Sick Again After Taking Antibiotics. What Would You Do?

I am a stay at home mom of two toddlers. My three year old started preschool about 7 weeks ago. I have been sick for 6 weeks. Started out as the typical flu/cold (no vomiting) but just doesn't go away. It has been a consistent sinus infection... head clogged, ears clogged, sore throat, headache, feeling terrible, extremely tired, a lot of mucus.


 


Everyday I take Thorne Research vitamins, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin D. I still drink BPC everyday. I have wanted more carbs and less meat since I have been sick.


 


I just thought I would get better since I have always thought of myself having a great immune system. I rarely would ever get sick and when I did it would literally be 24-36 hours and be gone.


 


Week 5 I was so tired of being sick while taking care of my 2 toddlers I went to the Dr. and he gave me a 6 day Z-Pack. I forgot how good it feels to feel normal while taking the antibiotic! Day 7 I thought I started to feel like I was getting sick again and then Day 8 and now Day 9 I am right back to where I was a week ago. I find it so strange that I am sick right away again after the antibiotic.


 


So, the question is... Would you go back to the Dr. or just keep trying to get better without medication?

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  • 5 week of sinusitis is horrible.

    Recently had a two week episode and by the end of week one I felt the same way you feel currently.

    Honesty, I went for the conventional approach after the first week, because simply waiting and relying on mega dose vitamin-C (which by the way was totally useless to prevent and also treat this sinus infection) just didn't cut it.


    I used pseudoephedrine as much as necessary to keep the sinuses open and to effectively evacuate mucus and as little as possible, because of tolerance, for the first 4-5 days. Considering its not a good idea to use it before bed, because ones sleep quality will decline I used intranasal xylometasoline spray before bed and at night.


    At the same time I started taking amoxiciline (antibiotic guidelines in my county state this would be the AB of choice for sinusitis if one doesn't know the bacteria causing it) at doses 500mg 3 times a day for a total of 7 days (10 days is also acceptable). Of course, by the end of the 7-th day I developed very mild diarrhea, but that´s somewhat more acceptable than sinusitis, at least for me. It didn´t last long after I stopped taking AB.

    Just in case I used NAC to liquefy the mucus to more easily pass it out. Ambroxol can be also used.


    The AB-treatment was effective in my case and to wean myself of the nasal xylometasoline spray I started using an intranasal corticosteroide to somewhat atrophy the mucosa, so there would be less of that, which can swell. After using the steroid consistently for 5 days I stopped using xylometasoline and then after another 2 days stopped using the steroid.


    I personally would go to a doctor and ask for a different AB, prior to which one should take some nasal mucus swabs to make sure what bacteria is causing the infection and to choose the AB appropriately.


    Good luck!



  • I still drink BPC everyday. I have wanted more carbs and less meat since I have been sick.




     


    If you are drinking BPC in place of breakfast, that places an additional stress on the body. Not a big one, but I'd eat breakfast, definitely with protein and fat and maybe some carbs, when sick. 


     


    I also would not restrict carbs when sick. That also can cause stress, plus for some infections glucose is used by the immune system to create reactive oxygen species used to kill pathogens. Don't go nuts chugging soda or anything, but I'd aim for my bodyweight in pounds in grams of starchy carbs, or more, while sick. 

  • Sinus infections can prove very difficult to clear.  As you've had it so long, it most likely has a bacterial cause rather than a viral one, but it could (far more rarely) have a fungal cause.  If one doesn't have a bacterial infection, killing off the bacterial biome with antibiotics can trigger greater fungal growth (not certain about viral growth).


     


    But again, a fungal infection in the sinuses does not happen very often.


     


    As I understand it, the deep sinus cavities don't have great capillary blood flow.  This situation makes the delivery of the antibiotic to where you need it difficult.  Your doctor can do a nasal swab to test for the strain of bacteria, but this doesn't always give you good information, because our nasal passages, like the surface our our skin will often have staph bacteria, which may or may not cause the particular infection you have even if detected.  


     


    You may not need a different antibiotic.  You may need your basic amoxiciline for an extended period of time.  In my case, last winter, I had to take it for 21 days.  I cringed at doing it, but I did respond.


     


    Your positive response to the Z-pack may indicate that you just needed to take it longer to get rid of a deep seated infection.


     


    If you go to an Eye, Ear, Nose, & Throat specialist they can scope your sinuses to see if you have developed any polyps or other physical obstructions that have created an environment for bacterial growth.  But the scopes can't reach into the deepest sinus cavities, where bacterial infections can thrive.  


     


    Has this infection given you a fever?  If so, consider restricting high-glycemic carbs.  The old adage of feed a cold; starve a fever makes some sense.  Bacteria can thrive on carbs, especially high-glycemic carbs.  



  • I am a stay at home mom of two toddlers. My three year old started preschool about 7 weeks ago. I have been sick for 6 weeks. Started out as the typical flu/cold (no vomiting) but just doesn't go away. It has been a consistent sinus infection... head clogged, ears clogged, sore throat, headache, feeling terrible, extremely tired, a lot of mucus.


     


    Everyday I take Thorne Research vitamins, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin D. I still drink BPC everyday. I have wanted more carbs and less meat since I have been sick.


     


    I just thought I would get better since I have always thought of myself having a great immune system. I rarely would ever get sick and when I did it would literally be 24-36 hours and be gone.


     


    Week 5 I was so tired of being sick while taking care of my 2 toddlers I went to the Dr. and he gave me a 6 day Z-Pack. I forgot how good it feels to feel normal while taking the antibiotic! Day 7 I thought I started to feel like I was getting sick again and then Day 8 and now Day 9 I am right back to where I was a week ago. I find it so strange that I am sick right away again after the antibiotic.


     


    So, the question is... Would you go back to the Dr. or just keep trying to get better without medication?




    I too, after 6 weeks of fighting the crap went to my ent took the z pack, and felt amazing. It had been so long that I felt like I had an episode of mania. However my conditioned has worsened. I have tried using iodine in a bowl with sea salt and warm water to suck in the solution, through the nose into my mouth. This helped but only temporary relief. Colloidal Silver spray, tilting my head up and washing the sinus' out with saline solution that way, and I'm still fucking miserable. Lethargic, brain fog, consistent pressure, with or without headaches, stuff nose, and sometimes a sore throat. This isn't the first time I have been here in desperation. Hours on top of hours of research trying to find out wtf is wrong with me. I have narrowed it down to AFS, allergic fungal sinusitis, or mold. 


    Did you ever find any answers? I mean the year of 2016 has been a total wash for me. I maybe have had 7-14 days where I felt great. 

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