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Hi, my sister has had sinus issues ever since she was a little girl....but it seems like it got worse after she had a baby....
right now...she's suffering....she gets really bad headaches....her sinuses hurt, and she's always stuffy....ALWAYS...and even her teeth hurt....yesterday evening she was in so much pain because her head and a tooth was hurting really bad.

at one point she had to see a doctor because every time she blew her nose it would bleed....the doc told her she had chronic sinusitis.....she was given some meds and it kinda helped, but now the meds are done and stuff like advil cold and sinus not helping.

Can anyone help me out? what can we do to help her?
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replied February 5th, 2008
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ok....so i've posted this message a while back and havent gotten a reply...i see that quite a few people have viewed it.....so.....

ok...whatever.
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replied October 3rd, 2011
i have the same thing and i noticed it every time it is going to rain so i even had sinus surgery and it really din'nt help but what i took and it worked is sudafed with a deconjestint once my nose unstuffed headach went away actually any thing with a deconjestint workes
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replied September 29th, 2012
Is it normal or should I see a doctor
I have the exxact same thing as well my temples ,nose,head,teeth and jaw ace and hurt they also feel like I have a itch in my gum Im in so much pain I almost cried my sense of taste and smell is almost gone uhhh! So frustrating it hurts worse when I nlow my nose especially my left jaw bone and left eye and I have a runny nose plus headache and cough
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replied September 29th, 2012
I havd the exxact same thing as well my temples ,nose,head,teeth and jaw ace and hurt they also feel like I have a itch in my gum Im in so much pain I almost cried my sense of taste and smell is almost gone uhhh! So frustrating it hurts worse when I nlow my nose especially my left jaw bone and left eye and I have a runny nose plus headache and cough
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replied February 5th, 2008
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People often view messages, read them and don't comment if they cannot help.

Does she have allergies? Often when you have sinus problems it can radiate down into your teeth.

You may want to have her go back to the doctor and start getting tested for allergies, etc.

Good luck!
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replied February 5th, 2008
Sounds like chronic sinusitis
Chronic sinus problems can be caused by many thing. Allergies, viral infection not resolving and becoming a secondary bacterial infection. Tooth ache can be a symptom of a sinus infection. YOu can also have aGERD a stomach condition - inflammation of the stomach caused by a bacteria called H Pylorie -
This can be treated with diet and a herbal supplement. If you would like to discuss please email - this is not difficult to stop the catch 22 your sister is in.
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replied February 10th, 2012
I have had migraines since i was a kid but after having kids has got worse. many doctors told me it was dry sinus and migraines combined. i have about 4 headaches a week now and my pain makes me handicapped. My sinus pressure points on face hurt, teeth hurt and neck is worse. i tried many cat scans and EEGs and nothing was found. I now see the chiropractor after years of trying medicine. The chiropractor helped the first 3 weeks, i was sooo glad and thought i found my remedy but after 3 weeks i'm the same now.Yes the sedated helps sometimes and then one of my neurologist suggested 3 anvils and 1 benadryl and that helped too but not anymore. Now the 3 a dvild with 1 benadryl helps when I take after 3 hours generic prescribed medicine called SUMITRAPATAN. I hate to take all the med cause i think it will ruin my stomach lining.I hope someone can really help me to be pain free.
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replied February 6th, 2008
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How would she know if she has this stomach problem...are there any other symptoms that we could see if she has?
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replied February 6th, 2008
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It might actually be caused by an abscessed tooth, mouth infection, or a cavity, as crazy as it sounds. Tooth aches can cause everything from fevers to knee pain. I think she should go to the dentist first to rule that out.
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replied January 5th, 2009
a start
Try going to the pharmacy and purchase pressurized sea water in a small plastic container. No harm to try this first. Works amazingly for the stuffiness
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replied February 25th, 2009
ENT!
Get a referral to an ENT, if the antibiotics aren't working. You could have cysts or scar tissue in your sinus' that could need excision.
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replied March 5th, 2009
hi i have just had surgery for sinus, mine started after a very bad bout of flu, i ended up having teeth problems from it or teeth may have contributed to it, not sure. It took 4 1/2 years to resolve. left side of cheek always looked a bit puffy, had surgery 8 weeks ago and not noticing a major improvement as yet,maybe to early still. I had CT scans, allergy tests which revealed allergies to cats, dogs and dust? I have had animals all my life! anyway get your DR to refer your sister to ENT, i lived with it for 4 1/2 years and it can be very painful and physically draining. in interim try a salt water solution and flush nose with that and steam also helped me. hope that helps
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replied March 30th, 2009
interesting
I have also had a similar problem. I thought I had an ingrown hair I plucked inside my nose and noticed some swelling inside the nose. I let it ride for a few weeks it becamse very tender to the point I felt it on the outside of the nose. It felt like an absess on the top left of my nose. I have been on bactrim and ibuprofen for a week now and the swelling has greatly decreased and the abcess like lump is smaller however still there but harder. When I blow my nose now it bleeds and pours out also pain in my two front teeth when I squeeze nose to blow it ! Very bizzare. I am a nurse but away from home right now traveling and dont have that same trust as I do with family dr. Any suggestions ?
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replied May 16th, 2009
sinus problems and solutions
Hi there--I'm not the longest sinus headache sufferer, but I may be one of the more aggressive. It took 2 years of consistent effort, but I finally got the recommendation for surgery--which helped significantly. This came after a long attempt to control sinusitis with antibiotics (which helped at first, gradually didn't do anything--would be worth a good try initially) and such things as allergy testing (have none--not fun, but good to rule out as surgery will not get rid of allergies) as well as tried other non-traditional approaches such as accupuncture (some, not much, relief, although I didn't try this for too long after getting go-ahead for surgery--this has gotten positive reviews, however, and most recommend this as a longer term treatment: it certainly wouldn't hurt... especially if surgery isn't on the table. I also don't have a problem w/ needles, though I may be in the minority. Since I also have major issues w/ insomnia, I may try accupuncture again as well).

