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Limey UK

Dukinfield, UK

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#101
Jul 16, 2012
 
I thought I was having it bad until I read these postings! I had turbinate surgery in March for sinus problems and have been suffering with continual pressure in my head/ ears but no headaches. I also have bad face pain which my ENT consultant tells me is nerve damage. I was getting all of this before surgery as well and found Gabapentin 300mg at night effective. I have just started back on it again about 2 weeks ago and already am finding it helping. Your headaches could be due to nerve damage and maybe this is worth a try? I am also using Flixonase (Fluticasone) nasal spray which is good.
Unlike some, I am glad I had the surgery as the sinus was a nightmare and my excess turbinates were not going away on their own! Good luck to you all with your recovery.
Toby

Warrington, UK

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#102
Aug 4, 2012
 
scared 40 year old wrote:
Hello everyone! Well, all these post really scare me. I have had sinus infection multiple times every year and when they did the CT scan they found my turbinates that are swollen,congestion in my sinuses and a deviated septum. They want to put in ear tubes to relieve the preasure I feel in my ears and do sinus surgery, turbinates and deviated septum surgery. I have a problem with claustiphobia and if I won't be able to breath I think that i am going to panic. I panic even when I am completely stuffed up from just a cold. HELP!! What should i do. I think that I might just have the ear surgery and forget the sinus and deviated septum surgery. If anyone can give me some adivise that would be great!
hi i have just had it done 6 days ago and must admit was thinking the same about breathing when i sleep, but guess it come natural to me to breath out of my mouth to sleep, even though i make some funny sleep noises now due to not breathing through my nose as it is stuffed up, 6 days later i think the bleeding is stopped, it is blocked up now as crust..i am using the nasal cleaning spreay and another to break the dry blood down which does not seem to work for me, also i am still swelled up my lip and nose, my advice is it depends on how much it really effects you and do you need it done?
In misery in New Orleans

Blue Ridge, TX

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#103
Aug 14, 2012
 
I had my 3rd sinus surgery on 8/1/12. This time was terbinite reduction and polyup removal. Previos was diviated septum and polyup removals. No real packing was used but disolvible packing was used for the first time. Its been two weeks and the dibilitating headaches are never ending! I am living on loratab. As much as the first two surgeries hurt but were quickly recovered. This is a living hell!
Nicole

Kansas City, MO

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#104
Aug 21, 2012
 
I just read all these comments and I have to say you all are a bunch of babies!! Seriously I just had my deviated septum reconstructed and my right and left sinus cleared out five days ago and other than light-headedness I feel fine. Day two was the worst after the surgery, and I hated not being able to breathe though my nose at night when I tried to sleep. But overall no pain, just being uncomfortable, I never took any pain meds either. Still taking my antibiotic but thats it. Dr removed my stents yesterday and a bunch of build up back in there, I have to go back in another week to get more buildup removed but even that wasn't painful. Either your Dr's suck or everyone that posted on here has the lowest pain tolerance.I would not say I feel 100% because like I said I'm lightheaded but I am back at work after only four days off, and actually I worked from home yesterday. The inside of my nostrils are dry and crusted over but saline solution helps with that, and drinking lots of water.
Limey UK

Workington, UK

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#105
Aug 21, 2012
 

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What do you want a medal? All I can say is that you were obviously a lot less ill than most of the people posting here to start off with! The world would be a much better place if people like you were supportive of others instead of critical of them. Good luck with your recovery hope it continues to go well for you and hope you will show others a little more respect and compassion in the future.
Nicole wrote:
I just read all these comments and I have to say you all are a bunch of babies!! Seriously I just had my deviated septum reconstructed and my right and left sinus cleared out five days ago and other than light-headedness I feel fine. Day two was the worst after the surgery, and I hated not being able to breathe though my nose at night when I tried to sleep. But overall no pain, just being uncomfortable, I never took any pain meds either. Still taking my antibiotic but thats it. Dr removed my stents yesterday and a bunch of build up back in there, I have to go back in another week to get more buildup removed but even that wasn't painful. Either your Dr's suck or everyone that posted on here has the lowest pain tolerance.I would not say I feel 100% because like I said I'm lightheaded but I am back at work after only four days off, and actually I worked from home yesterday. The inside of my nostrils are dry and crusted over but saline solution helps with that, and drinking lots of water.
Sarah

