Back to the doctor(s)

So I have this sinus infection that won’t go away.  It started the week before the primary, with the campaign crud that everyone on the team was getting.  Because I’m on immunosuppressants, I get every little bug I come across, but most of them aren’t too bad and don’t last too long.  This time, it wouldn’t go away.  I was having twenty-minute sneezing fits (no, I’m not even exaggerating, and that’s really inconvenient in the middle of phone banks), my head hurt, my ear hurt, I was waking myself up at night because I was coughing and/or couldn’t breathe properly, and it felt like someone had poured concrete into my sinuses and let it harden.  All the Vitamin C, zinc, and Cold Care Tea in the world wasn’t enough to get it to go away.  It hung around for two weeks, getting worse and worse.

So on primary day, I went to urgent care.  I got a really nice PA who voted for my candidate and gave me a 5-day course of azithromycin.  I started to feel better, so I thought I was good.  But a few days after I finished the antibiotics, it was bad just as bad as ever.  I thought maybe it was just allergies, since the season is changing, but it’s worse than my allergies have ever been since I moved to Massachusetts.  Claritin, Benadryl, Zyrtec, and Allegra haven’t helped at all, so I’m assuming that a failure to respond to multiple antihistamines means this is actually an infection that won’t go away, especially since I started to feel better on the antibiotics.

Since I’ve now been sick for a solid month, I finally bit the bullet and scheduled an appointment with my primary care doc.  He’s a nice guy, but I’m just really sick of doctors.  I have more doctors than I have friends, at this point, and my PCP is probably just going to refer me to an ENT.  His tendency seems to be to refer me to specialists.  I don’t know if that’s what he does with everybody or if it’s just because he’s scared of my UC.  It’ll definitely come up at this appointment, since some antibiotics can trigger flares in IBD patients–all that messing around with the gut microbiota can really screw things up for us.  But maybe he’ll just give me something.  I mean, I doubt an ENT would be any more knowledgeable than he would be about what antibiotics are bad for IBD patients.  If all else fails, I can leave a message with my gastroenterologist, asking what antibiotics he thinks are safe.

I’m just so tired of all of this.  Two years ago, I was healthy and in great shape.  Now I’m sick all the time, and I can hardly even stand up.  It’s really wearing me down.



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6 responses to “Back to the doctor(s)

  1. mandy

    Oh those nasty sinus infections, allergies…everyone seems to be miserable these days with one or the other. And we seem to be growing more resistant to every treatment. So frustrating! When you said you had more doctors than friends I chuckled thinking, “doesn’t everyone?” But, maybe just you and me, lol! Get better soon!

  2. Ugh. Hate being sick, sick of doctors. Amen, Hope.

  3. Man I know what you mean about being worn out. Not a bad idea to double check with your GI about antibiotics- or at least ask your PCP to try to avoid a “broad-spectrum” antibiotic. I had to have my wisdom teeth out a few months ago and they gave me Clindomycin, which is a broad spectrum antibiotic – I ended up with C.diff. Not fun- avoid it if you can. Just a thought, if you have a diffuser, Oregano essential oil has a lot of antibiotic and antiviral properties. is a site I usually order oils from if you’re interested. (Don’t take it internally unless you know what you’re doing- diffusing it into the air and inhaling the oil is usually safest.) Good luck- I hope you feel better soon ❤

  4. get better soon hon! I know how much it sucks to be sick. Thinking of you lots at this time, let us know how the doc apt goes. XX

  5. I’m sorry you’re feeling so terrible. I hope you start to feel better soon.

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