Over the past year I have experienced chronic sinus problem, fatigue, body aches and pains. I had sinus surgery 7 months ago. Since then, I am still having the same symptoms plus now I have lost my sense of smell. My ENT has given me two kenalog treatments (injections) in the past 6 months. They seem to help somewhat with the body aches; but not my sinuses. I am overweight and trying to lose weight. I questioned my Dr. about the possibility of weight gain with Kenalog. He does not feel that would be a problem. I have gained a few pounds since my last shot; and my appetite had increased. Do you think I should stick with the shots (Dr. recommends every 6 months) or try something else. Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX Ut
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 65
Kenalog injections, nasal steroids, Allegra Allergy, Celebrex for body aches.
There are several considerations in this situation.Using the Kenalog injections every 6 months is usually very well tolerated, but I would expect that there would be more than a "somewhat" benefit to continue using them. It is more because of the lack of significant benefit rather than concern about potential side effects that would raise the issue of pursuing other options.There are a couple of other nasal sprays that may help chronic sinus problems, such as Atrovent NS or NasalCrom. These medicines work by different mechanisms than what has already been tried and can be used in conjunction with the other medicines. Another option would be to see an Allergist for allergy testing and consideration of desensitization shots.