Other coping mechanisms I've found helpful are as follows--most always helpful, esp. if in need of immediate relief (far quicker than antibiotics, great in conjunction w/ other treatment w/ doctor): Vicks Vapor rub--either applied to sore area and under nostrils/chest/throat. No, this is not my perfume of choice, but that's not really what you think about when pain gets in the way of such thoughts. Breathing in steam--esp. when Vicks is mixed in--works immediately (although you probably won't get to run around with a steaming bowel of Vicks under your nose all day). Get a good expectorant as well--have generic at Rite Aid/CVS, don't pay 2x more for 'Mucinex'--just ask pharmacist. OTC pain relief aids didn't help me, but I hear Ibuprophen helps the most.

Probably the most reliable--and immediate--relief is from giving in to learning how to do 'nasal irrigation'--this is the best longer term coping mechanism I've found after surgery. Get something called a 'neti pot' (also known as a 'jalnetic pot'--CVS/Rite Aid have them although probably just call them 'sinus irrigators' or something--any pharmacist there will know what you're talking about). I got my first one while doing phd research in India--they're great. Can find online instructions--you'll get over being slightly grossed out after pain is reduced. Warm water mixed w/ saline solution (can also be bought in little packets at CVS/Rite Aid along w/ sinus irrigator... which looks like a little tea pot) works great--esp. if used daily morning and evening, along with a hot shower. Along w/ Vicks vapor rub I would also recommend 'Tiger Balm' which I used in India--I'm sure you can find it online.

Other than this, I spent, shall we say, shitloads of time at the gym/running/playing soccer--was only time I felt good during the worst days b/f getting surgery. Highly recommended regardless of what's wrong in the long run.

Additionally, I also still use a nasal steroid called 'Rhinocort'--no generic yet, though this is the highest recommended one out by experts. I attempted to go off it twice--whoah, did I learn quick how great it is.

Hope this helps. Get a heating pad, too, for immediate relief... again, not that this is a particularly pragmatic fashion choice if you actually need to exit your home... but esp. good b/f bed if this is the worst part of the day for headaches (was for me).

