Saturday, June 04, 2005

What A Stupid Name For A Disease...

"Bacterial Sinusitis"

Sounds wussy, right? Sounds like a snuffle and a sore nose, eh? Well, in most cases, thats true. Viral sinusitis is just like a cold that won't go away, but eventually it does. Rarely does it lead to complications. However, 20% of these cases are bacterial, which are a lot more serious. This is what I have.

Bacterial sinusitis is preceeded by 10-14 days of cold-like nasal symptoms, which I had and mistook for allergies. They are often preceeded by an eye infection, which I just thought was due to me sneezing so much, and getting stuff in my eye. Then they are often mistaken for tooth problems, since the major sinus touches the root of the rear three teeth. I went to the dentist, and sure enough, he said I was fine. The pain peaked when I was in the dentist chair for some reason. Also, my back teeth went numb.

Now I am on penicillin, painkillers, decongestants and antihistamines, and the pain comes and goes. The numb section has moved from my back top right teeth to my front top right teeth, and the lip and cheek area around that. The feeling may come back in a few days, or weeks, or months, or never. I hope it's soon, this feels REALLY wierd, like after the dentist numbs part of your jaw. Food gets stuck back there, and I know I've chipped a numb tooth once already just because chewing is difficult.

The pain is now a muted throbbing along my cheekbone, nose, under my eye, and back to my ear (where I think the infection has spread), but it's mild compared to the stabbing I had on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Thursday I went home because it felt so bad, and Friday I got SENT home because I looked so bad.

So, yeah, thats been my week. Call me a wuss if you want, and I'll stab your head so we can share what it feels like.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that really sucks dood! I hope you feel better soon.