Sinus Problem - Common Cold

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bglbert, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. bglbert

    bglbert New Member

    So I've had chronic fatigue syndrome for the past 5 years. Over the past year, I made great progress with simple diet and exercise that was gradually built over time. However, in december, I got a sinus infection that I took two rounds of antibiotics for to find out wasn't a sinus infection but actually probably viral. My chronic fatigue doctor explained it may have been due to the viruses that are present with CFS. She then gave me an anti-viral medication that I ended up having a terrible reaction to; which set me back even further. I started to slowly go back to my exercise routine but I kept having setbacks the next day or two and then cut it back even more. I was slowly started to get back to myself when I caught a cold. I normally do not get sick, although I have chronic fatigue syndrome but there have been a lot of people sick around me. I guess I am a little concerned I can't get back on my feet. Has anyone almost gotten better and then had a massive setback and gotten past it again? I feel like my body has been through so much over the last couple months that I don't know how I am going to get back to feeling better again?

    Just concerned.....

  2. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Could be mono. It can reemerge from EBV latent in cells at any time during stress or after antibiotics.

    Good luck

    Love Anne
  3. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    One thing is to try and keep your immune system strong. There is a good supplement called Emergen C. It has a good dose of vitamin C and electrolytes.

    You also might read about sinus irrigations. There are ton of sites explaining - use "Google" search and enter "sinus infection nasal irrigation".

    Below is info from one of the sites. Also check the "Neti-pot" I would ask my doctor before doing sinus irrigations, I would want to make sure the doctor says they are safe.

    Nasal Irrigation Protocol

    Sinus irrigation is a useful tool in one's efforts to keep the sinus tissue shrunken so that the sinuses can drain efficiently. Allergy causes the "ostia" (small openings that allow drainage of the sinus cavity) to swell shut when all the soft tissue and the nasal area swells in response to airborne allergens or food allergens or hormonal changes. When the openings swell shut, the sinus pressure continues to build as the sinus continuously secretes mucus into the formally open sinus cavity. If one has had a sinus infection in the past, this allows the sinus infection to awaken from its "dormant" state and become active once again.

    It is my experience that once an individual has had a sinus infection, they will always have the same sinus infection return from that time forward. Antibiotics are usually of no value in that the sinus cavity is a hollow cave in our head and there is no blood circulating within it. Antibiotics are carried throughout the body by the blood stream and therefore are of very little benefit in a sinus infection. The reason that some patients feel that the antibiotics have helped a sinus infection is that the antibiotic itself has a mild anti-inflammatory effect. That will cause some shrinkage of the sinus mucus membrane, allowing the sinus cavity to resume normal drainage and the sinus infection once again becomes "dormant" (goes back to sleep).

    Sinus irrigation is an ancient technique still used by grandmothers and ear, nose and throat doctors to help shrink sinus tissues. In its simplest form, people have, in the past, "snuffed" saltwater solution up their noses and this has caused shrinkage of the mucus membrane and resulting in once again a resolution of the sinus swelling and a mild form of relief of the acute sinus infection. In its present form, we have utilized a method whereby one instills a very large amount of saltwater solution through the sinus cavity through the use of a common water-pick (approximately $35.00 at your local pharmacy) and a sinus irrigation adapter that fits on the end of the water pick. The sinus adapter can be obtained from this office or your ear, nose and throat physician or directly from the company we purchase them from. Ethicare products of Florida (approximately $25; 954-742-3599; catalog #AHUN-adjustable nasal-throat irrigators). The recipe for making the sinus solution is as follows:


    Start Mix:

    First Day
    1 Qt. Water (cool water is best; never use HOT water)
    1 Heaping Tsp. Pickling Salt
    1 Heaping Tsp. Baking Soda
    1 Level Tsp. Hydrogen Peroxide

    Second Day
    1 Qt. Water
    2 Heaping Tsp. Pickling Salt
    1 Heaping Tsp. Baking Soda
    1 Level Tsp. Hydrogen Peroxide

    Third Day
    1 Qt. Water
    3 Heaping Tsp. Pickling Salt
    1 Heaping Tsp. Baking Soda
    1 Level Tsp. Hydrogen Peroxide

    Patient will use approximately 1 Qt. per day.

    Repeat instructions for 3rd day until clear, then cut back to 2 times daily.

    Be sure to start out with a very weak dilution so there is no sinus pain.

    I find that cool to cold water works best in the sinuses. This helps diminish the swelling. Warm, or in particular hot, water causes an increase in the swelling of the soft tissue and can dramatically exaggerate the symptoms, causing exquisite pain simply from the installation of the warm water. When you first start experiencing sinus congestion, you should begin this procedure in the morning and again in the evening, running 500ml through the affected side of your nose. If you reach the point where this isn't helping you any, you might try up to four times each day. I have never had to do this more than twice a day for more than two days at which point I am able to reduce it to once per day.

    This is not a terribly pleasant solution, but it is one that invariably works. Try it!

  4. bglbert

    bglbert New Member

    Thank you for your insight. I went to the doctor today and it turns out I have the common cold. I will try the nasal irrigation, as I have heard that is very helpful. Otherwise, it doesn't seem like mono, as I don't have a fever or aches and pains, just congestion, sore throat and slightly swolleng gland in my neck. I have been around a number of people who have been sick. I am just glad at this point I don't need antibotics becuase it is a viral infection. I also have an appointment with my CFS doctor next week, so I can talk to her as well next week.
  5. bglbert

    bglbert New Member

    My CFS doctor tested me for EBV again and it has been elevated in the past when I've had setbacks as well as HHV-6. So I wouldn't be surprised if both of these are elevated now.

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