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Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by Keej613, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Keej613

    Keej613 Guest

    Hey folks!

    I have a problem: My nose ALWAYS feels somewhat plugged. It's been like this as far as I can remember. It's a bit like the old asthma analogy (like breathing out of a pinched straw) except it's only my nostrils.

    Throughout my life, when doing sports, I've managed to keep up with others by simply breathing through my mouth. But, when doing martial arts, it's much, MUCH harder because I wear a mouthguard. (one of those black and green Shock Doctor mouthguards) The mouthguard limits the amount of air that I can take in with my mouth . . . especially since I feel like I have to bite down on it to keep it in place. I wind up gassing out VERY quickly.

    So what would be the easiest way to solve this problem?

    Get a better /custom mouthguard that stays in place so that I can more easily open my mouth?

    Get a mouthguard with a breathing slot in it?

    Get my nose checked out?

    All / none of the above?
     
  2. ChrisK1

    ChrisK1 Orange Belt

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    did you get checked for a deviated septum?...lots of people dont even know that they have it
     
  3. Keej613

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    Can that be fixed?
     
  4. ChrisK1

    ChrisK1 Orange Belt

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    yah...real easy...its pretty common
     
  5. Wes Wasmer

    Wes Wasmer Amateur Fighter

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    Hey man, do you have allergies too? I had this exact same problem until 6 months ago. I couldn't breathe out of my nose as far back as I could remember, I finally went to a ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist) and it turns out I had a world of things wrong with my sinuses. Deviated septum, diseased tissue, swollen pockets. I had surgery in March and things have increased by 100%. I can breathe out of my nose with no complaints. I know that surgery sounds a bit extreme, but if you have medical insurance, I highly recommend getting the procedure. It's really the only option. I spent one night in the hospital, and then I was laid up on my couch for about 5 days doing nasal treatments. You wouldn't believe the quality of life difference that i've experienced. Im implore you to go see a doctor.
     
  6. Keej613

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    I just might do that. I checked out the wikipedia article about deviated septums and some of the symptoms include sleep apnea (which I suspect I have) and loud snoring (which I currently do) plus I know for a fact that I have allergy issues.

    As for insurance, that won't be a problem up here in Northern Canuckistan!
     
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    ungala** Blue Belt

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    Seriously. Check out a specialist. Septoplasty is an easy surgery.. Had done a few years ago. was out for an hour and took about 2 weeks to fully recover. I can breath so much better than ever before!
     
  8. Long Nguyen

    Long Nguyen Amateur Fighter

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    same thing happens to me too, but sometimes I can't breathe fully out of my mouth because it feels like I have mocus (sp?) built up in my throat
     
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    couzo Blue Belt

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    I am getting septoplasty in about 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a deviated septum. To the guys that have had it done how is training. I hope it does not weaken the nose to effect sparring
     
  10. Wes Wasmer

    Wes Wasmer Amateur Fighter

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    I had it done in march and i've been cracked a few good times in the nose with no problems. I just bought a facesaver headgear though that I plan on using for the next 6 months or so just to be safe.
     
  11. Wes Wasmer

    Wes Wasmer Amateur Fighter

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    Nice, well then you're in luck. Keep us posted on your consultation.
     
  12. bleaK

    bleaK Blue Belt

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    insurance on some stuff is brutal up here in Canada btw if they consider it cosmetic or something.
     
  13. Keej613

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    I don't think they'll consider it cosmetic . . . I genuinely have a hard time breathing from my nose to the point that it affects my quality of life.
     
  14. NYCWARRIOR

    NYCWARRIOR White Belt

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    you might be allergic to a lot of things you dont know about. I never had to do surgery but when my ent did an allergy scratch test on me i found out i was allergic to a lot of stuff. I highly recommend the antihistamine/decongestant, zyrtec or if you want to save money get the generic version of zyrtec at any pharmacy. there is a big difference in my breathing when i take zyrtec. I huff and puff through my mouth and have swollen sinuses without my zyrtec. Buy the generic version of zyrtec before you spend money at a doctors office and see how it helps.
     
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    You can try a Neti Pot, it clears out your sinuses with a saline solution.
     
  16. Wes Wasmer

    Wes Wasmer Amateur Fighter

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    ^^^^ All of these are temporary options. Neti pots only helped my sinuses for about 2 hours. Meds have never helped my situation. See an ENT and see what he recommends.
     
  17. Keej613

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    Update:

    After much procrastinating, I saw a doctor.

    The doctor referred me to a nose specialist.

    I just got back from the nose specialist.

    Here's the verdict:

    Mucoidal: The inside of my nose in inflamed.

    Structural/mechanical: I have a deviated septum, a bone spur that is getting in the way of the septum, and collapsed somethingorothers that make it hard for me to drawn in the right amount of air.

    Treatment?

    A anti-inflammatory spray for the mucoidal side of things until the structural/mechanical stuff gets fixed. Surgery to straighten the septum and to add a bit of cartilage to the collapsed whatchamajiggers to de-collapse them.

    That should get me nice and fixed up.

    OHIP (my provincial health insurance -- SOCIALISM!!!) will cover the surgery entirely and my drug plan covered all but 10$ of the spray. Northern Canuckistan healthcare FTW.
     
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    Sir Galahad Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    Keej, can you get me the name of this prescription. I think I need this too.
     
  19. TrueFightGear

    TrueFightGear Yellow Belt

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    I think he's referring to Afrin. Get the mentholated "no drip" kind.

    Afrin makes my nose feel like my nostrils are 3 feet wide. I always use it before a comp. It's amazing.

    Don't use it too long though. If you do, when you come off it your sinuses will inflame horribly. For a few hours, you won't even be able to breathe through your nose.
     
  20. Wes Wasmer

    Wes Wasmer Amateur Fighter

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    Good deal. This sounds like almost exactly what I had done. Sooooo worth it in the long run if you are looking to keep up with martial arts. Enjoy the 1st week after surgery lol, vicoden will be your best friend. BTW, I'm a year after the surgery now and i'm sparring 100% without any problems. Have been for 3-4 months.
     

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