I was reading some of your questions and i just wanna tell you about my experience. I'm only 16 at the moment but my Nasal Polyps rule my life. I've had numerous steroids, nasal sprays and well nothing worked. I had my adenoids (adenoids) removed when i was young and now an operation every two years is what i face. I couldn't breathe through my nose, coughed up continuous phlegm and headaches left, right and centre. I couldn't even blow my nose without my ears popping painfully or a splitting headache erupting.
And well.. surgery has been the only way forward, and for those who fear it believe me, it's not nice but blimey, it doesn't half make a difference. I had a Polypectomy and also my surgeon drilled a few holes in attempt to release pressure and fluid.
I've had two operations so far (Two years in a row) and last september the polyps hadn't grown back large enough for an operatoin to be needed. And now? Well, i wish i'd gotten him to do it anyway. My nose is running, my head is aching, every minute i cough, usually with phlegm, and i basically feel terrible.
So to be honest, in my opinion, surgery has been a success, even if my polyps do grow back in 6months time.
"Don't fear it. Just do it." That's my motto.
Thanks for taking the time to read about my experience.
I had a huge polyp in my nose for around 30 years i could look up my nose and see it like a jely bee,my septum was also deviated on the same side,,I had the surgery,now i I cant breath from that side but my nose always feels dry,,not to mention the most awfull feeling for the first two weeks after surgery,,,would i do it again,,no,,,
Polyps are very difficult to treat.
I typically give my patients steroid nasal spray, oral steroids, Singulair, and saline sinus irrigations.
It's also reasonable to be on an allergy medication like Claritin and to have allergy testing done.
Surgery is usually required eventually.
BTW, the "holes" are not visible. They are referring to opening the natural sinus ostia (holes) that get blocked by the polyps or scarring from chronic infections.
I just had a polypectomy last Thursday. I got the usual post op symptoms like a bleeding nose but I have this headache which doesnt seem to want to subside at all. It is absolutely horrible. It feels like my brain has been dislodged!
Thank you Enoch, thats what my Consultant said too - i.e. nothing to worry about. One thing however, is that I've noticed a slight change in shape in the bridge of my nose - it now seems wider and also my nose looks like it has a 'kink' in it. Is it normal to have slight changes in the shape of the nose?
FAO turkan: the headaches though present seem to now be subsiding. Apparently it was due to swelling in the skull as a result of the surgery.
Thanks guys - I've been using a preservative-free saline solution prescribed by my doctor... however, a new problem has arised!
I now seem to be having nosebleeds on a daily basis. So you know, the bleeding is not profuse it just tricles. I met and reported this last week and the doctor says its part of the recovery process?! Today it took 1 hour for my left nostril to stop bleeding and the right one started! Its really inconvenient because its getting in the way of my work.
Another question on this - will my diet effect the bleeding?
I have had polyps removed 4 times in the last 6 years and whilst it is becoming somewhat of a routine for me ( more like a never ending circle!) I have come to realise that surgery is not the be all and end all. There are HEAPS of alternative methods that can heap with sinus pain, infection, respiratory issues affected by sinus congestion and ear blockages as well.
I feel like I have everything and then more..............however I do know that there is someone out there worse of than me so I better count my blessings =) I have had the polyps taken out, anenoids taken out, septum re-aligned and grommets put in twice with another surgery on the way. However as the years go on I am getting a better handling on everything. Here are a few suggestions on what I have been doing that helps me massively - not to get rid of it but to still live a quality life with all the crap in my head. Take it or leave it - it's up to you =)
* Naturopath - can help you with herbs, vitamins and minerals and look at you holistically - maybe the polyps are ather because of something else
* Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs - THE BEST way for me to relieve sinus pressure and STRESS. Cupping also help chest congestion!!!!
* Iridology - the study of the eyes - what else is going on in my body?
* Chiropractor - re-aligns everything.
* Kinesiology - looks at you body in 3 ways ( I think) - bio-chemisty, structural and emotional. A lot of my issues have been emotional and as I have been working through the emotions with the chiropractor who is somewhat of a counsellor the sinus pain is becoming less.
Have you ever thought about how food, emotions and stress play a big part in congesting you - I have! I have recently discovered that all of that is a big part of why these constantly come back. Now all I have to do is to stay on top of it all - AHHHHH!!!! Eat healthily ( beetroot juice is great as a natural anti-inflammatory), be honest with my emotions and stay organised so that the stress doesn't come.
Anyways I know this is a total essay but I hope something of what I has said as helped at least one person. Good luck to all those with nasal polyps, sinus issue and basically anything else =)
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