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I'm 22 years of age and have suffered from sinus problems for as long as I can remember. I've always got tissues in my pocket, am constantly blowing my nose, and have mucus in the back of my throat which I frequently have to dispose of. I always seem to have at least one nostril blocked at one time, and suffer with quite a lot of headaches through this condition.

I've recently been to the specialist and had a scan done which has shown no polyps, but a slightly thickened nasal lining and NO visual front sinus. The surgeon was reluctant to operate due to obvious possible complications and said he would rather try other things first. These include:

- A 1 month course of steroids, and with 7 days left they have done nothing bar give me a bad stomach.

- A nasal spray which is to be used twice a day, no sooner have i used it I need to get rid of mucus, so I presume the spray just goes straight into the tissue.

- Snorting salt water solution, and to try steam treatment also.

None of this has made any effect what so ever. I am due to go back late July for an allergy test, and failing that showing any major answers I will have to have this operation. But I'm just a little bit confused as to whether this op' will actually be the solution to my problems. He seemed very in confident the procedure would do much as he can't remove that much of the nasal lining due to it being close to my eyes (something else I'm concerned about). Or is he just saying that as he wanted to fob we off with other methods first in the hope they might actually solve something?

Any feedback or possible insight to my situation would be greatly appreciated!
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replied June 16th, 2008
Have you tried an allergy medication with pseudoephedrine (e.g. Claritin-D, Target-brand allergy medication with pseudoephedrine, etc.)?
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replied June 17th, 2008
I used to take claritin when I was a child for hayfever, but I no longer get that. I have just googled 'pseudoephedrine', and on first read it appears for someone with allergy symptoms such as itching, watering eyes etc? I don't have any of that, nor do I actually know that if I do have an allergy - what it's caused by!
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replied June 17th, 2008
My primary allergy symptom is the runny nose/phlegmy back of the throat, too. I'd wake up and have a morning cough even though I don't smoke. But it went away entirely when I started taking 24-hr Claritin-D (the one with pseudoephedrine). Target also has a cheaper generic brand that works just as well. Just make sure you get the one with pseudoephedrine... the regular allergy pills don't seem to work for the runny nose/sinus issues as well.

I'm not crazy about being on allergy medicine for the rest of my life, so I'm going to see an allergy doctor (I'd take shots over pills), but in the meantime, it's been such a relief just to be able to bend forward and not have my stupid nose literally pour water onto the floor.
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replied June 17th, 2008
My symptoms differ. I don't have a runny nose, mucus is always thick and needs to be removed via hard nose blowing, or sniffing from my nose into my mouth to get rid of it. (Sorry I know it sounds awful!). Neither do I have a cough, I personally don't think it's allergy related. But if all else fails, perhaps tablets with pseudoephedrine may be worth a try...
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replied June 27th, 2008
I can TOTALLY relate! I've been dealing with these type headaches now for months. Doc suggested I get a netipot, which I have used. I've taken Sudaphed (the Real stuff), Mucinex, every allergy med on the block along with Ibupropen. It ALWAYS comes back. I have mucus in the back of my throat all the time. My head now just has a steady throb on the left side behind my eye all the way down to my neck. I'm so TIRED of this!! I also have fibromyalgia and thought maybe this could be part of it, but the mucus makes me believe it is sinus related. Went to the doc in the box on a sunday to see what they said and they couldn't find any congestion in the ears, nose or throat. But I feel mucus and blow out clear liquid EVERY DAY! What else can we do for relief. I've heard surgery might last for only a little while. Is it really sinus? I just don't know right now! Help, please!
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