I have had a problem for a few years with a painful stuffy nose on one side. In the beginning, it was intermitent, but now it seems constant. Most of the time it is in my left nostril, but occasionally it changes to the right side. It used to only happen when I lie down, but now, it seems to have gotten worse over time and is more frequent. Sometimes the pain and pressure is so great that I often cannot sleep through the night, and I feel like someone put a plug up my nose or is pinching it. If I get up for a while, sometimes my nose will suddenly open with a snapping or clicking sound that relieves the stuffiness and pain completely, but it usually starts to close off again after about 15 minutes.
I don't have bad allergies, and whenever my nose is stuffy, it is dry, without any mucous discharge. It almost reminds me of the rebound effects people get from using nasal decongestants, but I haven't used those in years. Doctors have prescribed Nasonex and Rhinocort over the years for me. It helps with any occasional seasonal allergies I have, but it does nothing for the dry chronic stuffiness. I also try to avoid the oral decongestants unless I have a cold because I have hypertension, and I know the pills can contribute to it. Any ideas about what could be causing this or how I can relieve it would be most appreciated. I don't really know where to turn.