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the return of sinus headaches

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Created February 26, 2011 at 11:01 PM

When I was eating SAD, I was one of those people who was ALWAYS stuffy-nosed, using nasal spray, getting sinus headaches, etc. I blamed it on seasonal allergies. Two years ago, I gave up gluten and dairy (this is pre-paleo eating), and like MAGIC all the stuffiness went away. For all that time, I have not had so much as a sniffle.

I am paleo for about 5 or 6 weeks now. I have been eating around 50 g. of carbs a day, and doing well, having lost 15 pounds and feeling good. Except in the last week or two, the stuffiness has started to return, mostly at night (during the day it's not so bad, though I've had a sinus headache all day). I am still eating no dairy. The only possible culprit that's really new to my diet is coconut oil, though I don't know how likely that is. If I have to give it up, I am going to have a hard time eating enough fat, since I don't eat butter or cream. I also considered eggs, though they were never a problem before (I am, though, eating more of them now).

This is frustrating, because I otherwise feel great, but I am worried that the stuffiness at night indicates some kind of inflamation going on, and that it might be related to my new way of eating. Thoughts?

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on February 27, 2011
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My affection for my neti pot knows no bounds. I've used it a lot less since ditching gluten, but don't think I'll ever be able to toss it entirely since I have super narrow sinus passages to begin with and live in an apartment which is painfully dry in the winter.

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on February 27, 2011
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I did this way before trying Paleo; I was addicted to wheat. I still am; but, now I am getting off it (it ain't easy, but I will be diligent).

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on February 27, 2011
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You might try nasal irrigation before you go to bed and when you get up, and during the day if you need it.

I used to have seasonal allergies to pollen, grass, and weeds; I could not get through spring without OTC anti-histamines. Somehow I came across nasal irrigation, whereby you flush out your sinuses with a saline solution with a bit of bicarb of soda to balance the ph.

After doing it for two springs, I no longer need to do it. One of my brothers-in-law had the same experience - he no longer has spring allergies, either.

You can get a nasal pot at most drug stores - I got one with some prepared solution. When I used it all, I then followed the U of W recipe (below); it really works to clean out your sinuses. The worst nasal irrigation will do is to clean out your sinuses.

A word of warning - the first few times you do it may be a bit of a shock; what gets flushed out ain't purddy, at first anyway.

Please check out the URL; it will give you the recipe for the solution. http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/research/past-projects/nasal-irrigation

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

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on February 27, 2011
at 01:37 AM

My affection for my neti pot knows no bounds. I've used it a lot less since ditching gluten, but don't think I'll ever be able to toss it entirely since I have super narrow sinus passages to begin with and live in an apartment which is painfully dry in the winter.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on February 27, 2011
at 01:28 AM

I did this way before trying Paleo; I was addicted to wheat. I still am; but, now I am getting off it (it ain't easy, but I will be diligent).

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on February 27, 2011
at 04:52 AM

Dairy seems to be related to me having "sinus" headaches. I had headaches and migraines from a weekly to a monthly basis all my life. Getting off wheat an dairy stopped that dead. Maybe 5 headaches in the last year that just regular ibuprofen can kill as opposed to migraines that I needed to bury myself in the dark for 8 hours and sleep off.

Recently I had one and really just chalked it up to the weather. We've been from snow to 80 in a week.

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on February 27, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Another possibility is if you are getting exposed to small amounts of gluten or dairy. Nkt everyone is sensitive to this extent, but it is possible. I think the eggs are more likely to be the issue than coconut unless you are sensitive to salicylates. You could try eating just the yolks for a week, perhaps .

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on February 26, 2011
at 11:25 PM

I read somewhere that most of the time, a "headache" is actually a nose ache. The article said to make sure to always blow your nose very, very gently...never, ever blow it hard or with alot of pressure because you can inflame your nose bones or whatever those thingies inside your nose are called. I don't know if that info will help, but at least it won't hurt.

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