Corfu, NY

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#106
Aug 28, 2012
 
I had this surgery August 6th 2012. The initial healing process was brutal yet expected. What I didn't expect was to wake up yesterday with a severe headache and still not have it go away 24 hours later. I've taken tylenol regularly and even tried half a percocet but nothing is shaking it. Moving my eyes brings on the worst pain but it's pretty terrible regardless what I'm doing. I use saline solution regularly as my doctor recommended but after reading this site it seems that the saline solution could be making the headache worse. I also live with a smoker so I'm thinking maybe that is also contributing to the pain. I was wondering if anyone else was having the same kind of headaches and if there's anything I can do for it? It's 3 in the morning now but I'll be calling my doctor as soon as the office is open.
Phyllis - Snellville GA

Snellville, GA

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#107
Aug 31, 2012
 
I am a 55 year old female, who had her tonsils removed on August 1, 2012, as well as they corrected a deviated septum and turbinate reductions at the same time. To top it all off, a week after surgery, I came down with pneumonia and whooping cough. The recovery as been rough, and today is 1 month post-op. I have terrible and severe headaches and it is driving me crazy. I have taken so much medication that I am afraid of what it may be doing to my body. The only thing that kept the headaches at bay was the percocet the doctor gave me, but I am all out of it now. I went online and googled "headaches after sinus surgery, and came upon this site and saw that so many other people suffered from this as well. It's Saturday morning, but first thing Monday, I am going to call my ENT to see what can be done. I am still using my cool mist humidifier, and I am taking a cloth with steaming hot water on it, and putting it over my nose, but that only gives temporary relief. I will check back to this site and let you know what my dr says.
LIA

Montgomery, AL

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#108
Feb 26, 2013
 
I had sinus surgery twice, the first one fixed my sepdham, but i keep getting sinus infections , ear infections and severe headaches, the last ENT i saw told me that this was all he could do for me and to see a Neurologist for the headaches, should i see a Neurologist now even thou i think the sinus issues are ENT related.?
Lilly

Middleburg, FL

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#109
Mar 9, 2013
 
I am a 51 yr old female who suffers from sinus migraines as well. I had the septoplasmy surgery with turbinate reduction 1 1/2 yrs ago. The first 6 months were wonderful, no congestion and no headaches, but after that the headaches appeared and they haven't let up. I wakeup with a dibilitating migraine 4-5 days a week, I can't do anything but lay around and suffer. I've asked my ENT that did the surgery about them and he said he didn't know, he said it could be a migraine or it could be sinus. I've recently visited a neurologist who said it was definitely sinus migraines after reviewing my MRI and EEG of the brain. He said I need to see another ENT.

I've read many of the comments posted here but I don't see where anyone has received any relief. Has anyone found a solution to the migraines? If not have you been able to receive disability because of your pain and suffering? I am unable to work because of the pain and soon will have depleted all of my savings so I won't be able to go to any doctors at that point.
misty

Downey, CA

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#110
Mar 9, 2013
 
Katie wrote:
I'm due to have septum surgery in the next month because I have been living with bad facial pain for about 8 months. I was wondering how long it will take me to recover from it? and how lond do I have to keep the bandages on for?
hello I just wanted to follow up on how is your facial pain after all this time because I just had the surgery a week ago because I have been having really bad facial pain. So bad I can't go a day without a vicodine or I will cry my eyes out. And now today I can't smell and my facial pain is back stronger then ever. I'm getting really nervous and regreting the surgery.
Johnny

Brooklyn, NY

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#111
Mar 16, 2013
 
I have just gotten the deviated septum surgery on February. 14 2013

I have to say initially there was no pain no headaches I felt a little stuffy and that was it I could breathe 100 percent better but now 3 weeks after surgery I started getting some severe headaches similar to tension headaches or migraines not sure I tried to ask a few people I even went to the ER they told me just to take tylenol or look for a neurologist I don't know if it's due to the surgery or not or from to the cold weather outside I feel like my whole top of my head hurts and I do feel worse in the cold, any one have any ideas??????????
MAS

