Well, I'm having surgery (again) today. I haven't talked about it on here in a while, as it's been almost 2 years since my last surgery, but unfortunately, my nose is still all kinds of screwed up. I've talked about it a little in the past here and here, but here's a quick overview of the issues I've had with it.
I've never been able to breathe normally. I have/had vasomotor rhinitis, which is "a condition that involves a constant runny nose, sneezing, and nasal stuffiness, which is not caused by an allergy or infection. The cause is unknown." It's basically a hyper-sensitive nose.
The one thing that my last surgery fixed (for the most part) is this. My main trigger was always water- if I swam, washed my face, or had water anywhere near my nose- I sneezed like a crazy person (like 40 times in a row). It was intense. So my ENT reduced my enlarged turbinates and that really seemed to help. I still have the symptoms occasionally, but it is MUCH better than it used to be. Cold weather is probably the main trigger now.
But my other issue is a deviated septum. This will be my 3rd surgery on my nose, and it is still completely crooked. The first surgeon made it even worse, the second surgeon fixed it temporarily but it eventually moved back, and I'm hoping this is the last time I'll have to do this. I found a really great ENT out here, and he is the first person to suggest that I have a CAT scan. Well, he was stunned by the results. He actually said "I don't know how you're able to breathe at all- your septum looks like it's about to collapse." He told me that my septum looks like an 'S' because it leans to the left in the front, but curves and leans to the right in the back of my nose, so it's really blocking both sides. THIS MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!
I am so tired of having these surgeries and not being able to breathe, so I'm hoping and praying that this surgery is a success and I can put it all behind me!
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