I went back to my ENT this week, and he says one side of my sinuses is completely healed and the other is 85% healed. I’m still adding the antibiotic powder to my twice daily nose wash for another week. And he has dismissed me, since this ENT does not accept my new insurance.
He did debride a little in the side with scabs, but I was prepared this time and took a Lortab ahead of time. That helped bear the discomfort a lot.
I have made connections with another ENT who accepts my new insurance and has credentials in my hospital. I’ll see him in a couple of weeks. I’m glad I had the FESS surgery almost four months ago to have my sinus cavities opened up. But I’m still swallowing gunk constantly. And I’m still having on again, off again issues with my right eye hurting and discharging. Hopefully he will be more aggressive with clearing up this sinus drainage I’ve had for over a year.
I have diligently followed the neti pot routine every day. My MITO has turned this routine healing process into a challenge, because my cells do not create energy properly – and that translates into very slow healing.
I’m feeling very thankful to God that I’m gradually healing, as I have certainly prayed for it!
I had FESS endoscopic sinus surgery about ten weeks ago. The surgery went well, but the healing process has not gone as well as expected.
MITO Messing with Healing
There’s no way to be sure, but my ENT thinks it might be my MITO messing with the healing process. By now the mucous membranes should be all back to normal, but instead, I still have scabs and crusting that he has to debride (remove the scabs so the raw edge has a chance to heal correctly). I wasn’t expecting any more of that and hadn’t pre-dosed with pain meds for my appointment today. I sure wish I had.
Post Nasal Gunk
I still have thick mucous draining down the back of my throat. That’s keeping my throat irritated, and my voice doesn’t sound right. I can’t taste food as well I did before, either. He thinks that discharge is a result of the lining not healing properly. And of course, when the nose is not working properly, food doesn’t taste the same.
I CAN say that I can now breathe better than I have in years – so opening up the sinuses has stopped the clogged sinus issue I’ve dealt with for a long time.
Back on Antibiotics
He has put me back on a stronger antibiotic. I am supposed to add it to the daily nasal wash. With only a few weeks here and there without them, I’ve been on one antibiotic or another for over a year now. I’m taking Theralac probiotics to prevent most of the digestive issues that causes.
I see him again in three weeks. I’ll take my pain meds before hand, that’s for sure! I’ll also spend the next 3 weeks trying really hard to get super nutrition – I’ve strayed a good bit from my normal eating habits, thanks to the holidays. Also, not being able to taste foods very much has triggered me to eat more of some things that I normally wouldn’t, because I can still taste them – like popcorn LOL.
So I’m praying for a good report in three weeks!
I’m glad to say that this time my ENT is pleased that my sinuses are almost healed. He dibreded (scraped and used suction to remove) a little on the same side that was still heavily scabbed two weeks ago.
I will soon finish the steroid powder added to the neti pot saline solution that I’ve been doing twice a day for the last 3 weeks. I wasn’t seeing any blood any more when I washed my sinuses out. But I’m seeing a little now, thanks to the dibreding.
I am still dealing with an almost constant discharge down the back of my throat. The mucous no longer looks infected, but it’s thick and unpleasant. And it’s keeping my throat irritated. So he wants me to use Flonase nasal spray until I see him again in six weeks. At that time he will make a decision on whether or not to pursue allergy testing.
This has been a much longer and drawn out process than I had expected, even though I had done considerable research prior to having this surgery. Do I regret having it? No, I can breathe now. But I’ll be glad when this recovery is completed!
I went to my ENT again today, and this time he says the healing is not progressing as rapidly as he would have liked. He didn’t seem overly concerned, but I have more hard scabbing than he would have liked to see. Cleaning all that out was even more unpleasant than last week. I hadn’t expected that, although I had taken a Lortab ahead of time, just in case.
