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(05-20-2016, 01:09 PM)BadGoodDeb Wrote: Hmm. Maybe turbinate reduction WOULD be worthwhile, then. My persistent nasal restriction is called "non-allergic rhinitis", and I register as not allergic to anything, on the prick your back tests. I used to be mildly allergic to mold, but I had shots for a number of years and now am no longer allergic to that. Apparently. But my nose is still, I would say, 75% less affective than it used to be. I've been doing steroid sprays for 25 to 30 years. It doesn't feel like the steroids do much good any more, but I haven't quit them, so I don't know what stopping would do!

This discussion is helpful. My allergy doctor talks about allergies -- then says the ENT should discuss turbinates. The sleep doctor talks only about CPAP machines. The blood clot doctor discusses thinning my blood, which then makes surgeries difficult. It's nice to hear about the WHOLE PERSON, here!

I so identify with your frustrations with fragmented medical care. Unfortunately, I think this will only get worse and not better.

Thank you for your comments on allergy shots as that gives me pause as to whether I would be wasting my time doing them or not in light of your experience.

Sorry about the issues you are experiencing.

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I think I have less breathing troubles when I am on vacation, which means I am no longer in the 30 miles from Chicago suburbs. So I am out of the range of whatever air pollution is present here, and back into central Pennsylvania or central Virginia (our summer vacation, usually), and I am presumably less stressed for a week. I'm not sure which plays a bigger role, though I once noticed breathing issues starting as I drove closer towards Chicago, which leads me to think the pollution is some of it. I've been in this area for 41 years, during college and afterwards.

I guess I'd better be definite about my thoughts of retiring back to the PA area! If nothing else, so that I can start breathing better.

PS I think the allergy shots DID help. I'm not allergic to mold any more, nor dust. And I don't dust my house at ALL. If I vaccuum once a year I'm doing well. (Seriously.) (See, I can't even spell vaccuum!) But I think the pollution is growing with time and population, and thus my breathing is worsening with time too.
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