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mrs mac
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   Posted 2/6/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
hi guys!!!
 
was at the drs today, as i still have a cold, but also because ny nose is constantly blocked!!!
 
gp is referring me to ENT to find out if i have polyps in my nose!!
 
has any one else had this problem, and what did they do for it??
 
i hope that they can find something to unblock my nose, as it would be great to be able to breathe properly again!!!
 
 
tc mrs mac xxxx

Ceres
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   Posted 2/6/2006 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, they can give you a very, very low dose nasal steroid spray to use everyday. like Rhinocort or Nasonex.

The Hornmeister
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   Posted 3/4/2006 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi,

I've suffered with nasal polyps now for 4 years and I cannot smell at all. I found this seemed to start when I quit smoking in fact I had 2 cigarettes on a night out about 2 years ago and then the next day, I could smell faintly. Recently, I've found something that helps, I'm taking dissolvable (low dose) aspirin altho my smell only returns for a few weeks before going again, I then stop taking the aspirin for a month and then re-take it, and again my smell will return for a few weeks. I've spoken to Doctors about this and they seem slightly confused regarding the aspirin, Any help would be appreciated as I would love my smell (and taste) back permanently. Doctors have advised me not to get the Polyps removed as they think they will come back again as they don’t know what allergy is causing them. I hope my information is of some help to you. 

Thanks Ian


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   Posted 3/5/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian, welcome to Healingwell. Even if the polyps do come back, did the docs say how fast they would? If it wasn't too fast, wouldn't it be worth it to have them removed even if for a short time you would be able to smell and breathe again?? Have you had any allergy testing?
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The Hornmeister
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   Posted 3/6/2006 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Red_ 34, Thanks for your kind words..The Doc didn't say how soon the polyps would return he just said in ,most cases, they do return. The ENT clinic said they could operate and remove them but there would be a risk of damaging my eye socket altho my Doc disagrees with them. Anyway they both agree that finding what I'm allergic to is the real problem solver here. I did have a basic allergy test where they test you for the basics (pet hair, dust mites etc) and they couldnt find my allergy. The have now told me that there's literally thousands of allergies and it could be anyone of them. I must say that I didn't have the allergy test where they put different things on your skin, mine was a blood test. I may go back and ask for this other test as I really need to get this sorted as I can't smell and can't taste very well. Thanks a lot for your reply Red_34 

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   Posted 3/6/2006 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
You should definately have the scratch test and be tested for anything under the sun until you find the culprit. You must be miserable to not being able to breath or smell for so long! If you get tested, please come back and let us know..........you've my interest peaked now! :)
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The Hornmeister
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   Posted 3/7/2006 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Ok Thanks Sherry,

I will follow up this scratch test although here in England, we seem to be in a queue for months for various medical treatments but I will definately make an appointment to get this done, even if I am at the back of the queue,
 
Thanks a lot for your advice Sherry, much appreciated, (loved your photos also),
 
Take Care,
 
Ian x

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   Posted 3/7/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry, I would also like to add.......I've actually not been able to smell and taste since 2001. When I went to Australia in 2003, I got my smell and taste back, it was amazing but I've recently realised, that must have been down to the aspirin I was taking while I was in Australia (I took it to keep my blood thin, its a 24 hour flight from London to Sydney). As I've already mentioned in this forum, when I take low dose aspirin, I do get my smell back for a few weeks but it then goes so I stop takin the aspirin for a while (about 4 weeks), then I start re-taking it again and my smell will come back for a few weeks, and so on. I really wish I could smell and taste like most other people cos it can quite depressing at times although I don't let it get me too down,

Regards,

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   Posted 3/9/2006 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian, sorry I just saw that you added an add on to your post or I would've responded earlier lol Do the doctors have any idea why aspirin would cause you to be able to breathe again? I have a theory and tell me if you think it sounds plausible.......the aspirin thins your blood which causes the blood in your polyps to constrict allowing you to be able to breathe again, so what happens if you were to take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Motrin? Have you tried these yet? I'm just curious here because the whole aspirin thingy is quite interesting.
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   Posted 3/9/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sherry, Yeah your theory sounds very plausible. I have spoken to 2 doctors about this and they seem a bit confused by it. As I say, I agree with your theory about the aspirin. I do find it strange that after a few weeks, I can't smell again although a friend thinks that maybe my body builds up an immune system to the aspirin within this few weeks. I haven't tried Advil or Motrin which I'll definately look out for (is this available at the pharmacists or via doctor's prescription ?). I have tried a couple of nasal sprays over the years (Flixonase and Beconase) although I haven't had any luck with these.

Thanks a lot for your advice, much appreciated,

Ian 


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   Posted 3/9/2006 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Advil, Motrin and Aleve are OTC meds found at pharmacies. I am not sure if you have it where your from or what it would be called if different, but next time you're there, ask for those or Over the counter Nsaids. I do have to warn you though that if you have stomach ulcers don't take Nsaids because it can make it worse. Or any stomach issues for that matter.

