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Chronic sinus drainage on left side

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I am new here. I have had a chronic sinus drainage only on the left side , it is post nasal, for probably ten years. During this time I have been to numerous drs. and two ENT's for treatment. I have been given round after round of anti-biotics, nasal spays, steroid nasal spray, allergy medications, I can't take decongestants at all, as they cause me anxiety. I am also hypothyroid, and this all started right around the same time that I was dx/d with hypo. I had a c=scan done of my sinuses recently and it showed nothing but a slightly deviated septum on the left side.
DR. prescribed singular which I couldn't take. I am very sensitive to almost all medications. Witin the past few months, this drainage has become milky white with what seems like "strings" or "fiber's" in it. I can't see them but can feel them. Has anyone else ever had drainage that felt like it had "strings" in it?? It is very foamy, and pure white. I have been using a neti=pot a couple of times a day, but I'm purely miserable. There is a lot more to this, I have constant tooth pain in the upper left side too, but that is a long story. I've had that checked out by several dental specialists and there is nothing wrong with my teeth, I'm sure it is all connected to my sinus,,,
Thanks, Wanda
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replied July 22nd, 2009
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I am surprised that the CT Scan only showed a deviated nasal septum!
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replied July 24th, 2009
yes, me too! I couldn't believe that it showed nothing else because I have been in so much pain and the drainage is just unreal. I have two teeth on the upper side that has been driving me out of my mind for almost a year.I have had x-rays, a panorex of my teeth, digital x-rays, a hot and cold sensitivity test ,they even cut a crown off to see if that was causing it, it seems related to this sinus problem, but when they did the c-scan, it showed nothing apparently, not even an infection...in desperation, I have been doing some "home remedies" and the tooth pain is somewhat better, but the drainage is still there... Thanks for your response, Wanda
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replied July 17th, 2012
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You might try a new procedure called Balloon sinuplasty to clean out and widen your nasal passages. I recently had this done. I had thick sticky mucous all the time. It has made a difference. Google it to see what doctors in your area do this.

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replied July 25th, 2009
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Has your doctor checked you with an endoscope? Even a CT Scan, on rare cases, may miss out on an infection of the sphenoid sinus.
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replied July 25th, 2009
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wanda i think i can help you will be back intouch soon, ive been through this & had success. if you dont hear from me soon send me a message & i will reply.

