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involuntary sniffing

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  • Posted By: markph
  • July 9, 2007
  • 00:31 PM

I have this worsening problem of involuntary sniffing, I am a 48 year old non smoking reasonably fit male.
This problem has been with me for several years but is getting really worse over the last 1 - 2 years to the point where it is almost constantly unbearable and I am having trouble sleeping.
It is really hard to explain the exact symptons, I do not have a blocked or stuffed nose, my breathing through my nose is perfectly clear, however it is like I am trying to clear a blockage from my nasal passage to my mouth, however there is nothing to clear.
It seems quite minor when I wake up but progressively gets worse as the day goes on. If I am playing sport or exercising, eg, going for a brisk run, I dont seem to do it as much.
My GP had sent me to an allergist 2 yrs ago and he had diagnosed that I have a dust mite allergy and put me on a desensitisation program, but this has not helped one bit apart from the fact that I dont sneeze as much around dust.
I have recently been to an ear nose and throat specialsit who 10 years earlier had done a septoplasty op to clear my nose passage after it had been narrowed due to a broken nose, he had catscans done but it all came through clear, he has basically told me he cannot help me and that maybe it is a muscular disorder which you cannot really do much about, he also said that it may be a nervous or stress related problem, however I do not really have much stress in my life.
It seems to be better if I have a few beers over the weekend, however it seems even worse after the weekend.
should I see someone who specialises in muscle disorders?
could it be a stress related problem that I dont see?
what else could it be?
I guess that because it is so hard to describe the symptons is why I have not had any success getting a resolution to my worsening problem.
Any information on a possible treatment would be appreciated.

