've considered surgery to correct the deviated septum in my left nostril and to remove the polyps -- but have heard too many horror stories of botched surgeries, or of people having successful surgeries - but still suffer with sinus problems afterwards, or that their problems get worse.
In 1999 I moved to Alaska. I was in my 30s. I had always had bouts of vertigo which were minor and were fixed by cutting back on salt. I have always had horrible headaches which last 2 days. I have always had what I think is mild irritable bowel since being in my 20s. But when I moved to Alaska, I began to get IBS severely everytime I drank milk, eat ice cream, or any dairy. Then I got the headaches daily with severe pain behind my right eyebrow and across my forehead as well as in the back of my neck, and I began taking Advil. This messed with my stomach so bad. Then I got vertigo so severely that I could not get up for about 3 days. After that, the vertigo eased, but was still there daily. I could not drive myself and would sometimes get stuck in places such as at the gym with vertigo so bad that I could not get up. It was frightening and embarrassing. I stopped all dairy products, hot and spicy foods, limited my Advil and Tylenol and after a few months began to feel better. Also, started taking probiotics such as Kefir ad began exercising again. I had allergy tests and not one allergy except the preservatives in the stuf they put on you when they test you caused a strange reaction which was not an allergic reaction. I had MRIs. I had hearing tests and it was even suggested I had Meniere's disease because my Mom has same symptoms and it is genetic. I had asthma tests. I took the Advair disc and all the other stuff and nothing helped. Some made it worse.
The vertigo went completely away. The headaches only occasionally occurred which could have been hormonal.
Now it is 2010, I got a herniated disk and bulging disk and took lots of Advil off and on for about 6 months. have begun to get the headaches again, the stomach problem has returned with severe bloating, burning at night, pain. And, the vertigo has returned. I am stopping all Advil and milk. I don't care how much back pain, I am not taking an Advil or Aleve. Forgot to mention Aleve. Can't take meloxicam either because of the stomach. And, I am limiting my salt.
Point is I don't know what causes it, I don't have a cure or an answer and I don't even know if these things I do help it or not because it may be just correcting itself over time rather than my efforts. I do believe that the body parts works together and can cause some strange things, but I have a hard time believing all that Chinese or Japanese self healing stuff. But I am trying the ginger/honey anyway. I am starting the probiotics right now. I need to work and I can't let this take over my life like it did before when I was in Alaska. Sounds like we all need help. I have no faith in doctors now at this point. If you have something that can't be found with a blood test, culture test or other definitive test, then they can only guess and my guess is just as good as theirs.
Not sure if I'm suffering from the same.think I've was told I had a deviated septum about 11months ago.causing bleeding and blockage. I have my operation for the septoplasty in 4weeks. But for the past 2months I've been geting awful dizzy spells,geting all shaky and felling asif I were going to faint. is this quite normal feeling to get whilst the septum is still deviated??? I'm going to book in with my doc as I was getin quite worried.
Hi all.... I don't have any problem, but my boyfriend has been suffering from headaches...dizziness, vision problems , nausea, extreme fatigue from never getting a good nights sleep, anxiety and last but not least...his nose is never really stuffy, but he ALWAYS sounds like he has a stuffy nose. He has not sound like himself for the past year! A lot of you seem to have the same problem as him...I have been searching for awhile to see what could be wrong and i got to this place. poor guy could not see today and being a worried lady i decided to check things out more. I know someone else has said this, but I really think you all should check this out. Sleep apnea is a pretty crazy thing, but it is the cause of all his problems. The longer it goes undiagnosed, the worse and worse your symptoms can get. He literally sounds like he is going to choke himself to death when he snores at night. Its not just for overweight people. He is a young guy and in his prime. The only reason i thought about it for him was because my mom was diagnosed with it awhile back. ALL OF HER PROBLEMS, including her mood swings/anxiety have vanished. If you are looking for relief, it might be worth your while to check it out. I hope this can be of help to some of you!!!!!! I can't imagine feeling like that on a daily basis. Please consider it an option as i know it only gets worse and worse if untreated!
