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Old 11-04-2011, 06:23 AM
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I've been battling some kind of infection for almost 6 months -- best I can figure it is sinus related. It starts as post nasal drip, which may or not become bronchitis which in turn may or may not become pneumonia. I've had all of the above in the past 6 months. I've been to the doctor... everything from a Physician's Assistant all the way to the Emergency Room (IV Antibiotics, etc.). At the end of the day, I get better for a while and then I get sick again.

I was speaking with a customer of mine and she started ranting about this "NeilMed Sinus Rinse" -- at first I sort of didn't think much of it. As she spoke I realized she had the SAME issues as I did! I bought a kit ($12) and have been doing it since last night. I did it twice last night and once this AM. The times I did it last night didn't produce much in the way of yellow crap or anything like that... but it did help me to breath very well for a little while, but the relief didn't last long.

The one that I did this AM in the shower produced some really nasty yellow crap. And I seem to be feeling "ok" - not great... anyway... sorry for the long rant, I guess what I'm asking is:

Has anyone else ever done a "Sinus Rinse" -- do you still do it like brushing your teeth? For a person as educated as me, I never even knew that if you pump water up one nostril, wait for the sinus cavity to fill, it will come out the other nostril. (provided you blow your nose and get rid of any clogs)...

Sort of a gross thread, but just had to ask!

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Pete,

I am assuming you have been to an ear,nose,throat doc..??

If not, do so. My wife (a degreed RN) had very similar experience and when she finally went to the specialist he discovered a very serious infection that was eating the lining of her sinus cavity.

It took 6 months to defeat the thing.

Based on your time scale, I doubt you have this, but it's worth going to the specialist if you have not done so.


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I use a neti pot 3 times a week
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I use pot 3 times a week
Fixed it for ya.

I agree with Al (for a change) go see a specialist. If you want to try a difference rinse, sea salt dissolved in water works for me.
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
Pete,

I am assuming you have been to an ear,nose,throat doc..??

If not, do so. My wife (a degreed RN) had very similar experience and when she finally went to the specialist he discovered a very serious infection that was eating the lining of her sinus cavity.

It took 6 months to defeat the thing.

Based on your time scale, I doubt you have this, but it's worth going to the specialist if you have not done so.


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Thanks for the input Al, I think I'm going to hold off on going to any more doctors... so far the only thing they have done is put me on countless medications, all of which did nothing (except for mask the symptoms and help drain my bank account). Seems to me that they don't have ANY interest in fixing me, but rather in keeping me coming back. Not very pro-doctor at the moment, so please forgive me. At some point, I'll likely acquiesce and hunt for a good ENT ... at this point, no faith at all in any of them.

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I use a neti pot 3 times a week
I believe that is the same thing/principle. Why only 3 times a week? Tell me more about what lead you to using one?

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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Fixed it for ya.

I agree with Al (for a change) go see a specialist. If you want to try a difference rinse, sea salt dissolved in water works for me.
Then you only feel bad when you run out of pot, sounds like a specialist has written you a prescription.
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I use one, my doctor recommended it to me probalby 3 years ago. It definitely helps during allergy season and when I feel like i am getting sick. I try to do it atleast a few times during the week for maintenance, but I really should do it daily.
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I use it every day like brushing my teeth. I miss a day here and there, but it's basically every day. I love the feeling afterwards that my nose/sinus cavity is completely clear. I've also noticed since I started doing it daily (last year), every cold I've gotten has been less severe and hasn't lasted as long as usual.

I have the squeeze bottle one (neti bottle) - I like it because you can control the pressure by how hard you squeeze the bottle.

I've never heard anyone report anything other than positive results with it.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
I believe that is the same thing/principle. Why only 3 times a week? Tell me more about what lead you to using one?

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Supposedly you can dry out your sinuses too much by using it too often.

I started using it due to constant sinus congestion for no reason
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
Thanks for the input Al, I think I'm going to hold off on going to any more doctors... so far the only thing they have done is put me on countless medications, all of which did nothing (except for mask the symptoms and help drain my bank account). Seems to me that they don't have ANY interest in fixing me, but rather in keeping me coming back. Not very pro-doctor at the moment, so please forgive me. At some point, I'll likely acquiesce and hunt for a good ENT ... at this point, no faith at all in any of them.



I believe that is the same thing/principle. Why only 3 times a week? Tell me more about what lead you to using one?

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Pete,

If no one has run a scope up your nose and had a good look around, you might want to reconsider.


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I had the same thing for about a year.
post nasel drip and a headache because of the pressure in the sinus.

Doctors no good...... I discovered I had a food allergy. Peanuts

I ate peanut butter every morning... I got the flu and hardly ate anything and then the wife put me on oatmeal. for about a week. I ate that because she made it for me. I was starting to feel better
not thinking much about it. Then for an afternoon snack I had peanut butter crackers and I felt
horrible. Throat started doing that thing and my headache came back.

Might not be your issue, but thought I would share. Good luck
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Pete,have you had your house checked for mold? AC ducts cleaned?

If it is not the crud that Al is mentioning,maybe it is an environmental issue.

Just throwing it out there,sounds like your at wits end.

Good luck,hope you beat this thing soon.

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NeilMed every day. More often in the spring when the pollen arrives. The pots are mostly difficult. With the Neil bottle you can increase pressure and improve effectiveness.
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Good idea about the duct cleaning.

Don't hesitate to go to the ENT.

Your sinus is real close to the brain.
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Just googled and I'm definitely giving this a try.
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Had nearly the same thing. Went to ENT who stuck a camera up my nose, YUK! Looked all around and spotted an infection. Showed me on a TV or should I say "tried" to show me on a TV.(I had taken a broad spectrum antiboitic for 10 days prior to seeing him.) He actually sucked some "stuff" out and prescribed another antibiotic. Still no good. Then nasal surgery; that's a whole other story. Not only cleaned it out but biopsied (sp) the stuff and gave me an antibiotic specifically for that "infection". It took more than a year to clear the thing up to where I'm almost normal, but I'm still suceptible to nasal infections. They are nothing to fool around with because they are so close to the brain, also-hard to believe- the nasal surgeries are 85 to 90% successful; some folks get to know their ENTs on a first name basis.
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I use neilmed twice a day, when brushing teeth. Morning and night. Have done it for three years and it has helped me ALOT!
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I told my wife I was posting about my Nasal Rinse on my boat forum and we both figured it wouldn't get many replies... a bunch of boating/fishing guys talking about Nasal Rinse? Really?

All I can say is... WOW! Thank you guys!!! It was this validation that really has me committed to keep doing this.

Thanks again!
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Himalayan crystal salt inhaler:

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