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The office is out of ibuprofen? Bugger...

Acetaminophen generally doesn't work on me. But I'm trying it anyway on the off chance that it will do something, because my sinuses hurt like hell. I felt fine enough this morning to drive in to work, but now I'm not so sure that was a good idea.

A while back I talked to my doctor about a procedure called "sinuplasty", which is a non-invasive, not-quite-surgical procedure to widen the openings to the sinus cavities. He suggested it because, apparently, mine are very narrow, which may be the reason that I can't get rid of this persistent sinusitis. Unfortunately, there seems to be a bit of a miscommunication recently. When my doctor and I discussed it, he said that it was something that could be done in his office with a topical anesthetic. But when I called to schedule it, the nurse in the office said that it had to be done in a hospital. So I asked her to go back and talk to the doctor again, which she said she'd do, but I haven't heard back from her yet.

I'm also trying an herbal concoction suggested by a friend. She says that she's been using it for a few months, and it's really helped her sinus issues. So I bought a bottle and have been taking it for a little under a week. Good GODS, the stuff is vile! Have you ever taken an echinacea/golden seal cold remedy? Have you ever accidentally tasted that stuff? Yeah, that's what this tastes like. And, so far, it hasn't helped. I don't know how long I'll need to continue taking it before I'm supposed to see any benefit. Guess I should read the label, huh?

Ugh. Can't brain anymore.


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Nov. 21st, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
I take it that it's worse than prednisone? Or even lamotril? (I _THINK_ I've spelled those two drugs correctly...)
Nov. 21st, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Taste...
I haven't tried the latter, but yeah, worse than prednisone.
Nov. 21st, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Taste...
Thanks for the heads-up regarding echinacea and golden seal. There seems to be a school of medicine out there that believes that the worse something tastes, the better it must be. Hah!

Keep pursuing the sinuplasty! That sounds like it will give you some relief.

Hugs and take care this coming week. Have a good holiday!

(BTW, Taiki is successfully transitioning to canned food. You may recall he had dental surgery earlier this fall, where his teeth were pulled in an effort to combat his chronic gum inflammation. Now the little guy has a lot more energy and is a thorough bully to Macavity, our other cat. We are checking Taiki's tendencies and giving Mac extra love. I am glad to see Taiki in such good spirits! He was becoming far too quiet before his surgery.)

Sorry for hijacking this thread!
Nov. 22nd, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Taste...
Ah, thanks. :) It's good to know that ol' Dude is back to his ol' Dudeliness.

Golden seal is actually very effective at combatting infection, especially when applied topically. It just tastes like ass...
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