NASAL POLYPS, GET OUT OF MY HEAD


Recovery Room

WELCOME TO THE RECOVERY ROOM

My recovery is ongoing, of course. After all, my ENT says it takes a few seasons for your sinuses to acclimate – it’s like you have new sinuses, he says. I guess he’s kinda right. Polyp-free sinuses, is more like it though.

It’s been about a month since the surgery and, well, I’m feeling good. First off, I can breathe. Praise God. Seriously, if you have nasal polyps for any length of time (in my case, 10 years), it’s just nutso to discover you can breathe again – all the time. So cool.

But what’s the recovery been like since the day of the surgery and what can you expect if you do it?

Read on to find out.

THE FIRST FEW DAYS POST SURGERY

This is the worst period. At least for me, it was.

My sinuses were filled with packing (not all ENTs do this, so check. I’ve heard the new gel they use now is great, but not everybody’s situation will allow for it).

They pack your sinuses to keep you from bleeding copiously. So you can breathe, they jam a couple of straws in there too. If you couldn’t breathe before the surgery most the time, like me, well, this probably will feel almost better than most days living with polyps. At least you have the hope of improvement during this time, so it makes it endurable.

These first days I slept like 18 hours out of everyday. You’re on Vicodin and Valium (at least I was) to manage the pain and to keep you chill.  You can’t smell much, so my appetite was marginal. But I did eat plenty, just didn’t taste much.

(Above: It looks worse than it was. I was just sleeping here. Promise.)

(A shot of the gauze bandage beneath my nose. You wear this so any nasal discharge drips into this. You change it periodically. It’s no big deal. Kinda gross though, huh?)

I sat around a lot, because, well, you’re supposed to.  They don’t want you dead lifting a cow or moving a 100-inch flat screen.  So you sit around. Sleep. Take pain killers. Eat. Repeat. You’re pretty woosey so you want to do much anyways.

(See, even with nasal packing and stints shoved up my nose, I’m smiling.)

These first 4 days were the worst and they weren’t even that bad. You hear horror stories about this period if search around online, but for me, if wasn’t that bad at all.

5 DAYS AFTER SURGERY

This is when they removed my packing. This meant, I was going under again. My particular ENT puts you under for the packing removal. In his words, “that way there’s no pain and I can clean you even better cuz you’re not moving around”.

I’ve heard the removal of the packing is the worst part for most people, cuz many ENTs remove it while you’re awake. Sadists.

So, I was happy to go under again for this. This time I was far less scared. It’s like anything, the more you do something, the less fear you have of it.

When I was under he cleaned my sinuses out as well. (You have to continue to go back for cleanings for the next month or two. This ensure that your sinuses heal properly.)

Funny story here about the magic that is anesthesia. As they were about to remove the dreaded packing, I realized, hold on, I was awake and aware of what was going on. So, I let them know, “hey, I’m awake, so before you go any further with this, uh, you might want to give me more sleepy gas”.

“You’re already done. You’re in the recovery room”, a nurse says in response. The cleaning and packing removal was already over. It’s crazy how it feels like no time elapses when they put you under. It’s actually kinda cool.

An hour later my mom drove me home cuz they don’t want you taking out a bus full of school children on the way home cuz you’re impaired still from the anesthesia.

(God bless you, Mom for taking care of me those first 4 days. You rock!!!)

Now, I could REALLY breathe. My nose burned a bit. You still need to wear that gauze to catch the drip from your sinuses and to help keep them moist. But things really start to get better from here on.

6 -9 DAYS AFTER SURGERY

I’m already out in my garage doing little chores. I’m not supposed to be doing anything, but man, I feel so much better.

I take walks with my wife and daughter. Throw the ball with the dog. Talk to neighbors (they’re all curious cuz I look like Hannibal Lecter with the gauze pad under my nose).

(Hannibal Lecter out for jaunt with his daughter in the park.)

My nose burns a bit from all the fresh air. I imagine that all that inflammation from the surgery is what I’m feeling. Again, no big deal. In fact, I’m just loving that I can breathe.

By the 7th day, I’m restless. Hey, I don’t sit around well. I want to go to the gym. I want to take a hike. I want to play golf. But I don’t. I mostly relax and follow the ENT’s orders.

(Note: In total, I take about 2 weeks off work. I think that was a good thing, cuz you really are run down and you do need the rest. And you don’t need stress since you’re healing from what is a pretty major surgery.)

10 DAYS AFTER SURGERY

I see the ENT for another cleaning. This one wasn’t as fun. I was awake to see him stick these little vacuum instruments – deeper than you’d like to think any one should stick a metal instrument – in my head.

He also need to remove my “stints”. The “stints” are like plastic things that are the shape of a guitar pick, but 3 times bigger. They’re there to keep your septum straight and open. I had no idea they were even in my nose cuz you couldn’t really feel them.

What I did feel was the ENT removing them. First, he had to remove a stitch. This was the most painful moment of the whole experience. I’m 39. I’m a man. My eyes watered. Okay, fine, I was crying.

After the stitch was removed, he pulled these mega-guitar picks out of my nose. That wasn’t exactly a pleasure cruise either. But not that big of a deal.

Thankfully it was over quickly. And the pain subsided quickly too.

10 DAYS AFTER SURGERY AND BEYOND

The one thing that does happen as you recover is you produce some pretty disgusting drainage from your sinuses during this time.

One evening (evenings seemed to be when I always noticed “it” happening), I thought, is that a polyp I’m feeling up in my nose? A polyp he missed? Cuz somethin’ is flappin’ around in there. When “it” dislodged and slipped down the back of my throat I realized, no, that’s not a polyp, that’s a chunk of mucous/coagulated blood from hell. Insane.

That kept happening and keeps happening for 6 weeks, I’m told.

One other night, I felt something big in there. This about 14 days after surgery. So I blew my nose, which my ENT said was fine to do at this point.

Again, the most insane thing came out of my nose. Was IT a booger? Was IT a forgotten, excised polyp that the ENT missed? Was IT a chunk of coagulated blood? And most importantly, was IT alive?

I’ve never had anything this big come out of my nose.  IT stretched my nostril opening when IT slipped out and onto to my Kleenex like a new-born moose being birthed by its proud mother.

My first instinct was to flush IT. But then I realized, I couldn’t just flush IT down the toilet. I wanted the world to see IT. Otherwise no one would believe me. Here IT is below. Forgive me for showing you IT, but I just had to. IT’s too awesome to be kept in obscurity.

(Penny is there for size reference. But you can’t help but notice that even Old Abe is in utter awe as he stares down the beast that lived in my nose)

(Another view, in case you hadn’t seen enough.)

1 MONTH + AFTER THE SURGERY

Well, things seem to just be getting better and better.

Breathing great. Haven’t been sick yet.  Seems like my sense of smell is returning.

My ENT says things will just keep getting even better over time.

Of course, he also said that when someone has polyps as bad as I did, there’s a good chance they’ll come back. But I’m just trying to not think about that right now.  And I’m hoping that perhaps I’ll defy the odds, which according to studies, there’s about a 50% chance I’ll be getting them again. Oh well. I’ll take those odds. It’s better than a 100% chance the polyps will return.

I’ll update with any posts if anything new worth sharing turns up.

6 MONTHS LATER. WE HAVE HEALTHY SINUSES, HOUSTON. Update: Wednesday 6:06pm, July 6th, 2011

To say my life has changed would be an understatement. I forgot what normal was because now that I’m normal I can’t believe I lived with that horrible sinus condition. I can’t believe I put up with that condition for so long.

I would say, before I had this surgery, I was sick every month for 10 days. Miserable. Stuffed up. Couldn’t breathe. And I think I was actually really damaging my health because I couldn’t get out of the vicious cycle of sinus infections, constant colds and a compromised immune system.

The improvement since the surgery? 100%. No kidding. I haven’t had a cold in 6 months. My nose is never stuffed. I can taste. I can breathe. It’s like I got a second chance at life.

One more thing: my doctor is a genius. His name is Dr. Paul Toffel and he’s based out of Pasadena, California. He’s well-known as an ENT. He served as President of the American Rhinological Society. He’s a pro.  I had a feeling about him and my feeling was right. He’s a miracle-worker. Here’s his website:

http://www.toffelcenter.com/

And here’s Dr. Toffel:

Besides removing the polyps, Dr. Toffel also gives me a shot that helps bolster my immune system. It’s called, Gammastan, I believe. I’m telling you, it’s a game-changer. My wife, my daughter – they catch vicious colds – but I don’t. Insane. I used to catch everything – every single virus out there.

Well, that’s where it sits for now. Will the polyps come back? Maybe. But so far, they’re nowhere to be found. If they do, will I hesitate to do the surgery again? Uh, no. The benefit is tremendous. And in the hands of a skilled ENT, like Dr. Toffel, it’s a no-brainer.

If you have polyps and you’re miserable. Don’t be scared. Do the surgery. I promise you the relief is worth it. Find a competent doctor who’s done the surgery 1000s of times, like Dr. Paul Toffel. Remove this blight from your life. You don’t have live with it. It’s pretty painless – forget the horror stories. It’s no big deal. You can handle it no problem.

UPDATE: 1 YEAR LATER

Some people have asked me how I’m doing now, one year later. And the answer is: very good. First, I’ve a had second baby, so that’s good right there.

But my sinuses are what you’re curious about, right? For all intents and purposes, I’ve been symptom-free for over a year. I think I’ve had one cold the entire year. Zero sinus infections. I see my sinus doctor for regular check-ups, receive a Gammastan shot – to boost my immunity – every 3 weeks (when there isn’t a shortage).

