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I've been suffering from strange feelings in my head for almost 3 months now. It totally freaked me out at first because it was unlike anything I had felt before, got me thinking I had a brain tumour or something similarly terrifying. I was then diagnosed with having sinusitis, and my doctor prescribed me antibiotics for 5 days. These did nothing and the symptoms got worse and worse the more I worked myself up over it.

I went to the hospital after a few weeks as I had a super freakout, and was told there was nothing I needed to be worried about. Went back to my doctor and he suggested it may be eye strain so I got some glasses which don't really help.

I got into such a state about it the other day again that I ended up at the hospital again, and the helpful doctor there advised he believes I am still suffering from a sinus infection. He suggested I take painkillers 4 times a day every day for a week or so to see if they help.

Has anyone got any suggestions as to what might make this go away? It has been going on for almost 3 months now and is making me crazy! Any advice would be highly appreciated.
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replied April 11th, 2008
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Many people are prone to continuous sinus infections. Just simple airborn allergies can start them off. You may want to check out some allergy medications with your doctor. Sounds like you might be just severly congested up there with perhaps a post nasal drip problem.
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replied January 26th, 2012
I have a sinus infection to, iv had it for at lest 2 years iv just finished 3months of antibiotics 2 different sprays and its done nothing, I feel like cap every day it takes all my energy! Its so hard to go to work every day and i work really hard since I was 15, All I can do is blow my noise and still feels like I have half a litre of mucus in my head! Allways got a head ache, got a CT scan the other day waiting for the results, im fu@#n freaking out! I think stress could play a big part and i have bad anxeity and get verry paranoid, every day I think im gonna die! so try relax. Also get any bad teath fixed or removed could be part of it i need 5 veneers and 4 pulled out, cant do that yet got no money, fu#@n bullsh@#! And im sure iv got it worse than just about everyone, and im only 20 years old. If that makes you feel any better.
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replied April 20th, 2008
thanks for the advice. is it possible to suffer from a sinus infection but have little or no congestion? i have the odd bit of congestion, but nothing major. i can breathe through my nose 95% percent of the time absolutely fine.
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replied December 2nd, 2011
I was diagnosed with a sinus infection through an MRI that I took to check for something totally different. I had mild congestion but most of the time I could breath fine. I was always lightheaded and my vision was blurry for months. I believe these symptoms were from the sinus infection. I didn't have any nasal symptoms but the infection was there.
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replied April 20th, 2008
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icandream674 wrote:
thanks for the advice. is it possible to suffer from a sinus infection but have little or no congestion? i have the odd bit of congestion, but nothing major. i can breathe through my nose 95% percent of the time absolutely fine.


Usually with a sinus infection it is pretty obvious you have it. You would be blowing yellow gunk out of your nose and probably have a headache to go with it. It also could hurt in you inner eye area, like in back of both eyes. See, they all coinside with each other ei....ears,nose and throat. So you could actually even have an ear ache with an infectio.
It's does not sound to bad though. Perhaps just seasonal allergies.
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replied April 20th, 2008
yeah i have all the symptoms of a sinus infection, just without any congestion (well a small amount, not very often at all). the bridge of my nose is always throbbing, as are my temples on and off. i did have a few days near the beginning of the infection where i was bunged up and blowing snot out, then again for about a week a month later. but nothing now.
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replied April 23rd, 2008
I have exactly the same as you icandream674, but Ive suffered since last summer. I went to see gp so many times as its unbareable but as I also have no congestion so this is the reason she says she does not no what it is, because sinus problems usually come with congestion. So I have been refered to Ent specialist, I have had blood test and CT scan done, and am now waiting to go back to hospital for result at end of month. Sorry I cant give any advice except to say see a specialist, you have my sympathy as I know what your going through.
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replied April 23rd, 2008
I have exactly the same as you icandream674, but Ive suffered since last summer. I went to see gp so many times as its unbareable but as I also have no congestion so this is the reason she says she does not no what it is, because sinus problems usually come with congestion. So I have been refered to Ent specialist, I have had blood test and CT scan done, and am now waiting to go back to hospital for result at end of month. Sorry I cant give any advice except to say see a specialist, you have my sympathy as I know what your going through.
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replied March 18th, 2009
going through the same thing.
I think i got a sinus infection middle november, took the zpack, felt a little better, a week later started getting dizzy again, didn't want to take antibiotics again, so i waited. Kept getting dizzy spells and sinus pressure, then the congestion came on. i too thought i had a brain tumor, or cancer or something.. so of course i got panic attacks too! Started taking zpack again, helped a little, went to doctor, she put me BACK on zpack. finished it a few days ago, was feeling better now i feel like crap again! 5 months of being sick! it really sux! now i'm taking mucinex and robitussin and doesn't really seem to be helping! I hope this helps at least ease your tension. i know at least 2 other people that are going through this exact thing!
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replied November 25th, 2011
sinus problems foggy head equals hell
i have been suffering from the same thing for over a year now had sinus surgery too . went to the doctor a million times and they couldnt do a thing. antibiotics didnt work either. constantly have sinus issues and brain fog that actually has caused me axiety. finally i went to an allergist for the heck of it and found out i am allergic to molds. my house has alot of mold it in so im moving and hoping it will stop this hell also im getiin allergy shots too. mayo clinic did a study and found out 94 percent of the people tested for sinusitis was being cause from mold.
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replied April 17th, 2009
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I have been suffering sinus infections for over 12 months. sinus pressure, dizzy, fatigue and feeling really unwell. Had surgery, and a week after got bad infection that took 2 doctors and 2nd ent specialist 3 months to get rid of. Antibiotics and prednisone. 3 months later, it came back. Twice I got rid of it with same treatment, but took 25 days. But 3 weeks after, it came back again. It's been 7 weeks and cant get rid of it. Am booked in for more surgery but ent doc isn't reasuring. Am going to get tested for allergies. Cant believe that sinus's can make you feel this bad. Often cant work. My sympathy to everyone who suffers this.

