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Ideas about Medication to treat Chronic Sinus Infections

Jul 03, 2015 9:25 PM

so I just found out that my primary care doc's clinic policy surrounding Sudafed has changed so my doc will no longer prescribe it. I could get it over the counter in almost any other state across the country, but now I'd have to drive at least 2.5 hours in any direction just to get allergy meds. This feels ridiculous!
Right now there are lots of fires, and apparently 4 twelve year olds paying with matches managed to light a stadium on fire. There is so much stupid smoke in the air, and I've only got meds from when I went to Urgent Care from a serious sinus infection (I was sick in bed for 2 solid weeks, so not fun. ...) but my primary can't give me more unless we come in, and she's only willing to prescribe 1 week's worth, when she used to give me a 3 month supply.
My dad is talking about getting relatives to get me some of of state because some people travel a lot.
Ironically, it's legal to buy them out of state and bring them back in, but a policy at Riverstone Clinic is blocking my access locally.
I'm barely able to breathe or sleep as is, and so I'm trying to make my meds last. Gas anyone had success getting treatment for allergies by going to an allergist? My dad suggested trying to get a referall, but that could take months and I just feel like I'm about to cry.
Cry, half due to frustration, and half from allergies. This really sucks. Sorry about the rant.

Jul 03, 2015 9:52 PM

Ferretbandit, I was so sick from October through January, having severe shortbreads of breath. I was under a pulmonologist at the time who was treating my asthma & allergies. His started did allergy tests on me last July and said I was so allergic that I needed weekly injx. When I went in for the 11th I had an asthma attack in front of the doc and he stopped the treatments.

My guy instinct told me to see a allergy and asthma specialist, so I did. He flipped out about the allergy test and shower me how to read it correctly. He said a company in AZ is paying kickbacks to docs to train staff to test patients then use their company for therapy. He changed all my meds and I am so very much better! I will never used anyone else for my asthma & allergies! Go for it I say! 🙏🌼

Jul 04, 2015 9:54 AM

I had allergy shots for two years, did it help not sure. I can eat strawberries now before I would get a rash. My outside pollen allergies are slightly better but I do not think that it was worth it. If you can get family to get your Sudafed do it. I am tired of being punished for the actions of others. Therefore I refuse to obey stupid laws. If the Sudafed works for you get it by any means necessary. It is only illegal if you get caught (famous last words right. lol) As long as family is traveling with a box or two no one is going to think twice about it. All they have to say is they gave bad allergies.

Jul 04, 2015 12:20 PM

I'm a little confused, Ferretbandit, are you looking for allergy meds or sinus meds? Or both? I get terrible sinus headaches and always get Advil Cold & Sinus OTC at the pharmacy. For allergies, my husbands entire family including him use Flonase. It's a nose spray. It used to be you needed a prescription for it, but not anymore.

Jul 04, 2015 1:14 PM

I'm looking for both right now, but mostly an alternative to Sudafed for when I run out.
I take Zyrtec, Benadryl, Sudafed, Flonase, Iodine, and use a Nettie Pot ask for allergies and sinus infections.
I guess the main issue right now is Sudafed, because the primary care clinic I go to has decided to class it the same way they do narcotics.
I have allergies, and chronic sinus infections and the Sudafed helps keep it tolerable, but now my doc won't prescribe it since she could get in trouble at Riverstone Clinic.
I've been on it for years now, but now I only get half as much and is a one week supply instead of the normal 3 month supply. I don't really have an option to go being her for more meds each week.

Jul 04, 2015 1:40 PM

Wow, Ferretbandit, that's bizarre that they're doing that too you. Are u in the U.S.? I just need to know to make sure I'm looking in the right places for options for you. 😕

Jul 04, 2015 2:37 PM

Ferretbandit have you tried Clara tin 24 hr. I use it every day I take 3 tab a day.

Jul 04, 2015 10:40 PM

Weezie, I think I've tried it but I'm not sure. I'll check with my doc because I think I've tried it but Zyrtec was better for me.
Amie, I'm in the US, in Oregon.

