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    Wife now has chronic pain

    I guess when it rains it pours. My wife for the last three months has had chronic pain in her sinues ranging from extreme burning,dryness, and breathing issues. She is really doing poorly but I think some of the symptoms are magnified by fear.

    We cancelled our trip to Mexico this year. It was coming up in 4 weeks and mentally I dont thinks she can handle it. It was for my 40th birthday. I think it really is hard for two people to deal with pain. Meaning I have it from SCI and now she has it but cant find any relief.

    Does anyone else have a similar situation? Looking for ways to cope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMAZ View Post
    I guess when it rains it pours. My wife for the last three months has had chronic pain in her sinues ranging from extreme burning,dryness, and breathing issues. She is really doing poorly but I think some of the symptoms are magnified by fear.

    We cancelled our trip to Mexico this year. It was coming up in 4 weeks and mentally I dont thinks she can handle it. It was for my 40th birthday. I think it really is hard for two people to deal with pain. Meaning I have it from SCI and now she has it but cant find any relief.

    Does anyone else have a similar situation? Looking for ways to cope.

    Wow - this is bizarre sounding. I think the first thing I would do is get a second opinion from the best ENT you can find. Never heard of such a thing.

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    She had a turbinate reduction back in 2010 due to chronic rhinitis and for the past couple of months these symptoms popped up. She did the big NO NO and scoured the internet. However, she found a forum for people suffering from Empty Nose Syndrome. She believes this is what she has but most doctors do not believe in this diagnosis. Kind of a odd rarity of sorts. I am optimistic she does not have this so we are going to get her some CT scans and send them to specialists in Chicago. I am hoping she can find some relief. I dont think she is in excruiating pain every sec of the day but at this time she is so depressed and paniced its hard to wade through the fear and what is her pain level.

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    For what it's worth, I use Vetericyn in a nebulizer mask twice a day, mainly to prevent respiratory infections, but I've found it also significantly reduces sinus inflammation and congestion, especially in tandem with ventolin.

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    Thanks Scaper. I know in looking at her forum a nebulizer is recommended in the evenings.

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    Tmaz, I use a nebulizer once in awhile, but for daily relief I use a saline solution nasal spray. This cheap nasal spray ended up working way better than anything I ever got from the doctor. It's safe and I can use it as often as I want to, unlike the expensive ones I had been getting. But I could'nt believe how much better it worked! I just get the cheap Equate brand from Walmart. It won't cost much to try it out. I hope she finds some relief soon.

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    We have an appt with her ENT today. I am hopeful he can get to the root of the problem. I also have an appt with a psych doctor as she is really depressed. I think there is a few things going on with her so I will take her to every doctor I can find until we can get to the root of the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMAZ View Post
    We have an appt with her ENT today. I am hopeful he can get to the root of the problem. I also have an appt with a psych doctor as she is really depressed. I think there is a few things going on with her so I will take her to every doctor I can find until we can get to the root of the problem.

    You're doing a good job TMAZ. We all know how pain and mood are so intricately linked, so well done on getting the psych appointment as well. Although I have no idea what your wife's ENT issues are, make sure the psychologist knows that pain is an issue. Maybe an anti-depressant like cymbalta or effexor might be a good choice, since they can help pain as well.

    Good luck with the appointments.

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