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    sinus problems

    I've been having bad sinus headaches lately, does anybody have any suggestions on something I can take to ease the pain?

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    You can try putting either ice packs or a warm compress on the congested area. That works well for some people. Also, Excedrin migraine works well. Just be careful to follow th directions and not overdose. It contains caffeine and acetaminophen. If you use the Excedrin, I have found that lying down for 15-20 minutes after taking it seems to help.

    i would encourage you to stay away from the antihistamines and decongestants. They can led to bladder issues and are also drying.

    hope this helps.

    ckf

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    Questions about sinus pain? That's a much more complicated subject than you might imagine. I suffered with this problem for decades, ever since my first sinus infection knocked me out of commission for a week when I was fourteen. I understand how bad this can get with incapacitating pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, etc. And I've tried everything I could think of over the years to relieve those bouts of sinusitis. I even went to a specialist, but he could only experiment with different treatments. And he was expensive. We even tried migraine medication shots; they didn't work. Oftentimes, the cause is difficult to pinpoint, even for an expert.

    I won't even try to diagnose your problem from what little I could learn here. I can tell you that your problem can be caused by allergies, bacteria, fungi, and viruses (like the common cold). I believe my problem is fungal. Many of these problems are inflamed by diet, weather conditions, and physical, mental, or emotional stress. Alcohol consumption especially triggers them for me. Once the mucus membrane of the sinus cavity has been traumatized by something like that first severe infection, you are more susceptible to attack. If that's the case, welcome to our unfortunate club. The World has a lot of members.

    I have tried lots of sinus medications. Most just treat the symptoms. A Specialist might be able to help; didn't work for me. I finally just continued what my specialist started and got my family MD to help me find something that worked through trial and error. Astelin (azelastine HCL) nasal spray does usually work. And I don't have to take it every day. If I catch my sinus headache before it gets too sever, this stuff works well for me. Nothing helps if I allow my condition to get really bad. Steam used to help a little in those bad old days.

    There are many other similar medications like Flonase, Nasacort, and Veramyst. Some contain steroids. Even a saline solution might work to irrigate or help dry sinuses. You have to find what works for you. I can tell you that none of the ones I mentioned work for me, only Astelin. They do work for others I know however. If this problem becomes chronic, you'll have no choice but to suffer or find a solution.

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    Thanks for the replies my wife had me try Advil cold and sinus,its been pretty good so far I'll see how long it will last.

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    Be careful with the medications in the multi symptom tablets. They can cause constipation and also bladder issues. An occasional one probably won't hurt, but taking them on a consistent basis can be an issue.

    I would encourage you to talk with your SCI healthcare provider and see what they recommend.

    ckf

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    i would encourage you to stay away from the antihistamines and decongestants. They can led to bladder issues and are also drying.

    hope this helps.

    ckf
    What sort of bladder problems?
    I have trouble/can't sleep unless I get a small spray of nasal decongestant before bed. (my nose plugs up and I end up becoming a mouth breather, which I hate) I have used the spray before bed for 20+ years without any apparent nasal problems. My only current bladder problem is spasms that are causing me to drain out around the SP catheter and the urethra (which I've previously posted about and plan to post once again soon.)

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    I take the generic version of Benadryl (one tablet four times a day) to help me be one step ahead of my allergy. I was wondering what the adverse effects would be in regards to bladder function.

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    Shouldn't be any. Just monitor your output . CWO

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinern View Post
    I take the generic version of Benadryl (one tablet four times a day) to help me be one step ahead of my allergy. I was wondering what the adverse effects would be in regards to bladder function.
    What's the name of it and can I purchase online?

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    I get it at Walmart. It is their version of Benadryl. It's under five dollars. I have great luck with it.

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