I have over the past 6 months had a weird pressure sensation in my head on the right side, pressure around the base of my skull around my neck, feeling slightly dizzy (I don’t have PD, my husband does). I have seen the GP several times and they have just said you are under stress with your husband’s diagnosis and are getting too obsessed with medical things. Don’t google your symptoms. Basically, you are imagining it. They did blood tests etc and found nothing. So I tried to imagine I was having stress symptoms, nothing physical. Just my brain inventing symptoms.
Well last week the pressure in my head got worse and I really started feeling bizarre. My right side of my face and eye and right arm felt a bit disconnected. So off to the GP again. I got a new young doctor and he said he thought it could be sinusitis. I didn’t feel like I had an infection as I had nothing show up in the bloods, no temperature, no pain or discharge although I did have an annoying post nasal drip. He said my blood pressure was raised and my oxygen levels were low so maybe that explained the weird spacey sensation. He gave me a nasal steroid which I tried a few times, then went against advice and googled it and decided it wasn’t a great idea. So then I looked up natural cures for sinusitis and found nasal irrigation.
I have been trying this for a few days now and slowly I can feel all the blockages in my sinuses clear. There must have been blockages in my sinuses for ever as I can never remember being able to breathe through my nose like this ever before! I can feel a new clearness in my head from my ear to my throat too! I still have some funny sensations around the base of my skull but massaging around there I can actually feel fluid being released and running down my throat. The doctors had told me there is nothing in your head at the back there and that isn’t where your sinuses are. To me it felt like it was connected as when I moved my head back and forth it made popping noises and I could feel fluid in the back of my throat. When I told them that I could really see they were thinking I am quite mad!
Well today I found this article that says that this is where the cervical lymph nodes are that clear your Glymphatic system.
“In 2015, the traditional view of the brain having no lymphatic vessels was challenged by evidence showing functional lymphatic vessels lining the cranial dural sinuses in rodents1,2. This observation may have profound impact on our understanding of inflammatory and degenerative central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The authors suggested that their findings of lymphatic vessels may represent the second step in the drainage of the interstitial fluid from the brain parenchyma into deep cervical lymph nodes after first been drained into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through a glial “lymphatic” (glymphatic) paravascular pathway. The latter is suggested as a brain-wide route for clearance of water and waste solutes from the brain3. Moreover, several reports indicate that reduced glymphatic function may be instrumental in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease3, and post-traumatic illness4. Clearance of brain waste metabolites by the glymphatic system is enhanced during sleep5.”
This seems that it might be a possible explanation for loss of smell and runny nose in PD too so I googled that too :
“Rhinorrhea, defined in previous studies involving patients with Parkinson disease (PD) as the presence of a runny nose unrelated to allergies, respiratory infections or sinus problems, has been reported to occur more frequently among PD patients than healthy controls.”
I wonder if some of the Parkinson symptoms can be exacerbated or even caused by sinus infections? What do people think?
Anyway I can recommend the following methods to clear your sinuses if post nasal drip or runny nose or loss of smell are an issue. Maybe try it anyway as I never realised I had an issue until I gave it a go and found I could breathe so much more easily. I have probably been low on oxygen for a long time!
To each cup of boiled cooled water in a bowl or large mug add 1/2 tsp salt and a sprinkle of baking soda to buffer. Dip your nose into it and suck up the water until it runs into your mouth and spit out. Don’t breathe it in! Do this a few times then blow nose gently. It sound disgusting and my kids say it’s gross but I think it is preferable to steroids and antibiotics and seemed to work very well. Repeat a few times per day to clear any infection.
I have also tried this method with baby shampoo which is supposed to break up any biofilms where bacteria clump together to avoid antibiotics and steroids. Biofilms are the reason some people find sinus infections keep reoccurring even after repeated treatments. I used a couple of drops in a cup of water. It tasted unpleasant and made my passages feel dry and my eyes dry so I followed with a few more plain salty rinses. It definitely cleared more mucus away than the plain salty wash but was not very pleasant.
Sorry for the very long rant but I have to share with somebody, and my family is not very interested in my research😁😆😆😆. I can’t get my husband to try it but I wonder if it would clear up his runny nose. He has had bad allergies since a kid and used to have to have steroid injections regularly for hayfever😢😢😢 so it does make you wonder if some of the allergenic materials like pollen get stuck in a biofilms and remain there causing irritation forever. The runny nose might be the body trying to clear it out.
PS Interestingly I just read the post or Dr. Mischley and using dogs to sniff out Parkinson’s on earwax. I wonder if the earwax is linked to sinusitis as it is supposed to cause bad breath. On the other hand my husband’s odd smell seems more related to oily skin.