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    Old 04-26-2003, 08:03 PM   #1
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    I have always had allergies, but very mild ones. I'd get a little sneezy when the pollen was high and when people were mowing their yards a lot, but nothing bothersome. I grew up in Kentucky. Moved to Missouri 4 years ago & ever since it seems like my allergies have gotten worse. They started bothering me really bad right after Thanksgiving in 2002. After discovering my allergy to aloe (of all things!), I elminated that and felt ok, but then my throat started getting irritated...allergy testing revealed I'm allergic to house dust/dust mites, mold, grass, & ragweed. No food allergies or anything like that. The past 3 years, every summer, I've had an ear infection. They get worse every year. I have had several ear surgeries in the past to repair holes in my eardrums (didn't work). Anyways that's just a history....so about 3 years ago I saw an ENT who said I have nasal polyps. Well I just went back last week due to the throat irritation and he said it's the nasal polyps, irritated by allergies, both of which are causing VERY irritating post-nasal drip. My question is, has anyone else had this problem before? Is there anything I can try that helps? I'm on Zyrtec-D & Nasacort AQ right now, also antibiotics. I have tried all sorts of medicines, sprays, none of which did anything. What is the surgery like, if anyone knows? Any info about the nasal polyps would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Old 05-03-2003, 07:02 AM   #2
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    I believe the operation to remove nasal polyps is a very simple procedure. By it's nature a polyp is a small growth with a very thin neck. This makes it simple to remove. You will find any breathing difficulties much improved when you have had it (them) removed. Jenni

     
    Old 05-03-2003, 04:19 PM   #3
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    with your throat irritation
    did you feel like you were swalowing over a lump like an oyster? i get pressure in my right ear and a feeling like something behind tonsil is pressing on e/tubes my ear blocks,buzzes and rings and i have to keep jutting jaw forward trying to clear the ear
    i have post nasal polyps and eustachian tube dysfunction
    it feels like something is swollen in there at back of nose leading to throat
    could this be polyps?
    thank you angel
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    Old 05-04-2003, 01:41 AM   #4
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    Yes, I did. Always feels like there's a lump in my throat and that it's swelled up. Haven't had pressure in my ears but occasionally get it in my jawbone. Anyways my throat has felt very swollen as well...what does your throat look like when you check it in the mirror? It does sound a lot like polyps, since our symptoms are similar.

     
    Old 05-05-2003, 01:00 AM   #5
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    Hi VNC-
    My history is just like yours.....
    Thought I could get away with avoiding surgery by using Nasocort, Zyrtec etc and just keep treating it symptomatically.
    However, the infections got more frequent and finally intractable. No antibiotic in the world would help if the polyps were causing so much obstruction. the infection simply cannot drain. Allergy equals irritation, equals chronically swollen turbinates, equals (sometimes but not always) polyps. They are totally benign but cause incredible discomfort, as you now know!
    Bottom line is I had surgery. Done as as outpatient. Afterwards, you are sent home with packing in your nose which is removed about five days later (if my memory serves me correctly).
    I have never had a polyp recurrance and am very happy I finally had the procedure done.
    I still have allergies and use the various meds dilligently when needed.
    My advice is why suffer? If nothing else is working, do it...!

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    Old 05-05-2003, 12:45 PM   #6
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    Thanks very much for your reply! For several months, I have tried everything I could - asthma inhalers, antibiotics, steroid inhalers, several different nasal sprays, quite a few allergy medications...none of those brought me even the tiniest bit of relief. It is so irritating that when I go to the specialist on Wednesday, I am going to tell him I want the surgery NOW because medicines don't work and I am miserable. Nothing else has worked, so like you, I'll probably need the surgery but I'm to the point now where I don't care, I just want to feel good again. How bad are your allergies now, compared to what they were before having the polyps removed? Is it very painful after the surgery? Do they have to put you to sleep and all that? (I read that they just used local anesthesia) I had a CT scan of my sinuses last week so I will discuss that with my doctor this Wednesday morning and see what he wants to do. So we'll see what happens then. Hopefully they can get me in pretty quick for the surgery. Thanks again for your comments.

     
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    Hi again-
    Yes indeedy...you get to a point where you are just so uncomfortable you can't WAIT for surgery!
    My allergies still hit about once a year around Sept. (Los Angeles...god knows EVERYTHING grows here and I've never really figured out what's so special about September).
    They weren't as bad this year for some reason. Our bodies do change and I've even had a couple of seasons where I was hardly affected at all. When needed, I take Zyrtec and use a Nasocort inhaler.
    Even though I still have allergies, I no longer get infections or terrible congestion. The polyps prevented normal drainage so infection would always ensue.
    I had several polyps in different sinuses (one maxillary, one ethmoid and another i can't remember) so I had a very light general anesthesia.
    You may have some very small polyps that are no big deal to "snare" with a local but the CAT scans will guide you and your doctor as to what you'll need to do.
    The aftermath was uncomfortable but not painful. The packing in my nose felt weird and of course I felt totally "blocked" until the packing came out. But it's worth it. You can't keep taking antibiotics like this!
    Good luck!
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    Old 05-05-2003, 03:21 PM   #8
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    That's for sure! I'm actually looking forward to my doctor's appointment now, and even more so the the possibility of surgery. And I hate going to the hospital. But it's so worth it to feel better and have my life back. I've been in complete misery ever since this all started. I've been taking allergy shots to help clear things up, but that will take a long time to take effect. Everything grows here too...it's probably the weather change that gets to you, September is often about when the weather gets cooler. I haven't had much congestion, just constant post-nasal drip. I can't wait 'til this is all over. Does the relief come pretty quickly after surgery? I'll find out more of what's going on this Wednesday. Thanks!

     
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