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Research as far back as the year 2000 points to a connection between sinusitis and feelings of low energy or continual fatigue. In 2003, another study confirmed a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic sinusitis.
Yet in this go-go-go, do-more culture we live in today, it is more common to simply assume feeling a lack of energy is our fault and turning to caffeine or energy bars to keep going.
If you are suffering from sinusitis that is causing ongoing enervation or exhaustion, this is a dangerous position to take. Your body needs your help to overcome your sinusitis, and your exhaustion is its way of warning you all is not well. In this post, learn about the connections between sinusitis and lack of energy and find out what you can do about it.
The Link Between Sinusitis and Lack of Energy
If your lack of energy is caused by a sinus infection, the NY Sinus Center warns that simply trying to sleep more isn’t likely to fix it.
This is true whether you are showing other signs of sinusitis, such as tenderness, pain, coughing, nasal discharge or congestion, or not.
Your fatigue is caused by your body’s continual efforts to fight off the germs causing the sinusitis. Most sinusitis is caused by viral germs, but some cases are caused by bacteria or fungi.
In all cases, your body’s immune system is working overtime to repel the invaders and restore you to full health, which is why you always feel tired.
Treating Sinusitis to Restore Energy
ACP Internist highlights how there are three generally accepted routes you can take to treat sinusitis. One route is to assume it is viral and wait 14 days to see if the sinusitis resolves on its own. The second route is to assume it is bacterial or fungal and take a course of antibiotics to resolve it.
The third route is to explore having surgery to correct anatomical issues (nasal polyps, narrow sinus passages, et al) that may be keeping you sick.
You can also try breathing over hot steam, elevating your head when you sleep, keep hydrated to flush your sinuses, use warm compresses to ease sinus pressure and drink healing herbal teas.
Dr Don J. Beasley, MD is a board-certified otolaryngologist who has been practicing ear, nose, and throat medicine for over 20 years. Sinusitus surgery is one of Dr. Beasley’s ENT specialties. If you’re interested in getting your sinusitis treated today, feel free to schedule an appointment online or call our office today at (208) 229-2368