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Difficulty Breathing Out of Nose

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 09, 2010 at 8:39 PM

About two months ago, my nose suddenly stopped up. I was just sitting reading on my computer, then bam, my nostrils just seemed to close up. I could barely breathe out of my nose, and though some times it gets a bit better, my breathing has been nowhere near as smooth as it was before. It feels like the nasal passageway is obstructed and less air is going through. If I pinch or push up my nose skin, however, I can breathe easier.

Potentially relevant information: I had seen a chiropractor about an hour before this sudden event. He had done some neck-related adjustments. I called him up a few weeks later about the issue, but he didn't think it possible that an adjustment would have caused it. Of course, I didn't bring up the possibility of a maladjustment.

I've also had neck pain and headaches, and so the obvious move is to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist, which I'm going to do, but I was wondering whether PaleoHacks, as it usually does, had any interesting anecdotes or information pertaining to this issue.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on November 10, 2010
at 04:59 AM

In my personal n=1 experience, yes, exercise makes a difference. So does dairy (including raw milk), even in small quantities. Granted, I am Asian and probably not well suited to lactose. Experiment and see what happens. I had chronic congestion for most of my adult life, and it's 80-90% better on Paleo + heavy lifting + occasional sprints/intervals.

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on November 10, 2010
at 01:55 AM

For me if it is "blocked" feeling as opposed to stuffy an adjustment done by manipulation (as opposed to using the pogo stick like tool) has always, in my memory, worked to resolve things.

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on November 10, 2010
at 01:53 AM

I do consume dairy, but mostly in the form of butter, some cream, and the occasional cheese and raw whole milk. I have noticed a correlation between dairy and dizziness/stuffiness, but even going without dairy, the original symptoms persist. Not exercising very much (how much of a difference would that make?).

14aa918d730371ed14f8e7e7d6eb6587

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on November 10, 2010
at 01:51 AM

Yeah, they do, though not all the time. Maybe I'll see another chiropractor, or just check back with the same guy (he's a family friend). How often do these chiropractic check ups alleviate these symptoms for you? Also, Miso Beno, can you point me to the studies which lead you to those conclusions? Thanks to both.

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:46 PM

Chiropractic has not been shown to have any effect greater than placebo when treating non-lower back pain related injuries. Chiropractic adjustments; particularly neck adjustments have been linked to a rate of side effects greater than placebo.

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:42 PM

I use a Neilmed bottle with uniodized salt and it seemed to help when my allergies were bad.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:37 PM

I use the Neilmed bottle and french fry salt (it dissolves faster) for this and it works well for stuffiness.

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:34 PM

Just to clarify -- some # plastics are supposedly safer to heat up than others, but I personally don't like to heat up any of them.

6738ae1082ab735fc5fbd92baf7544d7

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:27 PM

I like making a slightly hypertonic solution. Nothing like a little burning to let you know it's working. (Yes, I know it's probably the placebo effect but it feels great afterwards.)

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:08 PM

I do think it is possible that a bad adjustment could be related to your current symptoms, but I don't have any proof... =( Do you consume any dairy? Also, do you get any kind of exercise?

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:07 PM

Yeah, something like that, although personally I prefer a Neti pot, because it is ceramic and not plastic, esp. since the water is going to be warmed up. I don't remember what # plastic the Neilmed stuff is. Also, pre-measured salt packages are a waste of money. You can measure out the salt yourself.

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on November 09, 2010
at 08:49 PM

Thanks. Something like the NeilMed Sinus Rinse?

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:42 PM

Might want to also consider trying another chiropractor. The coincidence is suspicious. In the past, I've had clogged nose/sinus infection probs for years on end. Seems like the prob is mostly gone in recent years thanxfully. But headache and clogged sinus are both signs of sinus infection and sinus problems.

Also, my mother's doc says that sometimes a sudden release and drainage of mucus all at once (like due to a decongestant med) can sometimes cause sinus blockage. One time, she took some Claritin and felt great for 24 hours. No more sneezing or clogged sinuses. But the next day her ears hurt and were clogged and she felt dizzy. She called the doc who said all the congestion probably drained down too fast and accumulated in her ears. The ear clog lasted about 24 hours and then she had a weird puffed up spot under one of her ears behind the jaw, that was very sore. Doc said congestion had probably then drained into the lower sinus cavities. And then finally the whole thing cleared up. I think it might have just been a case of the Claritin being too effective too quickly, and her drainage systems just not up to the task.