Hi all. I'm sorry to read all the suffering you people are having. Can anybody help me? For the last year I have been suffering severe facial pain. It feels like it is in my jaw and at times I feel like having my upper back teeth pulled to see if it will elevate the pain. I generally get the pain for one hour intervals about three times a night. The only time I don't get them is when I am not staying in my own hame at night time. This is usually about once or twice a week. My question is to anyone who may know. Can cats cause an allergy which shows itself as severe facial pain? I have never heard they can but I am trying to eliminate causes and this pain has only started from in or around the time when I got my kittens. Please help if you can. Many thanks to those of you who have read this
Hiya everyone, can someone tell me if this is sinuitus.... I have hay fever, but this year have poorly managed it due to developing chest pain from the nasal spray. On the right hand side of my face i have pressure across my cheek bone, a mild swelling under my right eye, dizziness both drunk type feeling and vertigo and now blurred vision that comes and goes, i am having pain as well.
CONTINUATION from May 12,2010.....After I was home from the hospital for about a week I got worse, ENT found infection had spread twice the size in the week I was home. Had to have double sphenoid surgery. My infection was so bad it was pushing on my brain and optic nerve, thus the memory loss and vision problems.My eyes turned black and my face was swollen, but I had very little pain after surgery. I was on total bed rest for 4 weeks but I had a very bad case.After that I was on restricted normal activities, took a while to recoup but it was SO worth it. I now have 20/400 in my left eye because the infection was so bad it damaged my eye, I have glasses for just that eye now, but I am alive and well! Please don't shrug it off, go get a second or third opinion if needed but find out what's going on with YOUR body! If your having teeth pain and facial pain ck out Sphenoid Sinusites (only about 3 % of people with sinus trouble ever get this)....This is what my specialist found and after I had surgery all my symptoms disappeared!!!!
i have had similar symptoms to the ones mentioned,and like many of you im surprised i can find people online who can relate but my doctor cant ,one thing i may be able to help fellow sufferes with is the anxiety that comes with these symptoms ...i came accross blackmores relaxation formula it has a mild natural sedative ,and it has made dealing with all these other symptoms alot less stressful......keep this thread going ,its amazing how comforting knowing there are others out there like me :)
I quit dairy & chocolate because they are some of the mucus causing foods. I also use the ocean saline nose spray alot. My head has cleared up enough so that I can drive without anxiety. It's a horrible thing to have to deal with.
Hello. I have been sick since March this year. It started with sinus pain and inflimation, front teeth pain and dizziness. My ears hurt and loud or sudden noises send a shockwave through my head. I also had extreme fatigue, sleepiness and an overall sick feeling. I also have chest pains. The chest pain is almost a constant dull pain with daily sharp short pains in the center of my chest. I also almost always have a bloated feeling in my abdomen and more burping than usual and had bad breath..I have had tingling/numbness in my hands when I sleep. Dark circles under my eyes. The dizziness and sinus pain are my biggest complaint. I am dizzy 90% of the time. Most of my symptoms are worse early evening and nite.
I went to my Dr and had bloodwork, an upper GI, an EKG and a stress test (treadmill) all came back fine. He gave me 2 rounds of antibiotics Amoxicillin and Ciprofloxacin HCL that did not help. He also gave me Flonase for the sinus inflimation ( it seemed to make me worse) and I quit taking it. He thought maybe the chestpain was acid reflux even though the upper GI came back fine and gave me Zanac, it did not help. I had an MRI on my head and it came back ok except for a 5mm retention cyst in my right maxillary sinus. He sent my to a ENT who said I have a diviated septum and inflamation.
Early in June I started taking Ibuprophen and started drenching my nose in saline nasal spray. After about a week a was able to blow a bunch of thick white mucas out of my right nostril. I felt much better and was almost back to normal for about a week. My symptoms all returned after that.
