I've had polyps removed several times (no issues with cancer) and can promise you that they won't go away on their own.
You'll either have to have the treated medically (inhaled nasal steroids or sytemic steroids) or surgically (sometimes it can be done in the doctor's office but major polyp removal requires that they put you under) - any good ENT should be able to help you figure out the right treatment option. Polyps do have an annoying tendency to recur so you probably need to see an allergist to see if they can figure out the underlying cause of the polyps (which is usually allergies of some kind).
On the whole cancer thing, this is from WebMD:
In general, polyps can be a nuisance but are rarely life-threatening. However, certain types of polyps have a predisposition to turn into cancer, and thus if you have polyps, it is best to have a physician fully evaluate them.
Well, I would love to get rid of them. I will have to keep using the nasonex I had from allergies this fall to see if I can get rid of them. I have ear/sinus problems on that side & hope it will go away soon. I cannot afford to visit an ENT, so I am stuck hoping the spray will do the trick.
The Nasonex may help shrink them - you might also ask your regular doctor to prescribe a course of prednisone for the polyps - prednisone is the standard medical treatmen - some folks have a harder time with prednisone than others but it will definitely shrink the polyps...if you've had nasal allergies that may be the source of the problem so keeping those under control will be important to keeping the polyps from coming back.
I was on prednisone for a 6 days for the water in my ear & it did help a bit with that. I really don't want to do it again. I hate taking pills & such. I just hope the nasonex will clear it up or it won't get any worse. I am not sure if the dizzy spells I have been having are from this sinus issue or not.... My head still feels funny around my left ear, but that may be TMJ, too. I am going to give it a couple more days then make another appt. to see what we can do to get rid of this problem. One thing I have been having problems with is that I constantly have to clear my throat. Is that a symptom of the nasal polyps? My nose isn't stuffy, though.... weird...
Well, I finally got to see an ENT. I am having surgery to treat the fluid that is STILL in my ear (ear tube). I was on prednisone for 2+ months due to a bowel issue, and that did not get rid of the fluid. The ENT was surprised. Said he is going to do a nasal endoscopy to look down in there & see if I have a polyp that is causing the fluid to hang in there & not resolve, even with prednisone treatment. I can't wait because my ear has gotten really annoying & sometimes I have pains down in there. I started getting migraines as well about 6 months ago, but he said it would not cause migraines, just make them worse. I kinda hope it will get rid of this weird feeling on my left side of the head (and fix my hearing loss). I have the surgery in 6 days.
He did mention it could be cancer, but the chances are very, very slim. Not many get this type of cancer, he has only seen it in 2 patients since he has been in practice. I am sure it's not. I haven't had nosebleeds or anything. Besides, in January when I had that horrible headache (turned out to be a migraine) I was sent to the ER & they did a CT of my head & said there were no masses. It did see a deviated septum to the right & fluid in my left inner ear (finally the doctors would listen & do something about it!) & some fluid in my mastoid sinus as well. I was given antibiotics & sent on my way. It of course did not fix it. Besides, the ENT says it's not infected, just clear fluid.
Anyway, I was surfing around & thought I might update this thread. I am hopeful for an easy surgery with good results!
Wow. I wonder if that is what I am going through. My nose has been inflammed for months now, maybe close to a year. The first doctor that I saw told me that I had nasal polyps. I didn't know what they were back then. She didn't do anything about them, so at that point I assumed that it wasn't a biggy. Now I still have the inflammed nose and no one knows why. I don't have allergys and I don't have sinus issues. I do have headaches everyday, every hour on the day. It is becoming unbearable. My nose and throat drys out extremely fast when air is blowing on me or if I am in the heat to long. If I do have polyps and they disappear how will my doctor know that I have them?
What exactly do you mean when you say your nose is inflamed?
Polyps do not disappear on their own without treatment so, if you had polyps before you still have them now - and it is very important that they be treated or they will continue to get worse. If you saw a doctor who recognized the polyps and did nothing you need to find another doctor - preferably an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist.