I told him about the compounded Steroid powder not dissolving well. He wasn’t concerned about that, as there was no sign of any solids accumulating in the sinuses. And he didn’t seem surprised that the small sinus cavity between my eye and nose is still sore. I’m going to use the neti pot in between the washes morning and night that have the steroid added to the saline powder. Hopefully that will help the scabbing dissolve better and not have my sinuses all dried out.
On a positive note – I can definitely breathe better. It’s been so long since I could take a deep breath without my nostrils sucking shut – I guess I’d just gotten used to it. Quite the rush of air now when I take a deep breath.
Week ONE Post-op Recuperation
The first week of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery recuperation was far from pleasant. I was in a considerable amount of pain for several days. I took Hydrocodone every six hours, but it was not enough to completely control the pain. I had a very yucky bloody discharge mostly down the back of my throat. And I also had a couple of nosebleeds. I was told to use Afrin spray to stop the nosebleed, and that worked both times.
The yucky mess down the back of my throat, as well as the mouth breathing, plus the irritation caused by being intubated, kept my throat really sore and my voice very raspy. And it killed my appetite. I didn’t feel like chewing, so I drank chocolate protein drinks and stuck with soft foods for several days.
Using the NeilMed nasal irrigation was extremely unpleasant and messy the first few days, but toward the end of the first week the bloody mucous and dissolvable packing had mostly been flushed out. The yellow mucus post nasal drip I’ve had for months continues to be present.
My biggest problem was the way my allergies went crazy three days after surgery! I started SNEEZING BIG TIME! Of course I had been warned to not sneeze through my nose, so I was “coughing” the sneeze out my mouth. Along with the sneezing, I had that horrible “I’m about to sneeze” feeling most of the time. I called my ENT office and was told to take Zyrtec twice a day as long as I needed it. I stayed on that double dose for a week, and that’s much better now.
Week TWO Post-op Recuperation
I had my first FESS post-op appointment yesterday on Day 10. They numbed my nose and then used a suction tool to debride the surgical sites inside the nostrils. I had read plenty on the internet beforehand, so I knew to take a Hydocodone before the appointment. Even with that in my system, it was not easy. It was an odd sort of pressure sensation that made me feel like he was pushing directly on my brain – not exactly pain, but I was clenching my fingers into my leg. I have to have it done again in ten days and probably several more times past that.
My voice is beginning to sound more normal now. I’m still sneezing some, so I’m on the Zyrtec directions dosing now, taking it just once a day.
Recuperation On Target
My ENT is very pleased with how the sinuses look. He said the healing was right on target. I’ve been SO very careful to follow all the post-op directions, it pleased me that he was happy with the way it all looked inside. And I can tell already that breathing through my nose is SO much easier!
My muscles have been behaving lately, but my SINUSES have not!!! I’ve had more sinus infections this year than I ever remember having. Most of them resolved normally with over the counter medicines and time. But several took antibiotics to clear up.
I’ve had several eye infections this year in my right eye and twice this year I’ve had extremely painful sinus toothaches – both on the right side. And my most recent bout of post nasal drip would not resolve, even after having three rounds of different antibiotics.
All these bouts with antibiotics this year has created a situation that I’m really concerned about. I’m now keeping a list of all the antibiotics I can no longer take, because I had bad side effects, or they don’t work on me any more.
My ENT suggested having surgery to widen the openings to the sinus cavities so the mucus can drain more easily. I was reluctant to have it done, so I tried to stall and see if the latest round of antibiotics would knock it out.
I decided to also try using a neti pot – a simple device used to wash out the mucus from the sinuses without using any medicines – just a solution of sea salt and baking soda in boiled sterile water. It’s easy enough to do, and I had high hopes that I could unclog my sinuses myself.
But within a week of finishing the prescription, I was back to feeling yucky and coughing up gunk from the back of my throat. So I’m back on another round of antibiotics, and scheduled for sinus surgery – on Halloween! So I’m praying for a Treat of less problems with my sinuses – and NOT a Trick!!