Its seems that many of you on this forum have mouthpieces/nightgurards I have worn a nightguard mouthpiece for several years. I lost my dentist made mouthpiece (for teeth grinding) and bought a cheap boil and bite mouthguard in January or February (right before my symptoms started). I admit that I did not clean it regularly. I wear it every nite. I did some research and found information about mouthguard germs. The mouthguards can have staph, yeast and molds and fungus if not cleaned properly. I suspect that I have been poisoning myself with an infected mouthguard. My guess is that I have a systemic yeast infection or something like that.
I quit using the mouthguard on 08/03/10 and have been improving daily. I am about 75% better. I still have dizzyness and sinus pain but not as bad. The sinus inflimation is also reduced. I still have the chest pain though. During this sickness I have had periods of a few days that I feel better and I hope I dont go back to feeling the same. As of now I think I have found the source of my illness. So to those of you on this forum who have mouthguards, stop using your mouthpiece and see if you improve. Hope this works for some of you. If it does post it and let us know if it helps.
This year have been particularly bad for my sinuses here in So. Calif. I too have suffered with sever dizzyness, tinnitus, vision changes, one pupil larger than the other, changing headache pressure behind my eyes and forehead. I've done all the tests too to no avail. Sometimes things will work, other times not. There is one thing though that seems to be consistant with me as it was for my mom and sisters, (and I found out was hereditary), it's called vasomotor rhinitis. The allergist explained that although I'm not allergic to any particular allergen, there are cells in my nose that I have inherited that react to temperature, air pressure changes. If I go into extreme temp. changes too quickly throughout the day I suffer very much. I seem to notice it most going from A/C to outside hot air. I notice it when the barometric pressure changes. The cells I'm told send a message for my body to release histamines as though it was being attacked by pollens. Then my body goes into a sinus situation. My reaction to weather, pressure changes is getting worse, or maybe because our weather patterns are getting more severe(?). An allergist can test for the cells in the nose by simply doing a swab wipe and looking under the microscope in office. They treat it like pollen allergies and give the same meds to hold back the histamines. Well, I've done all they have told me, sometimes it works, but most the time not. I was at my wits end yesterday and decided to use the NeilMed Nasal rinse about three times per day, use Exedrin for migraines before bed so I wouldn't wake up with a headache, not put my contacts in for now, and put my head over a steaming pot with peppermint oil in it three times per day. Also, I tried to stay indoors most of the day. Well, today, I feel about 50% better. Don't know which one is helping, but I'm less dizzy, was able get through the day with a reasonable amount of pressure behind my eyes. I'm now going to do a process of elimination over the next couple of days with all that I have tried to find out which one it is that helped the most. I will post when I have helpful info about this.
It's good to know we're not alone in all this.
I'm so grateful to find others who can understand what I've been going through all these years.
I'm a 37 year old female with chronic sinus pain/pressure around my left eye and behind it for the last 7 years. I also have a 20 year history of sinus pain/infections and nasal allergies.
Around 3 weeks ago, the pain and pressure behind my left eye has increased to the point of nausea when I try to walk. I'm very unbalanced when I stand up and feel like I'll fall over, and can't drive right now. I frequently bump into the walls from my equilibrium disorder. I am so weak that I'm down most of the day either sleeping or pressing my head into a pillow and I have to sit upright. For a week I had trouble even walking to the bathroom without my weak legs wobbling. I also get a burning pain on the back of my head with it on occasion and pain in my ears. I've been almost bed ridden the last 3 weeks from the nausea and weakness, and my husband has had to take off work to care for me and the kids full time. I've never been this sick before from a sinus problem and it's causing me to cry almost daily. There is also a lot of pressure pain in my face and frontal sinus right now. I've also had hot flashes the last three weeks with sweats but no fever. I went to the ER and my CT scan only showed a mild infection, and one Dr. said it looked more like inflammation than infection. They gave me NORCO to help with the pain, but it isn't helping that much. I was also given Zoforan for nausea but it didn't help at all. Started on Levaquin (horrible drug) but had really bad tendonitis pain after one day of it and switched to Augmentin. They also gave me Prednisone but I had really strong side effects and had to cut the dose in half. Also did Benadryl a few days in case of an allergic reaction causing this but that hasn't improved it either.
