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   Posted 2/10/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know which forum this belongs in. If this is the incorrect place, let me know.
I have a terrible time keeping my nostrils open. This happens about 4 times a week while I am sleeping. I don’t have post nasal drip. All I can call it is stuffiness. I can’t breathe out of my nose without having shortness of breath. Many times it affects only one nostril. Many times, I can’t lay on my right side while sleeping because the left nostril closes up when I am on that side and I have to lay on the left side. If I lay on my back to sleep, I snore and wake my self up.
I have used clarinex and zyrtec with no good results. The stuffiness won’t come out with a simple nose blowing. I have resorted to those squeeze bottles of saline with some success. Many times I have to squirt that saline several times to clear my nose. The worst part is that I usually wake up in the middle of the night with the stuffiness. By the time I have my nostrils cleared, I am wide awake and have trouble getting to sleep again. I have also tried Flunisolide but it does not seem to help most of the time.
I also have very bad dry mouth. I have COPD, GERD, and the beginnings of Diabetes (not sure about that yet).
I have not changed medications for over a year. This problem has come about in the last 2 months. Anybody want to suggest what I can do for this problem?
Thanks in advance.

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   Posted 2/10/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the first thing I recommend is getting to the doctor as this seems to have
been bothering you for awhile could've gone into a sinsus infection that
might require antibotics, second thing try Non drowsy, non drying Sedafed PE
Maximum strenght, but do not take this after 4pm in the day or else you might
not be able to sleep.. Third, is a question "How tightly shut up is your house ?
if it too tight it can be bad so you might need to purchase either a humidifier or a
de humifier, depending on your area and ask which one your doctor thinks you
should have..This sounds funny but a house too closed up can be a cause for
very little air circulation and can be harmful....
Good luck to you..
Hope this helps..
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the help. I generally have my windows open during the day (Florida) so I don't think closing the house at night has any effect. Also, this has happened both when the heater has been on and when the air conditioner has been on. I haven't had any pain or other symptoms, so I don't think it is a sinus infection. I try sedafed this afternoon. Also, I have a docs appointment March 4th. If it hasn't cleared up by then, I'll bring it up. Thanks again, teaman

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   Posted 2/11/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, you're in the right area :) My husband was getting that stuffy nose at night too so he went to the doctor and the doc seen swollen nasal passages as well as post nasal drip. She prescribed him Clariten and Flonase. The Flonase seems to be doing the trick for him. There are several prescription nasal sprays you can try when you see your doctor if it hasn't cleared up by then. I found the best thing that works for me is Singulair believe it or not. I used to get quite stuffy at night too and the Singulair has made a world of difference. You said you have COPD, are you on any medications for that right now? What about for your GERD?
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New Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 2/11/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I will add Fonase to my list when I talk to the Doctor.

I am taking meds for my COPD and GERD, but I have not changed my meds in a long time. Thanks for the advice. Teaman
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