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I discovered a new threshold of pain.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Batesmotel, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    So I get this head cold that left me with frequent nose bleeds after it cleared up. I call an ENT who says no problem, we see this all the time. Then it got ugly. Seems the bleeding was from a staph infection I picked up during the cold.

    The solution was to numb my nose and sinuses then cauterize the infection and open blood vessels with silver nitrate and treat it with an antibiotic that targets staph. Easy, right?


    He numbs me up with a spray then tells me I might feel some discomfort while he cauterizes the infection. Shattering my ankle was some discomfort. He was shoving swabs of caustic chemicals up my nose. This was pain. But then I got to drive home as the anesthesia wore off.

    By the time I got home my sinuses, ears and throat felt like they were on fire and my eyes were swelling shut. Turns out I have an abnormal sensitivity to silver nitrate.:steamed:

    Now everyone at work is wishing me well and reminding me of how many people die from staph including Jim Henson.

    Next time I will self medicate with scotch and just pack my nose with burning gunpowder.

    Add not being able to lay my head down without having my ears burn to my insomnia and I might be posting at 3:30 AM for a long time.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  2. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000

    Hope you get to feeling better!!

  3. HandyMan Hugh

    HandyMan Hugh NRA Life Member

    May 17, 2002
    Hallstead, PA
    What ever you do, DON'T use black powder. That would bring new meaning to the words "blowing your nose"! Hope you feel better soon.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  4. I hope your pain eases soon Brother.tom.
  5. true believer

    true believer Super Moderator Moderator

    Apr 17, 2000
    drexel hill pa
    funny how they say we r going to numb you but then they say you might feel some discomfort..thats when you know your in trouble!!
    did they give you any thing for pain?
  6. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    I'm sorry, but your prosaic description made me laugh.
  7. Anesthetics don"t work well when there is an infection. That is why doctors never pull infected molers out until you are treated with antibiotics. I learned that lesson the hard way!
    I had an infected moler that was killing me cause it had already gone to the nerve. I happened to be across the border at that time cause my mother was having back surgery and all the brothers and sisters were there for spport. Needles to say, I could not bear the pain anymore, so I walked to the closest dentist in Matamoros, Mex. and the dentist advised me that it was very infected and that the anesthesia would not work well. The pain was so unbeareable, that I was willing to take the chance. I had developed a very high pain tolerance and pain medication tolerance ever since I had back surgery, but this procedure, took the cake!
    The pain was indescribable. even though I was trying not to complain, back at the waiting area of the clinic where my mom was having surgery, my eyes would not stop tearing up. The side of my face where the moler was removed, felt like if it was submerged on molten lead. Needless to say, when the nurses at the clinic took notice, they were so kind to give me a shot of who knows what, but that did the trick. An hour later, I was eating street tacos with my gums still bleeding!:supergrin:
  8. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

    Aug 16, 2001
    Taunton, MA
    Ha. Gunpowder. Goin all Rambo III on your ailments, yo.

    Good luck. Sounds sucky. Have battled with sinus problems in the past. DISLIKE DISLIKE DISLIKE. I'm overly paranoid about sinus infections and I haven't had one in probably 4-5 years. I still am paranoid every time I get a little cold.

    Freakin danged skippy Indian barely-speaking-english, didn't-really-diagnose-me-at-all doctor actually gave the the cure - never EVER take Sudafed. (He was just throwing spaghetti against a wall, but for me it was true.) I take Sudafed, my nose runs. I then blow it 3044832 times per day. And break blood vessels. Which get infected.

    No more Sudafed (except in extreme cases) and no more sinus infections.

    Worst part is, if you HAVE a sinus infection already, you might as well start taking Sudafed - just to get that crap out of your sinuses. Ick.

    Man. I'm getting that sinking feeling in my stomach just from typing this. I REALLY feel for you.
  9. owl6roll


    Sep 9, 2004
    Daaaannngggg! Sorry to hear that. And I'm comming down with a cold/crud mess!!!
  10. Glock40man


    Feb 1, 2011
    The Midwest
    Hope you get well soon.
  11. JBCIII


    Feb 5, 2011
    Memphis, TN
    OK, third try to post now...

    I had a sinus infection a few weeks ago that was bad enough my throat swelled shut, and it hurt like crazy to even try to swallow. Dr (FNP) gave me a 'sinus cocktail shot'. I had to look it up:

    Typical contents might include 1/2 cc of each of the following:
    • Brompheniramine (think Dimatapp / antihistamine)
    • Dexamethasone 8 (dex 8 is a long acting steroid to reduce swelling of sinus membranes)
    • Dexamethasone 4 (dex4 is a faster acting steroid)
    • Diphenhydramine (benedryl. This might or might not be included, depends on the doctor and the patient)
    Seems like a local thing, because my co-workers knew about it, and one gets hers twice a year as a preventative.
    All I know is that, although it made me tired, I felt better within a few hours... felt almost cured that night... and by the next day wouldn't have even known anything was wrong.

    Swear by them now!

    EDITED: It seems that in addition to my post disappearing three times and being unable to preview, it also removed my "get better soon".
    So, "Get Better Soon"!
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  12. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    Thanks Everyone.

    I already feel better than I have in weeks. I just thought I was down because winter is hanging on.
  13. Atomic Punk

    Atomic Punk

    Mar 11, 2008

    seriously though. get well soon.
  14. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    I hope you get to feeling better my friend:angel:
  15. Chuck66

    Chuck66 Traveling Man

    Mar 10, 2004
    East TN
    Dang, that sucks. It's hard to ignore pain right in your face like that. Had surgery on my nose and eye socket once and it was excruciating, so I kind of feel your pain, literally. Hope you feel better soon.
  16. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    Outside the perimeter
    Get well soon, BM. Here's hoping you're sleeping. :beer:
  17. Ace90


    Aug 7, 2011
    Staph sucks I got it in high school. Get better

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  18. Homechicken


    Jan 31, 2005
    Damn man, sounds horrible. When I had my sinus surgery last April the doc said my sinuses were full of a staph infection that was encapsulated in some kind of goo that she likened to the green goo toy that used to come in a green egg, I think it was called Slime. It was just a gelatinous mass that was so imbedded she had to stretch it out by using suction so she could get a scalpel in behind it and cut it loose a little at a time. It was so packed in that the slightest slip with the suction wand and it would just snap right back into place like letting go of a stretched out rubber band. She told me I was very lucky the slime had encapsulated the staph infection or it would surely have killed me and that I had likely had it for years. I remember once when I was teenager my mom came home from the hospital and the docs told my dad to be sure he and I washed our hands frequently after contact with her to keep from getting a staph infection, its likely that's when I got it because I'd had sinus troubles since I was a teenager.
  19. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    Same here. I had a bad injury 4 years ago and was stuck in bed letting my ankle heal. Between several trips to hospitals and clinics that could have exposed me and just sitting in bed with no exercise that could expel it out of my sinuses by heavy breathing, it just set up a nice home.

    Been doing some research, Staph is nasty stuff.