Chronic health problems are just seemingly endless. It starts to feel hopeless after a while.
I've had this same problem, and totally thought it was purely an anatomical problem, because I experienced this ever since getting hit in the face with a basketball and had a very severe nosebleed. I must admit, I don't actually REMEMBER getting hit in the face with a basketball or the exact moment, because it is fuzzy, but I remember a severe nosebleed and that is when I started experiencing problems breathing through my nose. That is why I thought surgery I had would correct my "breathing problem" as I have so long referred to it. It is so very ambigious, but I don't know how and the HECK to narrow it down because I am not getting the answers I am seeking from doctors!!
I had surgery to remove my tonsils, adenoids, a somnoplasty (shrinking the tissue at the back of my tongue) and deviated septum corrected, referred to as septoplasty, and my turbinates corrected.
However, I STILL have congestion through my nose!! I have these same cycles as you do. One piece of advice: Buy a small N O T E B O O K (3 x 5 in.) or whatever you prefer and keep a health log. Do not worry about what others think. Those who are going to criticize you for such small matters (for keeping a health log)..their opinion probably shouldn't matter to you anyways in most cases. Keep track of your symptoms.
I know I have this problem. A doctor may ask me "Do you have this symptom or that symptom" and I honestly do not know. I would have to already have that symptom in mind, and then if it occurrs, I would then notice it. I dismiss things quite easily and I do not do drugs or drink, but I really seem to have a poor memory when it comes to things like that. I can't remember if I have trouble with X or with Y. That is not for EVERYTHING, but it's for the more subtle symptoms.
It is also great to have a health log just to keep track of your symptoms you ARE aware of, so the frequency and severity does not escape your mind and you can feel more confident when going to the doctor and looking him straight in the eye and say "Yes, THIS is a problem", and "So too is THIS."
Here is some text that may help. Scroll down to "Nasal Swelling
". This text is not all-revealing, but it is a start to help your understanding of your body. Do not be afraid to look up the terms. It is quite a bit, but you can get through it. I'm sure you are a competent and intelligent person.
I too live in Michigan.
Best of luck to you fellow Michigandeer!