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    Old 02-28-2007, 04:47 AM   #1
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    How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    I have a swollen turbinate that is getting very big now and is causing me bad headaches everyday, I'm waiting to have an operation. But how big can this turbinate grow? My whole nostril is nearly blocked now! What happens when there is no more space left in my nostril? Does it still grow then?

     
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    Old 03-05-2007, 08:50 AM   #2
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

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    I have a swollen turbinate that is getting very big now and is causing me bad headaches everyday, I'm waiting to have an operation. But how big can this turbinate grow? My whole nostril is nearly blocked now! What happens when there is no more space left in my nostril? Does it still grow then?
    Hi there, I don't know how big it will still grow but since the problem is that bad, I don't think anyone can live with it any longer and mostly will have it removed through surgery. So I guess no one really know how big it can continue to grow. I had mine removed more than a year ago. I'm doing fine apart from the nose block that I still get but it's much better than before. I had my bone and the tissues removed partially. But now, I can see the other turbinates swelling up and the operated one, swelling up a bit too.

    I hope you have a smooth surgery and recovery!

     
    Old 03-05-2007, 09:00 PM   #3
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    ^^Thank you and thanks for replying!

    My swollen turbinate is now touching the other side of my nasal lining. I was just reading about Empty Nose Syndrome, apparently some people get this after having turbinates removed and nothing much can be done about it. It's a bit worrying, I mean i have already had one operation done on my septum and now I need another one, I don't want to get empty nose syndrome as well after this but I can't live with this pain either.

    I'm pleased to hear you are doing better after having yours removed. How come you have other turbinates swelling now? Is it because you have allergies?

    The weird thing is I didn't have any swollen turbinates until I had an operation done on my septum. Straight after the operation I could see the turbinate and it has grown big over the last two years....does this mean that the operation caused it in the first place?

     
    Old 03-06-2007, 08:08 AM   #4
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    When I first found out about my problem, my nasal passage is very almost totally blocked. Eating became a problem for me as I get too breathless to finish the meal. I also started to have lots of mucus production, PND and it's extremely miserable! I didn't want surgery but the doctors could do nothing else so I went ahead with it.

    Empty Nose Syndrome develops when the surgeon removes the turbinates totally and leaves nothing there to warm and 'guide' the air that we breathe in. In turn, one will feel breathless and no matter how they breathe, they just don't feel 'satisfied'. Nowadays, surgeons doesn't do a total turbinectomy as to avoid complications like that, so do double confirm with your surgeon about your surgery details. Part of the turbinates should be left so that it helps warm the air that we breathe and also to prevent lung irritation.

    I don't know why they swell, but the surgery is not a total cure as there's always a possibility of recurrence/relapse. They told me I have allergic rhinitis and then vasomotor rhinitis... I also have some breathing problems on and off and they say it's due to allergies. But I have 'learned' to live with the difference in the airflow in my nose due to the blockages. Somehow as time goes by, I just got used to the 'new' breathing pattern. There are still days where it's still unbearable but it will pass.

    I do not think that the septum operation is the cause of your turbinate swelling. Did the doctor tell you that you didn't have enlarged turbinates before your septum surgery?

    Just like you, I research on the internet about the possible complications before I had my surgery. They did seem horrible to live with and I did talk about it with my surgeon and he reassured me that it shouldn't happen. Do your research and write down all the questions you would want to ask your surgeon. By the way, what's your actual diagnosis? Do you also have any allergies?

    Good luck!!!

     
    Old 03-06-2007, 12:02 PM   #5
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    Yes I have allergic rhinitis as well....I'm very allergic to dust mites and I am constantly sneezing. I'm worried about mold in my room as well. I was told that they will trim the turbinate and fix my septum again, I only had my septum put right a few years ago. The specialist wanted to know why my septum had gone wrong again but I don't know....the only thing i can think of is that when my nose is itchy I sometimes rub it hard so maybe that damaged my septum.

