Sinusitis: painful, purulent, persistent.

I blame Mike. He gave me a cold and I’ve had sinusitis ever since. That was back in November (two months ago) and I can’t tell you how annoying it is.

The NHS says that:

Sinusitis is a common condition in which the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed. It’s usually caused by a viral infection and often improves within two or three weeks.
The sinuses are small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead.
The mucus produced by your sinuses usually drains into your nose through small channels. In sinusitis, these channels become blocked because the sinus linings are inflamed (swollen).
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sinusitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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An illustration of sinusitis from NHS Choices.

My version is much simpler though: it’s like one side of my nose wants to explode. No, really, that’s how it feels.

So now I’m taking steroids, on top of everything else, just to try to get this sinusitis under control. They don’t seem to be making any difference at all, so I foresee an appointment with an ENT specialist in my not to distant future.

Most annoying of all is that it has slowed me down so much. It’s affected my sleep, caused headaches that have made it harder for me to get work done and generally made me grumpy and fed up. In short, I can’t wait to get rid of it.

Anyway, moan over. Hopefully a better, happier post to come on Thursday 🙂

M

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