Also, make sure you're getting good sleep: nothing craps on an already crappy sinus headache more that insufficient rest. Essential to managing stress and headaches.

The phd only helped regarding research strategies... not with solution-driving aggression. I have major competitive sports obsessivenes to thank for this.

Good luck--back to grading... (no sinus relief there Sad

I've also recently found that '5 hour energy' tiny bottle helpful--the B vitamin complex seems to be overwhelmingly recommended for headache treatment. I wouldn't drink the whole thing first time round if you're sensitive to caffeine, however--will give you the shakes. Try half, work up from there.

Jen
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replied October 13th, 2009
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I've tried all of the above and get no relief from any of it, I have horrible sinus problems but they don't proffer the tiniest bit of relief when they should. The only thing left I seemingly have left to try is surgery. Did you have a hard time persuading the doctors you had sinus issues?
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replied July 24th, 2011
See a specialist
I would recommend seeing an ENT. I work for an ENT and the way to diagnose real Chronic Sinusitis is by a CT scan that can show polyps in the sinuses. If you do have polyps and other infected tissue in any of the 4 sinus cavities, sinus surgery helps a lot of people.
If you are getting polyps from allergies you may need to have surgery and allergy treatment as an adjunct therapy.

As far as GERD and H. Pylori are concerned, they are two totally different disorders and I would rule out the sinus thing first. Since an ENT means, "EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT" he could address the GERD issue if that is a problem. The only way H.Pylori can be diagnosed is through a procedure where they insert a scope through your mouth and down into your stomach to take samples. It would be the last thing to rule out since it seems the symptoms all point to sinus.
Good luck, I know sinus trouble can really be awful. Seeing a specialist, (ENT)is the way to go. You wouldn't let an electrician do a plumbers work would you?
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replied November 2nd, 2009
Sinus
I have been dealing with allergies and sinuses for 30 years. It can make your whole body just ach and hurt. My thoart, teeth, ears, head, face, neck, jaw and shoulders would just ach; run fevers, chills, throw up. Sinus issues are caused by allergies. Not bacteria. They just did a new study on this at the beginning of this year. So in order to take care of the sinus problem you have to take care of the allergy one first. The best thing that I have found that works is zrytec. Sinus meds can cause a sinus infection. So they are pointless to take. I use zrytec, drink anything hot, it helps open your sinuses up, advil. Also use a room vaperizer with vicks in it when you sleep. After doing all this, in about 20 minutes I start feeling the relief. Hope this helps you.
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replied November 2nd, 2009
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I've been toying with that idea, I still believe its probably bacteria but am definitely open to any suggestions. I can't figure out what I'm allergic to though, I've tried ridiculously strict elimination diets, I've eaten nothing for a few days and still felt horrible, so if it is an allergen its airborne. So...I looked at a possible airborne cause but feel no better when I'm outside (summer or winter) even after long periods of time so I can't seem to get relief there. Anti-histamines should work if its an allergic reaction right? But they don't work for me. I do agree though, it is something causing irritation of the sinuses, what though doctors and me seem not to actually know Sad

Do you have a link or anything to that study? If I could find something that just gave me like a day or just an hour of relief it'd give me the hope I needed to continue.

Sorry, you're probably talking to the other guys but I am suffering so am desperate for advice!
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replied January 25th, 2010
SINUS INFECTION RELIEF
Hi, i realized this is too old to help, but in case this ever happens again maybe this will help. the same thing happened to me. i had a bad sinus infection and i waited forever to go to the doctor and the medicine worked a little, but i was still so stuffy after i was done. my mucus was no longer green, but it was still yellow and i could not breathe anytime of day through my nose. the doctor told me to try mucinex d not dm and buy this stuff called ocean spray. i think it's a saline spray. i bought the spray and i bought sudafed cause the mucinex was like $30. that was a couple of weeks ago and i'm all cleared up! when i first started the saline spray i was using breathe right strips at night and rubbing vicks on my chest so i could sleep better. i used the spray several times a day! it worked wonders for me...
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replied January 30th, 2010
I got tested for allergies, and had none... I have had recurrent sinus infections for over a year now. They finally did surgery on me, and I still am tired all the time, stuffed up and my tooth pain is still there. I dont understand. He said doing the surgery would solve all my problems. (Cyst removal, turbinate surgery, septoplasty)
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replied December 24th, 2011
ENT's love to cut.....sometimes to no benefit.

