Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sinusitis and Shortness of Breath

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Something I think about every day and have been for about 10 years is a health problem I have been dealing with, and that is Chronic Sinusitis. My sinus problems began about 10 years ago, with constant post nasal drip, sinus pain and pressure and teeth pain. I also experienced dyspnea which is shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.  After having quite a few teeth extracted to alleviate the pain, my primary care physician sent me to an ENT specialist who attributed my problems to both GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and Chronic Sinusitis. After a course of steroids and antibiotics I had sinus surgery, which was one of the most disgusting procedures I’ve ever had. I also began taking Omeprazole for my GERD. I am still taking Omeprazole and my GERD symptoms are still under control. My sinusitis cleared up, but after a few months it came back as bad as before.
In December of this year I contracted a cold, which turned into a bad sinus infection, which lasted until about 2 weeks ago. Now my sinuses are constantly draining, especially with changes in the weather. I am not allergic to anything except a change in temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. After the sinus infection cleared up I began experiencing very sever air hunger, which is not being able to take a  satisfying deep breath, which in turn causes excessive yawning and fighting and gasping for air. It is worse just after sunrise and at sunset.  I have been on both inhaled steroid medications and steroid nasal sprays, as my doctor believes it is asthma. These have been no help. I had severe asthma as a child and my breathing problems brought back many not so fond memories of asthma attacks.
I recently had a CT scan of my sinuses, and EKG and a chest x-ray. Tomorrow I will see an ENT doctor to see what he can do for me. I hope that finally I will get some answers and hopefully some relief. I will update this post as soon as I learn anything new.

Update: After visiting my ENT I learned that I have Silent Reflux Disease or Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, which means I have asthma, GERD and Sinusitis. I was given a topical nasal antibiotic called Bactrim, which is to be combined with saline nasal spray and used 3 times a day, along with Flonase once a day. So far I haven't noticed any change, but hoping soon that I will!


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