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Torrow I beg the doctor to send me to an ENT

(24 Posts)
seventeenlittleducks Wed 20-Sep-17 00:58:28

3 years ago I broke my nose twice in the space of a few months because I'm a clumsy sod and I have nothing but problems since. My sinus' are always infected, the sprays don't work, decongestants don't work, 90% of the time my sense of smell is terrible, 20% of the time I can't smell at all, I can't remember a time my nose wasn't blocked in at least one nostril. Tonight I'm in pain with my left like there's a ballon blown up inside. I am sick of it. If the doctor dismisses me tomorrow I may just camp out at the hospital until someone takes me seriously.
I never feel rested which makes me think I have sleep apnea as well. Fingers crossed that the doctor is sympathetic tomorrow if I can get an appointment! Tried to ring up today at 2 in the afternoon to book my flu jab and I was 8th in the queue hmm
Just wanted a moan really because I'm fed up in pain and wondering how I can earn ££££ for a nose job.

seventeenlittleducks Wed 20-Sep-17 01:19:53

Tomorrow in my moaning I forgot how to spell blush

user1499786242 Wed 20-Sep-17 17:18:19

Sounds utterly miserable OP!
Tbh I would go into your gp and cry or at least have abit of a meltdown!
And demand you get a referral, surely they can't leave you like this?

seventeenlittleducks Wed 20-Sep-17 17:28:43

They are until Monday sad while I was on the phone as soon as they opened the appointment went as she offered it to me! I have a sinus infection at this moment I'm in a lot of pain asked about doctor prescribing me antibiotics in the mean time as they have done in the past and I got 'no as it's an on going condition either wait until Monday or ring again at 8am and try for an appointment'
And they wonder why so many people end up in a&e

Tinysarah1985 Wed 20-Sep-17 18:47:59

I went to my gp in december with a very similar issue. I cannot breath through my nose at all. And his reply "well the nhs aren't funding it anymore, if you want it fixed you'll have to go private".

seventeenlittleducks Wed 20-Sep-17 18:52:05

Oh no don't say that tiny sad if they say that to me I will breakdown. It's effecting my life, constant infection, fatigue all the time, pain, headaches.
If I could go private I would In a heartbeat to sort it but I just can't afford it 😭

BurnTheBlackSuit Wed 20-Sep-17 18:56:17

I also have what sounds like a similar problem. My go has just referred me to an ENT, I don't know how long it will take to get an appointment or if they can fix me.

My doctor said mine was nasal polyps, but I also feel like I've got a balloon blown up inside my head, can't smell, feel tired all the time etc. My septum looks like it is deviated to me too when I shine a torch up there.

seventeenlittleducks Wed 20-Sep-17 18:59:45

Oh burn I'm so pleased you got referred there's still hope for me yet! I think I'm going to have to hammer home to them how much it's effecting my life, it's started to make me feel quite depressed really as I never feel 100%, either in pain, can't breath, fatigued etc

BurnTheBlackSuit Wed 20-Sep-17 21:26:40

Before she would refer, I had steroid tablets and then drops for 6 weeks to see if that worked instead, so might not be immediate.

seventeenlittleducks Thu 21-Sep-17 00:12:40

I hate it, I've also been having dreams where I'm suffocating which force me awake and I'll feel as if I've been holding my breath,, it's a horrible feeling and I think that's related to my nose as well. I just want to be better sad

seventeenlittleducks Thu 21-Sep-17 10:44:03

Got drops and a spray for 6 weeks, deviated septum and polyps, he said if it doesn't improvise within 6 weeks I'll be referred for surgery. Finally getting somewhere!

InappropriateGavels Thu 21-Sep-17 13:04:18

I don't understand why you've had so much trouble - I'm sorry to hear that sad

I had sinus problems for years, got to a point where I couldn't sleep lying down. Tried antibiotics, antihistamines, steroid sprays. Got referred by my GP to a surgeon and within two months I'd had FESS (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery) and a septoplasty. If only I could show you my MRI - my sinuses were so blocked, the radiographers and surgeon couldn't define the difference between bone and blocked sinus cavity.

