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Hi everyone. I've been wanting to reach out about my health issues and see if there's anyone else suffering similarly and hopefully get some advice. Will try to keep my story short. I'm 28/F. I've suffered allergies for many years but didn't as a child. Mainly animals (which is tricky because I work with them), pollen and mold. I also developed asthma a few years ago. I'm not overweight, am very health conscious, eat well and exercise.
Back in June my turbinates (glands in the nose) swelled up to the point I could only breath through my mouth for many weeks before seeing an ENT specialist and being put on Nasonex steroid spray. Diagnosis was due to allergies. It helped a lot, reducing them but they were still there. I got the flu a couple times in the months following which was awful. Swollen turbinates with congestion felt like I was drowning when laying down. All round my trouble breathing has been scary especially since my asthma flairs up regularly and I watched my Father die from emphysema. I've never smoked but both my parents smoked around me all the time as a child.
I have the flu again now so 3 times in 6 months. In this time I've only had brief relief from swollen turbinates. I went back to see the ENT as the nasonex hasn't been working like it did last time. Also my skin hates the stuff, it gives me broken capillaries, acne and even hair loss. He put me on the surgery waiting list for a septoplasty (straightening my nose) and turbinate reduction surgery but will have to wait up to a year. He also prescribed a different steroid spray and I can change between the two every couple months. The steroids are keeping them from swelling completely but my airways are still compromised. I booked in to see an allergist. There was a 3 month wait and they lost my appointment so now I have to wait until March unless there's a cancellation. I'm doing everything I can seeking professional.
I've had a persistent pressure headache for 3 weeks now, it started before the flu hit and the past week I've had a very tight/strained neck. It's not just the turbinates worrying me but my failing health accross the board. My doctor says I'm just having a bad run. Only feeling well for a minority of 6 months isn't normal and I'm concerned. Is there anyone else who's suffered like this due to allergies? A suppressed immune system etc? Thanks for reading.
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