Dec 15, 2007
Having sinus problem most of my life, it’s the last few years that have been the worse. I’m a 28 year old male with acute sinusitis and a deviated septum and my sinus cavities are packed with polyps. When I was younger I had an allergy test done, and I was allergic to a few things, 20 years later, same test I was so allergic to everything they put on me that they had to stop because I swelled up so much.
I don’t understand how that could happen that I could be so allergic to so many things in a few years. So the more allergies I contracted the worse my sinus infections became and so on.
A few years ago I was scheduled to have surgery; I didn’t like the doctor, well his attitude anyway. And I didn’t have a feeling of trust towards him so I cancelled. Headaches got worse, breathing through my nose next to impossible; I have no sense of smell or taste even talking was hard as I mumbled now a sleeping was little to none.
Back again set up another surgery.. Chickened out. I did this 2 times, till finally a new doctor came to town. I went to see him he order a CTscan and when he got the results we sat down and talked about them. He said it was the worst case of polyps he has ever seen, no wonder I was having so much pain.
So once again I scheduled a surgery.
The surgery is in 2 days and the last 2 days I have done no but read on the internet about the surgery and reading of other people that have had it done. Let me tell u I haven’t read one positive thing yet. Mostly what I read is people saying that if they knew the pain was going be that bad they would not have gotten it done, or the feel worse now, but for the majority of it was about the pain and a common thing I read was, if ur thinking about getting this surgery done DONT.
So now I am so scared to have it done I might cancel.
Dec. 13th, 2007 is the date of the surgery
Today is the 11th. I have been taking prednisone for the last few days, I guess that’s to help with swelling and bleeding but I’m not real sure. I take 10 pills a day (50mg) and I find they make me very moody, tired and make me want to pee.
Dec. `12th, since I’m going to be bed ridden for a few days you’d think that I would be out doing something, but nope, I’m on the computer watching videos and reading blogs on sinus surgery and septoplasty, geesh. This is making everything worse I can tell, I’m scaring myself out of doing it.
I had to call the surgical booking to see what time my surgery is, and it is 10:00 a.m. tomorrow yikes.
8:00 p.m. the night before, my stomach has been upset and I been cranky all day from reading about other people’s pain. Few more hours and I will find out if it’s as bad as they say.
Dec 13th, In my eyes, it’s just a small procedure but I have a hard time putting trust into someone I don’t know that’s going to be working that close to my eyes and brain.
10:00 a.m. arrive at hospital, got admitted and sent me to surgical unit to sit in bed and wait, and guess what happens, I’m there for like 45 minutes listening to everyone moan and groan that had surgery, and a guy beside who had just his sinus done yesterday was back because of excess bleeding and he was choking on it. Yea that made me feel good.
11:00 Clumsy nurse came over and picked at me with needles, **** she was rough 11:37 wheeled into O.R. eyes rolled back and that all I remember till they wheeled me out about 2:10 p.m.
Waking up from the anesthetic was horrible not knowing what they did and I was shaking like crazy, didn’t help when I looked down and seen all the blood on my pillow. It took m a good hour or more to come to; thank god I didn’t throw up.
4:00 p.m. Pain set in, I know everyone handles operations differently, some say this operation is mildly uncomfortable, I say **** no, it’s painful. Once the doctor got in there he said that I was extremely packed with polyps in every cavity and my septum was very crooked. So I’m guess the pain I’m feeling is a mixture of a lot of tissues removed and a broken nose probably doesn’t help. I can’t even open my eyes, I’m so puffy and it hurts way too much to look at anything. Right now since I’m on meds I’d say the pain was similar to someone smacking you in the head with a hammer and getting kicked in the face.
5:00 p.m. A few instructions and some medication, I’m sent home. There is gauze under my nose to catch some of the blood and oozing from my stitches.
6:30 p.m. ouch I’m in so much pain I can’t talk, my throat is sore from the breathing tube, my eyes and face are swollen, my jaw and teeth felt like I got wisdom teeth pulled, all I can do is groan.
For the next 16 hours or so I got no sleep, way too much pain, I was taking 2 Tylenol 3’s, every 3 - 4 hours, they didn’t do much more then numb the pain a small amount. For some reason I was peeing a lot, every 30 min or so, but I was also drinking a lot of water as I didn’t want to be dehydrated. Popsicles became my friend, nice and cold and I couldn’t open my mouth any bigger then that,
Had to change the gauge under my nose a lot and the blood in my nostrils was clotting, it was very gross looking, every time the gauge came off inches of blood and I’m guess it’s the dissolvable packing came with it, but it felt good cause it was blocking my breathing. They told me not to do that but, I just cleared the very end of my nose, not right inside where the splints r, just the very tip of the nostril, and I find it helped and it didn’t make it bleed any worse.
