A sinus infection to beat all others

I’ve had a sinus infection since the beginning of December.

Yes. Six weeks of INFECTION in my FACE.

The fact that I have a sinus infection is not at all surprising; I get them all the time. But they typically aren’t so persistent.

So after a Z-pack and a round of 875mg of amoxicillin twice a day for 10 days, I am now on a 10 day run of Augmentin to be paired with Mucinex D until I’m finished with the antibiotic. If THAT doesn’t work, I have a prescription for some sort of steroid situation tucked away if needed.

And if THAT doesn’t work, I get to have a CT scan done of my face because my doctor thinks I could possibly have some sort of internal, structural issue causing these infections that would require surgery In fact, he even asked me if I suffered any sort of trauma to my nose or face because my nasal passages just don’t drain properly.

How hot is that?

The amount of medication required to keep me functioning and feeling ok at this moment is a bit ridiculous. Here’s a list!

1. Zoloft (for my brain)
2. Clonazepam (also for my brain, but only as needed…which is somewhat often right now)
3. Augmentin (for the sinuses)
4. Mucinex (also for the sinuses)
5. Flonase (to manage the allergies which could potentially be the cause of the sinus issues — we’re hoping that’s it because I’d rather not have surgery INSIDE MY NOSE)
6. Birth control (because the last thing I need to worry about right now is a baby)

That just seems…not right. There are so many chemicals running through my body, I’m eventually going to turn into a mutant, I think.

Ugh, I can’t even talk about it anymore. Send peanut butter cups. And tissues.

3 thoughts on “A sinus infection to beat all others

  1. OMG – I think I have my sixth sinus infection since July. And I never get them. I’m wondering if there’s something in the air in Richmond that’s causing this crud. Hope yours clears without any further interventions.

  2. Val, I SO feel your pain. I went through that a few years ago. It seemed I was on antibiotics for sinus infections more than I was off of them. I also went down the CT (and ultimately MRI) route, and they found nothing. Mine turned out to all tie back to allergies. Since I’ve found a good combo of allergy meds, the number of infections has been reduced to 2/3 per year. Given how often it was before, I consider that a success.

    For me the magic combo has been daily Singulair, Zyrtec, and Veramyst (the only nasal allergy spray that has EVER helped me at all). I hate taking all of those everyday (plus some others like yours)… but, it’s definitely better than constant antibiotics. One other thing – even though I’d seen my regular dr for this for years, it was ultimately an ENT that came up with this combo that worked. (of course, that was after they shoved this giant light scope tube thing so far down in my nose it felt like it was in my throat. THAT was awesome ;) )

    Anyway, don’t give up hope too soon. It may just require some trial and error on the med combination.

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