The story of my nasal polyps
People that have met me in real life may know that I have a nasal voice, suffer from more-than-average sneezing and it often looks as if I have a chronic sinusitis. This started slowly 10 years ago, but never got really problematic. 8 years ago I went to a specialist who did not find anything unusual (sinuses were clean) and declared that I must be allergic to something.
Allergic tests were not conclusive, the histamine test was positive ;-) and anti-allergic medicine did not have any impact. So the next 8 years I lived with the many allergic symptoms and enough handkerchiefs to survive the day. Often sneezing was initiated by temperature changes, air-conditioning, all kinds of strong sensations (sunlight, pain, tickling) and sometimes random events.
Two jokes I often made about it was that I must be allergic to my disposable handkerchiefs or that I am allergic to work (often sneezing when just having entered the workplace).
Until last year's new year resolution to have it examined again in 2008. It took the specialist only 10 seconds to find the cause and after a CT scan we learned that nasal polyps infested at least one of my sinuses. Since then my symptoms got slightly worse and I was unable to breath through one of my nostrils often causing me to breath through me mouth when asleep.
Other symptoms that could indicate nasal polyps are snoring, headaches and loss of smell. I was fortunate to not have any of the above.
On Wednesday I went into surgery to get it removed. The surgeon however discovered a lot more polyps than what the CT scan revealed and the surgery took more than 2 hours. The situation was so bad that the internal bleeding of the removal needed to be stopped by leaving behind some tissue.
Since the surgery I now have a consistent headache likely caused by the tissue left-behind (which will be removed in 4 days). And according to the surgeon, a permanent headache was inevitable in a few weeks if I hadn't done any surgery. So two steps forward, one step back I guess ? :-)
Let's hope recovery goes swiftly and I am within the 85% chance that the polyps are a thing of the past. Since I don't want to go through all this again...
I hope by blogging about this experience other people with similar symptoms will be diagnosed earlier instead of 10 years of suffering.