Now it was drying and becoming crusty through the night and that was adding to the pain, I have 2 vaporizes in my bedroom, but that wasn’t helping and I knew I couldn’t pick the hardened stuff, due to bleeding and pain. So what I did was I was helped to my bathroom, shut the door, turn on the shower, hot water and let it run for 20 min, make a sauna and breath that in, wow, that felt good, not only was it loosening up the hard stuff, but it relieved a lot of pain. I did this probably 5 more times through the night since I couldn’t sleep.
This whole time I had to be “escorted” I was so weak and I couldn’t open my eyes. The pain now for me was like, smashing ur face off a steering wheel, having all your wisdom teeth pulled, having the **** kicked out of you and having a sinus headache from hell. . And all of this in one night. I was by the toilet alot too as the Tylenol 3 were making me sick
All day Friday, Dec 14th, one day after surgery, nothing changed, same pains, same sitting in the steam, same cant open eyes, peeing a lot..
Friday night same as before, very little sleep, I wake up every 20 min or so, because I can’t breathe through my nose and my mouth get’s very very dry, so every time I wake up I have a Popsicle, man those Popsicles feel so good. a lot of pain, eyes r still swollen and too sore to look around. Just heating pads and ice packs and drugs
Saturday Morning, A lot better, I can watch a little tv, but wearing glass’s does put pressure on my nose, I’m still very weak and sore, but its somewhat bearable. It’s now just the worse sinus headache u can imagine. You know the ones that make lit rooms hurt the eyes, make ur teeth ache (mine are big time), just 10 times worse.
Saturday afternoon, (while I am writing this) As long as I am in bed not moving, I don’t feel too bad, its when I get up, when the pain starts and when it starts it hurts. Food is still hard to chew as my teeth r very sore and I can’t open my mouth very wide.
5:20p.m. Saturday facial pain is unbearable, gone back to bed...
6:20 p.m. took 2 Tylenol 3's and for the first time, there working, i dont know why but, im right out to lunch pain free, finially
Sunday - tuesday mild discomfort, but if i get up and do daily chores its too much, get bad headache and have to take pills and lie down. still cant laugh, hurts to much ad i finally sneeze, been holding that back for days, but that didnt hurt at all.,
Wednesday - have infection in one sinus and the other started bleeding again, headaches r back full force, i guess im pushing it to hard, even though im not out in the cold... tried my sinus rinse, i got a bad blockage, wouldn't budge just caused bad pressure and now--- back to bed with ice pack.
Thursday. cant breathe major sinus pressure,other then the small trickle of blood that wont stop in my right nostril time for a sinus rinse again, this time i applied more pressure and the water started to trickle from my other nostril.. then to my surprise, blood clot city.. as big as my finger, bout 5 of them.. felt so good, tried other side, and some mucus came out then more blood clots, i can breath a little,, but the pressure is gone, nose bleeding more now, but i feel better. just taped dressing under nose. stitches r itchy and my nose is still sore to touch, these darn tubes gotta go.
Friday morning woke up, dry mouth and throat, from mouth breathing as my nose is blocked again.
4:00 am in bathroom doing nasal rinse to help me breathe.. the infected side, gave my mucus/blood mix.. not much these powerful antibiotics r working fast, the bloody nostril, gave me the mother of all clots, it feels so good pulling those out, this one was thicker then pencil and as long as one. so far both sides r clear and no bleeding.
so been 8 days, headaches still there, only if ur up and about, nose bleeds , so on, but getting better. i am going back to work tonight which i don't feel im ready yet, but i wanna keep my job. monday i get my tubes out
so there you have it, that was my personal experience, everyone handles it different, but i felt it was terrible, and so far i cant tell u if it was worth it, since i have these tubes in supporting my septum. when they come out i will post again.
Too put a funny twist on this, I am a correctional officer, so i work in a jail, my gf took video of me coming out of the anesthetic , lol and at the end of the video, im groaning in pain and my eyes r shut.. and i said,.. " i hope he comes to jail sometime, I'm going pepper spray the f***er lol
December 24th 11:15 a.m.
i went and had my splints out this morning, piece of cake, didnt hurt at all, and i could not get over the size of the darn things there huge, and what a relief, first time in years I can breathe, i fel so good now, my headaches and pressure were gone immediately after he pulled those out. so keep my fingers crossed and hope my polyops wont come back. keep writing me and keep me up to date, i will write more after when i have time. i can breathe now so im going for a walk lol going to enjoy life now.
Jan 9th, 2008
still have a sore nose and have nose bleeds, i have a check up in a week. breathing is good, but i still get filled up and need to do 3-6 nasel rinse's a day, but no headaches,