Posted by missliz on August 21, 2002, at 1:34:21
In reply to Experiences with Psych Meds and Sinus problems?, posted by Rick on August 20, 2002, at 14:53:35
I've been the sinusitis queen, and my ENT is a big beleiver in stress as a factor in this illness. Psych people are more stressed, and tend to be more sensitive to everything, including allergens.She sees it all day. Even the "normal" people with chronic sinusitis are usually leaning hard into needing a psych refferal. I'd say the illness itself probably predisposes one to sinusitis more than the drugs.
The drugs will mess with your body chemistry and make it worse, though. The whole thrush/yeast infection thing sounds like a body out of kilter from meds.
I personally love the irrigator thing- I have a Dr. Grossman's on a Waterpic and wash out my sinuses all the time. It helps enormously.The trick is to get the saline recipe right. You can also ask your ENT for some time release guaufenisen. Take it with a big ole glass of water and it will thin out the snot and your head will drain instead of clogging up and festering.Guaufenisen is great, it doesn't interact with other drugs, and it's much better for us than decongestents which will flip us into mania, or at least cranky depersonalisations.