Chronic Sinusitis

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bamajazzlady, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. sounds7

    sounds7 Forte User

    Sep 4, 2004
    New Orleans
    I had the surgery and still get sinus infections, It has helped with the frequency of these infections however. It was a very minor procedure correcting my deviated septum and I had very little pain afterwards although I did have a splint in my nose for a few days. Much better surgery than other surgeries I have had. The netti pot recommendation is spot on. Do this twice a day
  2. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    All I can say is that you are buying your lobster in the wrong place if you pay that much for just one lobster.
  3. Conntribution

    Conntribution Fortissimo User

    Dec 25, 2010
    Lloyd Harbor NY.
    I had a bad case of Mastoiditis when I was a kid. Totally exhausting. And my Mother was wrong.....I never grew hair on my palms......
  4. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    If you wouldn't have petted your pet Mastodon as a kid, the poor beast would never have had that bad infection.
  5. jegbflat

    jegbflat New Friend

    Feb 6, 2009
    Hi, this is an old post so my comment may not be seen; I'll give it a try. Unfortunately it's possible to have and be profoundly affected by this seemingly mundane malady without even knowing you have it. My playing (and sanity) have suffered for many years without recognizing what was happening. I am a come-back player and from the beginning of starting over I would experience HUGE differences in my (perceived) sound from one practice and performance session to another. One day I might sound full and resonant - next day small, weak, muffled; as if a different person or horn. It has been the source of incredible frustration, making no sense. Often in band rehearsal or performance I could hardly hear myself, so would blow harder to compensate and wear out very quickly. Impossible to play in tune because I couldn't seem to hear myself properly.

    One day recently while practicing, I sensed that my sinuses were plugged up so I performed what I now know is the Valsalva Maneuver - closing mouth, plugging nose and gently blowing against my ears. Hearing a "pop", I could tell that I had equalized the pressure. I picked up my horn to play again and all of a sudden my sound was full, resonant, brassy, and balanced from left to right side of my head. Over time with more experimenting I've come to believe that I've suffered from this blocked ear situation for many years, possibly as a result of sinusitis. During that time, I picked up and gave up the horn many times, not understanding why my playing was so incredibly inconsistent. I even had my trumpet checked for problems and rot inside thinking maybe it just wouldn't vibrate normally.

    All that frustration and discouragement perhaps could have been avoided had I recognized what was happening sooner. Anyway, if anyone out there reads this and can relate, perhaps you could let me know if there is anything permanent (and safe) that can be done to relieve the symptoms. I can't very well count on blowing out my ears every so often during performances.

    Thanks for listening!

    Jerry Giles
  6. Dviglis

    Dviglis Mezzo Piano User

    Mar 29, 2014
    I hope that you recover soon. But, on a side note, the Valsalva Maneuver is actually quite dangerous and can cause cardiac arrest among other things which I am not in the mood to take the time to explain...
  7. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Hmm, just did it without going into CA. I have had several ENT's over the years recommend the V thing. Hard to believe in this litigious culture they would suggest it without warning that it could kill you.
  8. trumpetdiva1

    trumpetdiva1 Piano User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Rest as much as possible when you have infections.

    Try the nasal irrigation with saline rinse.

    Eliminate colds to avoid future sinus infections. To do this, strengthen the immune system. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

    Astragalus and sleep helped me out the most.

    Feel better!

  9. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Now we're back to the story of my total loss of hearing ... as was restored ... due to impacted ear wax. Yes, I was under care of doctors for it inclusive of an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist), the latter having a very difficult time removing the wax ... until Dr Gary Onady here on TM recommended I soften it with liquid COLACE (docusate sodium) albeit it wasn't available from any of the major chain pharmacies, although the pharmacists knew of it. It just wasn't in the chain's formulary, thus they couldn't order it. Thru my local town pharmacy it was ordered on Friday and delivered the following Monday afternoon and I began the regimen of dropping it daily in my ears until my next appointment with the otolaryngologist who was then able to successfully vacuum all the ear wax out and my hearing was restored. Too, I got refunded on my hearing aids prescribed by the audiologist which weren't doing much good anyway although it did take a letter by my lawyer. The only problem now is that I can now hear my wife when she asks me to do something I don't like doing ... at least at the moment she wants it done.
  10. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

    Jul 5, 2010
    Vienna, Austria, Europe
    As to chronic sinusitis: Chinese Tiger Balm, applied sparingly directly under (not into) the nostrils before sleeping, will work wonders. At least it did for me.

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