I have no discharge right now and I'm breathing clearly in my nose so I agree with the Dr's that an accute typical sinus infection seems unlikely but since I suffer from chronic sinus pain I wonder if some strange bacteria is growing behind my eye. Usually I'll at least have post nasal drip during an infection. However, I also have very tender lymph nodes all over my neck and under my chin. And the pressure pain in my head is in all the sinus areas. My concern is that the pain in my eye all these years has spread to the brain if there was some kind of infection going on all this time. Over the years when my eye is in pain, I've had a sticky clear discharge that comes out on occasion, like pus.
Today I went to my ENT (who in the past had recommended and scheduled sinus surgery for me) and he agreed with the other Dr.'s that my sinuses wouldn't be the cause of my nausea and face pressure/pain. (I never went through with the surgery a few years ago out of fear) Despite my sinus history, he is sending me over to a neurologist and recommended I get a full blood work up with my primary care to check for anemia and other problems. I was shocked he found no connection to my sinus problem and am worried he is missing something. Especially since he had highly recommended surgery for me back in 2007 for my eye problem. That is why I have found myself at this forum. I don't know what neurological condition could be causing my symptoms besides a brain tumor. (which I would think should have been found on my CT scans or the MRI of my brain that was done a few years ago) And my prediction is that the neurologist will end up sending me right back to the ENT. But I would like to learn if there are neurological conditions that can cause my headaches. I've noticed when my neck cracks frequently when I turn it, I get a build up of pressure in my face. Maybe there is some kind of connection to it. They also want me to see an allergist, but I feel like it will be a bunch of useless testing and wasted money only to show that I'm allergic to molds and dust, etc. Not a real breakthrough since I already know I am!
I'm feeling frustrated and scared right now. I never feel this nauseated and weak like this unless I'm pregnant. (and I'm definitely not pregnant) My quality of life has been bad the last seven years and I'm so sick of being sick. For those who suffer panic attacks and anxiety, I have also had them on occasion, but don't let anyone tell you it's the cause of our sinus symptoms. I only get anxiety after I begin feeling really sick for long periods of time and my mind begins to get worried.
I attribute it to all the medications I have to take which leave so many side effects. Sudafed causes my heart some issues, which makes me anxious. I am so fed up with Dr's who try and diagnose everything as anxiety related when it's the illness and medications causing the panic attack symptoms. I'm also fed up with Dr's passing me around instead of giving more thought and focus on a problem that is most likely my sinuses. I don't understand why it's not showing up on my CT scan.
My husband has started me on a no sugar diet and no wheat diet to see if that helps, in case there is a yeast build up causing this. I've read information suggesting it could be a fungal or yeast problem causing my chronic sinusitis. Which Dr. can do a yeast test on me? I've tried in the past to be treated for yeast, but my MD said they only see yeast build up on patients who have been on hospital IV antibiotics.
*For a little history of my eye problem: At night my eye will awaken me and it feels like it's bulging out when I blink. I can't move the eye to look around at all. It's as if the muscles are stiff around the eye and severely inflamed. (that only happens in the middle of the night) Every day I feel some pain in my eye and sinuses. Been living with it so long that I can't even remember what it's like to feel normal. How sad is that? I also get sinus headaches in my temple and frontal sinus along with the eye pain, and take Sudafed and Advil to get me through the day. Caffeine also seems to help with the sinus inflammation but I try to avoid it because of withdrawal headaches that can occur.
I normally do the Neil Medd Sinus irrigation for many years now to help with my sinus problems as well. This has frequently kept me off antibiotics when I get bad viruses or flare ups but I was recently told not to rinse right now in case I spread it to other areas or cause it to go in the brain. Is that possible?