Gridge
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replied May 26th, 2009
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i went to my doctor 3 weeks ago and she prescribed me with a sinus infection, she gave me sum tablets but they havent done nothing for me at all. all i do is sleep becos its affecting my eyes its so annyoyin, am going 2 ireland on saturday so i dnt no wa am gna do gna be the worst holiday ever. can sum1 pls reply bk 2 me and let me no if thers anything i can do 2 relieve the pain abit whilst am away xxx
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replied July 9th, 2009
i have the same thing - very little mucus in my nose...i had a CT scan and the doctor said it was a sinus infection..it just doesn't come out my nose. Don't know what to do! I'm tired, it's been months, i am often dizzy , have trouble concentrating at work sometimes...and have to give up all kinds of fun things because I'm so tired all the time. I am getting depressed!
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replied September 4th, 2009
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I had a sinus infection in april-may. it went away for... about a week or 2, then i felt dizzy, tired and out of it, VERY hard to explain what im going through... not the tired part but like, i see everything fine but im guessing the brain isnt functioning right so everyhthing is weird, not like drug weird but i dont know. I think i might have sinus infection again because i am swallowing LOADS and CHUNKS of mucus. I might need to see a doc again, the specialist.

I have post nasal drip, ocasionally pain around my eyes, like cheekbones and above eyes, but nothing serious.

Anyone going through this to? im running out of choices and probly and going crazy because of it!
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replied October 3rd, 2009
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I'm going through the same thing, except I've had it for 5-6 years. I'm only just about to see an ENT now so there is some hope but again I don't get much mucus, I feel congestion and I find it hard to breath but no obvious outward signs of infection, it looks more like a permanent allergic reaction.

Its basically destroyed my life, so good luck
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replied October 8th, 2009
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"I had a sinus infection in april-may. it went away for... about a week or 2, then i felt dizzy, tired and out of it, VERY hard to explain what im going through... not the tired part but like, i see everything fine but im guessing the brain isnt functioning right so everyhthing is weird, not like drug weird but i dont know. I think i might have sinus infection again because i am swallowing LOADS and CHUNKS of mucus. I might need to see a doc again, the specialist.

I have post nasal drip, ocasionally pain around my eyes, like cheekbones and above eyes, but nothing serious.

Anyone going through this to? im running out of choices and probly and going crazy because of it!"

YES!! Much of hte exact same thing is going on with me. It's like.. no outward signs of congestion... I can pretty much intake air through my nose... but I always have postnasal drip and I am always swallowing through my sinuses.

I especially relate to the part of feeling "out of it" and foggy. I have felt like this for months now, and it is making me extremely crazy as well. I always feel like there is something wrong with me, even though I exercise and eat well and everything. And the worst part is that to my knowledge, western medicine really doesn't know anything about this.

I'm really thinking of considering accupuncture and other types of chinese medicines to help me out because all of the doctors I have seen so far have been worthless to me.
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replied April 17th, 2011
I,too,have been dealing with this for about 3-4yrs.The feeling 'out of it and foggy' is EXACTLY what I would describe as a CONSTANT state of being! I have been a total outdoorsman/cross trained indv.all my life and now can't bring myself to even go ride a bike. No other health problems and do have some yellow mucous about 3x's a year. Tried the first line meds for SI's to no avail.This is also totally screwing with my life!
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replied October 8th, 2009
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Even though Western medicine can't seemingly help, they are a better bet than acupuncturists and other alternative medicine practioners, simply because to become a doctor it requires many years of extensive training whilst acupuncturists and other such therapists don't need very much at all, so doctors will have the knowledge down of how the body works even if they don't seem helpful.

Really pinpoint your symptoms, how is your sense of smell? Where exactly do you feel congested? If you can analyse your problems better you can pinpoint a diagnosis better, if you say you feel out of it then doctors WILL ignore you because fatigue and things like are so vague and attributable to so many other things that they would find it difficult to come to any conclusions.

Don't waste your money on alternative medicine, it won't help.
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replied October 9th, 2009
Sorry my vagueness and tone up there... I was very frustrated at the time.

I have very much the exact same symptoms and experiences as the poster that posted above me.

I have practically constant post-nasal drip, I'll occassionally (usually when I have an allergy attack mostly, but sometimes just seemingly randomly) get dizzy and get a slight headache behind my eyes.