You need to be on a combo of a nasal steriod and a nasal antihistamine. Probably nasonex and astepro. This combo cannot be matched and the clinical data on the specific combo of steriod/nasal antihistamine is incredible.
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replied April 21st, 2010
seahorse618 I feel your pain.

I was told the same thing and went for the surgery. This was about 8 years ago. It didnt help, and if anything it may have gotten worse. They then tried something else on me where they stuck a long needle up my nose and into what terbinates I have left in there after the surgery. Thing thing hurt badly and they kept missing and doing it over. It apparently was supposed to send some frequency into my terbinates to shrink them. Again, no help but lots and lots of pain and uncomfortableness.

The only thing that has ever helped me was Afrin and Mucinex. I used Afrin for a long time and had to use it every few hours for it to help, so I stopped using that.

Now I am still always stuffed, don''t want to cause anymore damage by using Afrin... My teeth hurt, I have been getting headaches. I wish I or the doctors knew what the deal was. If I had to do another surgery I would (even though the first one was one of the worst experiences of my life).

If you find anything that helps you, please let me know!
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replied May 11th, 2010
Teeth & Sinuses - NEWS
Wow - this has been a roller coaster reading these posts. I was diagnosed with chronic sinusits in January and have been to Dr''s and specialists for 5 months and they all say the same thing...take these pills and get lots of sleep. I sleep 9 hours a night, I''m active (training for a marathon), eat healthy, use a steamer daily, drink lots of water and hot fluids and take meds when I''m in serious pain. I''ve also had severe headaches and toothaches from all of this, not to mention being tired alot - which isn''t helping the marathon training.
Last time I was at the Dr. I read this article http://www.canadian-health.ca/3_4/30_e.htm l in a magazine and I felt like it was a real eye opener. This person had the surgery to cure her sinus problems, and like many of you, it didn''t help. THEN she had a tooth pulled and it all went away. Everything you read about sinus issues says that sinus pain causes toothaches...but this proved to be the other way around. The tooth was causing the sinus pain. I''m going to my dentist today actually to get them to x-ray my teeth to see if a damaged root is causing this sinus problem. I have a bad dental history so it wouldn''t surprise me. I''d rather have a tooth pulled then have this sinus surgery.
Also, in response to the allergy question, I''ve suffered with allergies all my life, but its basically been proven that if you have sinusitis in only ONE nostril like I do, and many others, its not caused by allergies. If it were something environmental or in the air you breathe, like allergies, it would affect both nostrils, not just one.
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replied September 27th, 2010
Hello, i have been suffering from sinus problems ever since i can rememeber and i am 24 now. I experience neck ache, skull ache, toothache, headache, throbbin slight facial drop... you name it i get it! I went to the dentist last week as i thought i needed a fillin re done... turns out i need a tooth out that has been damaged for some time! After hearing that in some cases sinus problems are caused by toothache... im hoping and praying that this works for me and gets rid of it ! I am having it out today... and weirdly enough i have been suffering with my normal migranes for 2 days... so ll see if it goes!
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replied July 8th, 2011
Hello,

I am wondering if I may have a sinus problem myself. My lower teeth have been very achy for the last 2 or 3 days, I have a minor headache and am extremely tired/drowsy. It almost feels as though I have the flu...with body aches, chills, and diarrhea as well. It hasn't reached the unbearable point yet but has become more annoying and draining than anything. I have suffered from fairly severe hay fever/dust allergies all my life but have never experienced something quite like this. Can somebody please tell me if this sounds like a classic case of sinusitis?
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