As for the polyps, well, all I can say is I don’t see any so far (I used to actually be able to see them in my nose). The doctor keeps giving me a clean bill of health as I am symptom-free.

An interesting aside: I had some teeth removed so I had to do some x-rays and the dentist pointed out an area that seemed inflamed in my sinuses. I asked my ENT about it, he said it was possible that it was inflamed but so far I’m not showing symptoms so we’re good to go for now.

So, do I wonder if there going to come back? Yeah, everyday. And, of course, the doctor has said a million times they very well could come back, given my sinus polyps we’re about as bad as he ever sees (he called it Stage 4). I also know that if they ever do come back I will do the surgery again. It’s just misery living with them. I’d rather go through a couple of weeks of pain and get my life back then live with them when I don’t have to. U

Until the next update, sinus sufferers, hang in there. Hit me with any questions or to commiserate anytime.

UPDATE: 2 1/2 Years LATER – July 2nd, 2013

Figured it was time to post another update, so here it is: I’m feeling great. No new polyps (that I’m aware of). Of course, I also have not been back for a check-in with my doctor in about 6 months. A mix of a crazy work schedule, purchase of a new home and just a crazy busy family life (two kids now) and, well, I’ve lapsed on my check-ins. So truthfully, I don’t have a clean bill of health from the doctor, but as far as symptoms go, nothing has changed. My sinuses are clear, I rarely get sick and I seem to be continuing on good path. I couldn’t be more pleased with where I’m at 2 and 1/2 years later.

I continue to do nasal rinses with a steroid and antibiotic that I add to the saline mix. I do this every other day – well, I’m supposed to, but I admit, I’ve been less than perfect in doing this religiously. I find the saline rinses just help keep me clear in general, so if you can do them – i.e. have clear enough sinus passages to do them – they’re great.  I also have oral steroids, along with antibiotics that I have on hand should I need them, but I almost never take them, because I rarely feel I need to symptom-wise.

So, that’s where it stands. Nothing dramatic to report, but that’s really good news. I’ll update again when I get a check-up from the doc. The journey continues, but this has been a pleasant leg of it to be sure.

Here’s to clear breathing.


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That lump that came out of your nose is nothing compared to what comes out several days after child birth ; )

Comment by Freeky

????? why even mention this here??

Comment by guest

Thanks for your thorough blog posting! I just came out of sinus surgery (had 5 things done but can’t remember what all). I am sitting here 2 days later pretty miserable. I go tomorrow for my post-op and hopefully “straw” removal. I was told I’ll feel much better after this. I hate this gauze under my nose, and I hope it stops soon. Anyway, your blog has given me some hope. Thanks again!

Comment by Amy Berkshire

Hopefully, you’re feeling better now!!! Lemme know!

Comment by brettcraig

My husband had the surgery today. He did not get the straws, but he has the packing. This is his 3rd surgery for polyps, and it is well worth it everytime. Thanks for the information of the Gammastan shot. We will diffently will be checking into it.

Comment by Scotty Brasher

how’s your husband feeling? Hope better!

Comment by brettcraig

I appreciate your honesty and humor sharing your struggle with everyone. I have been suffering from nose polyps for about 5 years now and have seen them get slowly grow. I also have the double curse of sleep apnea and polyps.
I progressed through all the treatments under the care of an ENT and nothing seemed to help. He tells me the only option is surgery .
I went through a series of 3 other surgeries in 07, 08, and 09.
After all that I have decided that I will not have surgery on my nose. I am pursuing other approaches, including herbal detoxing my body. Gave up beer, alcohol, dairy, beef and pork. I have also used sanicle which has the ability to dissolve tumors within the body. I am keeping the polyps to a minimum at the moment. The good news from all this is that I have lost 40 lbs and am feeling better than I have in years even though I cannot breathe through my nose and have lost sence of smell and taste..

I am using products from a company call Life Extension and started a thread there on their blog to seek out anyone there who has had any success at all.

I have just retired and am approaching my health as a full time job from information technology point of view . Another good place to find information on cutting edge medicine is the books by Ray Kurzweil. He has become my teacher on my quest to restore my own health after 30 years in the bar/restaurant business.
Good Luck
Capt. Buck

Comment by Ken Rissler

Hilarious…… its’ like you carbon copyed my experience. But me the ( stupid guy – yes I said it…) Told the ENT to remove all while he was in there, so tonsils, ulva, nose = alot of pain at once. So after 3 days in hopsital they let me go home.. now just freaking peoplle out, by coupghing / spitting out all the leftovers.

It is amazing how weird everything smells.

Enjoy your fresh air…. I certainly am.

Comment by John

fantastic… glad you’re breathing clear. Hope you still are!

Comment by brettcraig

help! i’m 2 days away from having my polyps removed through surgery! scared to the point of panic! lol

Simon

Comment by simon

Hey Simon,

I know it’s scary. You’ll get through it. And the difference it makes is incredible.

I remember being so freaked out! Took a valium the night before to calm down.

But once they hit you with gas, you’ll be feeling no pain, my friend. And then, next thing you know, its over and you’re done. In a flash

Im a year out and the surgery is a distant memory but the good breathing is all I notice and the fact that I rarely get sick now.

Good luck, Simon.

Comment by brettcraig

how’d it go? Hope well!!

Comment by brettcraig

Thanks so much for your blog, great information for someone thinking about have their polyps removed. Can you please give a brief update on how your recovery has gone. Are your sinuses still polyp-free? Do you still recommend the proceedure 100%? Additional insights. Thanks! Stephen

Comment by stephen

I’m updating with latest on my situ now. Good luck, Stephen. Holler if you have any questions.

Comment by brettcraig

Hey! that is pretty much how it goes, i had polyps removed in 2009, now im going in again. I guess i have “angry polyps” the doctor told me, last friday i bled out so much i had to go to the ER for a transfusion. Pretty scary, but i hope this second time with be the last time. Hope everything is great with you now!

Comment by Austin ballou

I’m sorry to hear they came back. These things are terrible. How’d the surgery go? Hope well, my friend.

Comment by brettcraig

I went to the ENT today, and found out I have nasal polyps too, I have had several sinus infections, and been to the doctor several times, NO ONE EVER MENTIONED THIS TO ME, all the exams they did looking up my nose (all anyone has ever said is that I have some swelling in my nose, even at the ER), now they want me to have surgery in 7 days, during that time I have to take 5 steroid pills per day, and 2 antibiotic pills 2x’s a day. They said this will help shrink the polyps so they can work on them. They are going to operate on me on my birthday of all days. I am so scared, and feel like crying. I keep thinking I’m not in the best of health, I have severe asthma, anxiety, and I’m on so much medications, I have to take at least 5-7 different medications per day. I am so scared. I am reading your story so that I get a much better understanding of what to expect. My hope is to get the understanding of what will happen, so maybe it will ease my mind just a little.

I went to the ENT today, and found out I have nasal polyps too, I have had several sinus infections, and been to the doctor several times, NO ONE EVER MENTIONED THIS TO ME, all the exams they did looking up my nose (all anyone has ever said is that I have some swelling in my nose, even at the ER), now they want me to have surgery in 7 days, during that time I have to take 5 steroid pills per day, and 2 antibiotic pills 2x’s a day. They said this will help shrink the polyps so they can work on them. They are going to operate on me on my birthday of all days. I am so scared, and feel like crying. I keep thinking I’m not in the best of health, I have severe asthma, anxiety, and I’m on so much medications, I have to take at least 5-7 different medications per day. I am so scared. I am reading your story so that I get a much better understanding of what to expect. My hope is to get the understanding of what will happen, so maybe it will ease my mind just a little.
I have read your “RECOVERY” section and honestly I am still scared, but I can’t wait to have my smell back, I lost it about 2years ago, all my food taste the same, I miss those days when I could taste and my food was soooo good. I have had these about 3 years now that I am aware of anyway, I can see them all the time. Before I knew what they were I actually used to think it was mucus that needed to be blown out. At one time (not knowing what this was) I actually tried to grab it with tweezers thinking that I could get them out and breathe again. Needless to say that did not work. In fact as I tried to get them out I could hear what sounded like bone. But I knew it wasn’t, it hurt so bad my eyes watered. In fact the only thing that seemed to help me was when my asthma got so bad I needed to be put on prednisone (steroids pills) and an antibiotic. When I was on them it was so nice, not only did it help my asthma, but I was able to breath, sleep, and even smell again.
I remember after my daughter gave my little granddaughter a bath, and she handed her to me to get her dressed, I was able to smell her again. She used the lavender shampoo and I remember smelling her hair, and smelling the shampoo. But because my smell came back, after being gone for so long everything was as if I had “super smell” everything was so intense. I even got sick to my stomach a little at times.
Honestly after reading your blog, I can say I’m a little scared still. But I can’t wait till everything is done and over with. I just still worry about my medical history, and all my other medications giving me a hard time. But I sure can’t wait to be able to smell my grand baby again. It just scares me, I had someone that was very close to me go in for a simple procedure and die on the table. But my mom says we need to stay positive and focus on the good. Because the mind has very strong powers, I had a brother-in-law with brain cancer for 10 years he fought it all the way, although he became unrecognizable he was not giving up, but when his nurse recommended “hospice” come take care of him, in his mind he was losing the battle. Within 2 weeks or so of “hospice” taking care of him, he passed away. So I am trying to keep the “POSITIVE THOUGHTS” but it’s hard sometimes to hide how scared you really are for your kids, and other loved ones.
My doctor gave me the rundown of everything that could happen. Blood in the eye, and could go blind, a closer snip to the brain could cause the brain to leak causing meningitis, and that could kill me. These are scary things to think about. But he said that with using nasal steroids pretty much all my life will cut down on the return of the polyps. And they can return anywhere from 1 year to 20 years if they return at all. (I’m hoping they don’t return at all)
Thanks for sharing your words were very insightful, scary but insightful.