HI coralsky, well regaring the yeast test there is a test that can be done, you may have to go private to have it done seeing as the regular doc's havent mentioned it but if you have a look online for a natual herbalist/allergist clinic they normally do a test where you give them a sample of your poo and a blood test and they can analyse the samples to see if the body has an overload of candida/yeast. This test also investigates if there are other things in the body such as toxins, parasites, vitamin and mineral shortage and a look at digestion to look at how the body is absorbing food..... it really is a brill test to have as it gives an indepth look at what is going on inside.
I actually would recommend having allergy testing done as you could be very suprised by what you find your allergic to, it may be something completely unexpected. I did allergy testing and found i have an intolerance to egg, peanuts, rye, almonds, brazil nuts, durum wheat, grapefruit as well as pollen, dust mites. This was a toal shock! I now have taken these out of my diet as much as possible and find my sinuses have improved. I still have to take a nasal spray for pollen and dust mites but i dont feel half a sick as i use to..... I find if i eat a single piece of cake my eyes become so itchy now and then my sinuses go nuts and my throat becomes extremely sore.
Also have you tried getting a bottle of Olbas oil placing several drops in a bowl of boiling water and placing a towel over your head and breathing in the vapour? I did this when my sinuses were bad and after a few times of doing this i started blowing out a huge amount of crud which eased the pain in my face. Also there is a herbal remerdy called Mullein which encourages mucus removal which i used as well.
I do hope you start to feel better soon, i know this is an awful and extremely frustrating illness to have. Let us know how u get on and i will include you in my prayers. x
I had sinus surgery December 2009 now almost 7 mos post I am getting frequent headaches
again around right eye,whole head they almost feels like a migraine. Have a diviated septim and had a nasal bone spur removed is there any chance the bone spur could have grown back and I also had a earache a couple of weeks ago is there something else I should be worried about?
Well, in my previous post I mentioned I used the NeilMed rinses, exedrin migrain. It did help about 50% for about four days, then I got blasted again with pressure headaches in sinus areas and top of head, roof of mouth pressure, and top of head. The dizziness was really intense. Over the weekend I felt pain in my ear, so I went to urgent care because ear infections are very unusual for me. I had an inner and outer ear infection, which was probably a result of ongoing sinus problems that eventually reached my ear. I was put on azithromycin and an outer ear antibiotic/steroid. After four days my ear improved and I noticed some of the pressure in my head let up. So, off to the ENT I went to make sure my ear was better, and possibly check to see if I had a sinus infection that was responding to the meds. Everything looked better in the ears and I requested a second round of antibiotics to really make sure I blasted a possible sinus infection out. He also gave me a new nasal spray that is out called Patanase by Alcon. It's specifically for people like me that don't have pollen allergies, but need to target the cells in the nose that react to temperature, pressure, air changes. It's now been three days with with new round of meds and spray, and I'm feeling about 70% better. I don't feel nearly as dizzy, the pressure in my sinus area is tolerable to barely noticeable, and no headaches. Because I've had so many false starts on new meds I'm always reluctant to get too excited that I may have found something that actually helps. But, it's great to know that there is a nasal spray that actually targets my problem, (if that's truly it). Also, I asked my ENT about my one pupil being slightly larger than the other and he said in his career he has never heard of this being caused from chronic sinus problems. If I hadn't read so many threads on people with sinus problems having this happen, I'd be scared.
Well, I'll keep posting to let everyong know if this has helped me in the longer run.
Take care all!
Just to let u guys know i went dentist and had a panaramic x-ray of my teeth an sinuses and it turns out i have an abcess attached to my upper wisdom tooth which is causing the infection in my sinuses. All the anit-biotics, anti-inflams and nasal spray i have been having has kept the abcess and infection under control but i now need to go hospital to have the tooth removed and infection drained. I am hoping and praying that this will resolve most if not all of the symptoms and give me my friggin life back.
