Well, the nose is supposed to know... unfortunately mine never got the memo. What memo? You know, the memo about being normal and not always having a sinus infection and all that jazz... yeah we missed that one! I've been fighting a nasty and frustrating sinus infection since September, which brought on bronchitis at times and fluid in the ears. I've had a handful of okay days in there, but mostly really crappy days. I've been to several appointments, tried several meds... one gave a little relief, while two caused me to have unpleasant reactions to say the least, oh then there was the shot with two steroids (not pleasant), a handful of nose sprays, the netti pot (sometimes 4-5 times a day, even with the threat of the dreaded brain bugs), tons of over the counter meds, allergy testing, CT scan, and finally a consult with an ENT (who stuck a camera down my nose, not one of my funnest moments).
The one phrase the allergist used to sum it up: "You have anatomical abnormalities that cause you to have recurrent and long term sinus infections!" Yeah, I didn't need a medical degree to figure that one out either! So off to the ENT we went because that was really the only other person that could do anything about my situation. As it turns out surgery is the way to fix my anatomical abnormalities... oh JOY!
In a few weeks I will go under the knife and wake up to a straightened septum and smaller something or others that need to be smaller (thanks to a laser), and 10 days after that I will be breathing a lot better! Yeah!