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Breathing on one nostril for 5 years now help

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  • Posted By: ricardos
  • August 13, 2008
  • 02:29 AM

the only known medical problem i have is acid reflux.
one day i woke up about 5 years ago. i have been breathing through one nostril ever since. i can only feel air comming out of one nostril at a time.
for example one day ill breath on my left nostril then the next my right.
i have never been seen for this. im pretty sure all the doc wuld do is give me a steroid allergy nosil sray. sometimes the nose that i can breath in i will hold it down so i cant breath in it an ill breath in my other nose and i can still breath out of it but i get alot of noise like its dry. can anyone please help has anyone ever had anything like this. any suggestions. is this a long term life threating? ive had it for about 5 years no lung pains or anything except for when im having acid reflux. i feel normal im underweight tho thats about the onlything i hate about myself
one of those skinny guys that will never gain weight.
im 18 5'8 111-120 pounds.
bt anyone please help with my nose

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  • I have the same problem/ healthy 5'9 150 lbs and no issues with anything but the one nostril shifting thing/ I have been reading that some say its normal but others say its not? Im seeing a ear nose and throat specialist to get it checked out...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 01:17 PM
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  • I have had the same problem for as long as I can possibly remember.It makes breathing very difficult and labored. If I cover up the one nostril that is working I can barely even squeeze air through. This is a 24/7 thing and is EXTREMELY annoying.Tell us what you find out!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
    • 10:21 PM
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  • Hi I've got the same problem, and have had for as long as I can remember. I've done a bit of reading on other sites and forums, and there are alot of "theories" which i'm very sceptical of (namely phycological reasons), but from what I can tell, It occurs in a considerable percentage of the population (some say 1/100, but wikipedia says 85% of people suffer this to some degree. Aot of people probably don't even talk about it or even consider that there is anything wrong because they grew up with it , and don't know any different (i.e. myself), which is why I think the figures are so variable. Now for the cause: I trust wikipedias explanation the most; "In humans, the nasal cycle is the normal ultradian cycle of each nostril's blood vessels becoming engorged in swelling, then shrinking. During the course of a day, they will switch over approximately every four hours or so, meaning that only one nostril is used at any one time." (wikipedia 2008). Type in nasal cycle into wikipedia for more. I think it also depends upon the position of the head (i.e lying on your left side causes your left nostril to block). Anyway, In your case, I can't say why this would suddenly develop after years of normal breathing, but I can say that it's nothing to worry about. It's certainly not life threatening... Unless someone is going to ducktape over your mouth... I always think that when im watching films like James Bond (i wonder if thats a real phobia...:confused:). Hope this helps.
    NostrilBoy 2 Replies
    • October 23, 2008
    • 08:20 PM
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  • Wow the same thing happened to me. I'm not sure if it was in 6th grade when it happened or 7th grade when I started playing football, but I can only breathe well from one nostril ever since. It's so annoying, especially trying to run because I only get half my air! I was trying to sleep yesterday and it was so hard because I wanted cool air but was only getting it from one side. I closed the good side and it sounded dry just like you said, and I swear I would have died if I would have fallen asleep with the good side closed. I had to strain to get air in and out. I had surgery on my nose a few years ago to fix the problem but it didn't work. The only time I actually had relief was when they took the HUGE potato wedge sized splints and packets out of my nose. I had no idea the nose was so big in there. It's weird because if you look way up in your nose you can see the swollen area that's causing the blockage. When I turn I can almost make the side switch at will. I just try to let my nose feel like its running and usually it switches. But it's still so weird because it feels like there's fluid just floating around in my upper nasal cavity when it switches sides. I wish my surgery would've helped. Maybe I started doing stuff too early because I couldn't stand laying around all day. Some people said they were about 2 months after their surgery before it really helped. I waited maybe 3-4 weeks before getting out and playing some football haha. Good luck to you and your nose.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 07:15 PM
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  • Well I have this problem aswell, it developed around fifth grade. At nights when I try to sleep as I switch from side to side, whenever I'm on my left side I can breathe through my right nostril, laying on the right side I can breathe through my left nostril. While I stand up, its random of which I can breathe through. My friend had this problem aswell, he had surgery to fix it, they 'fixed' his nose, saying that the middle part of his nose was too much to one side, blocking one side off.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 04:06 AM
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  • First of all i would like to thank everyone who have contributed to this thread, i am really suffering from the same symptoms I have went to many doctors but what i found the most useful if using warm water, although its not exellent solutions but at least it does somthing good but i wish to find a real solution that end this problem forever, please keep this thread alive. thanks for everyone.
