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Old 01-27-2017, 06:22 PM
 
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I had a twenty-six days streak without using sudafed (very good for me--something that hasn't happened in at least four years), and I am currently on my tenth day in a row without using it. There's definitely been a huge improvement since getting chemical cautery treatments and using Sinus Buster.

I'm still finding that I am sometimes quite sensitive to barometric pressure changes, even when it doesn't hit me in the sinuses. Today I crashed pretty severely after a sometimes stressful week. Tiredness, some lack of coordination, mood swings, which all came about during one of the drops in barometric pressure. Usually those symptoms are accompanied by sinus pressure, but not in this case. So the larger mystery of barometric pressure sensitivity remains; but it's good not to be getting sinus pressure, and getting the sudafed out of my system.

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Old 02-03-2017, 04:19 PM
 
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Does anyone else suffer from this dreadful condition? I do, and I regularly endure extreme bouts of hay fever whenever the barometric pressure in the atmosphere changes. My allergic reaction is so debilitating that it puts me out for the entire day whenever it triggers. My eyes swell up, nose turns into a faucet, and the roof of my mouth itches unbelievably. I have tried a number of treatments, with varying success -- steroid injections, allergy medications, diet changes. Still, nothing has entirely worked. My only course of action to tame the flare ups is to take copious amounts of benadryl (like 200 mg).
Beware, Benadryl is an anticholinergic. It destroys acetylcholine in the brain, which cannot be renewed. This causes memory loss as you age. You can search the web about it. Search anticholinergic and see the studies about the various drugs having this effect.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:19 PM
 
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Have only used sudafed once in February, and pollen levels have already been high at times (including deadly Juniper). Plus, there have been some low pressure systems in that time period. And it seems like I am slightly less spent by the end of the day than has been my normal for too long now. If this persists for the remainder of spring allergy season, I will probably start a separate thread on chemical cautery. I continue to be amazed that it is not a more high-profile treatment. It's not particularly unpleasant at all, especially compared to surgery, for those who have been through that. It's basically just extreme nasal irrigation. Any stinging I've experienced during the treatment has been absolutely minimal.
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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So far this year, I'm continuing to use sudafed no more than two days a month (much less often than has been the case in recent years). Chemical cautery has made a difference. My energy levels are still a problem, but there has been a little improvement in that area. At any rate, now that I don't have the awful sinus pressure so often, I'm starting to exercise slightly more (more than zero), which I'm hoping will gradually boost my energy levels.

Since vasomotor rhinitis seems challenging to treat, I think it's important for people to be aware that chemical cautery may help with it. Most of the sinus pressure I dealt with in the past few years has not appeared to be allergy-related. It's generally correlated with falling barometric pressure.

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Old 09-05-2018, 06:50 PM
 
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That big decrease in the amount of sudafed I was taking, ended the month after I made the last post to this thread.

I am still working on this. Really, the vasomotor symptoms are a much bigger problem for me than my allergies. This is a pretty good write-up on vasomotor rhinitis:

https://www.socalallergy.com/nonalle...motor-rhinitis
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:00 PM
 
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Beware, Benadryl is an anticholinergic. It destroys acetylcholine in the brain, which cannot be renewed. This causes memory loss as you age. You can search the web about it. Search anticholinergic and see the studies about the various drugs having this effect.
Unfortunately, a lot of the medicines recommended for vasomotor rhinitis are anticholinergics. I agree they are something to avoid.
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Old 11-18-2018, 10:19 PM
 
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I just wanted to mention I have found that neck stretches can help a tiny bit. For mild (probably non-allergic) sinus pressure, I have found doing neck stretches is on rare occasions enough to eliminate it. Most of the time it appears to make a minor contribution. Sometimes neck stretches + capsaicin nasal spray work.

I am taking some new supplements I might talk about later. I doubt they will do exactly what I want, but they seem to be making my sinuses a bit clearer. I tend to think the pressure can manifest even if there is no real trigger for it. It's an overreactiveness. Even if my nasal passages and sinuses were perfectly clear and healthy, I'm not sure it wouldn't happen.
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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Nattokinase seems to be helping (with maybe some further support provided by serrapeptase). Still early. Need to see how this holds up for me.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:54 PM
 
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ApartmentNomand, you've been posting about this for quite some time now. Do you feel better in other locations? Particularly, coastal, high-altitude, or desert? I understand your reservations with moving, but am curious if you've felt relief by changing locations...
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Old 03-04-2019, 12:27 AM
 
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zdx-z%. flo ra and fauna did not seem to bother me like they do here.
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