Anyone with chronic sinus infections and chest congestion?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jeanderek, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. jeanderek

    jeanderek New Member


    For the past few years I have suffered sinus infections over and over. My sinus drains all the time and causes chest congestion with an unproductive cough. When I breath I can hear the and feel the rattle. Is it related to FMS or is this just me? Thanks

    hugs,
    Jeanna
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  2. Dlee

    Dlee New Member

    I've had the same problem for years to,this year has been the worst.I figure the immune system being out of wack with this DD who knows would like input on it.........Donna
  3. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    I used to get sinus infections every fall and spring and they would last at least six weeks, even with treatment with antibiotics.

    Right now I am dealing with bronchitis which I contracted while snowed in at a conference I attended in Columbus, OH in February. I'm now on my third round of antibiotics and as of this morning was still coughing up yellow stuff, so it's not gone yet.

    My CFS/FM doc is an internist so I've been having him monitor this mess for me. I have a followup appointment next week, so we'll see where I am then.

    I recently read that it is common for people with FM to have thicker body secretions, so I think that would explain our propensity for sinus and chest congestion.

    Barbara
  4. catgal

    catgal New Member

    Hi Jeanna~~I am 53 and was born with severe asthma, allergies, and IBS. I didn't develop FM/CFS until I was 15. But although I was born with this, I do not believe that the sinus infections are a product of FM/CFS.

    However, this year has been worse for me also with what seems to be a chronic sinus infection and chest congestion that is separate from my asthma. I've had to take alot of antibiotics for it over the past year, and just about the time I get it cleared up and feel better for a week, maybe two--it comes right back.

    Antibiotics is the only way I've been able to get rid of my sinus infections and deep chest congestion. I've had it so bad over the past year that I've had to change my usual asthma/allergy medications and take alot of antibiotics, prescription Zyrtec-D, and occasionally a prescription cough syrup with codiene in it. I can't sleep laying down (which has been hard on my back problems) because the drainage from my sinuses is so constant and thick that I feel like I'm choking. So, I sleep propped up with a bunch of pillows.

    And, because of my asthma & allergies, I also have to continuously run an air purifier along with a humidifier. But, I find that this has really helped with the sinus infections. I also have to keep some air flowing around me, so even during the Winters I keep the ceiling fan on in my bedroom. The Zyrtec-D is really effective without any drowzy side affects. One pill has a 12-hour duration, and I take one in the morning and one before bed. I had a terrible problem with the chest congestion and the hard, unproductive coughing fits were exhausting (sometimes painful around my ribs) and would keep me up at nights. I tried all kinds of OTC cough syrups, but the only one that helped was Robitussin-PE Expectorant/Nasal Decongestant [small blue label). It is alcohol free, and the active ingredients are 100mgs Guaifenesin and 30mgs Pseudoephedrine. However, a couple of times the congestion got so bad it didn't respond to the OTC Robitussin, and I had to get a prescription cough syrup which consisted of Guaifenesin, Pseudoephedrine, and codiene. That really did the trick. Otherwise, the OTC was effective on a day to day basis.

    But my sinus infections included terrible sinus headaches, blurred vision, and my whole sinus area hurt so bad that I couldn't wear my glasses--couldn't stand the pressure, and my glasses are fairly light. And this made it difficult for me to do my job because without my glasses I can't read or see what I'm writing. My physician also gave me Flonase nasal spray which helped open up my sinuses so I could breathe better.

    So altogether I've been taking the following for my sinus infections: antibiotics (script), Zyrtec-D, (script) Robitussin PE {expectorant & nasal decongestant} cough syrup, (OTC mostly) and Flonase (script).

    When I finish with the antibiotics, I still have to take the other meds or my sinuses get bad again. None of these meds make me drowsy or interfere with the other medications I take (oxycontin, percocet, soma, klonopin, & bextra).

    The doctors at the hospital where I work have said they've never seen so many people with sinus infections and recurring sinus infections as they have over the past year. That the numbers of people treated for sinus infections over the past year has reached "epidemic proportions". They have no idea what is causing it in such vast numbers of people--even people who say they've never had sinus problems before. And the CNN Health Watch had a segment on it back a month ago based on information obtained from the Center for Disease Control reporting the vast numbers of people having problems with recurring sinus infections over the past year, and they had no explanation as to what was causing it.

    And all these people do not have FM/CFS. So perhaps it may be a new strain of flu-like sinus virus???

    Hope you get to feeling better. I know how miserable these sinus infections have been for me on top of all my other ailments. Have you ever been tested by an Allergy Specialist for allergies? Blessings to you, Carol...
  5. jeanderek

    jeanderek New Member

    Thank you all for the wealth of information.
  6. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

    Hi Jeanna, The cause is food intolerances which causes
    "Leaky Gut Syndrome" Go to an Allergist and have test done for food intolerances. Then be treated for Leaky Gut .
    You have to stop eating the foods that you have intolerances to.These are not the same as food allergies.
    You get all sorts of infections that your weakened immune system can not deal with.Including sinus,chest congestion,
    ringing in the ears, lung problems,joint pain,etc. Look up Leaky Gut on the net. You can find tons of info there. I have Fibro,Leaky Gut,food intolerances to sugar,yeast,soy,eggs,tomatoes and dairy products. You may not have as many food intolerances as I do but you can only find out by being tested. You can't do it yourself. Hope this helps.
    Shirley
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  7. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Just got over a terrible virus, it started with a dry cough that wracked my ribs and stomach so much, I was also unable to do anything. Then it went into my chest and I had bronchitis. Thats why I was off the board for a few weeks. I had a high fever and a lot of nausea from the post nasal drip.

    I had pneumonia and after that I seem to get sinus, and bronchitis problems, that is when I was diagnosed with Fibro . Before that I never had a cold in my life.

    I had been free of all of the above for almost three years, then all of a sudden it was back with a vengence.

    Try drinking half your body weight in ounces of water, and take a quarter teaspoon of Sea Salt during the day.

    Also I used a vaporizer (warm mist), it really helped me breathe.

    I am in Louisiana, and this has been a very cold damp winter for us. I believe that is why I got so sick again.

    Another thing, keep your chest warm, wear a tight fitting tee shirt, if you keep your chest warm it will help too.

    Hope you get to feeling better soon.

    Shalom, Shirl
  8. Fibromiester

    Fibromiester New Member

    ~Shirl mentioned "cold & damp" days~
    I have had a chronic cough and sinus "infection" for
    Forever, and have had lots of anti-biotics, like you guys. And I did develop Leaky Gut, which for the most part, is caused by too much yeast/fungus organism in your intestines- One reason for this is Over-Use of Anti-Biotics which kills off Beneficial Bacteria (like Lactobacillus Acidophilis, Bulgarious, Casei, Bifidobacteria Bifidum, & so on.) We take PRO-BIOTICS around here to replace these good guys to our gut. ANTI-BIOTICS KILL 'em !
    I am affected negatively by too much Yeast/Fungus in my gut. ( ps. we need a healthy balance of BOTH fungus & bacteria in our intestines)
    Back to the "cold & damp" days...
    I also believe I am affected negatively by too much Fungus/Mold/Mildew in my INVIROMENT...Such as my Shower Stall, under my kitchen sink, under my damp house, who knows where...OH !
    And every time the HeatPump comes on, I gag and can SMELL it and start COUGHING!
    My AirConditioning Man cleaned the coil but said, If I had a HeatPump, I was gunna have MOLD...
    I think I am Totally Allergic to the MOLD Family...!!!!

    SNIFF ! SNEEZE ! COUGH ! COUGH ! SNORT !