“This is going to make you numb,” the doctor said. I say fine, and he shoves a snake-like camera up my nose. It’s a weird feeling, having all this pressure in your nose, but no pain. He shoved the tubing halfway up my nose before the screen that was attached to the camera showed some weird wall of a tissue. Now, after suffering for more than 10 years, I have a name for another symptom.
I grew up with nasal polyps; I just didn’t know it. Grow up a certain way, and you think that’s what normal is. Turns out breathing hard, being chronically congested, and blowing your nose so hard your eardrums pop isn’t normal. What’s worse, is that there are a number of other explanations out there for these symptoms.
It wasn’t until I developed exercise-induced-asthma, that doctors finally began to think that there was something drastically wrong.
I had surgery to remove the polyps, which got rid of the asthma as well; it’s all connected. Then it all came back, and nobody knows why. Doctors just say: it’s a chronic condition.
I was tired of it. I say; it’s only impossible because people gave up before they found a way. Time to study my conditions and symptoms.
First: the nasal polyps. I found out that they are formed by inflammation. Why the inflammation occurs varies. I tried using as many anti-inflammatory pills I could find, but to no avail. Only the dreaded steroids that the doctors gave me would shrink them. I have tried aromatherapy, which works, to a degree in a different way.
I changed a lot, and tried a lot. Warning: Keep your medication in stock. Don’t let it expire or deplete until you find something that works.
Then, I decided to change my diet. I figured; if I can change my diet to natural anti-inflammatory foods, I wouldn’t need the steroids or the surgeries again. It works. I have reduced the amount of medicine I require to a fraction of what I was using.
Changing my diet wasn’t easy. I’m still changing it, especially the soda. So, I started with soda first.
Reality of change
In changing your diet for the long haul, you need a plan for substitutes, and lots of them. So, when it came to cutting soda out of my diet, I found good quality water, and got lots of it. I was drinking about three or four glasses of water for every soda I had a day. It was rough at first. Irritation spiked, but after a week, the cravings stopped. In fact, now I crave water more than any other drink out there.
Next on the list was sugar, at least added sugar. Fruits are going to have sugar in them, and oats and carbohydrates break down into sugar. I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about sugar that was added to the food. Makes finding certain foods like cereal hard to find, but this is my health. Now, my time at the grocery store is spent combing through the ingredients on every item I buy. Some sugar gets by, but the amount has dropped. I plan on keeping with it until I have cut added sugar completely.
I have stayed on my medicine; however, I take significantly less since I have been cleaning up my diet. My advice to those suffering from something that the doctor can’t fix, is do your research on your symptoms and food that may help stop and prevent those symptoms from coming back.