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    I have been trying for some time now to pinpoint the causes of my tremors and variable cognitive levels. Nothing came up on either CT or MRI.
    So now I am looking into other possibilities.
    My doctor gave me a call this morning to find out how I was going... I really love my doctor She has a baby so only works mondays now and when I told her I hadn't come in yet because I didn't have the money because they took away health support because I started working... she told me she could bulk bill me anyway! She is an angel.

    Anyway... any CT scan I have ever had and now MRI has always come back with sinusitis. Every day of my life I have sinusitis to some degree... it causes this pinched dry feeling in my nose, sore gums/jaw/cheeks/ears, a horrible constant pressure in my sinuses, bleeding gums and a daily on and off smell of blood, often accompanied by the taste of blood trickling down my throat. I often find swallowing difficult as the muscles in that area just will not work half of the time. I choke very easily. In winter I will occasionally have a full all out nose bleed. I have been hospitalised at least three times for severe labyrinthitis and there are more times than that where I just could not be bothered with the hassle of trying to get ER doctors to listen to me when I tell them what is wrong because they cant SEE it, they ignore it.

    This is just something I have accepted, doctors have tried to put me on antibiotics but it does nothing. I have googled sinusitis and it says it is normally caused by infection but can also have systemic origins.... but no sources go on to mention the systemic causes.

    Im wondering if sinusitis could be an indicator of something else?

    I dont even remember what it is like to have a clear head.

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    Hi Giggle,

    That was good of your doctor mate to sort you out in that manor, good on her.
    I've got Sinusitis and mine comes with my TMJ Disease you can get it naturally or connected with that and it can cause nose bleeds but also Lupus can cause nose bleeds also.
    With what you've just said you suffer i'd ask your Doctor to be refered to ENT to get it double checked with TMJ Disease also, i get swelling around the eyes also which is fluid building up during the night plus the odd bruised eye of blood vessels breaking.

    Giggle antibiotic's won't help it anyway mate it's just a problem we have to cope with daily but i am sorry your going through this lot besides and i really to sympathize having it myself, the trouble is having so many different issue's going on from one day to the next you can never tell which ones playing up.

    TMJ Disease can form through Lupus or naturally, the same goes for Sinusitis and refering the nose bleeds Lupus can cause that also, it's like i stated to Maryalice40 this Disease as alot to answer for, for what we go through.

    I'll add info below for you mate. ((Hugs Terri)) xxxx
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    SINUSITIS SYMPTOMS

    Sinusitis is inflammation of the linings of the sinuses that surround the nose. Common symptoms include a tender face and a blocked nose. It's often caused by an infection.

    Where the sinuses are found
    About sinusitis
    Symptoms of sinusitis
    Causes of sinusitis
    Diagnosis of sinusitis

    About sinusitis

    What are sinuses?
    The sinuses are air-filled spaces within the bones of your face that open up into the nasal cavity. They are lined with the same membrane as your nose. This lining is called the mucous membrane and it produces a slimy secretion called mucus to keep the nasal passageways moist and to trap dirt particles and bacteria.

    You have four main pairs of sinuses.

    The maxillary sinuses are in each cheekbone.

    The frontal sinuses are on either side of your forehead, above your eyes.

    The smaller ethmoid sinuses are behind the bridge of your nose, between your eyes.

    The sphenoid sinuses are between the upper part of your nose and behind your eyes.


    The location of the frontal, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses


    The location of the frontal and maxillary sinuses

    What is sinusitis?
    Sinusitis is inflammation of the lining of one or more of your sinuses.

    If your sinusitis lasts less than eight weeks (or less than 12 weeks in a child) it's called acute sinusitis. If your sinusitis lasts three months or more you may have chronic sinusitis. This is where the lining in your nose and sinuses is thickened and constantly inflamed. The medical terms acute and chronic refer to how long the condition lasts for, rather than how severe it is.


    A maxillary sinus

    Symptoms of sinusitis

    If you have sinusitis your symptoms may include:

    pain and pressure in your face, which is worse when you lean forwards

    a blocked nose with green or yellow mucus, which can drain down the back of your nose into your throat and may cause a sore throat and cough

    a headache

    less common symptoms of sinusitis include tiredness, a reduced sense of smell, bad breath (halitosis) and a fever

    The pain you have will depend on which of your sinuses are affected.

    Frontal sinusitis can cause pain just above your eyebrows, and your forehead may be tender to touch.

    Maxillary sinusitis can cause your upper jaw, teeth and cheeks to ache and may be mistaken for toothache.

    Ethmoid sinusitis can cause pain around your eyes and the sides of your nose.

    Sphenoid sinusitis can cause pain around your eyes, at the top of your head or in your temples. You may also have earache and neck pain.

    On very rare occasions, a sinus infection can spread to the bones of the face or the membranes lining the brain. Also very rarely, sinusitis can spread to form a pocket of pus (abscess) in the eye socket, the brain or a facial bone. If you develop swollen eyelids while you have sinusitis you should see your GP immediately.