Jul 05, 2015 10:59 AM

I can't take claritin and have to use zyrtec instead. Now and then I use pseudophedrine or benadryl. Can barely find the real sudafed because of meth producers! Pharmacies that do have it limit to one box every 30 days. 🙏🌼

Jul 05, 2015 1:41 PM

Have you ever been to an ENT to check your sinuses? I went to one, and they found a polyp that was causing my chronic sinus infections.

I've tried allergy drops before as treatment. I never did the shots because I'm afraid of needles. I was on that for about a year with little to no relief, so I stopped getting treatment.

Right now I'm on Loratadine, which is an over the counter allergy medication and it seems to work pretty well for me. I also take Ester C to boost my immune system, and the combination seems to work for me. I haven't been getting sick nearly as much. :)

Jul 05, 2015 2:10 PM

I take regular prescriptions for Benadryl Zyrtec and (until recently) Sudafed.
I have to wonder who the hedk is making methamphetamine out of it, since I haven't met anyone.
I know is one box usually over the counter, but I had a prescription where they'd Gove me enough for a month or two, but now my dad I'd basically having to call and ask the doctor for even one week's worth (at half the dose that actually works) so we're also talking about trying to get treatment for my ADHD, like Adderall since the docs would take me off of Sudafed for that anyway. We just have to make get another appointment. I don't know when we'd get in to see a second psychologist, one who specialized in ADHD meds. I've recieved diagnosis but my other psychologist can't outside meds to kids so oh, well.

I'm not sure. I'll definitely look it up and ask my doc whenever I see her. I've had some success with salt water nasal rinses, which is good. Sudafed just helps keep some fragrances and dust from getting stuck in my nose, which is really helpful. I take a lot of vitamins and minerals, does the Este/extra C have any artificial sweeteners because I think I've had it before but I'm not sure.

Before the combo of Sudafed, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Iodine, salt nasal rinses, Flonase, Qvar, and Albuterol my nose was always so stuffed I couldn't breathe. I'm hoping something will help me get back to breathing again, and thanks for all the advice.

Jul 05, 2015 2:53 PM

From the label. Ester C is: Non-GMO, no gluten, no wheat, no milk, no lactose, no artificial colors flavors or sweeteners, no preservatives, no sugar, no starch, no soy, no yeast, no fish, sodium free and suitable for vegetarians. I can list the ingredients, if you want. :)

You mentioned possibly getting on ADHD medication. I'm on Vyvanse for my ADHD, and Ester-C doesn't interact with the medication. Other supplements have, because citric acid prevents the medication from absorbing into your system as much.

Jul 05, 2015 8:03 PM

I can sympathize. I have terrible allergies, but actually ended up on a combo that works for me. Singular, Allegra as needed, Flonase, Benadryl prn and albuterol as needed for pesky asthma.

Jul 06, 2015 10:58 PM

Have you checked into having surgery to open up your sinuses? I used to be sick with a sinus infection almost constantly. I live in MN and I would be sick 6 months straight through the winter. I finally saw an ENT dr and he did sinus surgery about 6 years ago. I've maybe had 1 cold a year since then, and I don't even think I've had that. Would definitely be worth checking into if you haven't.

Jul 08, 2015 4:32 PM

Hmm...I'm not sure I'd be up for a surgery, especially with the CRPS finally in partial remission but I'll ask about it and do some research.
The one other option would be to move.
The valley here is known for allergies.
People who don't have allergies anywhere else in the US can come here and start having them.
Oh, well.
I'll definitely look into it though l

Jul 08, 2015 4:43 PM

I've had sinus surgery for a deviated septum because I kept constant infections, drainage & headaches. It was the easiest surgery I've had by far. 🙏🌼

Jul 08, 2015 8:32 PM

I have a severely deviated septum and was afraid to have it fixed. Many times I can't breathe at all out of my left nostril. I was in the hospital with gallbladder problems and 2013 and they wanted to put in an NG tube because I had been vomiting for 18 hours straight and then I started to bleed and they were afraid that I would rupture my esophagus. I approved it and they tried to put the tubing up my left nostril and kept hitting bone and it wouldn't go up and she gave me a wicked nosebleed. Then, she put it up the right side, I could feel it go down my throat and into my stomach and because my tonsils are so big and the tube was so thick, I couldn't breathe!! She ended up having to pull out the tube and gave me a shot of anti nausea meds. What a nightmare. I get a lot of infections and sinus issues. Thought of getting it fixed but was afraid to do it.