Hello everyone. I'm so glad that I found this forum. I have been dealing with the same symptoms that many of you have had, as well. I.E. Constant dizziness (dr.s try to say it's vertigo), Head pressure, shooting pains in my frontal lobe and in the back of my head, rapid heart-beat, spaciness, memory loss, Fatigue, depression and anxiety from having these constant symptoms. The worst for me is the constant dizziness. I don't know what to do at this point. I have gone to the ER twice now because this is all such a scary feeling and both times they just brush it off as vertigo. The vertigo meds don't help at all, so it can't be that. If anyone has found relief from this, or has any advice, please post. It would be much appreciated. I'm going to go through the motions for now... MRI, CT Scan.. things like that. But any good news would be great. I hope that everyone gets feeling better and that we'll all have luck figuring things out!
I have been tracking this thread for over a year and suffering with these symptons for 15 years. I am otherwise fit & healthy.
everybody out there - investigate the link between stomach acid reflux, intestinal yeast overgrowth, and lung capacity causing a feedback system the result of which is felt in the sinus
sinus and lung tissue are closely related and the manifestation of problems in the sinus could be a referred problem from the lungs.
my hypothesis is that acid reflux from the stomach during sleep irritates the throat - causes either a minor infection at the point the throat and trachea are joined or even a mild yeast infeciton in the trachea - which then impairs the lung function / the compromised immune system allows yeast overgrowth in the intestine - yeast then impairs the immune system further / and were left with sinuses which do not funciton properly as a result of the systemic allergens.
can someone else think about this link - if there is link with throat infection impairing lung function - it would be very easy to treat - my doctor says that trachea involvement is unlikely and does not want to investigate this any further
systemic yeast infection can be controlled but is very difficult to cure as is sinus infeection / if there is a local site of infection - by treating this specifically - it could be the trigger which allows the rest of the body to recover
I am having similar problems for about 1-2 months now. My sinuses are clogged if I don' t take Claritin-D. Afterwords I feel find in my nose, but I still get this floaty feeling like I am on a boat. I feel slight dizziness and on rare occasions, nauseated. I don't know how this came about...is it seasonal allergies. I felt this today even though we had heavy rain. Can pollen be still active under those conditions. This all started in Mid-Aug, right around ragweed pollen season. Can I feel this crappy from allergies, I've never had this response to allergies before...please help!
Hi everyone...last year my left ear began to itch..it was so bad I could not even type "itchy ears" in Google..I bought all type of organic and homeopathic ear oils but nothing helped..the only thing that really helped was a solution someone mentioned where you add vinegar, peroxide and alcohol..that took it away the itch but then I got so dizzy ..actually vertigo!..finally decided to go tot he doctor and after three visits he sent me Nasonex..he did tell me I would need to do it for a few days before I was able to notice any difference...it worked..dizziness itch and ringing got better too..and once in awhile when it gets itchy I pour some of the vinegar oil peroxide solution into my ear ( be careful to only pour 1 drop! because too much and it may make you dizzy or worst vertigo ) ...i the meantime I am looking for a good doctor..I have been to 5 different doctors so far..just made an appointment with another one and a test for balance....but at least I feel better....I will continue to search until I get one doctor that knows ..my insurance is HMO and it would cost me over $800 a month to get PPO ..with HMO I am subjected to whatever doctors they assigned to me..which most are incompetent...I found a few good ones according to the reviews and hope are not fake reviews ( that's right reviewers is the latest scam in the internet...they are paid to write great reviews for doctors clothes etc ) but if it is true that she is a good doctor I would have to wait ...$400 a visit..and who knows how much for test....
Claritin without D is good ..be careful with Claritin D ( the D in Claritin causes anxiety panic attacks )...
also every single day I put salt in my hands then collect water from the shower head ( while I am taking a shower ) and inhale it..the first time it feels weird...if you have been on the ocean and drank some water..it feels the same...I inhale it leave it for a little while then blow my nose ..( this seems to help too!! ) ..the first time I did it I saw a lot of flems come out ...and last but not least...I drink lots of water ..and once in while i take natural water pills ...I understand if you retain water it creates the off balance water in the ear syndrome ...
so here it is...
salt and water
drink plenty of water
natural water pill
( too much sodium creates water retention )
Claritin ( without the D )
I am also taking something called Zyflamend which helps with inflammation and the place I buy it from..had over 300 reviews ( I trust the reviews in this place ..when I buy my vitamins and go by reviews I have been successful...