Comment by Dawn

You’re gonna come through just fine. They know what they’re doing. They have to say all that to protect themselves (lawsuit-crazy world). BUT YOU WILL BE FINE!

Comment by brettcraig

Hey Brett, your blog helped calm my nerves a whole lot, so thanks. As it turns out, we have the same ENT. He diagnosed my Samter’s Triad, also known as Aspirin Induced Asthma. I had suffered for years. I saw allergists / ENTs and they all said, you have no allergies, no polyps, just asthma. Bunch of idiots! One office visit with our ENT, and he diagnosed my condition. I had polyps removed 12/12/12. I’m recovering well and can breathe. It’s amazing. Unfortunately, my polyps will return due to the salicylate allergy ( I can’t take any aspirin, NSAIDS, ibuprofen, alkaseltzer, bepto…. some derivative of salicylate is in fruits, vegetables, foods, beauty products…) I seriously have to consider an aspirin challenge. It’s a bit depressing but I am staying positive. So I have my first office visit Christmas Eve, and I’ll inquire about Gammastan immunity boosters. I’ll keep you posted. It’s nice to share our experiences.
Merry Christmas Brett to you and your family. God Bless You.
Nancy

Comment by Nancy

Thanks, Nancy. Well, I truly hope you stay healthy. I’m so glad you got those nasty polyps out. Do exactly what the doc says. Stay on it. It will definitely help. Happy Holidays to you. Good to hear from you.

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

Nancy I am glad your feeling better. I cant wait for my recovery, I just had my polyps removed on my birthday Dec. 26 so im still recovering. but i guess you can say this is the best birthday present i could of ever given my self. and they say now that these have been removed, my asthma should not be so bad. I cant wait.

Comment by Dawn

Dawn, you’ll see how amazing it feels to be able to breath. Sometimes I forget and find myself breathing through my mouth like I would previous the surgery. My headaches are mild now, my teeth are still sensitive though. My only issue is this awful odor coming from my nostrils… I’ve researched the Internet and read its the nasal passages healing. I’ll have to call my ENT to verify…. Minor things to possibly look forward to. Hope your recovery is going well. Stay healthy! Have a wonderful New Year :)
Nancy

Comment by Nancy

Nancy, today i went into the ENT and found out that I guess i did have some splints up my nose to help it heal I actually had no idea. So when I went in for the “checkup” they numbed my sinuses with some kind of spray, I sat there for about 10 min. then the doc came in and pulled out these HUGE plastic things, let me tell you, this seemed to hurt more than the surgery did. now my nose is stinging, and burning but on the up side the pressure i was feeling is pretty much gone. my doctor said that im healing just fine and on a way to a wonderful recovery. my doctor also said that it will take a few more weeks to recover.

he also said that for the rest of my life i will need to take flonaise or how ever you spell it. taking this medication will help the polyps from developing again so fast.

he told me today, that on the day of my surgery he was not prepared to find as many as i had growing, he said that he has no idea how i was even breathing, that when he went into go remove them he could not even see a path to follow to clear them out, he had to just start removing tonz of them to see anything.

since surgery, I have noticed that my teeth are sensative, but have not noticed a smell as of yet. however on the bright side, i am getting my smell back and everything seems to smell sooo good, but highly intensified. (5X’s)

i know when i first started developing these, it was crazy cuz for about a year or so all i smelled was like the tissue in my nose rotting away, the smell of decay was all i ever smelled… that was the worst thing ever.

I would check out the smell thing with the ENT… maybe there was some gauze left up there or something that they thought they got out… I know that happend to a friend of mine. and once they removed it he did not smell that smell anymore.

let me know, and hope you too had a very happy new year.

Comment by Dawn

Just has sinus sergury on Tuesday and only 4 days later i have the creepy booger from hell. I too had to take pictures otherwise not a peron on Earth would believe it. Thanks for comforting me enough to know that it wasn’t a piece of my brain… Ha ha ha! Sinus surgery sucks, but hey better than being sick all of the time…and breathing….man i cant even friggin’ wait.

Comment by chad

Congrats! Hopefully the worst behind you. Yeah, bloody booger thingies are gnarly, i had a strange sense of pride – mixed with a good dose of dread – when I saw that thing!

Good luck! Happy to hear you’re on your way to better breathing!!

Comment by brettcraig

This message is for Brett and Dawn, hi guys! I have some updates for you guys. Before I share though, I’d like to ask- How you guys doing? Dawn, how’s your recovery going? It’s been almost 3 months since my surgery and my symptoms returned…congestion, sinus infections, asthma, fatigue, and an overall feeling of malice. The worst symptom, this awful rotten smell from my nose. I asked my ENT about it and he said I was healing and that I had probably caught a cold. He put me on more antibiotics and steroids. I felt something wasn’t right though and I expressed my concerns but Dr. dismissed my worries. Well, let me tell you, I ended up in the emergency room today because I was choking on gauze. ER doctor pulled 6 inch strip of fermented gauze from my throat that was left in my nasal cavity since surgery! It hurt awful when he pulled it out and there was bleeding. i guess the gauze adhered to my nasal passages. ER doctor said that although human error is a part of life, my ENT had some explaining to do. I respect my ENT a whole lot but I’m quite disappointed. What if theres more gauze left in there? how do i know for sure. can i trust my ENT? Dawn, I believe you said this happened to your friend. That awful “dead” smell coming from my nose is gone…. I think. I have fever and nausea. ER doctor said to look out for toxic shock. I’m on another dose of antibiotics per ER dr.
ENT did tell hubby he had lost 10 percent of packing the day I was admitted for packing removal. You think he’d continue to look in nasal cavity. ER dr. said that if ENT would have looked in my nose with the proper instruments he would have seen packing…. That’s the part that gets me. Should I expect for ENT to pay for ER/ insurance expenses? I’m torn.
Oh and by the way, I started shocking in the middle of singing happy bday to my husband at his bday party. Our poor friends and family had quite a show today.
Nancy

Comment by Nancy

Oh man! Insane. How are you now? Better? I sure hope so. T
Yea, very frustrating the gauze issue. Obviously honest mistake but my goodness. Are you better now?

Comment by brettcraig

Great page. I’m sitting in Thecwaiting room at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Here for my surgery. I now have more of idea what to expect in the next few weeks.
Thanks.

Did they return?

Comment by Peter C

No! They haven’t! Good luck, my friend. Let me know how it goes!!!! You’re gonna love breathing again.

Comment by brettcraig

Thanks for your blog. I had my first lot of polyps when I was 18 removed and they have come back I’m now 39 and its worse than ever…. I REALLY don’t want the surgery I remember all of that packing and splints up my nose etc ….It’s ridiculously embarrassing to have Kleenex 24/7 up my nose. I am just like you, gotten used to it, can’t taste can’t smell people think I’m sick contagious sick it sucks! I can see my polyps hanging it is humiliating! Just really want to try it naturally, did you ever try Tea Tree oil or Hydrogen Peroxide as a spray??

Comment by Melissa

Never tried ‘em. But why not try them? I’ve never seen convincing proof that any of that stuff works. But people do claim it does.

I hope you have success!

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

One wk out from surgery…already imagining i can feel them coming back. No packing…but run a daycare had my first i cant do it. Run down. Breathing unreal cant wait to see results month out. My paternal grandma had them. And 6 months they returned after that she was diagnosed with pre lieukemia. Hopefully not related. Its been 25 yrs leaps and bounds medically.

Comment by klake

Lets hope they stay away! I’m still clear 2 years later. Best of luck, K!

Comment by brettcraig

Thanks for taking the time to write this and share your experience. It’s taken the edge off me a little. I am having polyps removed in a week. The good news, I guess, is that I only have them on one side. So, I hope they leave my good side alone. Just wondering, did you have intermittent clear, watery drainage before the polyps were removed? I’ve had this regularly from the side with the polyps. My doctor was a little curious about the “unilaterality” of them, but the biopsy came back benign. Most importantly, I am hoping I can show up for my nursing school clinical 3 days after surgery…the doctor seems to think I can. Thanks again.

Comment by John

Well, i had some discharge over the years. But nothing like what you describe consistently. But those polyps keep you inflamed all the time and cause that discharge to form because the mucus festers when it cant drain properly.

Im glad the blog gave you some comfort. With just one side, likely to be even easier for you. Thats good!

Hopefully you’ll see that discharge resolve post surgery. I think its very possible you will.

Good luck!!!

Comment by brettcraig

Well, I have been home for a couple hours from surgery this afternoon for nasal polyps. Overall, I feel really good. A little anxious in pre-op, but some Versed and the next thing I knew I was in post-op. First couple hours there were lousy. Bad headache, some pain, but no nausea/vomiting. So, the polyps were thought to be unilateral, but I learned he did some work on the other side as well. Best of all….no packing or stints!!! I am wearing that strap around my nose with gauze I have to change every couple hours or so. Now at home 5-6 hours post op, I am wide awake, watching a movie and eating pho soup…on the hot side. This really wasn’t that bad. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

Comment by John

My husband, a long, too long, suffering Level 4 -“polyp-ian” is having the surgery tomorrow morning. I just got off the phone with the surgical/recovery nurse and she was talking me through the post-op instructions. All very routine until she starting talking about the “risks”. I have to admit I am totally panicking now. She said that I have to check on him every 10 minutes (all night too) for the first 24 hours to make sure he does not “throw a clot” and die!!!!?!?!?!? What the ??!?!?!?!? If there is THAT MUCH RISK in this surgery shouldn’t he be kept at hospital?

