I had the CT scan this week, and it looks like I’m having more sinus surgery. My old ENT did the endoscopic FESS surgery to open up the sinus cavities on both sides between the eye and nose, plus the big ones under the eyes. He did not do anything with the sinus cavities above the eyes. But I’ve continued to have thick mucous post nasal drip since the surgery. That’s keeping my throat irritated, and I sound hoarse all the time. I feel yucky.
My new ENT showed me the CT images, and the frontal sinuses above my eyes are packed solid. He wants to do Balloon Sinuplasty this time, rather than endoscopic surgery.
They did the allergy testing this week, too. I was relieved to find out that I do not have any raging allergies. I’m NOT allergic to cats! That’s a relief, since we have three and both daughters have cats. He said to go back on OTC antihistamines.
My neck is still recuperating from having to lie very still on my stomach on a firm procedure table for about twenty minutes. I can’t turn my head sideways that well, thanks to my fused vertebrae. I could not get in a comfortable position, so I just had to tough it out with considerable pain. I’ve been on muscle relaxers since then, trying to calm down my jangled nerves and muscles.
The CT scan also showed very clearly just how bad my deviated septum has gotten. He suggests I get that fixed at the same time I have the Balloon Sinuplasty. It’s still same day surgery, but he does it all in the hospital, rather than an out patient clinic. I much prefer that.
My first thought was to not have the septum repaired. My thinking was that I’ve lived with it for 74 years, so I should just leave it alone. But when I did the research online I discovered that a deviate septum can get worse with age. It does make sense, too. Our nose and ears continue to grow as we get older (ever noticed old men with huge noses and ears?). And the facial muscles eventually droop, too. That combination can lead to the deviation getting worse over time. Also, year before last my leg buckled out from under me and I fell flat on my face. I thought at the time I was very lucky that I did not break anything – now not so sure that I didn’t squish my nose then and make the deviation worse.
Blocked Tear Duct
My new ENT does not deal with the tear ducts, so I’ll have to find an Opthalmologist to get my blocked tear duct opened up. I’ve decided to get that done first and then have the Sinuplasty and Septoplasty.
I can’t say I’m looking forward to all this poking, prodding, and cutting. But I’ve been dealing with yucky mess in the back of my throat, hoarsness, facial pain, and a dripping eye for close to two years now. It’s time it was all fixed.