Well – the last set of antibiotics, $50 for 7 pills, didn’t help because I have another…SINUS INFECTION! Surprise, surprise. This is the fifth one since September and I fear that I am headed down the same route I was a few years back. I had to be treated 11 times for sinus infections in over a year before I finally got better.
Dr. Teitelbaum, the author of the bestselling From Fatigued to Fantastic, says that chronic sinusitis is actually a yeast infection. Dr. Teitelbaum believes that antibiotics turn short-term sinus infections into a chronic problem. He also shows on his End Fatigue website a study that found that people with ME/CFS had improvements in symptoms after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. However, Dr. Teitelbaum says that ME/CFS & FM sufferers can get some of the same results without going to the extent of having surgery.
According to Dr. Teitelbaum, fungal infections cause chronic sinusitis:
These infections cause a stuffy nose, eventually causing the nasal passages to swell shut. In the body, any time something gets blocked (e.g., an appendix, gallbladder, etc.), it results in a secondary bacterial infection—and the sinuses are no exception. When this happens, your nasal mucus turns yellow-green, and you go to the doctor in pain. She or he then gives you an antibiotic, which knocks out the bacterial infection and sometimes leaves you feeling better. Unfortunately, the antibiotic worsens the underlying yeast infection in your nose, causing more swelling and blockages and therefore more attacks of bacterial infections. This is why sinusitis in the U.S. usually becomes chronic.
Dr. Teitelbaum says that his patients with sinusitis problems usually have success with Diflucan and a compounded nose spray. The nose spray contains Bactroban and Xylitol and these kill the bacterial infections, low dose cortisol to shrink the swelling and an antifungal. While on the Diflucan, Dr. Teitelbaum recommends his patients use one to two sprays per nostril for at least 6 – 12 weeks. Dr. Teitelbaum sells tihs type of nose spray on his website, End Fatigue.com for $16.95 a bottle. It is called Argentyn 23 Silver Nose Spray. I think I’m going to order some tonight to try myself.
It has also been found that sinusitis causes other problems as well. Dr. Alexander Chester has found that chronic nasal congestion can actually be a trigger for ME/CFS. In general, having a chronic nose infection can bring down your energy levels.