Have you ever heard of such a scare?

BTW: thank you so much for your blog and for the creepy nose “IT” pictures . I love being prepared for the worse. :-)

Comment by Mrs. Dean

I hope it all went well! Lemme know!!!

Comment by brettcraig

It went soooo well. At least, he is still with us, so there’s that. ;-)
He was in for about 1Hr. 45 min and the surgeon said it was “some of the worst he had ever seen”–I am thinking they say that a lot. My husband was able to get the “gel” packing so he has no swelling and seems on a road to recovery with no worries of getting packing removed. I have set an alarm to go off every 4 (now 5) hours to give him pain pills. So, he hasn’t experienced the pain that I know is lurking in the background. He has had no drainage yet, so we took off the gauze pads. He began rinsing with saline last night and passed some yucky clots, but nothing like the “IT” that you have prepared me for. He watched the first season of “Arrested Development” and is on to the second….so you could say that he is great. We have four kids…this is a vacation for him–sad, but true. ;-)

Comment by Mrs. Dean

Great news. Its possible he wont have terrible pain. Mine wasnt horrible. The gel packing sounds awesome. Well good to hear you’re out of the woods with the surgery! He’ll enjoy breathing clearly soon with any luck!

Comment by brettcraig

So, I’m a little over a week out of surgery for nasal polyp removal. I didn’t sleep well at all the first two nights due to constant drainage. On the third day, the heavy drainage subsided and I slept well that night. As instructed by post op teaching, I started to gently flush my sinuses with that neilmed bottle, distilled water and the mix that comes in the kit on the second day…again, I didn’t get packed or have stints. I was flushing out some small clotting for the first couple days, then started to deliver placentas like you can’t imagine. So, at this point, a week out, I feel great and can only detect the surgery as my sinuses are tender….it feels like blowing air on a scraped knee or something. I have to say again, that the procedure was not that bad and I would not hesitate to do it again if I had to. The more I read, however, it looks like these things have a high probability to recur. Follow up with my MD this week. I’ll post further if he gives me any useful info.

Comment by John

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It has calmed my nerves.

Comment by Claudia

Your welcome. Good luck!!

Comment by brettcraig

Remarkable issues here. I’m very glad to peer your post. Thanks so much and I’m having a look forward to contact
you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

Comment by asthma and children education

Loved the blog. And whilst my post op nasal discharge hasn’t approched your awesome specimen, I am only the fourth day after as I write this – so who knows what’s mutating up there. But wow, the sheer quantum of stuff coming out is quite something! Appreciate knowing it’s not just me. I was starting to wonder if the surgeon had liquified my brain and it was draining out….

But yeah, that pack coming out was horrible. I was awake and it was done about eight hours after the op – yuck.

But to everyone. I CAN BREATH! Get it done. It is not painful, just unpleasant and soooooo worth it.

Graham (from England)

Comment by Graham Hull

Graham,

Lemme know if you birth any sentient blobs from your nose. Perhaps our blobs could meet, if so.

Glad to hear its going well so far. Stay on top of whatev post-surg regime your doc gives you!

Glad to hear you’re breathing, brother!

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

Thank you! This is an amazing article. Very reassuring. Im 21 and a new mom who just had a csection so the thought of another major surgery this soon is scary but this article gave me alot of hope. I schedule my surgery tomorrow to remove what 2 ENTs call “the biggest polyp they’ve even seen” and hopeful that I will finally recover from this constant feeling of fatigue and sickness so I can be the mom my heart wants to be but my body is holding me back from being. Thank you! Congrats on your 2nd baby and God bless.

Comment by Mariah Santiago

Good luck to you! Lemme know how it goes!

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

Thank you so much .I’m having this surgery in 5 weeks and reading this page has put my worrys at ease I’ve seen alot of youtube vids and errrrr disgusting haha. .I believe I’ve had pollops for as long as 5 years and have been on sprays and getting nowhere with them . But after badgering the doctor she’s finally agreed to surgery and w hooo. I can’t wait to smell and taste and breath normally as I currently breath like darth vada lol. Jo. leeds England.

Comment by jo

Good luck, Jo!!!

Comment by brettcraig

Thanks so much for this. My husband has been suffering with this condition for over a year.. finally going to ENT again to request surgery!! He can’t breathe at all through his nose and the polyps get so big his nose is widening!! You can see the polyps at the entry of his nostrils they are so big. And he is now developing sleep apnea which is scary to hear at night! He’s frustrated to the point of agitation. I’m hoping all goes well and he can breathe again! Wish us luck!! :)

Comment by Peggy

Good luck! Hopefully better breathing is on the way!

Comment by brettcraig

I have surgery in a week and a half. I’m actually having 4 separate things done, one of them being polyp removal. My biggest fear is not the surgery or the recovery, but the fact that they might come back. I guess I’ll have to get used to living in fear everyday that the polyps might be growing again. I’m going to get allergy tested and see if I can get monthly allergy shots. I’m also really good about “daily routines,” so I’ll never miss a sinus rinse. Hopefully these things will help keep my polyps from returning. Well anyway, I digress. Just wanted to thank you for your thorough blog! It was funny and very informative. I’m most thankful for the fact that you keep coming back to add updates. A one-time posting is marginally helpful, but a 2 1/2 years later post… that’s gold. :)

Comment by Heathery

had same surgery last week after years of sinus hell,to early to judge the success as yet but a stern warning for those having this procedure,
I had a tolerance to opiods pain meds you must tell the doc and the guy who puts you under that the effects are not as strong for pain relief,-
I was told the pain on waking was not to bad-?rubbish I woke fighting and in agony-clutching my temples searing nasal bone pain like nothing id felt before,-id been hurt and was dam fighting angry-they had to inject 1 full ampoule of morphine into the line as well as oral endone and tramadol to get me under control as the pain had caused my blood pressure to rise very high,-I could not go up to the ward for 1hour until the pain subsided,and this was at a dedicated ent hospital in Australia.
Be aware the doc like a car salesman only get paid when you are back on the ward or when the car is sold,-they sugar coat the spin but once the deed is done your on your own.
Darren Melbourne Australia.

Comment by darren

My sinuses were 95% occluded by polyps. I hadn’t breathed through my nose since….high school?? At 32 had first surgery in 2000, had removed one polyp thicker than a deck of cards and about half a hand palm in width, plus a boatload of smaller ones. However did that big one grow in there!? but through the years and a handful of nasty headcolds, polyps came back with a vengence. Second polyp removal surgery was in 2009. Same level of occlusion, but buggers were now hanging out of my nose. Then stayed relatively clear, healthy, happy until just this August 2013. Just took one 24-hour head cold, and BAM! “We’re baaaa-aaacck!” A scaled down Polyp City 3.0. I’ve gone back to religious saline nasal irrigation with my NeilMed, twice daily. The polyp progression is slowing down, maybe shrinking even a little the last month. My shame, I should have been fervously nose rinsing all these years. But when you’re feeling good, you forget, get lazy… Look, if you’ve had a successful surgery, you’ve got to maintain – because the evil polyp fairy will happily pay you a second, third visit ad naseum…forever. Ugh!

Comment by Darin

for years I was breathing through one nostril and then bam- a polyp had almost popped out and my air flow was completely blocked on both sides. predisone and flonaise helped , then surgery. wow I was on a breathing high. it’s been almost 3 months , doctor says slight polyp return in right turbinate. got on the saline rinse with 3 drops of steroids in saline rinse. reading your post, about polyp return scare me into daily rinsing. get them polyps away.
larry

Comment by larry wheeler

Thank you so much for your fantastic article and all the replies. It’s great to know I’m not the only one that has suffered this much..not that I wish anyone to suffer, but I am having surgery in 4 weeks and after reading everything above I can’t wait. I find it hard to believe that I will breathe again and possibly smell & taste again and say goodbye to infections and a permanently blocked nose and felling run down all the time but your article has given me great hope. I hope you are still well and continue to enjoy breathing every day and I look forward to feeling the same soon.

Comment by Sorcha

Goooood luck! Yes I’m still doing well!!! Glad we can commiserate and let me know how it goes!

Comment by brettcraig

Hi Brett, I’m 48 hours after surgery and have survived. Surgeon told me he removed a large amount of polyps from both sides of my nose. Quite sore today so taking neurofen to give me some relief. A lot of blood discharging and obviously can’t blow my nose yet but no major ‘IT’ creatures appearing yet, but it is early days. My packs are disposable so thankfully don’t have to go back to have them removed. Taking it day by day and know I will feel better each day. Looking forward to a better life.

Comment by Sorcha

I’m happy to find your blog,since I’ve been searching for something like this days now. I’m a 38 year old female suffering from an antralchoanal polyp. I have surgery in two weeks,and you blog answered most of my questions. My ent promised after polyp is removed I’ll feel relief instantly! I cannot wait! It’s 1:00 am where I am my nose is so blocked it’s keeping me up.

