I'd been feeling lousy since late February, but with everything that was happening, I was ignoring it and hoping it would pass.
Kind of hadn't. Mostly sinus stuff, the details of which I will spare you, along with dizziness, lightheadeness and stabbing (occasionally bilateral) earches. The last had gone away after my sinus surgery in December and I was hoping maybe forever.* Early last week, I called my ENT's office and left a message; a day later, her nurse called me to go over my symptoms and two days later called back with prescriptions and the news that the doctor was sick herself ("a sinus infection, wouldn't you know?"), thus the delay.
That was Thursday. I was deep in a project and got home too late to get to the pharmacy, so it wasn't until last night that I picked up the heavy-duty antibiotic and some kind of a steroid. She'd put me back on an OTC spray decongestant, too, which I was able to start Thursday.
I hadn't been sleeping well -- stabbing pain is an effective alarm clock, but follows its own schedule. Last night through this morning, I finally got a little over eight hours and it seems to have helped. Vertical is still a slight challenge, though, so I'll be staying around the house and resting today.
* Maybe not. Any kind of aggressive treatment in the affected area will often result in immediate relief, since the body tends to mute jangled pain signals while healing. This is typical of trigeminal neuralgia.
4 months ago