Chronic Sinus Pain

Chronic sinus pain can literally ruin your life. Despite it only being in a small section of your body (your nasal sinuses), it has wide-ranging effects and can really make you feel unwell and miserable. 

What is Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus cavities resulting in pressure, pain and congestion. Chronic sinusitis is when you have consistently had the problem for more than 2 weeks. Some people have sinusitis for years.

Sinusitis Symptoms

The main symptoms of sinusitis and sinus nasal congestion are facial pressure, nasal congestion, pain and thick yellow mucus. The secondary symptoms of chronic sinusitis can include dizziness, headache, depression, brain fog, coughing, tiredness, balance problems, eyesight problems, aching teeth, post-nasal drip, loss of sense of smell and taste and a general feeling of being unwell.

Chinese Medicine Treatment for Sinus Pain

Acupuncture and supplement treatment may help with pain relief and management

Acupuncture directly increases the blood flow to your sinuses and actively drains them. Even at your first acupuncture treatment, you may feel your sinuses draining and opening up.

We’ll also provide guidance on what foods to avoid so you don’t aggravate your condition and to speed up recovery.

Our objective is to provide long-lasting relief from sinus pain, pressure, congestion and mucus.

*For evidence of how acupuncture can help with pain relief and management go here.

Western Medicine Treatment for Sinusitis

There are a range of Western medicine treatments used for sinusitis. Almost all treat the symptom only, not the root cause of the problem. So if you stop the treatment, the problems will often come back. Let’s look at the main treatment options.

  • Antibiotics – are widely prescribed for sinus infection (some studies suggest that they are widely overused as antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and many sinus infections are actually viral infections). If you have a chronic and stubborn infection, you may be prescribed multiple courses of antibiotics, which by their nature also kill off beneficial gut bacteria, which can then bring on a raft of digestion, bowel and other health problems. Unless you know for a fact that your infection is bacterial, it is futile to take antibiotics. If you’ve taken a few course of antibiotics and they have had no effect on your symptoms, then look at other treatment options.
  • Analgesics – pain killers like ibuprofen aspirin are sometimes taken to reduce pain and discomfort. The main issues with this approach are that analgesics won’t always work and you can’t take them for too long – so they are not a long-term solution to the problem.
  • Nasal Sprays – decongestants do a great short-term job of reducing congestion, but they cannot be taken for more than a few days as they create a rebound effect and actually create more congestion.
    Antihistamines – in many cases chronic sinusitis is due to allergies. Sometimes the allergen can be identified and removed, but in most cases it can’t. Antihistamines can help reduce the body’s histamine reaction to the allergen to lessen sinusitis symptoms. But many of our patients say they do not get relief when taking antihistamines.

Surgery for sinusitis – if there are structural issues (like polyps, deviated septum or other blockages) then surgery may help. However surgery doesn’t always help. It is an expensive, very uncomfortable and often painful thing to go through and should always be a last resort.