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    Due to a deviated septum, I'm prone to chronic sinus infections. For the past month or so I was doing pretty well staying away from the infections. I was eating primal, etc. Over the holiday weekend I did ingest some Whipped Cream, some heavy cream, and a few glasses of 2% milk. Is it possible this dairy contributed to the inflammation of my sinuses and eating primally can keep me clear of these chronic issues - or is surgery an imminent outcome for me?


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    Dairy absolutely makes me phlegm-y, it's gross. I too used to be very prone to sinus infections, and have sensitive sinuses in general. Cutting out dairy when I started PB eliminated any problems with my sinuses almost entirely...then a hunk of aged gouda got the better of me. I've been on a dairy streak for about 4 weeks, including cheese and heavy cream (no milk/yogurt, milk upsets my stomach immediately), and have woken up with phlegm in my throat/a dry and sore throat many days per week.


    I know it's from the dairy because nothing else has changed in the past 6 months since starting PB...so I'll have to go back to really good dairy as a very occassional treat instead of as an everyday salad/dinner topping. Oh well, once I cut it out I don't miss it after a couple of weeks and my throat feels better.

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    jpickett, I think your suspicions are probably right. Inflammatory foods (which includes dairy for many people) don't just affect your digestive tract. But, is there a particular reason you seem to be against the surgery?


    I grew up with a deviated septum and by the time I hit my senior year in high school, I pretty much had a constant sinus infection that resulted in me being on higher and higher doses of stronger and stronger antibiotics. They didn't clear up the infections and resulted in all sorts of GI complications (antibiotics kill off the good bacteria with the bad).


    I had the surgery a few days before Christmas in 1999 and have never looked back. It really changed my life. I didn't switch to primal until a few months ago, but even before that, after the surgery I've only had probably 3 or 4 sinus infections in the last decade. I know some people can have complications from the surgery, and any surgery has risks, but I can tell you that for me, it made all the difference.


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    Thanks for the replies.


    Katyrin - I'd say the biggest reason I've been against the surgery is the explanation given by a specialist I saw who conveyed a 7 week time frame that I would have to be inactive to allow the healing, etc. Do you recall similar instructions? I'd go crazy knowing I'd be out of commission for 7 weeks!


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    jpickett, It depends on what you mean by "inactive." I spent about the first 2 days after the surgery in bed, but after that, I basically went about my normal daily activities. I went to school (I was a senior in high school), hung out with my friends, continued working my after school job, walked my dogs, etc.


    I did notice that for about 2 months, though, that I had to be really careful putting on shirts or doing anything else that would touch my nose because it was really sensitive. I also was put in study hall instead of gym class for about that long. So, if you mean unable to work out, then yes, you'll probably have to limit exercising for about 7 weeks to 2 months.


    That may seem like a long time now, but like I said, the surgery was 10 years ago for me now, and I had to strain to remember the recovery period (it went by quickly and I've had no problems since). If you don't have many problems with it and can--and are willing to--control most of your sinus troubles by eating paleo (I say paleo because dairy appears to trigger inflammation for you), then it may not be worth it for you. But, as I understand it, surgery gets riskier the older you get, so if you're seriously contemplating the surgery, maybe it would be best to consider getting it over with.


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    I would say to try not eating inflammatory foods again for a while then test it out again. If you clear up then get another infection, you should be able to keep from getting surgery by avoiding those foods. Unless it's a dire/necessary situation (Like katryin27), I would avoid surgery.


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    I had sinus surgery about 4ish years ago. I've had 2 full-on sinus infections since then that required antibiotics. That's coming from getting about 3-4 sinus infections a year. Dairy definitely makes me more phlegmy but I don't cut it out because I love it too much. I'm glad I got the surgery.


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    Have you had your vitamin D levels checked? Going paleo/primal cut my frequency of sinus infections in half. Supplementing 5000IU D3 has eliminated them this year.


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