I'm a 22 year old healthy male. I work out from time to time, eat pretty healthy, not overweight, and Ive never really had any major health problems.
This whole situation started about a year and half to 2 years ago. It started when I quit smoking marijuana. After about a week, I began to feel really anxious ( i figured it was withdrawal ) and then I started to feel really terrible. turns out I was getting a really bad case of the flu...probably the worse I've ever had.
While I was sick, I was having terrible sinus pressure and headaches, clogged painful ears, the whole nine yards. this was accompanied by panic attacks and really bad anxiety. I went through antibiotics and tamiflu, and after about a month, the flu was gone, but sinus pressure remained. I went to the ENT, who gave me more antibiotics, which did nothing. Went for a CT scan, and it all came back normal, aside from my severly deviated septum due to an accident that broke my nose. Doctor said the only option was surgery. During this whole time, i was really anxious and felt wierd because of the constant sinus pressure, headache, pressure in temples, and clogged ears. i felt off balance, and not myself. I was so anxious and felt so bad all the time I rarely wanted to leave my house. I suffered through all this for months and months, hoping that one day it would stop and resolve itself since my doctor told me there was nothing wrong. I went to a second ENT recently for a second opinion, and he too said that surgery would help. I broke down and got the surgery. Its been 2 months since I had my septum fixed, and its still the same deal...except slightly less intense. I still have sinus pressure, temple pressure, headache, clogged ears...mostly on the side that was deviated. I don't really have any kind of discolored discharge, if any. I can breathe better, but my cheeks usually always feel pressure, along with all the other stuff. I've never really had allergies, and I've been taking Claritin-D everyday at the recommendation of my doctor. I use a neti pot with saline rinse everyday. Throughout this thing I've also tried vitamins/herbs, acupuncture, nasal steroids, antibiotics, mucinex, sudafed, claritin, sinusbuster spray, hot or cold compresses on my face, herbal tea, meditation, collodial silver sinus spray, breathe right strips while i sleep...pretty much everything i could think of. Luckily, I'm not anxious like I was before, but when it gets really bad and I have to go to work/go out with friends/go shopping/etc, it makes me anxious because i just don't feel good and its hard to function normally when you ALWAYS feel like ****. I sleep fine, but sometimes even wake up in the morning with the pressure.
i went back to the ENT yesterday, and he gave me another course of antibiotics, but longer in duration. he said if it doesnt go away i need another CT scan. I'm nervous that the medicine wont work, and the CT scan will show up normal again. what then?
anyone have any suggestions? im desperate to get my life back!