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Old 10-21-2008, 08:43 PM   #1
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What does a sinus infection feel like?

I have a nasty cold. It started Saturday evening with a sore throat. Now the sore throat is gone, but I am sneezing and blowing my nose A LOT! My cheeks, just below my eyes, hurt and I have a forehead headache.

I'm hoping to get in to see my doctor tomorrow. I'm taking Mucinex and an OTC cough syrup. DH had this last week and he is on a short course of antibiotics. (I'm pretty sure this isn't an "allergy" thing.)

I've had ear infections as an adult, but never a sinus infection, so I'm not sure that's what this is.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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I have a nasty cold. It started Saturday evening with a sore throat. Now the sore throat is gone, but I am sneezing and blowing my nose A LOT! My cheeks, just below my eyes, hurt and I have a forehead headache.

I'm hoping to get in to see my doctor tomorrow. I'm taking Mucinex and an OTC cough syrup. DH had this last week and he is on a short course of antibiotics. (I'm pretty sure this isn't an "allergy" thing.)

I've had ear infections as an adult, but never a sinus infection, so I'm not sure that's what this is.
The only thing missing here is a fever. Also, your sinuses may feel a little hot to the touch.

Sorry to hear you're feeling so crappy...sinus infections suck.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:48 PM   #3
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If it's very tender right underneath your eyes (and it sounds like it is), I'd guess that it's sinus.

Does your jaw hurt?
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:52 PM   #4
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Sounds like a bad cold. Sinus infections don't usually set in that quickly. They usually follow a viral infection. Fever is pretty common along with pain/pressure around eyes and along your nose. Headache and lots of mucus that seems to never clear. Can't hurt to get checked.

I personally don't like taking antibiotics so I wait until I know I have one for sure since it usually resolves on its own. A Neti Pot brings great relief for those symptoms!

Hope you start feeling better soon.

Oh yeah wanted to add I know I have one by the smell. Sorry if thats gross but its true.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:52 PM   #5
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My sinus infections manifest themselves differently each time. My eyes twitch sometimes. My jaw throbbed and ached (to the point that I couldn't move my jaw) another time. I don't get fevers so that's not one of my symptoms. Other symptoms I've had are a VERY stopped up nose, and a headache that hurts when you move your head.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:55 PM   #6
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Sounds like sinuses to me, but I'm not a doctor. I just have a lot of allergies and a lot of sinus problems because of it.

Something that will provide some relief if it is your sinuses is a Neti pot. They sound crazy but they do make you feel better. You can find one at a drug store over the counter like CVS or Rite Aid. It looks like a little watering can and you put saline solution in it and you flush out your sinuses with it.
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I get sinus infections without having a lot of cold symptoms a lot of the time. Right now, I have pain just below my cheekbones and I feel like my upper teeth ache all the way up to the roof. Sounds like I'm working on one myself
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:57 PM   #8
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Chuck Norris is so bad he makes infections sick.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:00 PM   #9
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I get sinus infections without having a lot of cold symptoms a lot of the time. Right now, I have pain just below my cheekbones and I feel like my upper teeth ache all the way up to the roof. Sounds like I'm working on one myself
Yep. I have chronic sinus issues. I've never gotten a fever. I get the above mentioned symptoms and also pain behind my eyes and migraine headaches. The tooth pain is like when you have braces first put on or tightened, at least for me.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:01 PM   #10
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It sounds like you do have the symptoms for a sinus infection as they are different for every person. Usually mine start out as a bad cold, then under my eyes and above my eyebrows (does that make sense? ) start to hurt, bad. Then I loose my voice.

The best bet is to see your doctor, asap.

I hope you feel better!
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Yep. I have chronic sinus issues. I've never gotten a fever. I get the above mentioned symptoms and also pain behind my eyes and migraine headaches. The tooth pain is like when you have braces first put on or tightened, at least for me.
Mine sound like yours . I get them and they have nothing to do with cold symptoms. The comparison with having your braces tighten is right on. I usually get pain behind my eyes , towards the bridge of my nosewhere I pinch the bridge to feel better.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:33 PM   #12
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Upset stomach (not everyone, but I get it).
Fever.
major headache.
eyes hurt.
face can but doesnt always hurt.
ugly color snot (sorry).
Basically a cold that hangs on too long, and is too severe to be a "cold" ... but my doc wont treat it unless something like 7 or 10 days has passed... sop sometimes some people might fib a tad on the time

Feel better. I hate Sinus Infections.

Something else! When you blow your nose your ears pop. BIg sign for this family!
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:01 PM   #13
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Everything that everyone said plus FATIGUE.
I've had them and wondered why I was so tired, in addition to feeling like yuck. Hope you feel better soon.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:11 PM   #14
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Upset stomach (not everyone, but I get it).
Fever.
major headache.
eyes hurt.
face can but doesnt always hurt.
ugly color snot (sorry).
Basically a cold that hangs on too long, and is too severe to be a "cold" ... but my doc wont treat it unless something like 7 or 10 days has passed... sop sometimes some people might fib a tad on the time

Feel better. I hate Sinus Infections.

Something else! When you blow your nose your ears pop. BIg sign for this family!
Semi OT, When my 15 yr old gets Strep Throat, his first (sometimes only) symptom is an upset stomach. It is very interesting how everyone's symptoms can be different.
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