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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