My pregnancies were so much easier to deal with including birth! This has got to be the most frustrating thing I’ve ever experienced in my life! I’ve had blood work performed,ct scan,and this Friday I go in for my pre-op consultation discussing what to expect during surgery. Your blog put me at ease. Any tips on how to ease discomfort before surgery?

Comment by jesus5778

I had some polyps removed from my left nostril. It had not gotten to the sinuses yet so the procedure was done in the surgeon’s office. I was scared senseless! The surgeon was MEAN both to me and the assistant. I was awake the whole time and panicked some when she shot the numbing stuff up my nose and it ran down the back of my throat because it was hard to swallow. She put the gauze packing up my nostil and told me if I had to sneeze to do it with my mouth open. About 2 days after the surgery my packing started coming out. Called the advise nurse and didn’t really get any good advise. Called the surgeon’s office the following day and they told me to go ahead and pull it out. It’s been about 18 days since the procedure and I’m still paranoid to blow my nose. Got any suggestions?

Comment by Lore A.

It will heal just fine Im guessing. Hang in there!! Hope you get relief!!

Comment by brettcraig

Great blog. Just had my surgery yesterday. Last night was pretty bad. Couldn’t stop bleeding. Things looking better today. Looking forward to breathing better. Good luck.

Comment by Nelson

Thank you for your updates. Having my 3rd polyp surgery in a few weeks. Have moved to NC from MI and have a new EMT who says he doesn’t pack but uses gel instead. That alone will be a welcomed difference. I miss my sense of smell and taste and prayerfully will get them back soon. Hopefully third times a charm and no more surgeries for me.

Comment by Stephanie Files

I hope it goes great. Let us know how the gel works out!!! Good luck. Update me on the outcome!

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

Had my surgery on the 20th of December. No packing was great–couldn’t really feel the gel. Minimal pain made this my best surgery yet. Again thanks for sharing!

Comment by Stephanie Files

Great news! Congrats!

Comment by brettcraig

I just had this surgery two weeks primarily because i am exhausted constantly I believe from inadequate quality of sleep. I am in a constant state of exhaustion and what I’ve read as referred to as brain fog. I have a hard time focusing especially when people are talking to me, I don’t remember well, and my vision is impaired.

I wondered if you had any of these symptoms and if so when did they go away and how long did it take.

Comment by Adam

Great post Brett! Could I ask how long until you were 100% at work ? I’ve booked 2 weeks off work and ask for another 2 just desk work as they are in my nose and sinuses- I usually travel for work and do long hours in IT and don’t want to push it too early? Many thx.

Comment by twinklingseahorses

I was back in 2 weeks!

Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

Comment by brettcraig

I go for surgery Jan 21 2013 I have only been suffering for 7 weeks and have never had previous sinus problems or allergies before. Makes me feel a bit bashful for being so depressed and woeful about it given most of the responders have suffered for a year or more! I can’t believe it! Never the less as your article has made me feel better I am still quite nervous! I have one giant polyp in my nose that is blocking everything and just found out today ” millions of other polyps” as the doc says might be a bit of an exaggeration or at least in hoping it is lol in my sinuses. The CT scan liked horrible there was no air getting anywhere. My husband can’t stand that at night I stop breathing and wake up gasping for air so neither of us have slept more than 3 hours a night for the last several weeks. I am looking forward to the surgery but I could do with out this packing business that’s the part making me mist nervous haha I don’t mind being put under I just don’t want to go through the packing removal awake! Lol. Anyways thanks for shaving I hope you manage to stay polyp free!

Merry christmas,
Andie

Comment by andie

Goodluck, Andy. Give me an update soon. You’re going to love clear breathing again!

Comment by brettcraig

Hi Brett- great article thank you! Was wondering how long until you are 100% at work? Ive booked 2 weeks off as the polyps are in my nose and sinuses but usually travel for work at do long hours in IT – should I ask for 2 weeks desk work when i return or is working at home for 2 weeks after the 2 weeks off more feasible?
Many thx.

Comment by twinklingseahorses

What a great journal. I go in for Ct endoscopic guided right nasal polypectomy with maxillary and frontal sinus viewing/cleaning. VA doc, I was told he’s done thousands of them. Surgery date is Thursday 19th od Dec. 2013. perhaps I
‘ll have some adventures of my nose kind too.

Comment by karl

Thanks for being honest, I am a big sook, so yes, I’m scared and I’m not sure now if I will do it. The doctor said I’ve got a huge polyp, there’s only a thin line space, I breathe through, it’s horrible as it’s getting worse.

Comment by Nolene

You will love how you feel later. Understand the worry though!

Comment by brettcraig

My story is nearly identical to yours. My ent said they rate sinuses on a scale of 0-22. Mine were a 24 in his opinion (turn it up to 11). What I remember most about post-op is the sore throat and feeling I was going to suffocate from all the packing.
I’m not out on the internet doing sinus surgery searches for fun, I am doing it because I am getting ready to have the surgery for the second after only three years – on New Year’s Eve (happy New Year!) I have had a lot of sinus issues over the past year. I attributed 9 months of them to pregnancy, because congestion is a possible pregnancy “side effect”. The day before Thanksgiving I started with the worst sinus headache ever. On Thanksgiving I was so stuffy and had so much pressure in my face that I laid on the couch while everyone ate dinner. I was unable to smell or taste so might as well lay down to help ease the headache! Well that pressure and stuffiness has yet to go away. And my post nasal drip has me feeling like I ate razor blades. I constantly suck on cough drops and my throat gets so sore while sleeping that I wake to drink sips of water probably 20 times a night. I am exhausted all the time. So I am looking forward to this surgery, as strange as it sounds. Yet scared of post-op at the same time. I had forgotten about the huge blood clots I’d gag on or would plop out of my nose. Thanks for the reminder. Anyway I wish you luck and hope you don’t ever need a second surgery. Keep up on the daily nose cleaning and meds. ..I didn’t do it faithfully and here I am again.

Comment by Heather

if we could just keep that immediate great sinus air flow going forever after surgery and cleaning. every ENT will warn patients that the polyps can come back. they treat the polyp return too. I see you were getting dry mount at night and drinking water – the bad sleep will deteriorate your immune system. even if your doctor puts you back on flonaise and saline rinse daily , stay with that so the polyps will stay away. good luck.
larry

Comment by larry wheeler

Thanks so much for posting your story and follow-ups! I just got CT results and have a 8mmX13mm polyp in my left maxillary and eythmoid (up my nose, around my eye) polyp. Never had general anesthesia, so nervous as hell. But read your story and sick of headaches and sore throat,etc.

THANK YOU and bless you and your fam!

Connie

Comment by Connie

Good luck, Connie. Keep me updated.

Comment by brettcraig

This blog is awesome. I got my nasal polyps removed and deviated septum fixed 10 days ago now. I was lucky because they put that magical gel inside my nose, instead of the horror movie packing. The first day was the worse- a lot of pain and discomfort. The three following days I was very congested, couldn’t sleep at all because I could only breathe through my mouth and it got really dry to the point I couldn’t even move my tongue. I had big headaches …the fourth day I had to go to the doctor. She put a sort of mini vacuum cleaner and sucked a lot of who knows what. The thing is 3 minutes after I could breathe through my nose again. It was amazing! Doctor said I could start blowing nose and asked me to wash my nose several times a day with saline solution. Day 6 I went back to work – I am a teacher. It was rough. The congestion came back. I could barely speak. I discovered they put two stitches, I guess after they fixed the septum. I saw a weird white thing stuck in the back of my left nostril that doesn’t let me breathe well. I thought it was some mucous with tissues… I still don’t know what that is- I have my second doctor’s appt in a week- but I am starting yo think it’s a type of synthetic thing they put there for protection and it will slowly dissolve… I don’t know…
As for my smell and taste. Today (day 10) is the first time after surgery I can smell and taste a tiny bit- in a scale of 1 to 10- 1 being the lowest intensity, I would say I have 1 today. These past 9 days I had zero smell nor taste. I hope I will recover my smell and the taste soon.
I am planning to go to see an allergist soon and try to take care of my allergies on a regular basis.

Comment by dfrida

I have suffered a loss of the sense of smell and taste for about eight years. I’ve attempted acupuncture many times as I was told by a General Practitioner that there was no cure in American medicine practices to restore the loss of the sense of smell. To me, that is depressing. I used to cook and really enjoy tasting to tweak the recipe as well as having immense enjoyment at wine tastings. I no longer cook and feel a bit lost at wine tastings. I went yesterday to a recommended ENT doctor who looked into my nose and said,” no wonder, look at all the polyps!” He feels I will smell again and I’m elated. To lose one of your senses is awful. I’m 64 and am excited as a kid with a new toy that I might have a chance through surgery to smell and taste again.

Comment by Bob Nichols Blowing Rock, N.C.

Awesome!!!! I think you will smell again. I certainly did. And you will like how you feel once you get through the recovery! Good luck, Bob.

Comment by brettcraig

Wish me luck….mine is one week out. Starting to freak out a bit.

Comment by Aimee

How did it go?

Comment by brettcraig

How did your surgery go?

Comment by Lora Coleman

I loved reading this ’cause I’m about to undergo FESS next week! Well, I am not that nervous ’cause what I experienced the first time was really, really different from FESS.

I don’t know if you’re aware of the other kind of operation for this, it’s called Caldwell-Luc surgery. I had antrochoanal polyps 2 years ago and nasa polyps went back 7months later.

