My nose (help wanted) 
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 My nose (help wanted)

Can someone of you please help with the following problem.

Whenever I lie down I have difficulties
with respiration through the nose.
The specialist it visited said it is due to a
swelling of the mucous membranes and there is nothing
one can do about it.
(Before coming to this conclusion he had tried various
 things including an operation on the nose.
 It worked in a way: During the operation respiration
 was good for about 5 seconds.)
He is probably right because the problems go away
under medikamentation for de-swelling.
According to the specialist this however will in the long run
not help but further worsen the situation.
The problem is that I have to respire through the
mouth the whole night so I often awake from pain when my
mouth has dried out completely.  (I'm not allowed to drink
something because of non-functioning of the kidneys)
It's bound to get worse because I'm soon due for apnoe
treatment.
I also have at times problems with headaches
coming from a sinitis which frequent occurrence
and severnes which seems also to be bolstered by the swelling.
The amount of swelling is very irregular
from hardly noticeable to sever. Therefore I still
hope that there is a way to learn _why_ this happens and restrict it
to the not so sever level.
I should note that I take nifedipin for vaso dilatation
because of high {*filter*} pressure.
However neither {*filter*} pressure nor medikamentation
seem to correlate with the amount of swelling.
Also the overall water-content of the body is
already at its minimum and can not further
be reduced without provocating spasm of the
musculature.
An allergy test was negative.  
BTW if only marginal the swelling seems to follow
gravitation i.e. if I turn on the right side it goes
after some time to the right side of the nose
and respiration through the left side is good.
Conversely if I turn to the left side.
Funny thing if it wouldn't be so painful.
TIA for any suggestions.

Greetings: Gerald Huber



Wed, 18 Dec 1996 17:51:05 GMT
 My nose (help wanted)

Quote:

>Whenever I lie down I have difficulties with respiration through the
>nose.  The specialist it visited said it is due to a swelling of the
>mucous membranes and there is nothing one can do about it.

What kind of specialist?  An allergist or otolaryngologist?  It *is*
generally possible to successfully treat the cause of the swelling, but
usually allergists do the best job of this.

Another thing to consider is a nasal trumpet, a {*filter*} thing that you
can put in your nose at night to hold it open.

David Nye, MD * Neurology Dept., Midelfort Clinic, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher
must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. -- Bertrand Russell



Fri, 20 Dec 1996 05:07:57 GMT
 My nose (help wanted)
: Can someone of you please help with the following problem.

: Whenever I lie down I have difficulties
: with respiration through the nose.
: The specialist it visited said it is due to a
: swelling of the mucous membranes and there is nothing
: one can do about it.

(I'm not allowed to drink
: something because of non-functioning of the kidneys)
: It's bound to get worse because I'm soon due for apnoe
: treatment.
: I also have at times problems with headaches
: coming from a sinitis which frequent occurrence
: and severnes which seems also to be bolstered by the swelling.
: The amount of swelling is very irregular
: from hardly noticeable to sever. Therefore I still
: hope that there is a way to learn _why_ this happens and restrict it
: to the not so sever level.
: I should note that I take nifedipin for vaso dilatation
: because of high {*filter*} pressure.
: However neither {*filter*} pressure nor medikamentation
: seem to correlate with the amount of swelling.
: Also the overall water-content of the body is
: already at its minimum and can not further
: be reduced without provocating spasm of the
: musculature.
: An allergy test was negative.  
: BTW if only marginal the swelling seems to follow
: gravitation i.e. if I turn on the right side it goes
: after some time to the right side of the nose
: and respiration through the left side is good.
: Conversely if I turn to the left side.
: Funny thing if it wouldn't be so painful.
: TIA for any suggestions.

: Greetings: Gerald Huber

You have vasomotor rhinitis, which is a swelling of the turbinates of the
nose caused by the use of Nifedepine - a vascular constrictor blocker.  
Did you say you have kidney problems?  That could certainly help make
things worse.  What about problems with {*filter*}s?  The tissue that we
are speaking of is similar in physiology to that of the {*filter*}.

The treatment is changing your antihypertensive agent and seeing what
happens.

Regards,  Richard Low, M.D.

--
Richard Low          X  If the History of Man is the story of what Man was...
INFOR*MED CORP.      X  ...then the History of his Culture, is the story of
L.A / Bs.As.         X  what Man wished to have been.....



Fri, 20 Dec 1996 14:08:15 GMT
 
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