Maryville, MO

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#112
Apr 13, 2013
 
Around the middle of December in 2012, I developed what I thought was a bad case of sinus problems. I went to my General Doctor, and he prescribed Advil/Sinus for quite some time. After a couple of visits back to him, he suggested I see an ENT. I first was referred to an ENT practitioner, and she prescribed antibiotics (Augmentin) which gave me diarrhea, she then prescribed Bactrim which I had taken for years for the sinus problem. I too became allergic to that. She also prescribed a Sinus and nose cat scan, which I had. I saw an ENT doctor after the Cat Scan, and he showed where I was in need of septum, sinus, and carbonates surgery. I had all of this done on January 18, 2013. He put in splints on the nose, which I had to tolerate for a week. I did not think the week would get over. I had a lot of blood clots, and discharge during the first two weeks. The doctor had me do sinus rinse, and I could not tolerate the pain medicine, but I tolerate pain pretty well, so I got by without any. I was very relieved to have splints removed, and felt pretty comfortable for the next week. After the two weeks I developed headaches, and saw my General Doctor. He prescribed pain medicine, and a relaxant which did not help. My eyes also bothered me, so he suggested I see an eye doctor who was an MD. My eyes were perfectly fine, finding I had some dry eye, which he prescribed drops, which I am now using. He also sent me to have a Doppler test, and some lab work done. The Doppler test came out fine. The lab showed a bit high, so he suggested I go back to my ENT. I returned back to my ENT, and he put me on a regiment of Prednisone, which made me sky high, and I did not have much improvement. I returned to my General Doctor for some other suggestions, and he said we had made the circle and he prescribed a complete head cat scan. I had this done, and they found nothing wrong. On my return back from the Cat Scan, I passed the biggest mass of matter which was of sponge consistency. After that I passed three more hunks within the next week, although, they were not as large as the first one. During the time of the head Cat Scan I was taking Tylenol, and doing sinus rinses. I am still following this procedure today, plus I was prescribed to take Benadryl at night, since I could not sleep due to the headaches. The thing that helped me most during all of this procedure was to put cold rice bags to my head and the back of my neck, the back of my neck also gave me much pain. I also used Nasonex during this ordeal, but toward the end it seems to irritate the lining, so I am not using it at this time. I also use AYR Nasal Gel which moisturized the lining of the nostrils which helps. I am now tolerating the pain to some degree, and getting some rest at night. What I am wondering, is this something which will finally wear out?
Lilly

Middleburg, FL

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#113
Apr 14, 2013
 
Johnny wrote:
I have just gotten the deviated septum surgery on February. 14 2013
I have to say initially there was no pain no headaches I felt a little stuffy and that was it I could breathe 100 percent better but now 3 weeks after surgery I started getting some severe headaches similar to tension headaches or migraines not sure I tried to ask a few people I even went to the ER they told me just to take tylenol or look for a neurologist I don't know if it's due to the surgery or not or from to the cold weather outside I feel like my whole top of my head hurts and I do feel worse in the cold, any one have any ideas??????????
Johnny, see my post #109. I had my surgery Jan 2011, and still no relief. I can tell you my pain is much worse when it is cold and the humidity is low. I regret having my surgery... life is really miserable now with the headaches! Hope you get some relief.
Katie in West Palm

West Palm Beach, FL

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#114
May 2, 2013
 
Diane Hane wrote:
I have to get this done well not have to..but after reading all these comments Im very scared about the headaches I already get headaches and dont want more..
I am in the same boat as you two. Surgery 6 weeks ago. Bad headaches started about 10-12 days after the surgery. I have been back to the ENT EVERY week and have tried numerous drugs.I have been missing work on average a day a week due to the pain and not being able to sleep. What should I do?????
Emi

Providence, RI

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#115
Sep 10, 2013
 
Eric wrote:
Katie, I just had the septum surgery (with the additional turbinate reduction) exactly a week ago, and for me it's already helped out quite a bit. The couple days after surgery were a pain, because your nose is stuffed with the gauze and other fun stuff, and also like any other surgery you just can't move around much for the first few days. After that period, I went back to the doctor to get the gauze removed, which made me feel loads better. 3 days later (yesterday) I had the splints removed, and immediately I could breath through my nose, and felt great! I'm taking it easy today, but in a couple days I should able to drive and be almost back to normal. Sorry if I rambled a little...overall I'd guess about a week and a half recovery, but I'm giving it 2 weeks before I go back to work.
After you get it done, just relax your mind as much as possible, and stay on the percocet or whatever drug they give you, until you're completely sure you don't need it.
It really wasn't bad, I absolutely hate surgery/hospital type stuff but got through this relatively easily...and I am already feeling the benefits of having the surgery :)
Did you by chance have Dr. Prabhakar Tipirneni? And how many days were you out of work?
Bri

