Okay, an update for day 2 of the sinus experiment.
I made an effort to sleep on my right side all night (well, at least to my knowledge) just to see what happens. Normally, I can’t even let my head turn slightly to the left or right, lest I get so blocked up I can’t breathe within what feels like seconds. (I have had plans in the works for a special pillow that wouldn’t allow me to move my head to the left or the right because even the slightest movement starts the congestion process)
I can say that when I turned to the side last night, I could still breathe. It wasn’t like the congestion slowly creeped up on me, which I was half expecting it to. I could breathe fully through both nostrils while falling asleep. I can’t remember the last time I had that experience.
I fully expected to wake up feeling like the right side of my face was going to explode. Well, the dogs started barking at 11:30 (apparently the neighbors house sitter shows up at nearly midnight to check the dogs, but hey, if you’ve got that sort of freedom, go for it). I sat up, fully able to breathe through both nostrils. Shocking!
Let me explain my normal morning routine. Typically I set my alarm for 30 minutes earlier than I plan to actually get up. This is mainly so I can spend some time turning my head from side to side, attempting to unblock my sinuses. This also typically involves A LOT of tissues and nose running and nose blowing. After about 30-40 minutes of this, I get out of bed and continue blowing my nose.
This morning, I woke up and took a deep breath. The breath actually was full and deep. There was nothing blocking my breath. I was able to just get up and go!
I had a few sneezes and blew my nose a couple of times before work (it’s typically nonstop from the time I get up to the time I go to bed most days). I made it through the work day with only 3 sneezes (they always come in 3’s) and blowing my nose only once! Considering I typically spend so much time sneezing and blowing my nose that people think I am sick all the time, this is a huge departure!
I will say the one of the most foreign feelings I am dealing with (aside from actually breathing) is my nasal passages feeling “dry”. I’m skipping the the neti pot for the time being, to see if the changes are solely from the adjustments.
I don’t expect to never sneeze or blow my nose again, but I can’t say enough so far about how I feel.
Here is a list of conditions that may benefit from endonasal balloon therapy:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Tooth Pain or Pressure
Dizziness or Vertigo
Loss of Attention Span
Loss of Mental Coordination
Loss of Visual Acuity
Loss of Hearing
Neck and Back Pain