    I don't see how the operation could cause my turbinate either but it's just weird that the bump in my nose appeared straight after the op. Clearly the turbinate swelled because of allergies but it wasn't there before the op. At the time I just thought the bump was because of the operation and would go down, I didn't know that it was a turbinate and I didn't even know what one was at the time. I will ask about it at my next appointment. Only one nostril is blocked, I don't mind the breathing problems so much, it's the head pain I can't stand everyday. I used a nasal spray for a few months because I was told to, I think that made my symptoms worse though.

    Thanks again and good luck to you as well!!

     
    Old 03-08-2007, 10:07 AM   #6
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    Please do get rid of the mold as it can be very harmful to the body in long term. My septum is to one side but no surgery was done on it. Did you let your septum heal before you started rubbing your nose? I guess it could be a possibility... or maybe the connective tissues are weak?

    How come the nasal spray is making your symptoms worse? Did the doctor say what's causing your head pain? I know ppl with sinusitis gets face/head pain symptoms. All the best!

     
    Old 03-09-2007, 12:48 PM   #7
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    Well I used mold killer and now there are just some black stains that my dad say's I don't have to worry about. I'm not sure though that he's right, that's all I can afford at the moment though.

    Yes my septum did heal before I rubbed it....I think.lol I'm not sure about the connective tissues being weak.

    The nasal spray did help a lot at first but I was using it for months because I was told to, then my symptoms came back but worse then before. I have just read about nasal sprays being bad if you use them to long, I would have stopped if I had known this.

    The doc did tell me that a swollen turbinate could cause head pain and I read it on the internet as well. I presume your turbinate didn't cause you any pain then? I have TMJ as well.

     
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    What nasal spray were you using? I only know that the nasal decongestant spray can cause damage in frequent usage. As for steroid nasal spray, it shouldn't make your condition worse in long term use. It's a preventive medicine so that it helps slow down or prevent your turbinates from swelling. They didn't work on me though and neither did the medications. The nasal decongestant did provide relief but made my nose feel dry and weird but I couldn't use it on a long term basis.

    I didn't have any significant head pain back then.

     
    Old 03-11-2007, 10:04 AM   #9
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    I was using Flixonase Aqueous nasal spray.

    So you had your operation over a year ago and your turbinates are starting to swell again, will you have the operation again if they get bigger? How many turbinates can you see when you look up your nose?

     
    Old 03-12-2007, 11:32 AM   #10
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

    Actually, I had my surgery nearly 2.5 years ago already and I wouldn't go for the surgery again. I don't think they will swell up to the extend like before; even bone was removed with my turbinates. If I were to go and get more removed... I might have dry nose forever.

    A few months after my surgery, I still felt like my right side was blocked. The surgeon suggested that I either go back for the GA(general anesthetic) surgery or a LA surgery where they inject your turbinates with local anesthetic(LA) and then inject this probe which will cautherize your turbinates, causing them to shrink. The LA procedure is suppose to be less painful then the old GA procedure. And yes, the 'old' procedure was defenitely painful!

     
    Old 03-12-2007, 09:09 PM   #11
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    Re: How big can a swollen turbinate grow?

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    Actually, I had my surgery nearly 2.5 years ago already and I wouldn't go for the surgery again. I don't think they will swell up to the extend like before; even bone was removed with my turbinates. If I were to go and get more removed... I might have dry nose forever.

    A few months after my surgery, I still felt like my right side was blocked. The surgeon suggested that I either go back for the GA(general anesthetic) surgery or a LA surgery where they inject your turbinates with local anesthetic(LA) and then inject this probe which will cautherize your turbinates, causing them to shrink. The LA procedure is suppose to be less painful then the old GA procedure. And yes, the 'old' procedure was defenitely painful!
    Well I hope you don't need anymore surgery. I have already been on the waiting list for an operation for my turbinate before but I cancelled it at the last minute, this time I will definitely have it done though. I cancelled it because the ENT specialist said to me that the turbinate would just swell up again after the op because of allergies. He said it might take months or maybe a couple of years to swell up again. But another specialist told me that I should have it done anyway so that's why I'm on the list again. My nose is quite dry as well. Before I had the operation done on my septum my nose was always runny, I used to sound like I had a cold a lot of the time.

    I really hope I'm not awake for the operation! I just presumed I wouldn't be.

     
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