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update on page 2 * went to ENT yesterday, have a question :-)

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by wendy, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    the doctor wants to do a Septoplasty (SMR) on me. This is my second opinion. The first doctor wanted to break my nose! But this doctor says I dont' have to have my nose broken to fix my breathing problem. I have looked online for a long time yesterday and researched it. But only found one website from a person that had it done, all others were medical websites and from doctors advertising there practice and describing the procedure. So at least I know the procedure is done the same here that is good. But I want to know anyone here if they have had it done. I know the girl at the doctor's office and she had it done and says no big deal! But I am 10 - 12 years older than her. Everything is nothing when you are younger! lol! Plus I know I don't come out of anesthesia very well so that scares me. But I want to breath better and quit having sore throats and congestion every week of my life! The doctor says it is getting worse as I "grow" older! Ain't that cotton pickin' lovely to hear! lol!

    Last edited: Sep 25, 2008
  2. fleenorfarmmom

    fleenorfarmmom In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2008
    Blountville, Tn
    My SIL had it done about 20years ago and she has been much better ever since. She had a horrible time breathing before and has never regretted having it done. She was 40ish when she had it done
  3. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    well thank you that helps! i knew someone had been through it on here or knew someone who had it done.
    i just want to breathe better, thank you for the information!

  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    My husband had it done along with a tonsilectomy at the same time about 5 or 6 years ago.

    It was not pleasant surgery or recovery, but it made a HUGE HUGE HUGE difference in the quality of life for him.

    He went from being a chronic strep carrier, having strep-related nephritis of the kidneys, and not breathing freely through his nose his whole life to healed kidneys and no snoring and BREATHING through his nose - it was like a miracle to him.

    If you decide to have it done, I hope you ahve as good results!
  5. mangled

    mangled Songster

    My uncle had it done about 3 years ago, and he says it changed his life. He had awful sinus troubles and serious snoring issues, with apnea, and he no longer suffers from any of these.

    I don't know your age, but he was 41 when he had it done. It was a long recovery, I think 6 weeks or so, but he says now he'd do it all over again.

  6. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

    May 25, 2008
    I was 48 when I had the surgery four years ago. Like Arlee's husband, I had my tonsils out at the same time. So, with the packing in my nose I had to breathe through my mouth and my throat was killing me, and it was horrible. The nose part never hurt - it was the tonsil part that was so bad.

    HOWEVER, I now remember the recovery only by remembering the things I said to my sister (that all babies should have their tonsils removed in the delivery room).

    AND, my only regret is that I didn't have the surgery 30 years earlier, because it changed my life. I had apnea, was always tired, had one sinus or throat infection after the other, ran a chronic low fever, and now - nothing. I haven't been sick once since the surgery.

    Do it. You will feel not-so-good for two weeks, and then you will feel like 10 million bucks.

    I notice that you have Khaki Campbell ducks. I just got my hatching eggs in the mail today. Are they nice? Are they noisy?

    Best of luck to you. The surgery is really not too bad.
  7. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    robinaggie, no the khaki's are not noisy! We love them, I will have to put some new pictures online soon to show how they are growing.

    thank you everyone for the encourging words. i am not wild about having surgery, have only been put under twice and those were not elective surgeries they were or would have been life and death if ignored.
    i am 37 will be 38 in two months and am healthy but have such a terrible time with my sinus and staying congested. On a good day and I mean a good day I can breathe 70-80 out of the the left side of my nose and maybe 20% on the right side! I always have some crud running down my throat and sleep with breathe right strips across my nose 99% of the time to just get a decent nights sleep. Maybe that is why I always never feel rested because of my lovely nose! lol! My husband was asking what caused this and I told him what I read online, could have happened when I was born (i was 10 lb 7 oz and not a c section baby, ouch!)
    accident to my nose (my cousin hit me by accident in the nose with a football), i have also been in a couple of car accidents one with my sister before seat belts and one when i was 19 both i hit the dash or steering wheel. I also read it could be from snorting drugs, well I never never did that~! No way, I don't like to how alcohol makes me feel or pain pills when I have been prescribed them, I rather get by on ibuprofen or aleve!

    I called the doctors office yesterday to schedule it but they have not called me yet. I will let you know the date when I find it out.

  8. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

    May 25, 2008
    I don't know how my nose got messed up either, but had suffered most of my life with poor breathing ability. You're going to be surprised by the difference the surgery makes. It's been four years, and I still forget that I can blow my nose like a normal person now!
  9. Javamama

    Javamama Songster

    Jun 6, 2008
    I had nasal surgey and tonsils out a couple years ago - I'm 32 and the difference it made has been incredible. The nose surgery recovery was a little gross but didn't bother me much . Probably would have been fine except for the tonsillectomy- which was HELL.
    Anyway, I would say go for it. I never knew how bad it had been until I could breathe like a normal person. What a difference it has made. I was just born with an irregular airway, never had any injuries.
  10. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    Well Thank You So much for the postive feed back! This is great and puts my mind at ease. the doctor did an xray and said my sinus are pretty clear and no problem with my tonsils, i did not know that your adnoids (sp) can just go away? but mine have he said like alot of people who never have there removed they will just go away later in life ! So all i should have is the Septoplasty and I scheduled it for July 23 rd! So I have done it got my surgery scheduled! Can't wait to breath better but on one hand am nervous. I use to assist in eye surgeries and it is so much easier to watch someone go through something than do it myself!

    Wendy [​IMG]

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