I am a 32 year old female, normally healthy, exercise regularly and maintain a well balanced diet. Last year I was sick with sinus infections for over 5 months (October to March) that would start in the nose, move to the chest and I would be stuck in bed with a fever for 10 days. I would then be well for two weeks, then sick with the same thing again - this happened over and over for a period of 5 months. I went to three doctors and was told that it was a sinus infection, stay in bed, drink liquids etc. I had blood tests taken, a test for strep (negative), and even took anti biotics, which did very little.
Finally last March 2001, the cycle stopped. I thought it may have been my apartment (mold or something) causing the problem. I am in a new apartment now, but the cycle just started again last month - pressure in the sinuses, heavy phlemy coughs, and fever for over a week. Then I am well for a week or two and it comes back again. I can't afford to miss this much work. Please tell me - what is making me sick? Could this be something other than a sinus infection? I have no allergies that I am aware of. And most importantly, why does it take so long for me to recover?
The best possible answer regarding your sinuses is to get a sinus CT scan. This will tell you immediately whether your sinuses are the cause for these symptoms. If the CT is positive, then you have medical options and possibly a surgical option, as well. If the CT does not indicate an infection or obstruction, then possible causes are allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. Allergy testing can differentiate this. Because of the repetitive nature of this, I would recommend evaluating the sinuses first.
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