anyone else suffer from dry nose and constant headache

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For for 4 months Ive been suffering from a dry nose, nasal drip and a constant headache which is best described as like snorting cold ice cream up my nose with a straw. Been to several ent drs who have perscribed nasal steroid, antihisterine and \ive also tried salt washed . Nothing seems to hve any effect . Is there anyone else suffering with these symptons or have any suggestions. I do suffer from gerd and was wondering if this could be related.

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    I have more or less the same. Constant blockage on one side. I went to an ENT specialist and he gave me some steroid drops which did nothing. He then gave me a different spray, still useless. I also use a salt and bicarb nasal wash. He diagnosed a post nasal drip also. I also suffer badly from GERD but hadn't linked the two together. Now I am wondering. Any nasal spray over the counter can only be used for a maximum of 5 days before it starts to make the problem worse. I'll keep my eye on any replies and hopefully someone will tell us both of something we can do to alleviate these symptons. Do you take PPI meds for GERD or anything else? Hope we both get some replies, as it is driving me mad, as I guess it does with you. Sorry I couldn't find you a solution to our problem. 
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      I know how you feel. I have tried everything for my chronic fatigue, pain on both sides of my cheecks close my my nose and sometimes headaches. I thought I had sinus pressure but according to my last visit to my ENT specialist, it could be a dental problem or even a nerve problem. He tells me that I should see a neurologist. I went to the dentist and I continue with the same symptoms. My next step will probably be to take my ENT specialist recommendation and go see a neurologist. I cannot live with this discomfort for the rest of my life so I have to find a solution. Anyone out there have any of my symptoms?
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    My symptoms are a bit different but I've also been prescribed nasal steroid (flucasone) and antihistamines (cetirizine) which are both effective at improving nasal breathing (I have a deviated septum and dust allergy) but this feels very much like a short term thing and is not getting to the nub of the problem, nor is it sustainable from what I've read. Using a neti pot (nasal rinse) with salt and xylitol does help a bit, but is messy and time-consuming.

    There does seem to be a connection with GERD / GORD / acid reflux, which I have also suffered from, so perhaps it's worth trying to get that under better control to see if the nasal symptoms improve. A lot of people swear by DGL (deglycer-somethingorother liquorice) supplements, or even cider vinegar which although acidic in itself, apparently causes an alkalizing effect in the body. Also worth cutting down on acidifying foods (plenty of info online on that topic).

    The headache sounds like sinusitis (I'm no expert though) - have you been checked for that? A lot of people seem to report a feeling of pressure and headache.

    Meanwhile, to try and ease the nasal dryness (if you aren't already aware), NeilMed do something called NasoGel spray, and Weleda do one called Rhinodoron (both use aloe vera). Also worth looking at xylitol products such as Xlear.

    Good luck - I hope you find some relief.


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    hey Paul, I've been replying to similar posts on here. The symptoms being described here are all symptoms I have had. I was diagnosed with an auto immune disorder 11 or so years ago. The constant headache is almost the worst part of it. The sore dry burning nose is caused by inflammation. 

    Gerd is also part of it. There are a variety of auto immune disorders with overlapping symptoms. I think you need to see an immunologist and have a review of all your symptoms. These things are tricky to diagnose because there are no blood tests for it so your gp won't be able to diagnose. 

    One thing which is often indicative is raised inflammatory markers. If you are still using the system feel free to message me further. 

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