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Congestion for over 6 months

  • Posted By: gracey
  • December 11, 2006
  • 06:06 PM

I have non-allergic asthma, mild flare ups of egzema and Rhinitis. I'm in good health for my age, exercise routinely and take vitamin supplements. Last year, I moved to Seattle. I take Foradil daily for my asthma. At the beginning of the summer, I developed a respiratory infection. I had an asthma flare up which took 4 months to get under control (albuterol, prednisone, antibiotics). However, my dilemma lately is related to my sinuses. I've had multiple sinus infections over the last year. I think the last sinus infection has finally been eliminated due to my latest prescription (Augmentin). However, my sinuses are runny and/or congested like never before. This has been going on for 6 months. I've spent countless $$ on all the tests (xrays, allergy, etc..). Everything appears normal but I'm congested a lot. I've been taking Allegra-D 24 hour. However, periodically, I still need a strong dose of psuedoephed to breath at night (which I've never taken in my life). Most the time it gives me relief. Sometimes, I'm still stuffed up and I reach for the Advil too (will anything help). First, what can I do to gain better control of this problem? :confused: I think red wine may excasberate my sinus inflammation. And, I notice skiing causes my nose to run constantly. Second, should I consider a different approach to treating this problem? Should I take something while I'm skiing? Should I take antihistimines at all? Thanks for your advise. :)

