Ruger Forum banner

1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Bat Man
Joined
·
1,672 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Let me explain. I suffer from chronic nasal cavity congestion/inflammation. Basically, I always have a stuffy nose with nasal pressure. It is not allergy related, about the same year round, anywhere in the country etc... I've had MRI's (unrelated to this) and docs always comment on how congested I am and prescribe something that doesn't work. I've tried many prescriptions and remedies that have marginal impact but generally have unbearable side effects like sleepiness or worse, nose bleeds.

So, if you have dealt with similar problems what remedies, supplements etc... did you find that work? What didn't work?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
971 Posts
I suffered similar symptoms for many years. A doctor finally suggested Singulair, as it would help with my asthma, as well. Works great and goes under some less expensive generic brand names. It's a prescription, so you have to get a doctors approval. Give it a try, I hope it works for you too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,884 Posts
Have you been to an allergist? About 20 years ago my wife gave me Aspen cologne...apparently I was allergic to it! Felt like I had bronchitis...also I had to give up gluten as I was developing an intolerance for that as well, seemed to help with what you described...might be a food allergy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,487 Posts
I'm no doctor but my wife has suffered from nasal issues and allergies for years. Unfortunate for us who live in the south we have to deal with a horrible pollen season that seems to last most of the year and I think contributes to it.

Have you tried visiting a local spa? A sauna or steam room can help clear your nasal passage. My wife goes to one about every 3 months. We also ended up buying and putting an air purifier (HEPA type) in the living room and our bedroom. We make sure to change our air filters every 3 months, and have a humidifier in our living room that runs throughout the day for at least 6-8 hours. It seems to help with the home situation. I notice she is very sensitive to pet hair/dander and any time of smells. We have a small dog and we bathe her once a week.

Another thing is to try some homepathic remedies. Do some searching around and visit a Vitamin Shop or natural store and ask if they have anything to help. We found a great Sinus remedy by a company called Garden of Life. When allergy season comes around we both start taking the pills and it does wonders. If you're interested you can buy it on Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Life-Immune-Balance-Capsule/dp/B005JAT304
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Allergies have about killed me over the years...Same symptoms...

OTC the only things that seem to work are Guaifenesin...gallons of water...decongestants and cortisone sinus spray.

If its really bad, my Doc makes a magic elixir shot of a short term and long term cortisone with a boatload of vitamin B12. Within 12 hours, it feels like a faucet has been opened.

I also have a slightly deviated septum. My doc said it wasn't worth doing surgery on but mentioned that if I'm about to get into a fight with a suspect to lead with my nose so we could get the city to pay for it.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
22,163 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
52 Posts
Not sure if this will apply to you but since I started using a Nettie Pot, I haven't had any antibiotics in a few years. I would be on them 2 to 3 times a year before. It takes some getting used to but man, it works.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
22,163 Posts
Not sure if this will apply to you but since I started using a Nettie Pot, I haven't had any antibiotics in a few years. I would be on them 2 to 3 times a year before. It takes some getting used to but man, it works.
Great point. I stopped mine because of the shoulder surgery but should go back to using as it was really helping before. It washes out all the pollen and pollutants from your sinus's.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,982 Posts
Have you been seen by an EENT specialist?

Since it isn't allergy related "could" mean a more serious underlying cause. I would not start using home remedies until it is verified some worse isn't happening or you may just be masking the symptoms while the issue progresses.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,657 Posts
Like you, I have suffered for years. I finally saw a specialist, who had an MRI of my sinus cavities made. Turns out my sinuses were totally blocked by polyps! I had them surgically cleaned out 3 years ago. I haven't had a sinus infection since. I take Fluticasone spray every day, and that helps keep me open. With the polyps gone, the spray can finally get up there and work.