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on November 09, 2010
at 08:46 PM

I would consider using a neti pot or similar nasal irrigation device. If that doesn't resolve your persistent nasal congestion I would contact a real physician.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on November 09, 2010
at 09:37 PM

I use the Neilmed bottle and french fry salt (it dissolves faster) for this and it works well for stuffiness.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on November 09, 2010
at 09:34 PM

Just to clarify -- some # plastics are supposedly safer to heat up than others, but I personally don't like to heat up any of them.

6738ae1082ab735fc5fbd92baf7544d7

(200)

on November 09, 2010
at 09:27 PM

I like making a slightly hypertonic solution. Nothing like a little burning to let you know it's working. (Yes, I know it's probably the placebo effect but it feels great afterwards.)

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on November 09, 2010
at 09:07 PM

Yeah, something like that, although personally I prefer a Neti pot, because it is ceramic and not plastic, esp. since the water is going to be warmed up. I don't remember what # plastic the Neilmed stuff is. Also, pre-measured salt packages are a waste of money. You can measure out the salt yourself.

14aa918d730371ed14f8e7e7d6eb6587

(373)

on November 09, 2010
at 08:49 PM

Thanks. Something like the NeilMed Sinus Rinse?

6738ae1082ab735fc5fbd92baf7544d7

(200)

on November 09, 2010
at 09:42 PM

I use a Neilmed bottle with uniodized salt and it seemed to help when my allergies were bad.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on November 09, 2010
at 09:36 PM

Weird question but do your ears feel stopped up to?

If so you are having the same set of symptoms I usually see my chiropractor for. I can understand that you might be leery now, but you might consider seeing someone else for an adjustment.

6738ae1082ab735fc5fbd92baf7544d7

(200)

on November 09, 2010
at 09:46 PM

Chiropractic has not been shown to have any effect greater than placebo when treating non-lower back pain related injuries. Chiropractic adjustments; particularly neck adjustments have been linked to a rate of side effects greater than placebo.

14aa918d730371ed14f8e7e7d6eb6587

(373)

on November 10, 2010
at 01:51 AM

Yeah, they do, though not all the time. Maybe I'll see another chiropractor, or just check back with the same guy (he's a family friend). How often do these chiropractic check ups alleviate these symptoms for you? Also, Miso Beno, can you point me to the studies which lead you to those conclusions? Thanks to both.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on November 10, 2010
at 01:55 AM

For me if it is "blocked" feeling as opposed to stuffy an adjustment done by manipulation (as opposed to using the pogo stick like tool) has always, in my memory, worked to resolve things.

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on November 10, 2010
at 03:29 PM

Not being able to breathe through your nose sucks. I used to have this problem a lot. I have a deviated septum (no, you didn't need to know that) and that means under the best of circumstances I could barely breathe through my nose, and as soon as I got even slightly sick I would get hard core post-nasal drip, pressure on my ears and a horrible sore throat. A couple things have helped immensely.

  1. When your nose is clear, make an effort to breath through it as much as possible. I know this sounds improbable, but I think making the effort will make your nose work better over time. I started doing Zazen regularly about three years ago and my nasal breathing has improved considerably since then. Consciously breathe through your nose when you are sitting or doing light exercise.

  2. Keep your breathing passages hot and wet. I used to sit in dry saunas a lot after exercising and this actually made my breathing more difficult. If you have access to a steam room, use it, and if not take long, very hot showers and run lots of water on your face and throat. Drink your tea or broth a little hotter than you're used to. At night, when you have a cold, boil up some ginger (I boil ginger slices with some dried tangerine peel for 15-20 minutes) and drink it with some lemon juice, honey and cayenne pepper. Also consider BreatheRight strips for sleeping. I just got some and they are remarkably effective.

  3. Temporarily eliminate whatever possible inflammatory agents remain in your diet. I love dairy products and tolerate them very well, but when I start to feel yucky I eliminate them completely for about a week. I am also an occasional tobacco smoker, needless to say if my nose is out of commission I don't even consider smoking. Think about everything you are exposing yourself to and what could be making your breathing worse.

Like Miso Beno I am highly suspicious of any connection between chiropractic work and nose breathing, but let me know if you think I'm wrong.

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