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  • I feel your pain! I also have had a stuffed-up nose for YEARS & went to doctor after doctor. They always gave me prescription nasal sprays which did NOTHING. The doctors were always surprised at this & kind of gave up on me. Finally I did my own research & discovered that I have a non-allergic nasal condtion in which changes in temperature & humidity cause the blood vessels in my nasal passages to swell, blocking the air flow & causing the stuffiness. Because it's NOT an allergy, the allergy medications DIDN'T work! My research told me that there is no cure for or medication for this condition. I use Afrin everyday in order to be able to breathe, smell & taste my food! Doctors disapprove of Afrin, but what can I do?? I WILL tell you that you can try a prescription for Astelin nasal spray; it didn't work for me, but it might for you. It's made to treat allergies as well as irritants. Some things WILL make your nose worse, such as alcohol! Drinking or eating hot/cold foods will stuff it up, as well as dry air & changing termperatures. You obviously can't avoid these things, but you please know that you are not going crazy when your nose always stuffs up and/or runs when you are trying to eat or drink a cup of coffee! I wish I had more encouraging help, but if you have a condition like I do, there's not much you can do. Sorry!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 04:47 AM
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  • I feel both of you pain!! I have the same problem and was also prescribed nose sprays that didn't work. One of them was Astelin and it didn't help me either (I felt like it made it worse!). I also got the surprised reaction to this:rolleyes: . I was diagnosed with eustachian tube dysfunction by an ENT and non-allergic rhinitis by an allergist. The allergist is still changing my meds to help. I just don't understand why these doctors can't find the problem and get me a solution!:confused: Let me know if you find a fix!!!:)
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  • I was a sinnus/headache/congestion/bronchitis sufferer for years. I had recurrent infections troughout the year did not matter what was the season. I was in antibiotics until I run out of choices:(, tried every kind of decongestant, pain killers till run out of options. One day went to the Good Health store in Centralia, WA were I live, and the nutritionist there saw me miserable all congested, and sick. She suggested for me to stay away from white flowers food like (pastas, breads, bakery of any kind) also to do away with white sugars, and white rice. Any processed food. Also stay away from mushrooms, and all dairy products including cheese that I love so much!!:( for two solid weeks. When I heard that I told her I was going to die because that was all the food I like. Well, I follow her advice along with some natural herbal rememdies she reccommend. Well, at the end of the two weeks diet, guess what........... I was free of headaches for the first time in 3 years!!!!!!!!!! I was ecstatic. I have kept the diet since then I have no more sinusitis, sometimes when I step out of boundaries with my diet I pay the price. I do my own juices, and take about 16 different vitamins every day. Try the Nathuropatic DR. mine is in Oympia, I know they have some good clinids in Seattle too. It will save you grief and money. Lots cheaper than conventional Drs, and medicines, and the best thing of all it WORKS!!!!!!:)
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  • Guys, the summary of my condition and what caused me to FIND THE LINK AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS POST follows. I give you all this in bullet point form to facilitate reading and to give you all context for my condition so you can compare your own. I really hope it helps. I understand how scary and disccomforting it is. Before this incident, and still - for the most part - I've been a fearless type-A, moving forward with my life. This incident gave me some pause.1) recently moved to a new area in the South Eastern US2) a) Upon move, there is/was severe pollen in the area (this is the case in many places nationwide) b) Began taking chloroquine for malari protection in belize (site of dive trip)3) Went scuba diving in belize and had some barotrauma (did not go farther than 50 feet, but did have difficulty clearing and had pain - pretty 'normal' occurence for diving I'm told. -- lieft ear very stuffy -- No vertigo during dive -- Got lightheaded on the boat when I tried to clear my ear tube by blowing hard (WARNING -- guys, do not, do not do this, be really, really really careful with blowing your nose.. be gentle -- its structurs are)4) Came back to said severe pollen area -- noticed ringing in ear (really, really scared me)5) Went to ENT who noticed a bruise on my ear drum, my fiance came with me and saw it; Doc said it would take 1-2 weeks to clear, noticed my throat swelling (I thought it was from my motion sickness during boat travels in belize), and told me to check back in 5-6 weeks -- No hearing loss (at least hearing loss that can be tested for) -- all other standard tests normal6) Ringing continued for 1.5 weeks. got better, got worse. i got scared7) Started theorizing what the problem could be8) Did a ton of online research and got even more scared ** (see below for some recommendations based on my limited research of things to do/not to do to protect your precious and important ears)9) Went out to dinner in loud, smoky restaurants 3 nights in a row, 2nd night used tissue to block the sound, 3rd night used ear plug10) Visited my brother this past weekend who has suffered with allergies/asthma his whole life11) Now 2 weeks after my incident, I happened to open my mouth and look into the bathroom mirror -- my uvula (little dangly thing was literally 3-4 times the size of my brothers)12) Also noticed that the soft tissues inside my mouth looked red and inflamed13) Began to theorize that, hmm, maybe its allergies (I've had them my whole life but never really was that affected by them) causing the ringing .. and that I need to limit the drinking and detox by drinking ample water to let my body try to heal itself14) So far, my research indicates that this is indeed possible - stuffiness and ringing from allergies15) Did the "neti" pot (sinus irrigation) at my brothers twice this weekend16) Felt 'free' and 'relaxed' after the first neti session -- my bro helped me and said "dang" you've got a lot of goodness coming out17) Ear felt 75% better18) Brothers new apartment dust, etc was irrititaing both he and I -- we both complained of feeling head "full" in the living room19) Took some homeopathic medicines (Dad is a naturopath)20) Did the second neti poth21) Took some more homeopathic remedies22) Began taking claritin/alavert -- did not help day 1 -- am still taking itAt this point, yesterday made 2 weeks and 1 day since the SCUBA diving incident and the time the doc said it would take to clear. Here are the results:1) the ringing is noticeably better. I only notice it when I focus on it, but its still there -- an annoyance and still scary to be sure. 2) My inner mouth strcutures are not as swollen, but uvula an inner lining soft tissues are still looking inflamed3) On a couple of occasions, I've noticed airflow coming out of my left nostril to be much less "strong" than that coming out of my right nostril.4) As I type this, both don't feel as "strong" in terms of airflow; the ringing is there, but not as bad as last weekOkay, all that being said, I've had a friend have bed spins and major headaches form working out and be prescribe claritin - it helped him. He indicated that he started using mucinex and its really helped him. Great, terrific. I've now been trying to research mucinex (really trying to figure out if it would somehow make the ringing/tinnitus worse ** again, see below for why I was being cautious about it). So from all that, I've found the following non-medicative, non-surgical procedure based on the very kind blogging of a gentleman from California. I do not have a clue if this is going to help me even more, but i wanted to share it with you guys in case it helps you all. LINKS:* The gentleman's blog who led me to post this here for all sufferers http://spatula.net/blog/archive/2007_01_01_spatula_archive.html* The resulting resource and the 'procedure' describedhttp://www.healing.org/only-6.html** Things not to do: - Overly forceful valsava maneuvers - Take short-acting decongestants while SCUBA diving - Go high-diving - Stick foreign objects in your ear (i've seen people stick paperclips in their ears) - Expose yourself to loud machinery and music without ear plugs; protech yourself - Seriously consider avoiding SCUBA diving if you are a "phlegmy" type (My career is over as my fiance and family are too important to me to risk some of the brutal injuries that can occur.)** Things to do: - Check on the otoxicity (level to which a medication can cause hearing loss and/or tinnitus) of medications prescribed to you by your doctor. Get a reference, keep it. Make sure you and your family check it before taking medication (OTC or prescription)I could not find a free, complete online list so I post this one here:http://www.hearinglosshelp.com/products/ototoxicdrugbook.htm -- chloroquine which I was taking for the trip is ototoxic (effects are usually reversible, but some medications are not, and why would you put anything in your body that is not reversible) - Respond to a cold/sinus headache with swift, practical and complete treatment; but don't overdo the drugs - Learn to love Neti - Learn that your body is a wholistic machine. While many western physicians want to scientifically "isolate" individual cause-effect problems, the body (like the earth) is a complex system. Yours is different than mine. Listen to it, understand how interconnected your ears, sinus passages, eustachian tube, balance, wellness, depression, anxiety all are interconnected - Get tested for allergies! I've had them my whole life but have felt that they are not a big deal and can generally *deal* with them. its okay to deal, but figure out what you're *dealing with* so you can have a fighting chance regarding what to avoid/embrace** Other trivia - It is said that all the particlesthat form a human body change during a period of seven years 7, 14, 21, 35 (I'm 35), 42, etc .. perhaps your body is changing -- listen to itHope this sincerely helps you all. I'll keep you guys posted on my progress. Godspeed to you all.
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