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I've had a lifetime of sinus issues. It's been increasingly difficult lately, and I'm constantly sniffing and blowing my nose, for about a month straight. I can tell from the various symptoms that it's allergy related, not an illness - a lifetime of severe allergies and sinus infections and sinusitis and and and... Unfortunately, my sinus illness symptoms have morphed as I've aged. It now greatly involves my ears, which SUCKS. I keep hearing from many people (i.e. the ever lovely a_muse_d) that a neti pot might work for me.

So, I used my neti pot for the first time today...

From everything I've seen, I should be getting a nice, solid stream through my nostril, but the best I can get is a rapidish drip. For those of you bothering to read this that have never done one, it initially feels like when you're in the pool and get water up your nose.. but without pain and without the choking.

It says to not do it within an hour before bed, and I can see why. I did it about four hours ago, and still I will occasionally have a tiny river of water fall out of my nose. (Best not to do it before a social gathering..) Overall, my sinuses feel MUCH better already, though still a bit stuffed up. I got a coupon to mail in for a free squeezy bottle, to sort of pressure rinse the nasal passage, I figure I might try that one, too. After a lifetime of issues, I'll try just about anything.

In other news, because we have free HBO and MAX for the weekend, we also get HBO/MAX OnDemand.

I have sort of discovered "True Blood". :x


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Jun. 14th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
I use a squeezy-bottle sinus rinse instead of a neti pot, and it's somewhat easier... though I do go through some gymnastics trying to get that last bit of water outta there. Bend over, tilt my head from side to side, cram tissues up my nose to catch the drippage, yeah. Fun.
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
i use the squeeze bottle too. i actually HATE the idea of a neti pot and have fears of drowning myself or having the water go in my ear.

to get the last bits of water out i lay on my side on my bed with a couple layers of paper towel under my nose to catch the water. even then, sometimes it only comes out hours later if i tip my head forward slightly. haha
Jun. 14th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
I also use a squeeze bottle thing and it works fine for me. There's always a bit of adjusting in the beginning with my head, which is fun, but I eventually get it. I'll say this for it - haven't had a sinus infection in two years. This might be the time I get one, though, allergies are just horrific this year...
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
i use the squeeze bottle and i still get sinus infections. sucks but at least it clears things out temporarily.
Jun. 14th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I hope the neti pot works for you. I've wanted to try one, but have a serious full blown phobia of water up the nose. Just thinking about it makes me snort uncontrollably. Lovely.

True Blood... such a lovely addiction. The books are also great, so different.
Jun. 14th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
i get stuffy ears 30% of the time i use a neti pot. I am too busy to sit around irrigating my nasal passages these days, but man do I miss it.
My first 4 times I didnt get anything through my nose... and my mom cant figure out how to do it without getting her nasal passages to drain down her throat, so it sounds like you're doing well.
I dont get a big steady stream,.. sometimes a small one, or drips depending on how inflamed my sinuses are.. so. i dunno

Jun. 16th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
i found that breathing out while you're squeezing helps. i can't do the neti pot because it would just go in all the wrong places.
Jun. 14th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
I've done the neti pot thing a couple of times, though it helps to wipe out whatever may be keeping my sinuses clogged it never seemed to help me get better much faster.

The first time using it was a bit of a PITA but once I figured out how to hold my head it was easier.
Jun. 15th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
When you use it is it just warm water or is there a little salt in it? I've never used one and I want to try one, sounds like your sinuses get pretty inflamed. I have been having arunning nose and a stuffy nose when i wake up but it clears about 45 minutes after I've been awake but I'm afraid its going to stop. I've also been having other symptoms like itchy eyes, dry eyes and skin breathing issues this past weekend. I wish the air in my car was still working.
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
it comes with a saline solution. using straight water harms your sinuses (feels like burning, such as when you get water up your nose while swimming).
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Hmmmm I'd think it would be the other way around, the burning chlorine filled pool water was actually always good for me but I haven't doen that in years.

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