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  • It almost sounds like an involuntary tic, as you would see with Tourette's. While that usually starts in the teens, there might be some sort of adult version. There are many medicines that can control tics, but maybe you could try hypnosis or biofeedback.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the reply, I have considered that maybe I should try hypnosis.I have tried accupuncture without any success, so have been a little bit put off trying alternative treatment. I have also been thinking that a naturopath may be worth a try.cheers.
    markph 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Rad-skw.What type of medication do you think could be used to treat this?Could my GP prescribe it" Thanks Mark
    markph 8 Replies
    • August 15, 2007
    • 11:17 AM
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  • The meds for tics seem to have LOTS of side effects. I'd go with hypnosis and homeopathic remedies. Do you sniff in your sleep? Maybe it's some kind of OCD.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 16, 2007
    • 10:23 AM
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  • Do you snore? Wake up gasping for air? And then do you sniffle?If so could be sleep apnea or a sleep disorder.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2007
    • 09:12 AM
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  • hi, sorry to just write to you like this. ive just come onto this website to try to diagnose what is wrong with me as i feel to embarrassed to go to the doctor.i like you have started involuntarly sniffing.mine only started a month ago and i started crying with frustration when i read youve had this problem for years as i dont think i can put up with it for that long!! like you im fine when i first wake up in the morning then as the day goes on i do it more and more at tea time up to bed time i am doing it some much i get dizzy.if i concerntrate on my breathing i can stop myself from doing it but when i read, watch tv or do anything that takes my mind off it i start again.Im 25 years old dont smoke and havent had a cold in the last month so it cant be that.nor have i done anything different in the last month to normal.so if you discover anything in the mean time or if any body else out there can provide any answers let me know.i guess im gonna have to go the doctors and try to explain it to him and see what he says.. will keep you posted.:)
    jemmaj 1 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 06:56 PM
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  • so you two had an infection or a vaccine, or car accident previously to the onset?Try NAET- naet.com this treatment works on re-training the brain so it stops doing that.Infections, vaccines, and car accidents can easily corrupt the nervous system: NAET is the only known way to reverse it.Best,Frui.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 07:06 PM
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  • I second Eatafruit's notion. She recommended NAET/Bioset to me and I went. My symptoms are gone. Alot of damage is done with vaccines that people are not aware of. That is just one part of the equation.Infections are another part...viruses or mycoplasma infections and accidents like "trauma" of any sort.We have both been sick for a long time. We both went for treatment. Now we both spend time here helping others.I came here in March and did not recieve a very warm welcome from many people. Eatafruit was one of the few who corresponded with me and I am grateful. If not for her and her advice for this treatment, I'm not sure where I would be. I am a nurse and the idea of an "alternative" therapy didn't appeal to me until the neurologist who diagnosed me told me that people with my illness were seeking help in the "alternative" realm. That's when I realized that western med does not have a handle on many of the "emerging diseases" that people bury their heads in the sand regarding. Hope this helps, Find NAET and get your life back...I did!! best regards,mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 11:08 PM
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  • Hi Dxd, I don't really snore much, sometimes after too much to drink my wife says that I snore. I Don't wake up gasping for air, I do sniffle a bit when i wake up, but it gets worse as the day goes on. Jemma, I would advise that you see your Doctor first, it may be something simple and hopefully it wont bother you as long as it has been bothering me. The frustrating thing for me is I have been to the Doctors so many times without any clear diagnosis or treatment, as I said in the first post, in the early years it was just a slightly annoying & discomforting sniffing that I could not control, but now it is a real rollercoaster ride each week. Eatafruit78, thanks for the info on the website, I will definitely have a look at it, I am running out of options to try. I am definitely going to take Rad-skw's advice and try hypnotherapy, just got a bit on at the moment to find the time. spoke to my GP about trying it and he had no problems with me trying it, I will let you know how it goes. thanks all for the encouraging advice.MarkAustralia
    markph 8 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 10:07 AM
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  • Mark, do you have any symptoms (other than sniffing) that you would consider OCD? Sometimes tics and OCD are related and the OCD meds seem a little milder than the tic meds.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 25, 2007
    • 11:24 AM
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  • Eatafruit and Mommycat are both spot-on in relation to NAET! I have also received this treatment- having suffered from issues for a lengthy time period, some for most of my life, and now I am getting better each day. I have also recommended such treatment to a few of my family members, and also to my new Godson. My Godson was born healthy, and 'normal' but shortly after, he began to have seizures, which left him fighting for his life and on life-support. Tests confirmed abnormally high levels of Mercury within his little body, in addition to many other issues. He was given days to live. I arranged an appointment with my Dr to visit my Godson in hospital and treat him....but days later, it was considered best that my Godson's life-support be turned off because he may be suffering too much. The Dr's gave him hours to live.....they told us that it was time to say good-bye. That was nearly two weeks ago.....he is now well enough to come home tomorrow. You see, NAET covers a wide range of conditions....and the success rate is astounding. Best of Luck
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies
    • August 26, 2007
    • 06:56 AM
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  • Emily, please keep us posted on your Godson's condition. I have posted links for others to NAET/Bioset testimonials and yesterday I wrote my own.I am so glad your Godson has a chance now!I am so glad to have my life back as well.As Always, Best Regards, mommy cat:)
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • August 26, 2007
    • 02:07 PM
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  • Hi Rad-skw, no, I do not have any other symptons other than the sniffing.
    markph 8 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 10:39 AM
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  • I have been dealing with the exact same issue, and find myself compulsively sniffling, often several times in a row. I used to do a lot of drugs through my nose, but have been sober for several years now. I thought that maybe it was a habit formed from years or sniffling for that reason. I had a septoplasty done also, which has helped a lot, however, I still find myself sniffling throughout the day. I wonder if it is a behavioral habit through years of doing it constantly - perhaps I need to break the habit somehow. Maybe it is a physiological problem where my mucus membranes are being stimulated somehow. I would love to find out. ANy ideas?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2010
    • 01:41 PM
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  • Hi Dxd, I don't really snore much, sometimes after too much to drink my wife says that I snore. I Don't wake up gasping for air, I do sniffle a bit when i wake up, but it gets worse as the day goes on. Jemma, I would advise that you see your Doctor first, it may be something simple and hopefully it wont bother you as long as it has been bothering me. The frustrating thing for me is I have been to the Doctors so many times without any clear diagnosis or treatment, as I said in the first post, in the early years it was just a slightly annoying & discomforting sniffing that I could not control, but now it is a real rollercoaster ride each week. Eatafruit78, thanks for the info on the website, I will definitely have a look at it, I am running out of options to try. I am definitely going to take Rad-skw's advice and try hypnotherapy, just got a bit on at the moment to find the time. spoke to my GP about trying it and he had no problems with me trying it, I will let you know how it goes. thanks all for the encouraging advice.MarkAustraliathat's my problem until now i do sniffle all the time and it distract to my workmates it took embarrasing for me
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2010
    • 08:23 AM
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  • Same problem here... I'm going to try hypnosis soon. Doc tried to put me on drugs for it, but I'd rather not become drug dependent, although I do hate this condition and would do almost anything to be rid of it. Mark, have you tried hypnosis yet?
    stevodevo 1 Replies
    • November 15, 2010
    • 11:20 AM
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  • Hi markph,

    Everything you said in your post is EXACTLY what I have! Have you ever found a solution?
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  • I involuntarily sniff all the time! I'm 17 with no other health issues and have never had an issue with my nose. It started about 6 months ago now and it doesn't matter what time of day it is I will be sniffing. I am not bunged up nor have any other symptoms. Can anyone help? It's really starting to irritate me and people around me.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 3, 2016
    • 09:42 PM
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  • I have had this going on for ten years or so (no runny nose, thankfully, not in my sleep). Because of limited space I will be quick. 1) Have had Calico cat for 10 years(???. 2) Have had #7, #8 and #9 teeth replaced with Implants (long story). 3) Have been to ENT with no findings. 4) Do not sniff in my sleep. 5) Reduces when in dry non humid climate (may be because I am away from the Cat for a long period of time.. 6) Seems to be affected by Barometric pressure. 7) Have not tried Hypnotics yet...but may!
    For full story contact me at vhomesurvey@gmail.com (Looking for an answer) Thanks
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 26, 2016
    • 02:35 AM
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