Palm Springs, CA

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#116
Sep 10, 2013
 
My first post on this topic was some time ago. My update is here:
Things that worked for headache: lidocaine into my lower eye lid; back roller; lidocaine patch on my forehead, gabbapentin, butlbital, asa, caf and rarely would CWE the ASA out. Recently, I had all of my teeth capped and the day that was done, my headache actually went away. I think it might have been because of the massive injections of lidocaine. I have some other musculoskelatal issues, but the headache is lowered. I wear a night guard now. Breaking the pain cycle might have worked for me.
Shelley

London, UK

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#117
Sep 14, 2013
 
Had septo, turbinate and and sinus surgery feb 2012. About every couple of months feel really unwell with frontal and top headache, cheeks hurt, upper teeth, earache, sore throat, and fever. Been back to consultant several times, can find nothing wrong, although did confirm sinus infection soon after surgery. Has been suggested could be tmj, can anyone shed any light, at my wits end feeling so unwell. Many thanks. Essex.
Walter

Caracas, Venezuela

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#118
Sep 19, 2013
 
Hi

I had my nasal surgery 2 days ago and today in the morning a really hard headache got me. Is this normal? My doc said my nose was really messed up.
I was wondering if the inflamation may be pushing against my brain?
Faith

Portland, OR

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#119
Oct 25, 2013
 
First off my heart goes out to you for your suffering from plastic surgery rhinoplasty. The other thing that makes me crazy is that every plastic surgeon usually says well not me I didn't do it then the next doctor says well it wasn't me I didn't do it and on and on it goes...I think denial is so they are not liable in anyway.
Sorry to hear about that I think too many rhinoplasty revisions are risky, everytime they break your nose it is literally a head injury and you need to see a specialist in this area not a plastic surgeon this is so far beyond there scope . You can find a specialist that can help you get rid of the headaches To me plastic surgery is so not worth it to risky!!! Also consider a cranal sacrial specialist they can help there is always a way go to MAYO or a MedicaL University.
Tired 31 year old

Little Rock, AR

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#120
Nov 9, 2013
 
scared 40 year old wrote:
Hello everyone! Well, all these post really scare me. I have had sinus infection multiple times every year and when they did the CT scan they found my turbinates that are swollen,congestion in my sinuses and a deviated septum. They want to put in ear tubes to relieve the preasure I feel in my ears and do sinus surgery, turbinates and deviated septum surgery. I have a problem with claustiphobia and if I won't be able to breath I think that i am going to panic. I panic even when I am completely stuffed up from just a cold. HELP!! What should i do. I think that I might just have the ear surgery and forget the sinus and deviated septum surgery. If anyone can give me some adivise that would be great!
I am very claustrophobic myself. But I have had to live with allergies plus sinus. Constantly having sinus infections in which antibiotics would not help. I was on antibiotics for 4 months before I had my surgery with no relief of the infection. I had sinus pressure, daily sinus headaches which would trigger my migraine headaches that would make me miserable. I kept a temperature of 99.4 to 100.3 every day. My temp was never under 99.4. No sinus medicine nor pain meds would help the headaches go away. Then about 4 weeks ago the headaches and sinus infections started making my blood pressure high and I have never had blood pressure problems. My bp would run 148/104 sometimes higher. I was miserable having to deal with the daily pressure, headaches that no pain med would help, migraines and now blood pressure problems and still work every day. Did I mention I was taking allergy injections which I am allergic to all 24 things that they tested me for. Grass, trees, cats, and mold to name a few. We'll I had the surgery on Wed which was 3 days ago and like I started out saying I am claustrophobic myself, so when I woke up after surgery the first thing I said is "I can't breathe" I felt like I was suffocating and I woke up with a terrible splitting headache which they quickly gave me medicine for but still no relief. The headache lasted all that day on the ride home. Which I lived a hour and a half away. My throat was so sore from the tube they had intubated me with to help me breathe during surgery. My sore throat lasted 2 days. My sense of smell is trying to come back but I still can't fully smell. My nose still hurts and I can not breathe out my left nostril. The packing was removed from my nose yesterday which hurt very much and the my nose was suctioned to remove some yucky stuff which wasn't too bad. The dr. Put in more packing on my left side which I will get removed in 3 days from today. Overall I wouldn't have it done again if I had too. As of right now I don't know if it will help my headaches or not which was the main reason I got the surgery done anyway. I had a deviated septum, narrowing, and fluid on my sinuses. So I had septoplasty and endoscopic nasal antral windows surgery. My main concern now is whether or not I will continue to have the headaches. And whether my surgery is successful in stopping my sinus infections.

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