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replied August 4th, 2009
thank you "time is short" I would love to hear about your experience. Lately I am having the drainage through the teeth themselves. I have an appt. with yet another ENT in a week or so. I think they may be looking for a csf leak...the fact that the sinus fluid is coming from between the teeth is a new thing, so something has changed...thanks for your reply, Wanda
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replied August 5th, 2009
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Hey wanda, your experience sounds like it was a part of my story. This may amaze you but these symptoms are all related and & revolve around the function of the thyroid.
Now lets see you have had along term of stress pryor to this taking hold? being hypothyroid you are having trouble with weight? what about allergies i assume you have some digestive related health condition. Let me know if im right or wrong as this will be conditional towhat you need to do next.
Have you read any of my other posts relative to health balance?click my picture, select posts, they might give you a better id on what i'm trying to help others with.
My story, cronic fatigue syndrome,sinus polyps, high BP, allergies, asthma, stress, pre disposed diabetes, symptoms of MS, parkinsons disease, lupus, immune dysfunction. pretty much wraps up the fact that the doctors told me that there was nothing they could do to help me, so i started to research nutrition & have been studying for two & a half yrs where i have had good gains in health return such as completely eliminated a nasal polyp that blocked the right nostril completely, asthma, after having it chronically for over 40yrs virtually gone unless i eat something that is a severe allergen, BP reduced from 150/80 to 118/62, weight loss i lost 45 pound, no restricted diet but a healthy diet self applied & no exercise just the weekly duties keeping house ( no children). the symptoms of hypoglysemia parkinsons MS Gone, some lupus symptoms still exist but in a related alergic factor. some of my other symptoms were irregular heart beat stopping at times & restarting with a thump of out of body proportions, & rapid heart beat & stopped breathing in sleep for multiple minutes at a time. There are more but i feel people might start falling off to sleep if i carry on too much. ultimately i would be surprised if what i used to rectify these things wouldn't help you & i'm happy to try to help you with this throught nutritional balancing. One more thing do you have sensitive gums(bleeding when brushing etc) if so how is it relative to the pain in the teeth?
I await your reply ( or anyone else who might like to reply)
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replied August 5th, 2009
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by the way, i had an ent tell me that most people have a deviated septum as i have but an opperation is not nessesary & is not the cause of hardly any problems suffered, It is also common knowlege that most nasal opps have a success rate of around 50%!
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replied August 5th, 2009
Thanks, timeisshort, well , you are right on somethings. I do have hypothyroid, have been on medication for about 14 years...this is such a long story, I may have to write it in more than one post. I was fine until 3 years ago when the Gp I was seeing switched me to a generic thyroid medication. I went hyper on it and it has been a night mare ever since.I started having severe anxiety attacks, insomnia, panic attacks, high b/p, I lost 40 pounds,and I was not heavy to start with, so now I am skin and bones. I have problems eating because of nausea. I am dizzy all the time and feel very"brain fogged."I have had all kinds of tests run and everything is normal except my thyroid goes back and forth between hypo and hyper on the same dosage of medication. I see an endocrinologist and he has spent two years adjusting my thyroid medication in tiny, tiny increments because I am so sensitive to it now.. I am sensitive to almost everything. I can't take any kind of medication, anti-biotics, supplements, etc...they all make me have extreme anxiety. I don't have any "allergy" symptoms actually, no asthma, no rashes, no headaches , no itching or swelling, nothing normally associated with allergic reactions, except that I have the extreme anxiety reaction . I take xanax xr 2 times a day for the anxiety. They tried me on several anti-depressant drugs and I became totally non-functional on them, I couldn't even dress myself. But I do have this constant nasal drainage on the left side and now it is effecting my upper teeth. I can't take any of the medications normally given for sinus problems, I can't even take a tylenol , it will give me anxiety for days...the only other thing that has shown on tests is I have low vit. d3...my dr. put me on a vit. d3 supplement and I was able to take it for about 3 weeks before I had to stop.It made my thyroid go nuts! It speeds up conversion of free t-4 to free t-3 and it really nessed my thyroid levels up..My endo has been out of the country for the past 2 months and I have been pretty much bed=ridden.I am very dizzy, sick to my stomach, not able to sleep, I have anxiety but it is mild, very weak, I know my thyroid is off, I will see the endo in about 2 more weeks..it was the vit d that did this,,meanwhile, I'm dealing with the sinus infection and the tooth problem. I have had numerous x-rays of my teeth, I have seen an endodontist , an oral surgeon, a regular dentist, have had panorex done, digital x-rays, a c-scan, nothing is showing, but the evidence is there, I have constant drainage and now it is actually draining through my teeth. My daughter works in the dental field and she is beside herself, she says that means there has to be bone erosion..I have an appt. with another ENT and he also specializes in thyroid problems.With the sensitivies to all kinds of medications, I don't know if he can help me at all, but I have to find out why this is happening with my teeth, there has to be infection there somewhere...C-scan showed nothing...so that is the highlight of my story,,I think it all goes back to the thyroid myself, that's when all my problems started.... Sorry so long, Thanks, Wanda
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replied August 5th, 2009
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ok heres how it is going to start to make sense & you will be able to take control & gain good health, the pain & the thyroid which i read in your original posting as being hypothyroid but in fact you are hyperthyroid. The following is an educational site where you will be able to teach yourself how to manage your nutrients to gain normal thyroid function. study every page, if you see something & want to know more about the subject, click it as it will possible open up to much more info.I used this & now through knowing these things am able to create a neutral or hyper or hypo state depending on what i am trying to achieve, (so i am actually able to slow or speed up my thyroid function) this will take a little while to achieve but be patient you will succeed at this!Most importantly the four most important nutrients you need to have balanced is Calcium, magnesium,sodium & potassium. It would be a fair bet you could start taking a light dose of calcium suppliment probably an calcium oxide to start with as oxides are the hardest to absorb so you will be able to take things slowly & reduce any interactions with other things you are using. ithyroid.com is where you need to start,if you can't get an oxide just get a calcium suppliment tablet or even powder & either break the tablet into smaller bits, half etc, take it before going to sleep as it will also help you to relax & sleep better, which is where you will gain your best repair. I need to talk about the other nutrients but we will approach that as we go.While your ( or some one ) is at the health food store, or even supermarket, get some wheat grass powder, the best you can afford, it is full of a broad range of nutrients & will help you alkalize your system, start on this with small doses as it can cause watery bowel movements at start. At the health food store get some natural sea salt or himalayan salt, look up sol'e salt uses. these salts have a minimum of 84 minerals in them and will help you to correctly nourish your body. Don't use them just yet i will need to help you understand them correctly. how much water do you drink, & how often do you urinate? sorry for these questions but it will help me to understand what is happening for you & i will be able to guide you better to understand all this. The calcium is directly related to your teeth pain , the drainage problem & your hyper thyroid state but it is not soley deficient there sre other nutrients that are either deficient or excess.
I hope you don't mind all this info in public, we can go to private messages through this site, but i figure if there are other people who can benefit from all this they have the info too, only thing is there state will be a little different to yours so there requirements will be different, they are also welcome to make contact with me if i can help, & i hope this does for you & them.
reply & let me know what you think, but i believe we can get you back to good health or at least improve your situation.God Bless!
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replied August 5th, 2009
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Oh i almost forgot, you do need vit D, but not yet it has caused your thyroid meds to be utilised more eficiently which caused you to experience a worse condition, with this in mind if going out in the sun causes you symptoms then stay away from direct sunlight until we get you more balanced!
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replied October 14th, 2014
I have had similar problems for years low thyroid and sinus/ear infections and drainage all on one side. It is due to phthalates. They are in the fragrance of many products (shampoo, detergent, etc.) Manufacturer's do not have to list what is in their fragrances, so look for phthalate free products. Check out YuRSick.com for more info.
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