    Nosehater 1 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 08:51 PM
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  • First of all i would like to thank everyone who have contributed to this thread, i am really suffering from the same symptoms I have went to many doctors but what i found the most useful if using warm water, although its not exellent solutions but at least it does somthing good but i wish to find a real solution that end this problem forever, please keep this thread alive. thanks for everyone.Thanks a lot for great information...i have been having same symptoms as long as i remember...i have been breathing from one nose all the time ( changes left to right and vice verse )...at day time i try to breath from mouth also to help me breathing...but night time during the sleep i can't so when i get up in morning i always feel slight heaviness in my head or headache....i don't know what to do....but after reading on internet i doubt that surgery will help.....my doc says there is nothing to worry...you are fine....i feel little better that i am not the only person who has this problem....its litttle common ....thinking about doing some Yoga to help.....if you guys know how to improve in breathing then let me know on discussion forum.....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 29, 2009
    • 04:23 PM
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  • Just had a turbinate reduction procedure done with my ENT surgeon. It's now 4 days after the operation and now I'm finally breathing out of both nostrils. I'm sleeping better at nights and feel refreshed when I wake up in the morning. During the day I'm more focused and feel energetic. After 20 years of my Primary care physicians telling me that it was normal and that it didn't influence my feeling of always being fatigued... I am finally relieved!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 14, 2010
    • 01:46 AM
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  • I have this proble as well, i think it started in yr 10. the funny thing is the difference in air flow between each nostril. I think it has serious health implications; each time a wake up im gaging for air, my nose, that is both nostrils are blocked and no amount of blowing can clear them, during the day it gets easier to breathe but through only one nostril... Im forever tired because of it i think
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 22, 2010
    • 02:47 PM
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  • Just had a turbinate reduction procedure done with my ENT surgeon. It's now 4 days after the operation and now I'm finally breathing out of both nostrils. I'm sleeping better at nights and feel refreshed when I wake up in the morning. During the day I'm more focused and feel energetic. After 20 years of my Primary care physicians telling me that it was normal and that it didn't influence my feeling of always being fatigued... I am finally relieved!Hi enArchos, I would if you would be kind enough to share your experience about turbinoplasty as I am seriously thinking of carrying it out. A lot of people have reported on the internettheir painful experience during and after the operation. And that is what scares me. Thanks. Sidney
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  • enArchos - that was a helpful answer. I have just learned about turbinates. When I googled "variable nasal blockage," I found the Virginia Commonwealth University Dept. of Otolaryngology site, which says, in part: "The turbinates may also swell due to position changes, in particular when the head is lowered. This phenomenon may lead to noticeable congestion when one lies down to sleep. Congestion due to turbinate enlargement may be treated with medications, or more permanently by turbinate reduction surgery. The latter is usually done in the office setting under local anesthesia." How did you finally get a diagnosis? Did your insurance cover any of the costs? Personally, I'm thinking it might be worth it whether insurance pays or not. I can only sleep on my side. Whichever nostril is lower always closes off within minutes of turning to that side, making breathing hard. Did you have that symptom? I probably should get a sleep study and all that, but I'm thinking if I tell my doctor about my variable nasal blockage, he'll laugh at me.Thank you for whatever info you can give.
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  • As I read these pages I wear a "breath right" band aid on my nose, it aids in allowing my brain more oxygen. I don't want to be tired anymore. I noticed something different going on a few months after I got over a case of bronchitis. I can count on one hand the good nights of sleep I've had since. That was 17 years ago. Woe is me.But seriously, breathing through your nose is much better for you. Hes a nose breather, that ******d
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  • how was the surgery. during and after?
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  • i had a nose job and ever since then only breathe out of one nostril. i think scar tissue built up in the other nostril. i don't know if this causes medical problems. i do know when i get mri's for MS my reports always show sinus inflammation. the latest report says it's gotten worse so i don't know if down the line something will need to be done or not. i have tried the breathing strips but without successful. i use nasal spray at times but nothing has worked. the only known medical problem i have is acid reflux.one day i woke up about 5 years ago. i have been breathing through one nostril ever since. i can only feel air comming out of one nostril at a time.for example one day ill breath on my left nostril then the next my right.i have never been seen for this. im pretty sure all the doc wuld do is give me a steroid allergy nosil sray. sometimes the nose that i can breath in i will hold it down so i cant breath in it an ill breath in my other nose and i can still breath out of it but i get alot of noise like its dry. can anyone please help has anyone ever had anything like this. any suggestions. is this a long term life threating? ive had it for about 5 years no lung pains or anything except for when im having acid reflux. i feel normal im underweight tho thats about the onlything i hate about myselfone of those skinny guys that will never gain weight.im 18 5'8 111-120 pounds.bt anyone please help with my nose
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  • I have had this happening for as long as I can remember. It's not as bad as some of the people that have had this, but it get VERY ANNOYING AT TIMES. I always have to sniffle my snot from the clear nostril, and my step-dad always taunts me and my mom tells me to blow my nose. I hate this so much!