Jul 09, 2015 8:35 PM

It's not painless. The worst part was when I felt like a sneeze was coming... Omg! First few days were rough but not the worst surgery by far. As bad as my 5 in 1 surgeries were the worst surgery was my foot! 🙏🌼

Jul 09, 2015 10:52 PM

That I do know, they unfortunately have not figured out how to do pain free surgery. But, if it was not as bad as other surgeries and it doesn't take too long to heal, I would have it done.

Jul 10, 2015 1:39 AM

It was the easiest to get over, 2-3 weeks total max. They packed my nose for bleeding, can't remember the number of days, so mouth breathing was a must. It has been so worth it because even when I get sinus issues I no longer get stopped up! I don't know if I could do it now with the sjogrens dryness. Because my nose and mouth stay so dry I wake up coughing out with a scratchy throat every day. I sleep with a face mask to make warm moist and to breathe, and it helps some. But I'm wondering i if my CO2 is being high because of it. 🙏🌼

Jul 10, 2015 2:19 AM

Sounds logical... If you're wearing a mask, you're going to inhale more C02 than if you're not. I can understand about the dryness and waking with scratchy throat, etc. I can't imagine having my sinuses packed and having to just be able to breathe through my mouth. Also, like you said about having to sneeze!!! However, since you had such a good result, it all seems worth the 2-3 week recovery. Thanks for the info, Flappsy!! 💕

Jul 10, 2015 11:46 AM

You're welcome Always. If anyone's contemplating it I would definitely recommend it. I'm thinking of asking my doc to see if insurance would approve a cpap for me since it provides moisture. Can't hurt to ask. 🙏🌼

Jul 10, 2015 12:40 PM

That's very true, it never, ever hurts to ask. I hope if you get it that it does help you out a lot. Flappsy, do you know anything about high blood pressure? I am getting high readings and my heart rate is normal and so is my breathing but the numbers are off the wall. I don't know if they are going to take away any of my pain meds and that's making me worry more and being on heightened anxiety with no break, my head hurts and I'm worrying more. I'm worried that they will lower my meds again and my pain levels will go UP and that will keep effecting the anxiety and depression. It's a vicious cycle and I need to try to just keep myself in the moment instead of getting myself crazy and sick over things that aren't going to happen until says from now. The only thing I can do is think of now and try to keep my focus and not let my mind wander. It's not easy as I'm sure you know. I'm just a bit scared. Thanks for listening Flappsy. All of your prayers are truly heartfelt. I consider you a friend and I thank God he blessed me with meeting someone like you. (Along with several others here that I feel a connection with). All the best to you. 💕🙏🏻🌺

Jul 10, 2015 12:47 PM

High pain can cause high blood pressure. I doubt they will cut your meds. They will probably just add another one for blood pressure like they did for my boyfriend (his blood pressure problem is a direct result of his medications). The anxiety can also increase blood pressure. If they suggest cutting your meds make sure you point out that it will just make it worse because you will be in more pain and more anxious. They shouldn't purposely cause more harm to you.

Jul 10, 2015 9:14 PM

Thanks Gotobef,
I have to say, in an earlier post from Profiler, he said something very profound that had helped me to feel better today and I actually got a much lower reading. In summary, he said we can only think about what's happening now at this moment and how to deal with what's happening in your life. If you think ahead, it does you no good because you have no way of knowing what's going to happen until the time comes. Be present in THIS moment and then take things one moment at a time and there will be less stress. It actually calmed me down? The headache eased and I'm so much calmer and my BP reading went down considerably. Thanks for the info on the meds. I really do appreciate it because that, too, put my mind at ease. I pray everyone has a peaceful nights sleep and that you wake refreshed and with less pain. You're all in my prayers 💕🙏🏻🌻

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