I'm always swallowing mucus.. and I can feel how much of it is accumulated in my throat. I try to use a neti pot but it seems like it's not even getting all the way through my sinuses properly, even though the water passes through the other side.

It just generally feels like the mucus that feels like it's in my sinuses is generally wearing me down. I'll feel heavy behind the eyes and I my eyes will get really light sensitive, all the time.

I've been to an allergist and found out that I do have a bunch of allergies (dust mites, cats, certain grass and trees). I've also been to a university doctor thinking it was an infection and he gave me the zpack and that didn't seem to help much at all.

I haven't had the chance to see a specialist just yet but I plan on doing so as soon as possible. As much as you may be correct on the training, I still have a certain faith in the ancient healing techniques of eastern medicine (neti pot is eastern i believe... from yoga?). So I will try to find a combination of both eastern and medicine medicine. Plus I've just been wanting to try accupuncture or maybe a chiropractor for a while anyhow.

THanks for any help.Sorry for the rambling Wink
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replied October 9th, 2009
Oh, I forgot a couple symptoms. I also generally feel short on breath often and I find I have trouble breathing WELL through my nose. It just generally seems like everything is not running smooth and so I'm generally slightly out of it, always conscious of my bodily issues and aware of the feeling. It's not the worst thing in the world, but I have been having trouble focusing in class, makes my breath smell, and makes me feel and act a little "slow".

I have an appointment with the ENT coming up soon so I'll see what they have to say. Any remedies for this situation I have right here? Does it sound like a sinus infection or just perpetual constant allergies?

edit: Also, I don't know if matters or not, but I also have some body balance issues right now. I also generally feel out of balance. I have a broken pinky on my left hand and I have a generally weakness on the left side of my body. I was wondering if this was had some connection with my mental state. Or it could be psychological. But I'm pretty stress free. So I have no idea. glance Shocked

Thanks for the help 4you
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replied October 9th, 2009
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Very interesting. I'm in a very similar situation, is your mucus is yellow? I get it all the time but never yellow, it is always there though, sometimes I gag a little or cough. You might be in luck if it is because that would mean a temporary infection, that and smelly breath, that could be an infection or nasal polyps. People actually adjust to how much oxygen they get, so after a while it seems normal but you still feel like it could be better. I find exactly the same thing with Neti pots, its odd. Do you get a ringing in your ears or semi-bad hearing?

Don't believe its in your head, my doctor did for a long time, the bargain I struck is that if its in my head it'll be the last thing I look at, I'll look at every single physical possibility and if none of that works I'll have a go at looking at the mental aspect. I don't believe it is at all, I really hate the label depressed or anxious because like you I don't have anything that would actually cause it, you just end up chasing your tail if you pursue the psychological aspect and in fact making stuff up that actually wasn't there in the first place.

I like the way my post is now lit up with ads, that should be a give away as to how people try to sell you alternative medicines etc, pursue if you like but if you're like me you'll know what works and what doesn't very quickly. Neti pots and steam inhalations are definitely in the right ball park, they make at least some sense from a physiological perspective but if you're gonna dabble in alternative medicine try and read both sides before you go ahead otherwise you'll just lose loads of money on what doesn't work. I've been to a few and they'll often try to make you do it over and over again saying you need to keep doing in order for it to work...and it doesn't.

I wish you all the best because I've not found anything to get rid of it yet, I've not really met anyone yet who seems to have it as bad as me (I've met people like you who have to some degree) but they don't get a headache 24/7 and have massive trouble concentrating, breathing and just being ok.

Oh and if you don't believe any of this try drinking two pints of water in the space of an hour (or basically just try drinking a load of water) you'll feel better all of a sudden and probably have somewhat more concentration and energy (it is noticeable but its no miracle cure), this is likely I believe because it thins the mucus and makes it easier to breath. But if that happens you'll know that you have something similar to what I have.

Good luck Smile

Whats a Zpack? I got this at uni when I started, did you? Its often a bad time when you get loads of illnesses. As I say you might be in luck, firstly because you've caught it early, secondly because you have many physical symptoms such as bad breath, headache just behind the eyes, post nasal drip and a set of existing allergies which will give your ENT or doctor something to work with. As I mentioned if you steer clear of talking about the mental side effects - irritability, tiredness, feeling down etc or if you just mention them briefly because then they won't focus on the physical problem which is the cause.
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replied November 9th, 2009
I have been sick for 2 months, my doctor said I have a sinus infection and an ear infection, I feel so horrible at times...I just want to cry.
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replied November 11th, 2009
I've had chronic sinusitis for years and eventually had an operation to trim the turbinates and reset my nose (which had been broken) and this worked for about three years. Then in March this year it all started again, pressure and intense pain above and below my eye, in my ear, down my throat, under my jaw, around the back of my head, with a bad headache. The last infection put me in bed for a week. I went back to work 2 weeks ago and today it started again - puffy red cheek on the affected side, and intense pain. I've used my neti pot, steam inhalations, and nasal spray, and had to take a large dose of painkiller to keep it bearable. I think my only option may be to have another operation, but I really dont want to...
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