Turns out inflammation can cause the tubes to not allow passage of air in a healthy balance way...
Hope any of this helps...
I will be happy when I don't need any of these remedies ..and I will continue to research until I do...hope all of you find the answers too and when you do comeback here to help the rest of us ..
I have been posting to this thread for years and thought I would update.
Background: Since I was a young teen, I have had sinus pressure and allergies. I never needed antibiotics until 1999 when my left cheek swelled. My doc at the time didn't know what it was and sent me to a dentist, who said x-rays showed an obvious sinus infection. He gave me 2 rounds augmentin and it helped, but off and on for years I had swelling in the cheek and just below the jaw line as well as left eye twitching that lasted for a solid 7 months.
In 2006, I got sick with a "mystery illness" and got frequent sinus infections as well. While I tried a few antibiotics, they never fully fixed the horrible sinus pressure and left-sided pain and swelling. The doc said I was a hypochondriac and the ENT said nothing was wrong with me. I tried to work with them until, in a panic, I ran to a new doctor in 2008 -- and thank goodness I did! This doc put me on a CPAP for untreated sleep apnea and my sinus infections improved dramatically.
I was able to shrug off the infections without antibiotics for 2 years. For maintenance I did Neilmed sinus (lavage) rinses daily and used Flonase. I still got random, unexplained ear aches, throat/tonsil swelling, face pressure, and mild sinus infections, but they came and went very quickly.
Now a bad infection is back again. It came on gradually. It was sinus pressure in cheekbones and around eyes along with dizziness, shakiness, and major fatigue. My ears hurt some times and my throat did, too. It never went away, so at 6 weeks I got Zithromax 500 mg x5 days. For whatever reason, the infection got worse with left cheek and jawbone area swelling and increased fatigue. I waited 5 days after stopping the Zithromax, then saw the NP. She claims Flonase is supposed to completely prevent sinus infections, but gave me augmentin 875 mg twice a day x10 days.
Again, I felt better for 2 days, but on the 3rd day I got a headache that has never gone away and face pressure is back. Right now, the entire front of my face hurts again and my left jawbone area (which the NP says is the eustacian tube) is starting to hurt again. Nasal rinses don't wash anything out, Mucinex doesn't get anything to drain out, and ibuprofen barely touches the pain. Decongestants don't do a thing, either.
I have no idea what is going on. Since this has been happening for well over a month, it can't be a virus. It gets better with antibiotics at first but then gets worse. What can that mean? There are clear ear, nose, and throat symptoms, but it doesn't act either viral or bacterial, and the allergy meds I take don't affect it, either.
I see the doctor again Tuesday. The NP will check my old 2006 CT scan and might order a new one. I'll update here.
Diamonman -- Did you ever get a central location/forum for these issues set up? I would be interested. Drop me a message if you want.
This is my first post, and like most of you, I didn't know there were so many of you out there facing the same issues as I!
I've suffered from migraines since I was a child, and had undiagnosed allergies. I also had a deviated septum. About six years ago, I had two upper molars pulled, as the root canals in both had not been done properly, and had abscesses in both. The infection went up into the sinus cavity.
Once the area healed, I had a bone graft to prepare me for dental implants. Bad idea!! My body rejected the calcium composite material they mixed with my own bone (taken from other parts of my jaw), and everything became horribly infected. To make a long story short, when all was said and done, the bone grafting material migrated up into my sinus cavity, and I developed a chronic sinus infection. I had to go to an ENT and have it cleared out. They found all sorts of strange bacteria growing in the sinus cavity. Three years later, I had to have it done again. This time the ENT repaired the deviated septum as well, and I had allergy tests done, for both food and plant/mold/animal allergies (I was diagnosed with two gastric ulcers around the same time).