I thought Caldwell-Luc is like an endoscopic procedure as well but HELL NO. They made a small hole on (I guess) my cheekbone (near my nose), and there, they reached my right sinus and cleared it. My face was swollen for about a month and I can’t go outside without wearing a mask. I suggest you watch this on YouTube. I was like crying the day before I got into the hospital because I watched the procedure itself and it was really terrifying.

But after that, it feels like you can smell even the tiniest creature in this world. Sadly, on my part, the curse went back quickly, it’s just that, it’s easier to handle now. :)

Comment by Jess A

I’ve heard of that. Thought it was for draining fluid trapped in there.

Well, good luck. Lemme know how it goes!!!!

Comment by brettcraig

Great to hear you are doing well and congratulations on your “new”born:) I’m going in for surgery tomorrow and cannot wait. I am excited to breath again and want this plague over with. Great post, very informative and reassuring to say the least. Thanks for sharing your experience and wish you and your family the best in the furture!

Comment by Stan

Good luck, Stan!!!! I’d love to hear how it goes!!!

Comment by brettcraig

Great info Brett, thanks for your insight and responding to posts and questions. I go under the knife in 4 days for Polyps graded 3 in one nostrel and 4 the other. It’s been so long since I could breath through my nose and how my wife hasn’t carried out her threat of suffocating me I’ll never know. I look forward to having my wife still at my side when I wake up in the morning rather than in the spare room and the possibility of actually smelling again is exciting. I hope these things come true.

For years I have sounded like I have a cold, have a horrible feeling of mucus dripping in my throat and a nose that runs at will with zero warning. All bad stuff for a sales guy.

I really can’t remember what smell is like. There are no assurances it will come back but here’s hoping.

am quite nervy at the thought of surgery into the middle of my head but no pain no gain has to be the motto. Thanks again for your insight, it has helped my understanding of the days and weeks ahead a lot.

Comment by michaelburrdesign

Michael, good luck. Lemme know how it goes. Smell came back for me a bit. But more importantly, misery went away. Update me and glad i could shine a light on the process.

Comment by brettcraig

I’m posting tonight to say that having gone back to my ENT for my first follow up appointment after a Zpac (diminishing dosage of steroids), a series of antibiotics, and twice a day nasal flushing followed by Flonase….he looked into my nose and was elated. He told me that in all his years of practice, i was one of two patients who had such good results from this treatment. He said my polyps on one side were almost totally gone and the other had improved immensely. He looked at me and stated firmly that he did not think I would need surgery and that he was confident that I would smell again. He did a CAT scan IN HIS OFFICE with my wife watching. He showed me where my smell receptors were and said there was still infection blocking their ability to function. He sent me home with a Rx for an every other day, 30 day series of steroids and told me to continue the cleansing and Flonase. He scheduled me for an allergy test to try to find out the root of the problem. I have smelled very briefly soaps, some spice flavors, and other, what I call glimpses of smells and tastes and aftertastes!!! I’m extremely optimistic! My allergy test is early Monday. Really breathing freely through the nose, zero congestion. In Charlotte, the CAT scan was going to be $1200, I think, and the doctor told me he would be looking for a stinking brain tumor which made me feel he was fishing with my bait box and I never returned for that. This Doctor told me it would be around $300 because he read it himself immediately in front of me. So far I’m impressed and optimistic. Stay tuned.

Comment by Bob Nichols Blowing Rock, N.C.

I just stumbled across your blog after being diagnosed with “massive” nasal polyps (my ENT’s words) this week. Like you, I’ve suffered for many years and I’ve tried so many different remedies it’s not funny. I’m going to try a nutritional approach for a few months and if I still need surgery I’ll schedule it in June.

I want to thank you for sharing your story. It’s just such an amazing feeling to find out what’s been plaguing me for so long and then to find people like you who understand exactly what I’ve been through!

I actually cried when I read this bit:-

“To say my life has changed would be an understatement. I forgot what normal was because now that I’m normal I can’t believe I lived with that horrible sinus condition. I can’t believe I put up with that condition for so long.”

I’m on Prednisone right now (just for 7 days) so I’m feeling pretty good, but I imagine I will feel pretty amazing when I fully recover from this horrible condition – whether that be through nutrition or surgery.

Comment by Jade

Jade, hang in there. Think its smart to try all the non-surgical ways – who knows you may stumble across an answer or something that helps. And then, surgery is an awesome option there for you if and when you need it. It’s amazing the technology exists to help us with a problem like this, but thankfully, it does.

Keep me updated!!!

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

Thanks for this info. Your blog was by far the best for reassuring me that I would be ok. I was also having nosebleeds and had some veins cauterized. It’s been 2 months since my surgery and I’m still having some bleeding from those same spots. My doc has put me on a second round of antibiotics for this because I may have an infection, but I feel so discouraged! I had been hoping for these bleeds (posterior) to stop. Has anyone else had this problem?
Again, thanks so much for this blog.

Comment by Kate

I did not have that problem, Kate!!! Does not sound fun at all.

Appreciate the kind words about the blog.

And drop me a note to update me on your progress!

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

Hello – fantastic blog. My step-son just went through polyp removal a few weeks ago. The main reason for doing so was to possibly regain a lost sense of smell. For those that have gone through the surgery, how long after the surgery did you regain your sense of smell (if at all)? Much thanks for this blog. Cheers, Clive

Comment by Clive

Hi Brett:
Your blog made me smile. I go in tomorrow for my polyp removal. They didn’t know I had polyps because the first ct scan on my sinus showed fluid everywhere. But had the pre op one done and I have “prominent polyps & cysts that are narrowing my osteameatal opening in the maxillary sinus & mucous thickening” so Im sure I will have lots of fun (not).
My ENT said before this ct scan I could have dissolvable packing but after reading this blog he’s prob lying to me lol. Wish me luck :(

Comment by Sue

Good luck!!! Let me know how it goes!!!

Comment by brettcraig

Hi! I have had nasal polyps for years, with an associated loss of taste/smell (I have ZERO sense of taste/smell). One doctor (I saw 3 specialists) said it was one of the worst cases he’s ever seen. The other two, in addition to the radiologist reports, called the sinus disease “extensive.” Prednisone has helped a bit, but obviously you can’t be on it all the time…or even very often.

So…I’m having surgery tomorrow (!) and I’ve read the account of your operation a few times now. It’s informative and humorous and has been genuinely helpful. I wanted to thank you for taking the time and effort to put it all into writing. It’s a real service to others out there. I’m about the same age as you (43), and from what I can tell my procedure will be very similar to yours, so it’s good to know someone in a similar situation had such good results.

Thanks again…and I’ll leave a note post-op to let you – and everyone else – know how things went and what the results were!

Comment by Jeremy

Let me know!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!

Comment by brettcraig

Went to the GP this morning found out I got polyps, gave me nasal cream to use for a week and to go back to GP
Let’s see what happens next

Comment by Jim

Hi Brett – Can you provide an update on how you are feeling/doing now?

Comment by Brian

Still good 3 years on. Still very glad I did the surgery, Brian!

Comment by brettcraig

That’s great to hear Brett. Have you had to modify your diet (e.g. limit alcohol, dairy, etc.) since you had your surgery?

Comment by Brian

I have not but i’ve often wondered what the outcome might be. So far I’m too lazy to try that ;). But at some point, a couple of weeks off all of that would be interesting to try.

Comment by brettcraig

Thank you for writing this! I get my CT scan results today, but my ENT is confidant I have polyps. It really has been miserable… You should not get used to your ears popping whenever you swallow, but somehow I did and waited until I was desperate to see a specialist. Why do we do this to ourselves?!

Anyway, your article made me laugh out loud and feel so much more comfortable and confident about my (likely) impending surgery. I’m looking forward to smelling things again! Thank you :)

Comment by Lizzie

I’m on day 6 recovery. I was completely blocked by polyps on both sides and said I was in his top 1% worst cases. Surgery took almost 3 hours. Upon waking up, I was able to breath through my nose! It was amazing! I had some anesthesia problems and was sick for the first 2 days, so no pain meds (still mad about that). I think that was worse than my nose problems.

I did not have packing or splints. I was given saline spray, afrin, antibiotic ointment, oral antibiotic, and a nasal rinse (with salt & steriod). I was suppose to start the nasal rinse the next day, but I just couldn’t do it. I was in so much pain, so I started on day 3 after I was able to take meds. Still to this day, I am having problems with that rinse. It stuffs me up and doesn’t come all the way out, so I choke when I move my head, even hours after taking it. I called the Dr and she said that happens to some people and it will get better with time. I’m hoping it does because it ruins my day.

I do get headaches when I sleep, which is normal and Tylenol helps. I’m feeling better and better each day, but continue to be stuffy. I go back to see the doctor in 7 days and am curious what he will say/find.

Your blog helped me so much before my surgery. I’m looking forward to a few weeks from now when I’m back to normal!

Comment by Katy M.

Give it some time. You’re still inflamed from the surgery. And then religiously do everything the doc days. Then update me. Wanna know how you’re doing!

Comment by brettcraig

Okay so yesterday I got told I have two big nasal polyps and I’m only 13. I have to get surgery because well everyone does I’ve had them for about three monthes and noticed difficulty breathing about a month into it an five finnally learned what’s wrong. I’m very scared because I was skating when they put the telescope up my nose and that was before I even knew what I had so I have no clue how I can go through with this surgery. I hate missing school so I want to get back quickly and I’m really sad because gym clad is my favorite class and I’ll have to miss it. If there is anyone that can help me calm down can you because idk what to do

Comment by Sydnee

Well. I think first exhaust all possibilities – see if there’s any other means. And see multiple docs, that’s critical – get lots of opinions! Don’t settle for one or even two. Through multiple educated opinions you’ll find consensus – the consensus will give you some confidence/assurance thay whatever you decide, is the right thing. Talk to lots of experts, ok? See multiple ENTs. Its worth it.

