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Anyone tried Neil Med nasal rinseor their NasaFlo neti pot?? thinking about giving it a go

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by pg600rr, May 20, 2012.

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    pg600rr Senior member

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    So I have been having some awful breathing issues, apparently sinus related. I have a deviated septum so I am sure that isnt helping but prior to surgery, the ENT's I saw @ Mass Eye & Ear wanted me to try the steroidal nasal spray and using a neti twice a day for a few weeks to see how much relief was gotten.

    One of the huge problems, besides not being able to breath, is that at night the only way I can sleep is by stirctly breathing through my mouth...besides jthis just not being healthy, it leads to dry mouth, me having to drink water every few hours, and eventually having to get up to pee several times a night...thus not much sleep and feeling shitty everyday.

    Havent tried the steriod spray cause I have heard some bad things about it, the Neil Med stuff seems to be a miracle cure, atleast from the various reviews of ppl Ive seen online...
     
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    Nasal steroids, such as Nasacort, Nasonex, and Vancenase are considered very safe by doctors. I've been using them for nearly two decades now with no side effects (that I'm aware of).

    Neti pots are awesome and you probably don't need a fancy one. When I first got one after nasal surgery nearly 20 years ago I used it daily for several months. Now I only use it when I'm congested or when I've been in a dusty environment.

    I've never used a powered irrigation system, so I don't know how they compare, but if I were you I think I'd try a simple neti pot first and only move on to the power tools if necessary.

    Good luck to you.
     
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    Yea, the stuff I heard about the nasal steriods were just from family members or friends, many had no problems, a few felt like it caused some anxiety even tho most ENT's insist not much gets absorbed into the body, and someone said they havent been able to stop using it since theyve been on it so long (would really like to avoid this)

    I actually just ran to the store and picked up this one:http://www.drugstore.com/neilmed-nasaflo-neti-pot/qxp164302

    with theisotonic packets and some distilled water to use... gonna try it once in a.m. and once before bed for a few weeks and see what happens.

    I am still probably going to get the surgery to fix the deviated septum, I am sure that will help things in the long run. I have a sinus CT on tues. to make sure there are no hidden issue going on.
     
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    Good plan. I recommend doing your evening irrigation at least an hour before bedtime. Unless you sleep very still and on your back, you'll want to give yourself time to drain before lying down.



    In my case the CT scan showed extremely narrow and kinked sinus passages which the surgeon was able to widen and straighten somewhat. Once I healed I was stunned to discover what it was like to breathe like everybody else (more or less). I'm not ashamed to admit that I wept a few times out of joy and gratitude. I wish you a similar experience.

    By the way, these are great, too.
     

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