First I was seeing a family practice doctor and she told me that I had a lot of polyps in my nose. At that time I was having problems with horrible headaches, balance, warm feelings in my ear, and tingling on my hands and face. To make a long story short that doctor misdiagnosed me with lupus ( I went to a university hospital and they told me that I did not have it and to not go back to this doctor who told me that I did). I didn't go back to her but I still had the same problems. I went to see a ENT and he said that he didnt see any polyps. He didn't put a scope down my nose though. He did tell me that my nose was inflamed. He is the one that did my tonsillectomy. He can't figure out why my nose is still inflamed. He asked me if I was diabetic but that was ruled out. I still have the same problem. Do you think I should go back and ask him to do a scope down my nose. This has been a problem for close to a year now. It hasn't gotten any better. He also did an allergy test and a MRI of my sinus. Nothing came of either of those test. So do you think that it could still be polyps? No one ever did the scope down my nose. It also feels like I have a build up of mucus, I find myself always hacking mucus up sometime during the day. My nose seems to never run but feels stuffy. I feel like I have had a cold that has lasted a year.
My pcp doc saw my nasal polyps easily without a scope. Didn't think they were important either. I was having other issues, so I was told that the my fluid in my ear wasn't as important as the other issues. I finally begged a 5 or 6 months later for them to send me to an ENT, and I am so thankful. I have my nasal endo & my ear tube put in on Friday, and I can't wait! I think it is going to help my dizziness & off-balance & running into things problems that I have been having.
I had a CT scan back in January due to a severe headache (which turned out to be a migraine - I just started getting them at age 33). The CT scan showed fluid in my ear (finally I got my pcp doc to take the fluid seriously!) & some fluid in my mastoid sinus as well, so I was told I had a sinus infection & was put on some meds. I didn't have any other symptoms, no runny or stuffy nose or anything. The meds they put me on were antibiotics. They did not work. So I tried some different kinds as well, with no luck. Antibiotics, with my experience, will not help plain un-infected fluid in my ear (when my ENT looked it was clear fluid, and he said it was not infected).
So my pcp told me I had ETD. But the ENT has given me the dx of otitis media with effusion. I have mild hearing loss as well. Hopefully my surgery will get it all fixed.
I don't know if the polyps I had in my nose (seen by my regular doc without a scope) are still there because I have been on Nasonex for months & months and that is the normal treatment for polyps. Normally they don't cause much problems and are treated with steroid nasal sprays.
My ENT told me because my fluid has been there for over a year & causing hearing loss that the ear tube surgery is the best option. He is surprised that since I was on prednisone for so long, that there must be something causing the fluid to stay there, he thinks probably a polyp way down inside deep, which is why he is doing the nasal endo. If he finds a polyp, he will remove it & send it to the lab to make sure it's not cancer, but this type of cancer is super rare, so I am sure it's not.
goodwifey1: What is the treatment your ENT has given you? I would go back to the ENT & tell him you are still having problems. Don't go back to a regular doc. These sinus issues are best tended by an ENT. Besides regular docs don't take them seriously.
My suggestion to you all with balance and dizziness issues is to see an ENT. They will look for fluid in the ear & check your hearing & such. They are the best ones to determine your best plan of treatment.
Thanks for the advice. I am going to go back to my ENT and ask him to do a Nasal Endoscopy. I know that something is going on and it is time that someone did something about it. This started June of last year and it is still a problem. I have had so many things ruled out which was a relief but I still have the problem. Well...my appointment is next week. I'm praying for the best.
Just wanted to let you all know that my surgery came out fine (had it yesterday). Everything is now so loud!!! I didn't realize how deaf I was!
Anyway, there were not polyps or growths & the doctor has rarely seen this in any adults, but my fluid was really thick like sap, that's why it wouldn't come out. I wondered why I hadn't heard it moving around in there in a while, now I know!
So I go back to the ENT in 3 weeks. I am so glad I had it done. It was really pretty painless.... (so far)