I've had complicated sinus problems over the past about 6 months and I'm not sure if it's allergies, a sinus infection, or something else. There is not an ENT doctor anywhere near me and my car will not make it all the way to the nearest one. Please help me figure this out. I don't want to depend on long term drug treatments since I'm going into the military soon and won't always have access.
My sinuses seem to always feel congested when sitting or lying down followed (Sometimes) by sneezing and my eyes watering. And when I stand up after sitting for a while and most importantly during cardio exercises (whether outside or indoors but worse in the cold) though my nose runs a lot and sometimes I have "sneezing fits". All mucus is always clear though (no blood either)
Tried: decongestants, cold pills, prescription Augmentin 875mg tab, prescription flonase 0.05% spr, sinus pressure points, humidifier, otc nose sprays, antihistamines (2 10mg tablets at a time), extra vitamin C, and ibuprofen. All seemed to help a little at first but became ineffective soon after. Sitting up straight or walking around always helps while doing so but would like to sleep lying down again.
I also have occasional ear ringing but no pain, no tooth pain though last molars are currently coming in so some discomfort, no loss of smell or hearing. I do get dizzy when standing up and occasionally just when sitting (shaky vision, not spinning, throws off balance slightly but only lasts 5-10 sec). I've also been feeling more fatigued than I should be as well.
I only began noticing this when I started my more active lifestyle about 6 months ago. This is currently keeping me from cardio because of the constant runny nose and sleeping properly because of the congestion or inflammation.
(I'm not sure what's important so...)
I'm currently 185, 5'5" 29%bmi 22 year old female. Blood pressure according to doctor is only 1-2 points away from perfect. Resting heart rate is 70bpm. I am in relatively good shape for my weight/height. I don't normally tire easily. I've lost about 70lbs over the last 8 months via running/weight training outside and now in a gym and at home. I've also been dieting, eating cleaner and more balanced but not organic and still do eat a little junk from time to time. Never had allergies before besides a rash from ceclor when i was a baby. No food allergies or intolerance that I know of. I have had my appendix out when I was 10, gall bladder out when I was 18. And currently on depo shot.