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Old 01-08-06, 08:50 AM
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riding with a sinus inferction....would you?

I have been fighting a sinus infection for the past few weeks now. I am on antibiotics, and feel a little better. Today is supposed to be in the mid 40's, and I have not been able to ride for at least three weeks. This might be my last time to ride due to work and weather for another two weeks. Would you ride with a sinus infection?
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Originally Posted by joetronic
I have been fighting a sinus infection for the past few weeks now. I am on antibiotics, and feel a little better. Today is supposed to be in the mid 40's, and I have not been able to ride for at least three weeks. This might be my last time to ride due to work and weather for another two weeks. Would you ride with a sinus infection?
What kinda bike does the sinus infection ride? If it is an old beater I would say no.
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Originally Posted by Trekke
What kinda bike does the sinus infection ride? If it is an old beater I would say no.
I would not be riding the beater. If I do, it would be my Ibex. I may have to lower the PSI a little though, it already feels like my teeth are falling out as it is. I guess my question is, could I do any harm to my recovery by riding, say 15 or so miles? I'm just getting twitchy not riding for three weeks.
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Originally Posted by joetronic
I would not be riding the beater. If I do, it would be my Ibex. I may have to lower the PSI a little though, it already feels like my teeth are falling out as it is. I guess my question is, could I do any harm to my recovery by riding, say 15 or so miles? I'm just getting twitchy not riding for three weeks.
Understand your question. I'm just being a smart a$$ this morning. I have sinus problems but not exactly infection. I find that riding in very cool or cold weather really helps open me up and clears up issues I have. I would ask a doctor vs trusting responses to a post when it comes to immediate health concerns.
When my kids were small our family doctor always told us to take the kids for a ride in the car and roll down the windows when they got all stuffed up. It always worked.
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Why aren't you asking your doctor this question instead of asking strangers on the web?

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Originally Posted by Bobby Lex
Why aren't you asking your doctor this question instead of asking strangers on the web?

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because its sunday and the doctor office is closed. I just woke up this morning with the urge to ride again.
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I had a sinus infection for about 1 yr and a half the doctors couldn't get rid of it. I dont know if i should of but the doc never said i couldnt ride. So i never stopped riding. It wasnt the most pleasant thing ever though. And by the way i had to have surgery for it and it still hasnt completely gone away. Keep your head up though
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I've done it for decades. It always makes it worse, I say no.
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Of course, you should consult your doctor (but I'd be really surprised if any say "don't ride").

My personal experience with this is: I have chronic sinusitis and get sinus infections frequently. No problems riding (well, apart from the fact that I launch an excessive amount of snot rockets when there's a lot of drainage, and sometimes I feel like I'm not getting enough air -- just back off the effort a little and all's well). Sometimes the headaches will prevent me from riding though.

Good luck. Sinus problems suck.
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I'd ride. If some moderate exercise finishes you off, it's an indication that you're really too sick to work at all. Going to work sick is a great way to make illnesses drag on forever. Whatever you do, go heavy on the fluids.
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I also have chronic sinusitis, an infection at present, and am taking amoxicillin for it. Since I didn't have that real sick feeling, I got out and rode my usual distance. Actually, I was hoping that my sinuses would open up to the extent that I could really blow some of the infected mucous (I know this sounds gross) out but only got the clear stuff. That being said, riding did not affect my condition one way or another. But, if I'd had an accompanying fever, I would not have ridden.
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Well, I just said f' it and went out almost directly after my last post here. 10 miles later I felt pretty good, but then a flat, and the glue in the patch kit was dried up. I think I could have gone another 10, but these damn roads are a mess this time of year. Oh well, the only discomfort was the pressure on my teeth when hitting bumps. My face actually feels a little more open then before the ride. thanks for all the advise guys!
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I rode with a sinus infection on Christmas eve morning because I was feeling better.

BIG MISTAKE for me. My infection regressed and I ended up on another round of antibiotics. I'd recommend not riding. I'd also recommend a nasal rinse... can be found at most drug stores. I used this one and it flushes out all the bad stuff, even though it's kindof gross to use (hince the lack of description).
http://www.unimedprod.com/
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Originally Posted by joetronic
I am on antibiotics
If it's so bad you are on drugs no way. Minor cold yes.
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Originally Posted by Bobby Lex
Why aren't you asking your doctor this question instead of asking strangers on the web?

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Of couse. Ask your doctor. I did for FIVE YEARS as they circle jerked me with my back pain.

I may NEVER go to another doctor. I suppose I will, but this ridiculous notion that they know everything - or even always give out sensible advice- is sadly mistaken. Boy do these people need a trip to the clue store. I spent half a decade learning this the hard way. It's a very long story, but suffice it to say it would blow your mind.

