PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH NASAL POLYPS
I didn't realize that I am suffering for Nasal Polyps until one day I realized that I couldn't smell anything. I had recurring headache and difficulty breathing through my nose. I also have a permanent running nose as if I was having a cold. I took asprin and running nose tablets but it's won't go away. This affect by daily schedule and I had to takemedical leave often.
I decided to find out the cause of my headache and running nose. I did a personal examination of my nose as was surprise to feel that my nasal septum is deviated into the right side. I decided to see a GP about it. The doctor confirmed that my nasal septum is severely deviated into the right side. He referred me to an ENT Specialist, who did a rigid endosopic examination.
The ENT Specialist also confirmed that my nasal septum had severely deviated into the right side. He also told me that I am suffering from Nasal Polyps which required surgical as the polyps have completely obstructing my nasal cavity. Nasal Polyps is defined as fleshly swelling small, sac-like growths consisting of inflammation nasal mucosa that grow on the lining of the nose sinuses. They may be yellowish, grey or pink in color and can very greatly in size. Polyps can either grow singly or in cluster and they usually affect both nostril.
Nasal Polyps can be graded into four types, which are:
While in my case it already a grade 3 stage-Polyps completely obstructing the nasal cavity
A temporary remedy was recommended by the ENT Specialist and at the same time a CT scan was also done to determine the severity of the diseases. A combination of steroids and nasal spray was prescribed for me. The Nasal spray could reduce the inflammation in my nose and also shrink the polyps. I could only felt the effect after two weeks of using the medicine. Even though I was on medication, I still have difficulty in breathing through my nose and my headache still coming.
I had the surgical treatment done three months later. The procedure is called Polypectomy. This procedure can be used to remove most polyps. It is performed through the nostrils. It is done under local or general anaesthetic, as small surgical instrument are inserted into my nostrils to cut out the polyps. Another type of procedure is Endoscopic sinus surgery. This is a more extensive procedure that not only removed polyps but also opens the parts of the sinus cavity where polyps usually form. If your sinuses are very blocked or inflamed, your surgeon uses a thin rigid tube and a camera called video endoscope. Because endoscopic surgery required small incisions, you generally more quickly and with less discomfort that with other type of surgery.
I regained conscious three hours later with my nose bandaged and have difficulty breathing. I had to use my mouth to breath. I almost choked by my own blood which had clout inside my throat. I had to force it out before I could breathe properly using my mouth. After discharged from the hospital; I was put on medication. I was prescribed both the steroid tablets and the steroid nasal spray. I fully recovered several weeks latter. I was also told to come back every two months for the first year after the operation and twice a year during the second year. According to the doctor the polyps would eventually re-grow and he was right about it and I was wrong. After the third year I though that the polyps would grow back and discontinue on the medication; but I was wrong. Now in 2006 I still having the same problem; headache, breathing difficulty and running nose.
In many cases, polyps can’t be prevented. But if you could manage your symptoms, it may reduce the chances that polyps will develop or recur. I had learned from my experience that taking medications as advised by the doctor and avoiding indoor and outdoor allergent and pollutants would help.
I would like to know if there is any alternative treatment for nasal polyps. I am trying to cut down on hot and spicy food and avoiding dusty area.
This article is written based on personal experience. It shouldn’t be used as a guide for treatment. Each person had different perception and experience. The advice of qualified medical personal should be sought for treatment.
Tiny Growths, Giant Headache by. Dr.Kuljiy-NST Aug.13,2006
Recurring Nasal Polyps
After my last surgical treatment for my nasal polyps, I don't often get headaches or running nose. I sticked to my medication routine. But after sometime I forget to take the medication as advised the sickness grow back. I was told by the ENT specialist earlier that the polyps could grow back again.
Recently while blowing my nose, I notice drop of blood on the tissue but I do not suspect something serious. Prior to that I had stop taking my medication for my nasal polyps. I occassionaly got headache but after asprin the headache would be gone but only for a while.
As I had hstory of nasal polyps I decided to consult ENT Specilist. As suspected, the nasal polyps had grow back. Tiny growth appeared on the sinus as shown during the rigid examination. The specialist once against prescribed nasal spray and tablets which I follow to the book. I was to continue with the medication until my surgical treatment on 24.11.2006.
Before the surgical treatment, I had to go for CT Scan and also had my blood sample taken. I am looking forward to the treatment as I could not coped with the sickness as my daily life is very much affected.