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22 March 2019 @ 11:07 pm
We're down to the last LJ Idol poll for the 5-story marathon round. My story is here, with a link at the bottom to the poll and all other entries. Thank you for your support!

So, that subject line... I've had decades-long problems with congestion and post-nasal drip. Antihistamines don't help much, because I don't have allergies. Just rhinosensitivity, meaning that anything and everything irritates my nose, causing the inside to swell up and run a little bit. This goes on pretty much 24/7. It's obnoxious.

The last couple of days, though, it has felt like I'm continually trying to clear my throat, swallow that drainage, and breathe freely--kind of like I'm drowning. I finally took one of those mucous pills tonight, and that calmed things down quite a bit. But it's such a battle.

Here's the thing. I went to an ENT for it about 12 years ago, when it got to be too much. His solution was to keep using antihistamines and my nasal spray, which just maintains the status quo. I saw a different guy a couple of years later, whose great answer was a pair of metal spring inserts for my nose...which make it look as if you're smuggling spiders in your nostrils, so that'll make you popular with others.

I mentioned adenoids both times, and asked whether removing them might help, because they do that for kids sometimes. Neither doctor even responded to that.

So last night, as I was struggling to breath with all of the swallowing, I looked around Google for the issue of lumps high in the throat (as in, behind the nose) that will not go away. Lo and behold, I stumbled across... adenoids, which live exactly in that position and sometimes swell up and make it hard to breathe! Or in my case, frequently swell up.

So, what is this resistance to removing them in adults? I think that would help me, and it sure wouldn't make it worse!

Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on March 23rd, 2019 11:40 am (UTC)
I was always told removing them when you're a kid is infinitely much easier. Ditto tonsils. It's supposedly a more complicated surgery when you're an adult.

I had mine out along with my tonsils when I was five. I used to get horrible ear infections. I gained 15 lbs in the 3 weeks following the surgery. Later on it was discovered that the tonsils have a lot to do with your metabolic system. They didn't know that back then.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2019 04:58 pm (UTC)
Interesting! That's probably true of a lot of things-- your body heals better when you're a child.

Our daughter had her adenoids removed when she was three, and they put tubes in her ears during the same operation (she had the same problem with ear infections that all of her cousins did). We were warned that the adenoids might grow back, though!

I hadn't heard that tonsils were involved in metabolism at all. They're part of the immune defense system (and so are the adenoids, apparently). Back in my husband's time, they would just take kids' tonsils out in case they became a nuisance later. They didn't realize they were actually good for anything.

I don't know if my oldest sister and brother had theirs removed, but my next-older sister did, because hers got infected all the time. That's a valid reason to remove them.
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on March 23rd, 2019 11:45 am (UTC)
I've got a lot of post nasal drop too. I had an allergy panel done a few years ago. Turned out I'm allergic to a bunch of stuff including animal dander. I faithfully take my allergy meds every morning for obvious reasons.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2019 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yikes-- coping with animal dander is tough when you have two large dogs with thick coats!

I remember that Bill and Hillary Clinton were both allergic to cats, but their daughter wanted a cat, so they medicated themselves. I think that was probably more of a, "Look what I found, Pa! Can we keep him?" situation than deciding to go looking for a live-in allergen. ;)

One friend is allergic to so many animals that she can only have ferrets as pets. And is still driven crazy by pollens. :O

Ariss Tenoh: Moiariss_tenoh on March 23rd, 2019 01:09 pm (UTC)
A colleague from work had his removed and he's in his mid thirties. He needed 2 weeks rest at home after the operation.

I don't know your circumstances but it is possible to have it done for an adult.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2019 07:32 pm (UTC)
Wow! Two weeks is forever! But I've done the work-at-home thing after surgery before. It really cuts down on the away time. ;)
passing_through: lazy weekendpassing_through on March 25th, 2019 01:13 am (UTC)
That sounds miserable. I had post-nasal drip a few weeks ago when I had my head cold and it was so annoying. I can't imagine having it all the time.

Are you going to see another doctor soon?