Sinus problems are almost as common pain and exhaustion in those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and this is a bad time of year for them. We're in the last dregs of the cold and flu season, allergy season is getting underway, and lots of triggers are in the air for non-allergy rhinitis.
Why do we have so many sinus problems? Several reasons:
- We're more prone to allergies & sensitivities (because of central sensitization).
- Our immune systems can be slow to conquer illnesses, which leaves us congested for a long time.
- Many researchers believe our secretions, including mucus, are usually thick. (I believe it -- I often feel like there's glue in my sinuses.)
It can take more than a decongestant to clear us up, and if you're like me you can't even tolerate decongestants. I'm especially prone to sinus infection and bronchitis, so I'm doing everything I can to clear things out before I get sicker. Here's what I've been using:
- Mucinex (guaifenesin)
- Flonase (fluticasone)
- Neti pot
- Asthma inhaler (don't use unless you have asthma)
I'm new to the neti pot, but so far I'm really happy with the results. After my first use one of my ears popped, so I can almost hear and almost breathe through my nose -- very exciting developments.
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