I follow a number of blogs by individuals with chronic health issues, most of them with Rheumatoid Disease like me. Seems to be a common theme of late – we are all frustrated by our health, our doctor’s and their offices and the medical insurance community.
For me, the frustration is that I’ve been unable to fully get rid of this upper respiratory infection that I’ve had on and off since Halloween. I would get well enough to think it was behind me and I would resume my normal activities and then WHAM, it would knock me on my butt again. This happened 4 times, and this past week when the fatigue and sore throat returned I called my PCP and got in to see him that day. I expressed my frustration and my fear of constant anti biotics, but unfortunately due to my anatomy the bacteria gets stuck in the sinuses and it seems strong anti biotics are the only way to rid my body of the gunk.
He prescriped a stronger anti biotic and for a longer period of time. He also prescribed Singulair pills at night. I need another script like I need a whole in the head, but he said that this helps the underlying allergy issue (which I have) and maybe it will help what ails me.
It gave me the chance to discuss my ENT and Rheum Doc visits that I had in the past week as well. The ENT had gotten the Catscan results of my sinuses. The passages looked clear, with one exception and therefore he didn’t think I needed sinus surgery. However, there is still the large bone tumor that resides in my sinuses and that could be part of the trouble. We decided that I should have a specialist look at it to see if there is a way to extract it. I haven’t seen a specialist in 20 years and at that time, the surgery required wouldn’t be pretty. The ENT also reiterated getting off the Enbrel.
My Rheum doc said my meds were fine, everything was fine on his end. He doesn’t see a lot of patients that seem bothered by sinus infections who are on Enbrel. He said he doesn’t think that the Enbrel is causing the infections. However, he agreed that the less medication I take, the better it is and perhaps spread out the injections and see how I do.
So I’m stretching out the Enbrel, and going about 10 days in between methotrexate injections, taking Singulair and a steriod nasal spray while using the neti pot daily. Hopefully I will be headed down a better road shortly because I love winter!!!