Please can someone tell me what's wrong with me!
For the last year or so, I have had a variety of different nasal symptoms, mostly recurrent sinus infections, nasal dryness and scabbing (sorry, I know that's gross), and constant irritation of my sinuses and nasal passages. Went to my doctor earlier in the year, and she said that the inside of my nose was very dry, swollen and inflamed. She prescribed Beconase and some kind of cream I had to put around the inside of my nostrils to treat the infection and restore moisture. Neither of these did much to help. Since then I have had another 5 head colds this year, plus recurring blocked sinuses. And yet the weirdest thing in all of this, is that I seem to have lost my ability to sneeze. Even when I have a cold, it never happens. I get itching and irritation inside my nose, but it never builds into anything, not even the Ahh before the Choo. I have noticed my sense of smell is affected (it's not as good as it used to be), and I seem to have lost all the sensitivity inside my nose...it never reacts to anything anymore...almost like I've lost the sneezing reflex which should clear my nose of any irritation (which is probably why my nose is in such a sorry state). My mucus never runs down my nose, it always goes down the back of my throat (and yes, I produce a lot of it when I have a cold, but it's always thick, never runny). I have allergies to dust and pollen, but these never make me sneeze either...I just get the itchy nose and eyes, etc, but no sneezing or running. I'm getting so desperate now, that when my nose gets itchy or I get the sneezing sensation, I have resorted to inducing (with a rolled up tissue, normally) just to get rid of it (and it usually works). But that's the only way I can sneeze - by inducing. It never happens naturally on it's own.
Please can someone offer some advice or help? Feel free to ask me any more questions if it helps.