RE: help with a deviated septum?
This is a forum for those with sleep apnoea and not much is given out in general advice, and NO direct medical advice either, at least not without a LOT of caveats. The big one being SEE YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE EMBARKING ON ANY COURSE OF ACTION AND DON'T SELF DIAGNOSE OR SELF MEDICATE.
That said, a small bit of off the cuff information for you.
There is no way to deal with a deviated septum besides surgery. A stop gap measure, if the deviation is not too great, at least for night sleeping, is a spring clip in the nose to expand the "wings" of the nose and prevent them from collapsing during the in breath. This will be only mildly successful. Any other method of non-invasive treatment or therapy is ineffective and likely a con.
Mouth breathing is inadvisable at the best of times (for reasons I have detailed in other areas of this forum), but there are certainly mouth guards that can facilitate that, although I don't have any in mind at this time.
The surgery isn't very awful, although the recovery can be a bit of a trial if they are also reducing tissue in the nose as that will require haemostats or other forms of tamponade in the nose, meaning your nasal breathing will be interrupted for a week and you will get a sore throat from breathing only from your mouth. However it is not a horrible op as ops go, relatively minor and there is no pain in the nose after the first day of recovery at all, and healing is very rapid. The only discomfort is the tamponade, and that is only if there is tissue reduction preformed as well, if not, you will breath through a "straw" inserted into the nasal passage for a few days, and that is all. Bruising and swelling reduce rapidly, and your nose will look pretty much normal after two weeks, and fully regain its former shape and volume in a month. I have assisted in these ops several times, and have had one myself. If this is the main source of your lack of sleep, and your concomitant depression, the result will also have a strong effect on lifting your depression as well. However, given the various complaints you have mentioned I think there are other issues for you to address, in addition to your nose. The blurry vision is a big one that needs to be addressed.
If you do not have sleep apnoea, this will relieve much of your sleep problems. I would also suggest seriously getting your jaw in order - all the work don on it will have left the musculature of the jaw and mandibular region badly cramped, and therapeutic massage for that region or other TMJ treatments would be in order.
All of this must be done under supervision of qualified professionals. I suggest you talk to your gp and get the process rolling, money or not. For the small investment of this form of surgery (it is rarely very expensive, since it is a minor op, and would even be an outpatient procedure except that it requires a full narcosis (hard to do a local up in your face, alas, although I have seen it done, but not for this type of op).
(This post was last modified: 02-05-2014 12:59 PM by DocWils.)