I am highly allergic to water molds and pine, and moderately allergic to other trees, plants, dust and various weeds, but no animals. I am also highly allergic to both egg whites and yolk, almonds, and moderately allergic to whole wheat and whey.
All summer I have been struggling with sinus pressure, and eye pressure, particularly on the side in which I had the bone graft issue. I suffer from headaches regularly which, if I don't catch immediately, turn into migraines. Last night, for the first time, I woke up, realized I was getting a headache, headed for the kitchen for an icepack, and was so dizzy, I felt as though I was drunk. I had to hold onto the wall just to keep from falling over. I kept stumbling to the right. In the morning it wasn't as severe, but I queasy as well as shaky, and struggled to focus. It took two migraine tablets to shake the headache, but I still have the sinus pressure.
I have noticed in the past few weeks the sensation of swaying while sitting at the computer, but didn't think much of it. All summer long I have been using the Nelimed sinus rinse when the pressure got too bad, plus a heating pad and Claritan-D. I'm not getting any drainage other than post nasal drip, but still have the intense pressure. The sinus rinse gives some relief. I use Veramyst daily, and sometimes Zyrtec (Imitrex for the migraines).
After reading all the posts, there are a number of things I'd like to try - the addition of Grapefruit Seed extract and hydrogen peroxide to the rinse, and perhaps the Aspartame detox. I also wonder about Candida - I have always been very prone to yeast infections, and I know that is the same type of yeast.
All my RN friends wanted me to go to the ER, but I was laid off work last February, and even though I still have insurance, it would be an expense I can't afford. I'm hoping that all the suggestions here will help - the dizziness really knocked me for a loop. I was told that the ulcers were allergy induced, so I've tried to stay away from all eggs and almonds, but do cheat by eating bread occasionally, which of course, contains eggs. I'm just tired of feeling lousy all the time. I'm grateful to all of you for taking the time to share your stories. It really helps to know I'm not alone!
I plan to do some more internet research, based on the information I've found here, and then form a plan. I will try to come back an give an update once I get started. If anyone has suggestions, I would be grateful as well.
Hello everyone. Well, here I am into October and I'm still dealing with the same ongoing problem of dizziness, eye pain, above the eye sinus pain, sinus cheek area pain, some ear pain (mild), and eustachian tube fullness. I can't believe I've been putting up with this since June! Anyway, I may have some helpful information for someone out there. After unsuccessful visits to my ENT and given prednisone and flonase (both didn't help), I went to my allergist. Let me explain first that I have been diagnosed with non-allergic rhinitis, which means I do not have allergies to pollens, animals, foods, etc. But I'm 'allergic' to temperature changes. This means when the seasons change from hot to cold or cold to hot, or if the barometric pressure suddenly changes, or humidity suddenly changes, my histamines go into overdrive just like someone who has pollen allergies and my sinuses swell. It used to be treated like a regular allergy attack but they found this did not work very well or at all for non-allergic rhinitis. Now what my allergist said is that simply eliminating the swelling has had better results for people with this problem. He said he likes to use a nasal steroid and Singulair to hit all areas leading to the sinuses because we aren't sure which area is the one causing the most trouble. This was 4 weeks ago. He also had me doing two sprays in each nostril twice a day for the nasal steroid, which is double the usual dosage. Well, to my amazement and relief, four days later I was almost back to normal, the dizzyness gone! most of the pain in my face gone! But unfortunately, one of the not so commone side effects of Singulair is stomach upset. My stomach upset was so bad I had to make the decision of what was worse for me, sinus pain and dizziness or daily stomach cramps. I called my ENT and he told me there was only one other type of med like singulair but the side effects were much worse and I would need monthly liver checks. So, I was hoping along with my ENT that if I went off Singulair, I may find out it was the nasal steroid that was helping the most and not the Singulair. Unfortunately, it was the Singulair and possibly the combination of both. So here I am, hoping that eventually it will just go away on it's own. But hopefully I have given someone out there another avenue of help to check out. I'll be hoping the best for everyone! Hanging in there...