Yes, ride. I do unless I'm feeling SO crappy that I just don't feel like I can or should do it. But I just rode straight through a pretty bad cold in temps that ranged from 20-35º every day. And the cold ran its course. A sinus infection? How is some fresh air and exercise going to make that any worse? My guess is that exercise is good for you most of the time - even when you're a little sick. And a sinus infection is a 'little sick' in the big scheme of illness. If you get up one day and feel like a train hit you - it might be a good day to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. It does tell you stuff. If you pay attention.
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I hate them inferctions!
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By all means report back to us on what you do and how you feel. Curious how this pans out. And of course we all hope you feel better soon.
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I say no. I tried it a couple weeks ago and it set me back. Stay home.
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a sinus infection, especially if you are already on anti-biotics is no big deal as long as you take it easy. the biggest problem is dehydration due to the fact that your body is producing a lot of histamine due to the increase of white blood cell activity. as long as you are sucking down fluids it should not be a big deal just go for a slower ride. if you still have a fever due to the sinus infection I wouldn't ride as you will dehydrate easily and if you start riding already dehydrated your body can't replace fluid fast enough no matter how much you consume. so if your not sure if your dehydrated or not just take the day off.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
Of couse. Ask your doctor. I did for FIVE YEARS as they circle jerked me with my back pain.

I may NEVER go to another doctor. I suppose I will, but this ridiculous notion that they know everything - or even always give out sensible advice- is sadly mistaken. Boy do these people need a trip to the clue store. I spent half a decade learning this the hard way. It's a very long story, but suffice it to say it would blow your mind.

Yes, ride. I do unless I'm feeling SO crappy that I just don't feel like I can or should do it. But I just rode straight through a pretty bad cold in temps that ranged from 20-35º every day. And the cold ran its course. A sinus infection? How is some fresh air and exercise going to make that any worse? My guess is that exercise is good for you most of the time - even when you're a little sick. And a sinus infection is a 'little sick' in the big scheme of illness. If you get up one day and feel like a train hit you - it might be a good day to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. It does tell you stuff. If you pay attention.
Sure. And when Lance was diagnosed with cancer he should have posted his questions on this forum instead of getting circle jerked with chemo and surgery and all that stupid doctor stuff.......

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I called the doctor today, and he said its okay, just take it easy. He is a cyclist himself, so I trust him, he has never jerked me around before. he said if I still have issues next week to give him a call, and he'll refer me to a specialist.

so, one day after ride I did a 5 mile loop before work this morning and one of those shower tablets that decongest you as you shower and I feel better then I did Saturday. Now I will take 2 days off of riding to see if I still feel any better. Anyone know of any herbal remedies to help with sinus issues. My doc said to drink hot chamomile tea, but I've never liked the stuff, maybe green tea?
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I've had 2 sinus infections develop after blowing my nose too hard when I had a cold!!
Right up there with the worst pain I've ever had.

I exercised when I had them. I don't see a problem as it's as accute, localized infection.


Originally Posted by joetronic
Anyone know of any herbal remedies to help with sinus issues. My doc said to drink hot chamomile tea, but I've never liked the stuff, maybe green tea?
As you would expect, on both ocassions I was given antibiotics, but both doctors told me it was more improtant to snort warm salty water at least 3 times a day.

I was once at work in the bathroom, roughly measuring out a dose of salt on the bench, ready to be mixed and snorted, and someone walk in and thought I was doing 50g of coke
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Originally Posted by joetronic
I called the doctor today, and he said its okay, just take it easy. He is a cyclist himself, so I trust him, he has never jerked me around before. he said if I still have issues next week to give him a call, and he'll refer me to a specialist.

so, one day after ride I did a 5 mile loop before work this morning and one of those shower tablets that decongest you as you shower and I feel better then I did Saturday. Now I will take 2 days off of riding to see if I still feel any better. Anyone know of any herbal remedies to help with sinus issues. My doc said to drink hot chamomile tea, but I've never liked the stuff, maybe green tea?
Not strictly herbal, but I've found that hot liquids in general can help. Gotta be careful with new stuff, especially herbs . . . I have mild allergies to some herbs which makes the problem worse. So I just stick with coffee
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
As you would expect, on both ocassions I was given antibiotics, but both doctors told me it was more improtant to snort warm salty water at least 3 times a day.
Yeah, if it works, that's a great thing 'cause it clears out a bunch of crap. I had a hard time with it though, because my sinuses do not drain very well; so I snorted the salt water and it was "stuck" up there for a long time, which *really* sucked. Later on, as the infection eases and the swelling decreases, it works better.

BTW, there is a product called "Simply Saline", designed specifically for this purpose:

No preservatives, etc. Less suspicious than "cutting your own"
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No preservatives, etc. Less suspicious than "cutting your own"
yeah, after that experience I was much more careful when I cut my own
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