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Cold like symptoms and infection

Hi everyone!

Looking for advice here. Since having surgeries (decompression using endonasal approach and fusion from occiput to c3) almost two years ago, I've been having constant cold like symptoms. I always have nose dripping, post nasal drip and what seems to be on an on and off basis, a sinus infection where I produce lots of yellow and green mucus. I also sneeze a lot and it can be dangerous to be around me when I do. All of this is causing me a great deal of problems since I'm a teacher and it is also causing me trouble sleeping as the post nasal drip always makes it seem like I'm going to choke. Can someone guide me as to what to do about this. I've already talked to my GP about all this. He has contacted my ENT specialist but nothing as been done so far. This situation is driving me crazy right now!



  • Have you contacted the surgeon who did your surgery? Are you having fevers? Whether you are or are not having fevers, it doesn't sound like this is something that should be occurring at this point so I would go back to see the surgeon if I were you.
  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 103
    I will start by getting an appointment with my GP as in Canada, you need to get a referral from your GP before seeing any specialist or surgeon. Thanks for the advice Sandi! I am really wondering if anyone as ever had similar symptoms.
  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 103
    I have an appointment in one month with my GP, but am wondering if I should be more concerned about this situation. I am a very patient patient. Most of the time too patient and tolerant.
  • CamIamCCamIam Posts: 86
    edited 10/15/2013 - 5:12 PM
    patrain17 said:
    I have an appointment in one month with my GP, but am wondering if I should be more concerned about this situation. I am a very patient patient. Most of the time too patient and tolerant.
    Can you not get in sooner? I know my GP's office has a cancellation list for folks who are trying to get in a little sooner. If nothing else you can get a referral started to a specialist if needed. I am in Canada too, so I know how long all this process takes :-)


    48 year old freight handler. Bilateral foraminotomy, decompression of nerve roots and reduction of spondylolisthesis at L4-5 with open PILF and autogenous bone graft from left hip - June 13, 2013
  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 103
    OK! I haven't been here in a while. I saw an ENT specialist this summer to try and rid me of that nose and troath infection that,s been bothering me almost ever since I had my surgeries. He gave an antibiotic cream I have to apply inside my nose with a 6" Q-Tip. For about a month, it seemed to do wonders, but since about two weeks the infection is back with a vengeance. I am a teacher and I need those part of me to be working well. I've missed 3 days of work in these two. I hate it when I have to miss work days. I am also tired of going to the doctor for the same things over and over again and for which they can't seem to do anything. Anyone here ever had a similar problem? I need a solution.
  • Have you talked to your surgeon about the possibility of the infection being near the hardware? Since the infection keeps reoccuring, it is something to investigate.
  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 103
    Thanks Sandi! Never thought that could be a possibility. Since my surgery, both my ENT and the neuro who did the endonasal decompression have moved to the U.S. It's not easy to meet with your specialists and finding one is even harder in Canada. I will have to see my GP first which could take up to two months and then seeing a neuro might be at least a one year wait. I'm tired of being like this and always feeling tired because of the infection and some pain. OK! Sorry for lashing out now. There's only one way to try and get rid of this. I have to act and take the appointment with my GP. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 10/25/2014 - 9:11 AM
    It is a good idea to have both areas investigated for the cause of the infections since it keeps recurring. It could have moved to the area surrounding each surgical area and if so, it needs treatment.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    are you having night sweats? Or have you lost weight unintentionally? Those were the big signs of a spine infection for my Drs. At first all my blood work would come back normal which from my Drs I learned those with a spine infection come back negative 50% of the time. Mine was found by nuclear bone scan, good luck
  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 103
    If I'm having night sweats? Hell yes! It's normal for me since my surgery. I am now even having sweat flashes during the day which I find very incomfortable. I don't think that I've lost any weight though.

    The thing is that I don't know what to do with all this. I don't want to spend endless time waiting for an appointment, but I guess there's only one way to do it.

    Thanks for the input Susan!
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I lost around 40lbs within maybe 3 months. A year of antibiotics later and i was given the choice to stay on antibiotics for another year or try without. I was told 25% chance it would return,. Well it did , just in other areas of the body. Night sweats was the biggest clue for my docs. I would wake up drenched. Low grade fever at times but nothing ever considered high. I literally felt like I was dying and I was so sick of my PCP telling me it was just my spine issues I finally went in and said either put me in the hospital or start doing test, i feel as if im dying and your doing nothing. i know my body and this is not my normal spine issues. Hence the nuclear bone scan. The rest is history. Keep us posted
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