Comment by brettcraig

Hello,
Congrats on being polyp free and what a lovely family you have. I just had the surgery done here in Canada on April 9th. I was very nervous and really appreciated reading your blog before I had it done. I’m happy to say all went well. Worst part for me was the dizziness I suffered (ENT said that was normal considering he’d been in my head and the body needs to recalibrate) and having the stent removed 2 weeks after surgery. Finding and cutting that stitch was borderline inhumane but afterwards I could have skipped out of the ENT’s office! I could breathe and smell for the first time! When I asked the ENT if he could guesstimate how many polyps he removed, he said I was full, and that he’d removed hundreds! I felt great for 2 weeks afterwards but then I caught my daughter’s cold and my sense of smell and taste disappeared and have come back but ever so faintly; which is sooo disappointing! Did your sense of smell ever improve and then deteriorate? Pre-surgery my husband told me I sounded like I had emphysema when I’d sleep because my breathing was so bad. I found it really neat that not even 3 days post surgery my breathing had returned to normal and I felt like a weight had been lifted from my chest! Just goes to show how nasty those polyps are! There are definitely so many perks to having the surgery and overall I feel way better, just wish my sense of smell was stronger :(
All the best to you, Kathleen

Comment by Kathleen

Hmmm. You know my smell is there but probably not as strong as when I was a kid – it’s hard to know since I can’t really remember what it used to be like. Prior to surgery I hardly could smell so I’m improved from there.

I would give it time. It’s still early. Hopefully you’ll have more sense of smell over time!

Glad you got them out!

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

June her in Scotland ,had pollops removed 3 days was feeling pretty low but you have cheered me up and answered lots of questions thankyou very very much June doolan Crawford uk

Comment by June doolan

Great June!

Update me sometime on your progress.

Comment by brettcraig

This was so helpful. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’ve had allergy problems my whole life, and 2 years ago was diagnosed with asthma. I’ve always just dealt with the sinus pressure and pain, constant runny nose, etc. But almost 2 years ago, I completely lost my sense of smell. That’s when I knew something was wrong. My doctor sent me to an ENT. So far, I’ve gone through four rounds of Prednisone in a little over a year to make those nasty things go away. They go away for a short time and then about a month later, the symptoms are back again. It’s so frustrating. At no point has my doctor mentioned surgery, but I’m going to see her on the 29th, and will basically demand that we do something more aggressive. I just can’t take the stuffiness, headaches, lack of smell and sinus pressure any longer. Your blog definitely gives me hope that I will actually get my life back again. Thank you again!

Comment by Shirley

Great, Shirley!!!! Good luck. Give me an update!

Comment by brettcraig

I’m in the first phase of this, my primary doctor told me that I have nose polyps and referred me to a ENT doc. Which I should have done 10 years ago because that’s when I first noticed a bump coming out my nose. I only went in to my primary because I just started blowing my nose and more than usual blood would show up on the Kleenex and in the past I just accepted that it was probably a piece of my inner sinus even though I couldn’t smell or breath.
After reading your post I’m ready to say cut these out now at my first ENT visit, but they’ll probably scope it out first before anything is done.
Reading on the internet they make this procedure out to be an outpatient procedure, after reading your story I guess not, how soon before you can do normal things again?
Thank you for your inspirational story and I’m looking forward to a new life very soon.

Comment by Kyle

did you ever have the surgery- polypectomy? it’s usually more polyps on one side, but both sides can get blocked with polyps. surgery done -endoscopy. get those polyps out -breath better.

Comment by larry wheeler

Hi i have to had polyps removed on 27 may 2014 ive suffers 10 years with mine ive got to say best thing ive done even though still wearing packing when i cleaned my nose with the syringe my doc gave me this morning it was amazing to feel fresh air.and to breath even though full if dried blood in taking pain killers for pain COs its a horrible burning feeling but im so glad cant wait to finally be able to smell again and i finally got to taste my food because lost my taste buds x

Comment by Sharon

Congrats!!!!! Update me again. So glad you feel great!

Comment by brettcraig

Great blog offering such comfort. Wide awake for past two hours, 6 days post-op. Yes, had a twin of your blob on ride from hospital. Had 100% sinus congestion seen on MRI 8 months prior. Tried everything but what did work to keep pain away and a passage of air to breathe was my second chiropractor experience. Amazing and I will return.

I have gauze still under nose… Not much, but blood pools at base of nostrils and a Q-tip absorbs it. Curad makes a sensitive skin gauze pad that I highly recommend.

Had a 4 hour surgery – deviated part in left nostril, too. I taste blood in my throat. Yuk. Dry mouth rinse and gel have helped.

Any pillow, sleep position recommendations? No packing for me…so glad about that. Heading for first clean out on Monday.

FYI – shock post surgery: dreams! I haven’t had dreams in years. I have had to cut back gardening, have COPD, quit smoking cold turkey 16 years ago.

Comment by Barbara Hobens

I am in Manchester,England awaiting a CT Scan of my sinuses for nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis.Then I will await listing for NHS surgery.I am feeling really miserable at the moment, I can’t smell or taste anything and the condition is affecting my sleep now. Your jottings have made me feel much better.Thank you for your informative and positive comments.Rachel.T

Comment by rachel tully

I can relate to your experience -I had a polypectomy april 22, 2014. did not have the packing you had, the steroid Flonase spray and predisone had reduced the polyps before surgery. 10 days later the ent cleaned out my nose -man what a rush of oxygen! I had the same natural high you had -like breathing 100% for the first time. mine is caused by allergies rhinitis – the ent last month told me my right turbinate has signs of polyp return- she put me on steroid drops mixed in the saline solution and continued use of flonaise. I recommend taking in the ocean air by taking walks or jogs along the shore at the beach. the closer to the ocean the better. good luck with your health.
larry

Comment by larry wheeler

Thanks Brett, for the human story behind FESS. I had bilateral FESS 12 days ago. I am feeling a mixture of increased energy, clear breathing then feeling generally unwell and some nasty yellow/ grey / blood nasal discharge. I worry about FESS not being effective. Any words of encouragement from your experience would be appreciated. John

Comment by behaviourproblems

Wow!
You make surgery sound okay. I’m a hospital phobic and have a fear of needles + blood. Pain too.
Have been living with nasal polyps for a decade now and my nose has become crooked. I just don’t know how I’d cope with the surgery as I seem to be allergic, or rather, have allergic reactions to anaesthetic and lots of medications.
The polyps were just in my left nostril but lately I’ve been feeling something in my right one too and my sense of taste has lessened.
Reading your experience has given me some hope – to see a doctor about it.
I’m so pleased everything worked out great for you and the polyps have not returned. Long may this last.
Thank you for sharing your story.

Comment by Franka Sensale

your doctor will probably put you on predisone and flonaise steroid nasal spray to reduce the polyps. that way you can get an idea of breathing through your nose a little better. since my initial success of my surgery- nasal swelling has come back a little. it’s still worth doing, but you might have to be on nasal saline rinses and flonaise your whole life to keep the allergy induced polyps away. good luck- keep me posted.

Comment by larry wheeler

Thank you so much for this. I just got home from the hospital this afternoon. My surgery went well, and thanks to your post, I rode into the OR with a little confidence and peace of mind. I hope you’re still polyp-free!

Comment by Autumn

Still doing well. I suspect they may be coming back a little bit but overall, feeling great! Hope your recovery is smooth!!

Comment by brettcraig

hopefully they did not leave you all packed – mouth breathing can be rough. when you go back to get all flushed and cleaned out you’ll get open air flow in your nose. it’s actually a beautiful feeling when its been missing for so long. here’s to breathing great-congrats.

Comment by larry wheeler

Had lost my sense of smell fr 5 years due to polyp . Wonder if i do fess to remove it , will i regain my smell ?

Comment by Zhang

You just might. With the polyps in the current situation you know you’ll never smell so seems like the best way to have a chance.

Comment by brettcraig

My husband is 68, going to have this surgery in next two weeks. Very nervous (age,anesthesia, has terrible neck discs -very concerned about the whole thing). Thank you for your description of events. Any other tips? Food (broth?). Bed rest? Chair rather than bed? We are both rather scared.

Comment by Shawn

He will be fine!!! Normal to be scared but I am very glad I did it! It’ll be fine. And the ability to breathe will be an Awesome reward!

Comment by brettcraig

Last posted June 4.Had surgery on polyps and deviated septum two days ago.Came out of hospital yesterday and felt really bad.Feeling a bit better today.Really weak and shakey.My packs were removed the morning after the surgery with minimal pain relief.It was like giving birth to twins through my nose! I will be reading your story closely as I continue my recovery.Rachel.Manchester,England

Comment by rachel tully

glad you got that packing out. the deviated septum fix is called a septoplasty. removing the polyps allows the doctor to position nasal bones back in proper alignment.
do you have stints? to open up nasal passages more?
in a few weeks you’ll be breathing like a baby.

Comment by larry wheeler

Just had polyps removed and thought you might like to know the packing that they use now (at least in the UK) is desolvable and desolves in about 3/4 days. A bit gross as it desolves but better that going through the removal process.
Didn’t even need to wear the “sling” under my nose this time.
Could breath through my nose straight after surgery although sense of smell is poor. Hopefully this will improve as it heals.