    Causes of sinusitis

    Sinusitis is often caused by an infection of the mucous membranes with a virus, bacterium or fungus. Most people with acute sinusitis have had a viral infection such as the common cold. During a cold the mucous membranes become swollen and tend to block the openings of the sinuses.

    Irritants and allergens can inflame the linings of your nose and sinuses, causing sinusitis. Some examples of irritants include:

    airborne allergens such as grass and tree pollen

    smoke and air pollution

    sprays containing chemicals (eg household detergents)

    Enlarged adenoids and growths on the mucous membranes, such as nasal polyps, may block the openings to the sinuses and cause sinusitis.

    People with certain medical conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, are more likely to get sinusitis.

    Diagnosis of sinusitis

    Your GP will ask you about your symptoms and will examine you. He or she may also ask you about your previous illnesses and operations.

    Your GP will usually be able to diagnose acute sinusitis just from examining you and no further medical tests are usually necessary.

    If you have chronic sinusitis and if your treatments haven't worked, your GP may refer you to a doctor who specialises in ear, nose and throat conditions. You may have an X-ray to help determine the cause of your chronic sinusitis. The specialist may recommend a nasendoscopy (also known as nasal endoscopy), where he or she will insert a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (endoscope) into your nostril to look at the inside of your sinuses.

    Treatment of sinusitis

    Most people with acute sinusitis get better without treatment. However, if your symptoms continue for more than a week, or seem to be worsening, you may wish to see your GP.

    Self-help
    Some people find that breathing in steam from a bowl of hot (but not boiling water) provides some relief from the symptoms. However, this isn't scientifically proven. Try sitting in your bathroom with the hot shower running. Putting a warm flannel on the areas of your face that are painful and sleeping with your head and shoulders propped up with pillows may help, but there is no scientific evidence that this works.

    There is some evidence that using salt-water nasal sprays or drops may help with the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. These are available from pharmacies without a prescription.

    Medicines
    Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol may relieve pain and bring your temperature down if you have a fever. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

    Several nasal sprays are available over-the-counter and on prescription from your GP. These include decongestants (eg Sudafed) and mild steroids (eg Beconase). Your GP or pharmacist can recommend the most appropriate remedies for you.

    If your GP thinks your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, or you develop a secondary bacterial infection due to your inflamed sinuses, he or she may prescribe antibiotics. However, research shows that eight out of 10 people with acute sinusitis get better within two weeks without antibiotics.

    If you have sinusitis and an allergy then you may find that controlling your allergy helps to reduce the symptoms of your sinusitis. Antihistamine tablets such as loratadine (eg Clarityn) may help to do this.

    Surgery
    If you have chronic sinusitis that doesn't get better with home or medical (drug) treatments, your specialist may suggest that you to consider surgery.

    In functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) the surgeon washes out the sinuses and widens the drainage holes using an endoscope. This can be done under local or general anaesthesia.

    Other types of surgery can remove nasal polyps or correct an obstruction in the nose that may be the cause of your sinusitis. Ask your doctor for more information about the different types of surgery, as all types of surgery carry the risk of complications and side-effects.

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    Hi Giggles. I think this falls into the answer of "anything can be from Lupus". When you have an autoimmune disease like Lupus our immune responses are heightened. Although it is not listed as an autoimmune symptom when our immune system is overactive it can attack any part of us.

    As for the cognitive issues, even people without CNS involvement can have terrible "brain fog". Often it is the worst part of the disease.
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    i had bad sinuses.
    i had an operation about 3 months ago, and things are much better.
    i used to be on antibiotics about every other week.

    get your doctor to check if your sinuses are infected.

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    Hi Steve,

    I hope your alot better now since you had your op mate. xxx

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    I think sinus issues are also a sign of a larger problem the way IBS is thought to be. I have chronic sinusitis. When it's bad it's debilitating. Surgery has been recommended to me. The best (and by far least expensive) thing I've done to help my sinuses stay healthy is to use a daily nasal saline spray every morning and night. I'm not talking about a Neti Pot which will worsen my nose bleeds when my sinusitis is that bad, but an OTC $1.99 nose mist spray I can find anywhere there is a pharmacy. I use it before my allergy nose spray at night and again in the morning and it really has helped my sinuses to stay healthy. Skipping it, even for just a day or two, will immediately start a sinus infection, especially in the transatory weather and allergy season my area is experiencing.
    As long as this body works, I am going to enjoy life to the fullest for each second of every moment that I can.



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    Sandy,

    They mentioned nazel sprays to me but i have trouble with my nose constantley running and carrying tissue's everywhere i go, my dad once called me an Healthy Dog LOL

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    Thank you all for the help

    I have tried nasal sprays and find they irritate me more. I might go to the chemist this afternoon and ask if they have a saline nasal spray and give it a go anyway. I use saline eye drops to keep my eyes wet... I have a terrible dry eye problem I also have a mouth spray to keep my mouth from getting dry. Water just makes it worse :/

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    Hello Giggle,

    Your welcome mate and christ you really do sound in the wars but i'd see the chemist about something if you don't want to be refered.

    Let we know how you feel mate with what you get and best of luck. xxx

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