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Sphenoid Sinuses (that's what the doc said...)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Although the sphenoid sinuses are less frequently affected, infection in this area can cause earaches, neck pain, and deep aching at the top of the head.

Other symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, tiredness, a cough that may be more severe at night, and runny nose or nasal congestion. In addition, drainage of mucus from the sphenoids down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) can cause a sore throat and can irritate the membranes lining the larynx (upper windpipe). "

Well, I do not remember having a sinus infection this bad before, but apparently I have it in several areas... do not have a cough though and the way the doc talked when it is in the "sphenoid" area, it can cause alot more pain and discomfort.

Anyway, this explains the extreme weakness, sore throat at night where I have to constantly drink water, the pain on top of my head, etc... etc...

There is more good info on that page if you are so inclined to read it, but I did not want to post the entire article.

Anyway, I am going back to see if they list anything I can do for relief besides what I am already doing....

Love you guys,

Sphenoid Sinus
Deep within the skull behind the ethmoid sinuses are the sphenoid sinuses, small cavities approximately the size of a large grape. The right and left sphenoid sit next to each other, separated by a thin "septum" or plate of bone. They drain their mucus into the very back part of the nose through a special opening, or otium. Critical structures such as the nerves for vision, and major vessels that carry blood to and from the brain lie in close proximity to the sphenoid sinuses. Therefore sinus disease, as well as surgery in the sphenoid area, carries special risks.
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    So glad you know what is ailing. You have to feel so much better just knowing.

    Lots of sleep and water. maybe some chicken soup - it fixes everything you know!

    4670 days ago
    Wow. I've never even heard of the Sphenoid sinus. No wonder you're in such pain! Sounds like you have a good doctor. I'm sorry you are suffering so much, m'dear friend! Be careful with those meds. I agree with Jenn! keep drinking that water! Have you tried hot compresses? Sometimes that helps me, but this may be something deeper than the typical sinus treatment can help....Wish I could help!
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    4670 days ago
    awww poor shannon!!!!! :(
    4671 days ago
    Shannon......I feel so bad for you.I know sinus infections hurt bad.My husband had surgery just before Christmas on his.His sinuses on the right side had a fungus blocking the whole thing.He was in so much pain so I know they can hurt very bad.I will keep you in my prayers that the Lord heal you soon.
    4671 days ago
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    Sorry you are still sick. At least you are sick when school is out..... you can just kick back, relax, and focus on getting better. Keep on drinking your water and maybe throw a little garlic and vitamin C and Airborne in on top of the traditional meds from the doc. Hope you are feeling better soon!!!!!!

    PS- This is year 12 in the classroom.
    4671 days ago
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