Hi there. This is my first time to this board. Sorry if this gets a little long.
I am here because I believe that I may have a deviated septum. Ever since I was a young girl (probably around age 10 or so) I have always had problems breathing out of my nose. (I am now 23 years old).
I've had frequent nosebleeds since childhood, but my parents seemed to think it was because of the ever changing weather up here in Michigan. I still have nose bleeds, though not as severe. I have also been suffering with sinus headaches 2-3 days per week.
I can remember when I was younger, I felt as if I was going to panic because I couldn't breathe well enough through my nose. That's when I pretty much started breathing through my mouth. Over the years, it has become second nature for me to breathe through my mouth almost constantly.
There are times that I do breathe through my nose, but I notice after a few minutes I have to breathe through my mouth because I feel as if I'm not getting enough air. (And my breathing gets really loud through my nose).
And if I attempt to take a deep breathe just through my nose, I quickly have to breathe through my mouth because I'm not inhaling enough air through my nose and I feel like I am going to panic.
There is one thing that I have noticed about my nose and breathing problems... Sometimes I can breathe out of the right side of my nose while not on the left side of my nose. And other times I can breathe out of the left side of my nose and not the right side. And when I am upset or crying, I cannot breathe out of my nose at all
. But since I was a child, I have not been able to breathe out of both nostrils at the same time
These are things that I have noticed over the past 13 years. Mostly I've learned to deal with it all, but over the past few months, it has really been bothering me.
I have made an appointment to see an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist in two weeks so hopefully they can see exactly what's going on.
I do have one question for those of you who know about this condition. Can a deviated septum cause you to breathe out of the right side of your nose while not on the left side...and other times to breathe out of the left side of your nose and not the right side? Almost like it switches back and forth?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read!
Thanks in advance for any replies!