I also found an interesting article regarding nasal polyps. Nasonex (Mometasone nasal) which is a steroidal nasal spray has been found to reduce nasal polyps. Nasonex is readily available here in the states but Mometasone is the generic name for it.
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   Posted 3/11/2006 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Ok Sherry,

I'll ask about them in my pharmacist,

Thanks a million for your advice, it really is appreciated,

I'll keep you updated to any outcome,

Take Care,

Ian 


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   Posted 3/15/2006 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sherry,

Just to let you know, I've gotta go see my Doctor on Friday to see about the scratch test although I have been told there's nearly a 2 year waiting list to get it done. The receptionist did give me a bit of advise in the fact that she told me to try a chinese herbalist shop (which are popping up everywhere here in the UK at the moment) as they do their own allergy testing where they take a strand of hair and send it off for analysing, the cost of this is about £30 ($45) so I may consider this option to, I'll certainly lety you know whatever course of action I take,

Take Care

Ian


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Red_34
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   Posted 3/15/2006 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
2 Years??? Holy cow, your kidding? If that's the case maybe you should go see the herbalist! Thanks for the update Ian :)
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kld
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   Posted 3/17/2006 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All
I am a new member. I have had allergies, asthma, polyps most of my life.  Until a few years ago I couldn't smell anything unless I had been on Prednesone for my asthma. After the prednisone I would be able to smell and taste better for a few weeks. 4 yrs ago it was discovered I had polyps and some nasal obstruction.I had the surgery to correct this and remove the polyps. The recovery time is short and it was worth it. I was able to smell and taste but even more my asthma was somewhat better.  I do admit that I seem to have to have nasal surgery every 2-3 years but in the long run it helps alot.
The recovery time is usually only a few days. That was what it was for me the first time before other medical factors got in the way.
 
My case is somewhat strange so don't look at the rest of this post as if it were the average.
I am now recovering from the nasal surgery. Before the surgery I  had a  prolonged asthma aggrivation caused by a cold that triggered sever sinusitis that only made the asthma worse. This is a vicious cycle that seems to effect me at least every two years or so in the winter. It has caused prolonged absences from work as I have had to be near the hospital for the sever asthma attacks as well as the cough gets so bad that I have broken some of my ribs during coughing fits (this is a very painful thing when every breath causes agony) and I am so tired and have no energy I couldn't do my job anyway. It seems to take the doctors so long to decide that my sinuses need to be cleaned and by then I have been admitted to the hospital several times for the asthma. I'll  have broken a few ribs torn many muscles in my chest and my abdomin and gotten so tired and my stamina is totally lacking. It's been 3 weeks since the surgery and my asthma is calming down slowly as long as I don't go outside in the cold or do too much activity.
I am hoping to return to work next week I least I hope so. Life cooped up in a house for 4 months is really getting me down.
 
Has anyone had a similar experence?
How can I cut down the time it takes for me to get over this awful cycle? Being absent from work every couple of years for 4 months or more isn't helping my status at work.
 
Sorry for such a long post but I am really frustrated!!!
 
 

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   Posted 3/17/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry,

I've been the docs, they said that the scratch test doesn't really help finding nasal allergies, its more for skin allergies, is this true ??? Anyhoo, they've given me some Cetrizine Hydrochloride to take so I'll let you know and I'm also gonna consider the Chinese herbalist too,

Take Care and thanks for all your advice,

Ian
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   Posted 3/17/2006 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
*sigh* Ian that is so not true. The scratch test is for sensitivity to ANY allergen nasal or otherwise. I used to work at a medical facility and we did the scratch tests there all the time. (I mainly watched because I have absolutely NO medical training but the doctors were kind to me and indulged my questions lol) We tested for pollen, mold, mildew, animal dander etc.....if you are allergic to anything, the scratch test will show as red botches or raised welts. The more advanced allergy test is where they put a thin gage needle under your skin and inject the allergens but usually the scratch test is pretty accurate and does the job. My son had the needle test because when he was tested he was too young to sit still for the scratch test. I was surprised to learn actually what he was allergic to! But things might be different here in the states, I don't know. Either way, I hope this stuff helps you.
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   Posted 3/17/2006 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kld, welcome to Healingwell. Sounds as if you've had a full plate already and it's not a good plate is it? Broke ribs eh? Ouch....that must've been some major coughing you did! I can't be of much help to you since I don't have asthma but I just wanted to welcome you and hopefully someone will come soon to help you out.
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kld
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   Posted 3/17/2006 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks sherry for responding. Hi to all of you.

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   Posted 3/17/2006 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Sherry, I suspected that to be honest. I haven't been happy with my Doctors surgery now for a few years and am considering going elswhere. Believe it or not but we have a Spanish Doctor in our surgery and when I originally told him that I couldn't smell, his fiorst question was "Well do you do cocaine ?" (Seriously). I'm really considering going elswhere.

Thanks a lot for your help Sherry, very appreciated.

Hi to kld, hope your feeling better soon, unfortunately, I'm not asthmatic myself so I don't really know much about it, you've certainly been in the wars lately. Good luck to you and take care,

Regards to y'all,

Ian 


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kld
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   Posted 3/20/2006 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All

I was just starting to feel better I went out Friday for the first time in 4 months and then on saturday to the library. This morning I came down with a new cold and the asthma and sinuses are really giving me a hard time. I'm taking ventolin 3-4 puffs every 2hrs and still I am not breathing easily. I'm seeing my Dr tommorow at a regularly schedualed visit. I am getting very frustrated, tired, depressed and just completly worn out. HELP
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