Massive excess mucus production nightmare - help please
For the past two years i have suffured with some sort of chronic mucus problem main symtoms as follows:
- Excess mucus produced in the nose and throat 24/7 and thick post nasal drip.
- Massively worse to the point of making me sick and affecting normal breathing when outside, doing any exercise or even just walking outside, and also when eating (prevents me eating as much as i need to).
- Also have ear ache all the time (with gungy crappy discharge sometimes). Probably as a result of massive noseblowing all the time.
- I am geneally miserable and depressed with it as the condition stops me eating properly and doing everything i want to do. It takes so much time to manage the symtoms and nothing i can do really helps it much.
I am not sure what i have been diagnosed with as i dont think any doctors i have seen really know what is causing it. All i know is before it started chronically 2 years ago, i had suffered a number of acute exacebations of bronchitis/sinusitis infection in the year and a half (roughly) leading up. These acute episodes were always cleared up by amoxicillin. Then one day 2 years ago when i was exeriencing the return an acute episode i went to the doctor for some amoxillin fully expecting to get it and was refused. So i hought id go back in a couple of weeks when it was a bit worse then he would surely see the problem. But i was refused again even tho i explained that amoxicillin was what sorted it out. It wasnt until over 3 months later that the doctor acknowledged i had a problem and decided to treat it, with amoxicillin. Finally i thought great, except this time it didnt work. From then up until now i have been prescribed all the nasal sprays under the sun which have had no effect. I have also had amoxicillin (again), erythromycin and clarythromycin which had no effect. I have also had turbinate surgery which helped as over time the turbinates had become enlarged and the surgery made my nose more breathable but did nothing for the mucus discharge or my throat.
Still desparate to get rid of this miserable condition making my life hell, ruining my relationships etc... :-( I do think that the root of the problem is bacterial because of all the prior infections which were cleared up by amoxicillin. Thinkin could i have something resistant? What tests could be done to know for sure? Would really appreciate any thoughts and advice on the matter from people in the know / people who suffer with the same.
Well, this probably isn't a solution which will entirely fix your problem, since it sounds like our causes are different, but hopefully this helps a little bit. In late 2005 I had surgery to remove a tumor from my sinuses, and ever since then I have had a runny nose and a ton of postnasal drip. I never had an allergy problem before having issues from my tumor (had nose airflow problems for like 2 years before I finally told my family doctor off because he kept saying my problem was related to allergies and no need to see an ENT.). Well, after my surgery, my surgical doctor kept telling me that the problem wasn't related to my surgery, but was allergies (ugh... not this again). Again, I never had any problems before the tumor.
After the surgery I again went through all the allergy medications you can think of. I'm on my 4th year out of 5 using allergy shots and they haven't helped me at all, but I figure I might as well finish out the 5 years. During about the 2nd year on allergy shots, I met with a fairly young female allergist and she said that I could possibly have non-allergic rhinitis (or something like that). She prescribed me with Ipratropium Bromide Nasal Spray 0.06%, which immediately provided relief for my nose. I'm not sure if it helps with the mucus running down my throat constantly, because I've gotten so used to it. It's not a perfect solution, as my nose doesn't feel "normal", and it seems to lose its effectiveness after 5-6 hours or so, but it has let me live a much more normal life. I don't have to blow my nose until it wears off, which is a very big plus. I also use neilmed sinus rinse packets, since if I don't my sinuses will produce "crustys" (and still remain runny... go figure) and those aren't pleasant to swallow and make my nose feel heavy.
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