In case you were wondering what is happening with my sinus saga, I decided to get a second opinion after all.
Overall, I wasn't entirely pleased with my current ENT. He cancelled at the last minute, his office assistants were rude, and he insisted that he wanted to try medical management first, without prescribing anything but an antibiotic (one time).
I am thrilled that I went for a second opinion. My new ENT actually spent time speaking with me and he helped me to understand what is going on. He is of the opinion that my allergies are the main problem. Although I have abnormalities in my nose (he called my turbinates very, very rare), my symptoms don't necessarily indicate that surgery will be 100% effective. He asked me what my top two complaints are (sore throat and sinus headaches). He said that fixing my deviated septum and turbinates may alleviate these symptoms somewhat, but that surgery works much better for people with congestion (which isn't terrible for me and/or in my top three concerns).
He said that although surgery is relatively safe, 1 out of 100 times something goes wrong. He doesn't think that the risk is worth it at this time.
He also informed me that my deviated septum is NOT that bad. He said that they could do surgery on JUST the turbinates which is a very simple surgery. I would be back to work the next day with that. My old ENT never offered me this option and instead said that I'd need the whole shebang and a one week recovery.
For now, I'm going to continue with the weekly allergy shots (which is a pain, but I'm willing to try it) and we're going to try some prescription nasal sprays. I'm going back in 3 months to see where we stand.
Thanks for weighing in!