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  • I have the same issues since I was a kid, too. I met my husband and he had the same issues. But his was much more severe. I sniffle constantly but there's nothing there and then it's always dry. When I lay down to go to sleep, my nose gets really stuffy but nothing to blow so I end up with a sore throat from breathing with my mouth open. I ended up get tonsilitis several times during the year and got them removed. I go through boxes of breathrights. EXPENSIVE!!! My husband though ended up with sleep apnea though so he has to now use a cpap with a humidifier.. lucky butt. I went to 3 different ENT's and they all said the same thing, to use a cool mist humidifier and keep it moist. I take showers 2x a day just to breath the moisture. Plus a hot relaxing shower is always nice. Good luck everyone.
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  • I have this proble as well, i think it started in yr 10. the funny thing is the difference in air flow between each nostril. I think it has serious health implications; each time a wake up im gaging for air, my nose, that is both nostrils are blocked and no amount of blowing can clear them, during the day it gets easier to breathe but through only one nostril... Im forever tired because of it i thinkSame as me. I've had this problem for God know how long.Im a 21 year old male and am fit (ish) haha. It gets annoying and a lot of my relatives have urged me to get surgery; but to be honest, from reading this thread, doesnt look like it'll get any better from that. What i found most helpful, as the above posts stated, was when i took a warm shower or steamed bath. My nose felt so clear and i can breathe ok, not GREAT but ok through both, however after a while it returns. Also, i played a lot of sport and when playing i find that the problem is less irritating as just concentrating on the breathing itself. Whilst i wish to find a cure to this im sure many would classify this as non-threatening and therefore not consider it for serious diagnosis and treatment...which sucks but im looking to experiement further with this problem. I usually have fun with it though when im bored sometimes, i tilt my head to the left and right, interchanging between nostrils...guess it allows me to have some kind of control with my problem at least hahaha. Hope somebody finds a solution. Great thread.
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  • I have the same problem as well. I'm not sure when it started, but I think it was during when I was in the 4th or 5th grade. I can only breathe through one nostrol and when I tilt my head I can hardly breathe. One of the only times I can breathe is when my breathing nostrol switches. It might last for 15 seconds, but it really doesn't help. My doctor gives me nostrol sprays, but it doesn't help. I take allergy pills too but that doesnt help either. I played football and it was really annoying because I only get half of the rest of everyone else, which is unfair. But I noticed once I'm really, really tired I can actually breathe through both nostrols. Sometimes I just feel like I'm short of breathe during my daily life. I hope someone can actually find a cure. This disadvantage is really annoying and unfair.
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  • I have the same problem as well. I'm not sure when it started, but I think it was during when I was in the 4th or 5th grade. I can only breathe through one nostrol and when I tilt my head I can hardly breathe. One of the only times I can breathe is when my breathing nostrol switches. It might last for 15 seconds, but it really doesn't help. My doctor gives me nostrol sprays, but it doesn't help. I take allergy pills too but that doesnt help either. I played football and it was really annoying because I only get half of the rest of everyone else, which is unfair. But I noticed once I'm really, really tired I can actually breathe through both nostrols. Sometimes I just feel like I'm short of breathe during my daily life. I hope someone can actually find a cure. This disadvantage is really annoying and unfair.
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  • I've had this problem for as long as I can remember. I'm 25, and I went through a brief period where I smoked which made the problem about a hundred times worse. One thing that I have found helps me drastically is regular vigorous cardiovascular exercise. I mean vigorous: at least 25 minutes per day and at least 4 days per week. Running, Cycling, Swimming, Stairmaster, kickboxing, it doesn't matter. Whatever you can do, do it. I don't know if it's just a placebo effect, or if the increased circulation helps the Nasal Cycle in preventing obstructions in the blood vessels and sinuses nearby. I'd like to think it was the latter.http://www.de-fact-o.com/fact_read.php?id=150
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