It turned out that I had a deviated septum that they had to reduce by 50% just to get the instruments in, a load of weird bone growths inside my sinus cavities which shouldn't have been there, and also the shape of my skull was a bit odd, so my lower sinus cavities were flat on the bottom instead of round preventing them from draining. They couldn't do anything about that, but what they were able to do during the FESS did help and it's been better. It will never be perfect - I'll have to use the steroid sprays forever, but I rarely get a cold now, I can sleep lying down and they do drain better.

If you do have FESS, do whatever you can to not get an infection afterwards. I had one and the stuff that came out of my nose was horrific. I swear something died up there, I could have done without seeing that shock.

Best of luck!

seventeenlittleducks Thu 21-Sep-17 18:44:40

I'm glad yours got sorted and it's better now! I had my first set of drops today and they made me feel so ill sadseemed to make my nose 10 times worse, my face and ear were hurting. It's only day one though so I'm sure it will help eventually

BurnTheBlackSuit Fri 22-Sep-17 07:27:42

I'm glad that you're getting somewhere. The drops did nothing for me, although the did hurt and make me feel funny. Carry on and hope for the best, but remember the ENT is at the end of it doesn't work.

seventeenlittleducks Fri 22-Sep-17 12:53:48

Polyps are in my right and deviated septum is my left. Most problems I have is the left nostril would it be the polyps or the septum causing it do you think? Doctor seems to think the polyps but as most problems I have is the deviated side I'm not sure.
I didn't really get to explain most of what was going on as he was rushing because he was running late so just had a look and prescribed the stuff.
Also completely dismissed my sleep problems as 'probably not caused by this as you can still breath through your mouth' didn't elaborate on what it could be though and I felt like a fool for bringing up sad

user1499786242 Fri 22-Sep-17 15:37:42

Glad you've got somewhere at least! I can't believe this country is in such a state that someone who is suffering so much is told to go private..

seventeenlittleducks Mon 23-Oct-17 09:44:25

Today's the day! Back to doctors for a review and hopefully referral. Drops were awful, got put on steroids I ended up with flubber living in my head for about a week, so ill sad I was supposed to be reviewed in another couple of weeks but I begged to be seen earlier as nothing was working.
Hopefully today is the day!
Sod's law for the first time in a long time my nose is actually kind of clear, still blocked kinda but a lot less that usual hmm

seventeenlittleducks Mon 23-Oct-17 15:54:48


Tinysarah1985 Tue 24-Oct-17 17:57:09

Seventeen - i’ve got a deviated septum as well! All our GP did was give me a spray which made no difference. What really grinds my gears is the GP
surgery where I work referr people all the time for nose issues, whereas the one i’m a patient at point blank refuse to referr for anything! Shame I can’t register at the surgery where i work (as we live outside of catchment area)

seventeenlittleducks Thu 26-Oct-17 15:36:02

Can you keep going back Tiny and bugging them? I had to fight for this referral he tried everything not too but he ran out of options. It's a nightmare to get a referral for a lot of things these days sad

seventeenlittleducks Mon 05-Feb-18 12:39:36

I'M GETTING SURGERY. Finally been taken seriously! My consultant today to give me scan results said 'you have a horrible nose' grin it's jam packed it's awful, I knew I wasn't being dramatic! He said what he could see with the scope was just the tip of the ice berg! Could be happening this month, yes I'm finally going to feel normal again after so long! gringrin

Rememory Mon 05-Feb-18 12:41:38

That's great. You must be so relieved!

CappuccinoCake Mon 05-Feb-18 12:43:35

Just read your thread. Fantastic news! And shocking you've had to go through so much sad

I've had bad sinusitis for a month or two a few times and I'm terrified with the can't breathe feeling - I hope you get sorted.

seventeenlittleducks Mon 05-Feb-18 16:17:18

So relieved! I thought at one point I'd have to suffer for ever as nobody could see what I could but thanks to CT scans they now know I'm not imagining it grin

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