Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Rhinal Adventures

"Rhinal" of course means "of or pertaining to the nose". All of you who thought it had something to do with the Rhine River, feel free to go someplace else more interesting.

Earlier this week I had 2 procedures done on my nose: septoplasty and turbinoplasty. These were done to correct a deviated septum. The hope here is that it will improve my breathing, which will lead to less sinus infections, and maybe (fingers crossed), less migraines that result from sinus pressure. I discovered recently that I had little air coming in the right side of my nose - and the right side is where I always get my sinus infections and migraines. Anything that might take away migraines is worth a try to me!!

The good news is that I didn't even need general anesthesia for this thing. I got lots of local anesthetic and sedation. Plus the doctor didn't do that packing thing that I've heard so many horror stories about. I just have 2 little pieces of plastic (splints) in my nose right now that are keeping the septum straight. I will admit that I'll be really glad monday morning when the splints come out. They are pretty annoying at this point.

The bad news is that currently I am a mouth-breathing medicated exhausted mess. It's hard to sleep like this. But I have hope - the people I've spoken with who have had this done have all said it worked out great for them. So keep your fingers crossed for me!

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  1. Sorry to hear that you had to go through so much discomfort and hope that this will eliminate your problems.

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  3. Leah, I've been meaning to come read this post and finally have. I'm so sorry to hear you have migraines. I've never but my husband used to. What misery! I hope the surgery was successful (breathing easy, no migraines) and that you've healed.