Sick of being sick: Seeking natural sinus relief
Since the beginning of the school year I have missed four days of work due to illness: debilitating migraines onset by sinus infections. I thought I was over my last infection but woke up Friday with a “hit by a truck” feeling. I attributed it to Thursday’s derby practice when I took a really hard hit (incidentally, by a teammate named Chevy). I went to work anyway but left early with a fever, chills, nausea, and dizziness. A visit to acute care confirmed my suspicions: The sinus infection was back!
I am dutifully taking (yet another) round of antibiotics, pain relievers, and nasal spray. But isn’t the definition of insanity trying the same thing over and over expecting different results?
A CT scan has ruled out physical obstructions which means surgery will not help me. That leaves allergies as the likely culprit. My own research overwhelmingly supports the elimination of wheat, dairy, and refined sugars from my diet. Instead of waiting around to see what an allergist says I am going to just give it a try.
But it will be really difficult! The one meal my husband cooks for me is grilled cheese sandwiches with cream of tomato soup. Our favorite date-night in is Happy Joe’s pizza. My mom is the greatest baker ever! I can’t imagine visiting home without enjoying her sweets.
I really need some words of encouragement! What natural sinus remedies can you offer? What success have you had eliminating (or reducing) wheat, sugar, and dairy?