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I am really needing some good advice here.
I have been diagnoses with enlarged turbinates/ hypertrophy. I have had nose problems all my life. I had a septoplasty many years ago at age 16. That helped with my sinus problems for a while. I dont remember being told about anything being done to my turbinates. Just septoplasty. I am now age 38.
The surgery improved things and I stopped getting sinusitis all the time. But despite the surgery my nose has remained always as a problem. I have never been able to breathe properly out of it and I have been using Alanaise steroid nasal spray to help as long as I can remember. However It seems to have gotten increasingly worse over time. Firstly I started having problems after drinking alcohol about 13 yeas ago (age 25). My sinuses would really block after drinking so in addition to hangovers I would get next to no sleep. The next step was about 7 years ago (age 31) where I started having difficulties flying on planes. I would get serious ear pain or sinus pain and began taking high powered otrivin short term steroid spray and pseudoephedrine when flying.
The final step began about a year and a half ago. I began having serious problems sleeping regardless of whether I drink any alcohol. My nose is partly blocked during the day but very blocked at night. I wake up sometimes due to breathing problems. Also due to sore and dry throat. I also snore occasionally although mainly my breathing just sounds loud and uneven and strained especially when trying to breathe through my nose. I wake up through the night and ultimately cant get back to sleep. I am averaging about 5 hours of broken sleep a night. It is substantially affecting my quality of life and energy levels now, and I worry, my health. I have had an at home sleep test done and it showed I do not have sleep apnea (throat problem) but I do have a small number of apnea which is to low to register as sleep apnea. I think they are caused by reduced airflow because of my nose problem.
It has been recommended by an ENT that I get turbinate reduction surgery. However I have looked online and there is so much negative information about it and references to Empty Nose Syndrome. However much of it looks of low credibility such as new media items and hysterical reports and reports verging on conspiracy. So I really need to understand what the chances of success of this surgery are. Anyone can provide their experience with it? Also I really need to understand the true (not conspiracy) risks and the chances of them occurring. Again any experience with this?
The other thing I am wanting to know is the efficacy of allergy shots to treat this? I have read often this is a condition caused by allergies. I have allergies to dust mites and grasses. I am doubtful grasses are a problem for me as my wheal was small at only 6mm and because my problem is year around and I live in the middle of downtown with concrete all around me. My allergy to dust mites seems more plausible since I am far more exposed to them. Mind you my allergy test revealed a wheal of only 5mm for dust mites, at the low end of mild allergy. Also I have no other allergy symptoms, no sneezing, itchy eyes, no eczema, no asthma etc. So I dont know how likely it is to have an effect if I do allergy immunisation. It sounds like it takes such a long time.
Really hoping for some feedback here. I find this site has such a low amount of activity and I cant find any other sites related to nasal problems that are actively used. I really need to sort this problem out. The lack of sleep is affecting my life so much
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