Excellent blog. Very useful to know what to expect before and after.

Comment by Andy

Thanks for the note! Glad it’s easier now!!!! Hope you recover well and quickly!

Comment by brettcraig

Thanks for the posts on this site…I’m about to undergo polyps surgery next month and it has really helped me understand the process. Not quite so nervous now and can’t wait to breathe properly again! : )

Comment by Thom Bateman

I have to under go nasal polyp surgery soon. I went to the ENT because I too have not had a sense of smell in almost 2 years, can barely taste, I stay congested, runny nose, can’t breathe and just irritable. I can see the big polyp in my left nostril. It is so gross! I have anxiety and always have the biggest fear of being put asleep. I also know 2 people who know others who had this surgery and died due to the polyps being sent for testing and being cancerous. Ok so, that doesn’t help my fears at all. I went in to get checked and when the Dr. told me that he had to numb my nose with that spray to use the camera to look in my nose, it freaked me out. It freaked me out because he told me the back of my throat and mouth would also go numb along with my nose. Ummm, who wants to go through that? I have panic also and me not being able to feel my nose, throat and mouth is going to cause me to panic!!! I actually left the Dr’s ofc because I was terrified to get the camera test done :( They want me to go and get a cat scan done and when I come back to get the results of the cat scan, he wants me to take a Xanax before coming into the ofc & another 1/2 when getting there to relax me for the testing. Still scared. I am so mad at myself because the testing is just the beginning of this nightmare. What scares me about the surgery is how I will be when I wake up? I am scared that because of all the packing in my nose etc…that I won’t be able to breath when in recovery which also is going to cause me to panic. I am also scared if blood clots can go to my brain after this surgery. Just sooo much! My mind is all over the place but I really need to get this done because I am miserable every single day of my life!! Please someone, anyone give me some insight on the camera testing and the how recovery will be. Thanks in advance.

Lora :)

Comment by Lora Coleman

Lora, i know it’s scary. But you’re gonna be okay. And you will be so thankful when those things are outta your nose. Know these docs do it all the time. People are put to sleep literally thousands of times a day safely. You will be too. And it will be over in a blink of an eye.

Do it. You WILL get through it, ok?

Brett

Comment by brettcraig

Will I be able to breathe after surgery? Meaning like if they use the padding in my nose, will I not be able to breath and as far the numbing goes to get the test done with the camera..Was that scary and weird feeling?

Comment by Lora Coleman

I was nervous through most of it but i got through it all and you will too. You breathe through your mouth initially but soon they remove all the packing and then you breathe through your nose and you will love it.

Comment by brettcraig

Thanks Brett for your reply. I am at the beginning steps so I need to get er done. I am calling next week to make the cat scan appointment. That’s first. Then I have to go back to get the cat scan results and do that scary test with the camera up my nose :(

Comment by Lora Coleman

Hi Lora,
Let me tell you I was crying scared tears before they put me under and crying happiest of tears when I woke up because I could already breathe even with the huge patch under my nose. Keep in mind I did not have any packing the doctor swore up and down he does not usually use packing unless in extreme cases where it’s needed. So confirm with yours to see if he or she even uses it. I too had so many polyps that one was about to say hello to the world through my right nostril! I never did have to do the camera testing but he has shoved the camera up my nose not all the way down to my throat or anything but he puts it up a nostril to what feels like my brain haha with no freezing and I admit it is uncomfortable but in no way painful or anything and when he tells me my sinuses are beautiful it’s all worth it! Honestly if my polyps ever returned I would do the surgery again in a heart beat!! Being able to smell, taste, and most of all breathe, and sleep makes it all more than worth it! The next day I was running errands with my husband I felt great! I don’t reccomend it though because I over did it and the next day sucked but in comparison to how I thought I would feel I felt pretty darn good! The worst it feels like is a bad headache other than that I was just a bit drowsy for a couple days. I know it’s nerve racking but you will be fine you will be more than fine you will be great because this is a life changer! Especially if you have already dealt with it for two yrs your going to be wondering why you didn’t get it done sooner!! I’m very excited for you! I wish you all the best

Andie

Comment by homemakingfemenist

Andie,

Thanks for your reply. When you did the camera test, I am sure they used the numbing spray which caused your mouth, throat and nose to go numb. Did that not cause you to panic?

Comment by Lora Coleman

lora, -when I first went to the ENT DOCTOR I was completely blocked – I had one polyp growing out of my right nostril. when he told me I was blocked with polyps on both sides I had a panic attack and my blood pressure dropped so fast they laid me back for 30 minutes and then I took off. the same thing happened when they informed me of the possible negatives- wham panic city again blood pressure crashed downward. I told the doctor to just give me the POSITIVES of the surgery. it’s going to help you breathe! I did it again right before they wheeled me into surgery- they hooked up the iv and oxygen and I said “lets do this”. I woke up -no packing ,just a mustache bandage, they do it all with endoscopes and camera- I am so glad I did this -you are me mirrored with this “panic” thing . the doctors are pros -this aint their first rodeo. you will look back on this in a few weeks and be breathing clear. set the date and show up -the rest is done by the ENT PROS.

Comment by larry wheeler

Larry,

Thanks so much for your reply. I am at the beginning steps and scared…So terrified that when they numb me to do the camera test and my nose, mouth and throat go numb that I am going to panic but hey at this point, I have no choice. The left nostril has a huge polyp. I can feel it when I breathe and hear it also..Like a rattling noise. YUCK!

Comment by Lora Coleman

There was no numbing spray because I don’t think he put the camera up that far. It also wasn’t a formal test he just stuck the camera up a little way to see if he could see anything but I was too blocked anyways so he just used the cat scan results. Now for my checkups he still uses the camera to check my sinuses it does go pretty far but it’s not painful at all it is a strange feeling. If they have to use the numbing spray though I don’t think I would be too nervous I hate needles so if it’s a spray I’m golden haha. But honestly anything they have to do to get you breathing will totally be worth it I can promise that! I will never take breathing through my nose for granted again!

Comment by homemakingfemenist

Yea I have panic so I guess me not being able to feel my nose, mouth and throat would be just too over powering for me but I have no choice. He did for sure say he would need to use the spray before using the nasal endoscope camera. I am going to ask can he just use the cat scan results. lol

Comment by Lora Coleman

Have you had your mouth frozen for dental work before? I can’t imagine it would feel any different than that really but without the big needle lol

Comment by homemakingfemenist

No never needed it..lol..I just have to really suck it up..Terrified but I have to do this. I also am terrified that once in recovery and I wake up not being able to breathe will cause me to panic..

Comment by Lora Coleman

If they do use the packing I don’t imagine your breathing will be anymore hindered than what it is now so you probably won’t notice a difference right away.

Comment by homemakingfemenist

anxiety attack or heart attack

Recovery Room | NASAL POLYPS, GET OUT OF MY HEAD

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I wanted to check back in. Tomorrow I will be one week post-op. I’m breathing better than I have in years, and can taste foods again (I had the most amazing wine last night!). But the sinus headaches are enough to drive me crazy. I think it’s just scabbing from the removal of what I believe was the world’s largest nasal polyp, but, man, the pain. And it’s pressing into my right eye. Saturday, I was afraid I was going to have to go to the ER because the pain was just that bad. But things are better and continue to get better. The initial recovery was a bear, but I think if I was in the same position I was in, I’d do it again.

Comment by Shirley D.

You know, small ramification from my surgery was a bit of pain/pressure by my left eye when i just to pop my ears etc. So interesting you had some pain near you’re eye too! Well worth it to me!

Comment by brettcraig

what is the pain in the eye from??

Comment by Lora Coleman

No clue but it only arose after surgery so i assume its something to do with it – scar tissue whatever. But again, small price to pay. Would pay it again!

Comment by brettcraig

How was immediate recovery? Like right after surgery? Is it true that you have to sleep sitting up for a few nights?

Comment by Lora Coleman

Well, here goes.. I’ve,had severe nasal polyps since I was a toddler. I have also been diagnosed with Samters triad. I’ve had my adniods removed, my polyps removed twice, as. well as my middle turbinate removed all at the ages of eight and ten. I’m unaware if due to ignoring my breathing issues while tending to my terminally ill father made it get to the point to is now. Now I’m 24 and after 14 years I’m going to an ent again. I had my first appointment today and he said my nasal passages are so swollen that he can’t see what’s truly going in. So in the next week I should get the date of an appointment for an CT scan to see where to go from here my polyps grew back last time in a year and a half so I’m hoping there is an alternative option. It’s gotten to the point that I’m afraid to sleep because I keep waking up gasping, the surgery cannot come soon enough!

Thanks for listening all!
Bliss

Comment by Bliss Benson

OMG that is how I am. I can not breathe at all! My nose constantly runs also. I stay congested. Can’t smell at all. Can barely taste! I am just miserable!!

Comment by Lora Coleman

you’ll know if you got stints when you go back to doctor for post op nasal cleaning. it sounds like those white things might be stints. the openings in our nasal passage ways allow air flow through our nose. I never realized how small they are , so any blockages like polyps , deviated septum, allergic sinusitis-swelling, -all force us to become mouth breathers. I got envious of seeing other people breathing so easy through their nose, so I’m going to maintain the good air flow I got now. if I ever have to do this surgery again I’m going to request stints -I believe that is to widen the nasal passage ways= more air flow. who cares if I have a wider nose , breathing is more important.
breath some of that nice ocean spray air down there and you’ll have clear air flow -wow I’m heading to the beach.

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