As a side benefit, after the MRI I was able to Medically prove to Mrs. Pappy that my head was not empty!:D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,246 Posts
My daughter was having serious congestion problems that she (and her doctor) thought stemmed from a broken nose a couple of years ago. She just had surgery to correct that and while doing that repair, the doctor found a nasal cyst that had her sinus cavity almost completely blocked. He removed it and she is doing remarkably better.

My point is, it could be one of a multitude of things other than just allergies. Keep looking and good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
177 Posts
+1 for seeing an EENT doc, and also for the polyps...
I had no sense of smell for about 2 years...none...zero...nada...zip...and also had trouble using the CPAP for sleep apnea due to clogged breathing passages.
It was great when changing baby diapers, or after running over a skunk on the road. LOL...
Had the polyps removed and all has been great for 2 years.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
995 Posts
+1 on the nettie pot. Works like a charm for me as well.
 

·
Ausmerican.
Joined
·
42,767 Posts
I'm in the same boat.
Interested to hear also.
 

·
Righteous Dude
Joined
·
21,694 Posts
I live in the pollen capital. I used to get allergies bad. I now take JuicePlus. It's a vegetable and fruit supplement. It has done wonders. I had inflammation in my right shoulder and wrist as well as allergies. Allergies are gone and the inflammation is gone or barely noticeable (depending on activities).

I'm not normally a health/diet nut, but these capsules have done a lot for me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,238 Posts
Please google "Gluten & Nasal Congestion"
 

·
Bat Man
Joined
·
1,672 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Thanks for all the responses. Very helpful and plenty to research.

I have been to an ENT about it years ago. He prescribed something and sent me home, it caused nosebleeds.

I no longer have a general practitioner family Doctor. We fired him. As the reasons would be a topic for the now closed "Minefield" I won't go into it. I am looking for a new Doc now but haven't found anyone yet.

When I did have a doctor, we tried several things but nothing really helped except steroids, the injected kind.

I've suspected a range of food allergies and tested for several that came back negative including gluten. I recently, on my own, concluded I am allergic to grapes of all things. We got on a fruit kick and I noticed that when I eat grapes my congestion gets worse. Most wines make me stuff and can even cause sneezing. So I avoid grapes and grape products.

It does keep coming back to gluten. I also have joint inflammation and pain as well. Despite the negative tests... maybe I should really invest in going gluten free for 3 months and see how it goes. It would be tough to do for me, but I would at least know something.

I'll be exploring some of the other options you guys mentioned that I've never tried (except the nettiepot stuff, that ain't happening) and may periodically update this thread for those of you facing the same thing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,238 Posts
I had joint pain as well as a "trigger finger"that required cortizone injections. I went gluten free and grain free a few years ago and the joint pain and trigger finger are gone. It is a big change in regard to eating habits.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
338 Posts
When the Texas sun goes down, the wind drops and any suspended allergens fall Earthward. Being outside in the early evening is tough for me.

When I hit the rack, breathing shuts down. SO....I take a cheapie sinus medication every night before I sleep. That's been a perfect answer for me. When I awake, I'm breathing well and I seldom need any medication during the day. If I get clogged up at night, it's unpleasant the next day.

Flash
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
734 Posts
Let me explain. I suffer from chronic nasal cavity congestion/inflammation. Basically, I always have a stuffy nose with nasal pressure. It is not allergy related, about the same year round, anywhere in the country etc... I've had MRI's (unrelated to this) and docs always comment on how congested I am and prescribe something that doesn't work. I've tried many prescriptions and remedies that have marginal impact but generally have unbearable side effects like sleepiness or worse, nose bleeds.

So, if you have dealt with similar problems what remedies, supplements etc... did you find that work? What didn't work?
Surgery for a bilaterally deviated septum (s-curved to block both sides), Flonase prescription for chronic nasal inflammation, Poly Hist Forte prescription for chronic congestion, Singulair prescription for seasonal allergies, and two rounds of silver nitrate to stop the nosebleeds. After all that, I could finally breathe through my nose without trouble.
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top