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  • Posted By: eallison
  • January 5, 2007
  • 00:18 AM

I have had the same recurring trouble for about 15 years, and I never get anywhere by seeing doctors unfortunately. Maybe I don't explain it properly. I do have sinusitis, and had surgery for that about 14 years ago. Since that time, I can always breathe through my nose, so it was entirely worth it. But I have occasional (a few episodes a month) insomnia followed by intense sinus trouble (post nasal drip, sore throat, and overall miserable feeling). I have begun to note the warning signs of an oncoming episode: I feel TOO spunky in the afternoon. Normally I'm pretty tired by evening even if I've slept well, because I have a demanding job and I work out every day (run, kickbox, weights). I am totally healthy otherwise: 5'1", 102 pounds, age 46. I eat very healthy food. Don't drink/smoke. I don't know what else I can do to combat this - but after these episodes I lose a day or two of productivity, which is very upsetting to me. Doctors have tried me on short-term medications, but first of all, this is not a short-term problem; I don't believe it's psychological, and I don't like the way sleep medications make me feel the next day (for the SLIGHT benifit they supply. I don't even sleep well on them if I'm having "one of those nights."). Any ideas?

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  • Very strange. Is there a common link to something that you do/are exposed to right before it happens? Believe it or not, it could be some funky allergy. When you have an episode, write down everything you did/were exposed to that day and the day before. See if you establish a link. I've heard of a mold allergy causing insomnia, and what allergy *doesn't* cause nasal symptoms?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 05:44 AM
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  • Difficult One,this.after A Lifetime Of Suffering I Have Found Sudafed To Be Wonderfully Effective If Taken Regularly.but The Other Symptoms........ There Are Migraine Features Present. Odd But True.presumably By "spunky"you Mean Energetic?this Could Be Migraine Prodrome.jane Austen For Instance, Used To Speak Of Feeling "dangerously Well"before An Attack.in Your Case ,i Think The Attack Is Not Developing,but Is Leaving You In This State Of Arousal Which Will Not Permit Sleep.two Reasons This Is Happening,i Think.one,the Pressure In Your Sinuses Is The Catalist,but I Think There Is A Prediposing Factor,thatis Related To Your Age And Job And Activity Level.i Think It Is Possible That You May Be Overstimulating Yourself.there May Also Be Feelings Of Anger ,rage Even,and Of Vulnerability.,perhaps Dread.these Two States Are Common In Migraine People And.have Their Origins In Childhood.not Much You Can Do Now About Events In 1984(am I Right?)but You Could Calm Down Now. Especially Avoid Extremes Of Anger Or Fear And Learn To Give Yourself The Peace You Need And Deserve.and Sudafed.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
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