It seems that I’ve been blowing my nose daily for as long as I can remember. At least 12-15 years anyway. Allergies? Sure, but nothing more severe than the average person’s common allergies. While it’s true I have several cats and consequently, long haired dust bunnies, I don’t think they are the cause of my constantly running nose.
What I do have is the “Fibromyalgia Flu”. Many people say their Fibromyalgia fatigue feels much like flu symptoms, all the time. Toni Bernhard, author of “How To Be Sick“, stated that she became ill with flu-like symptoms while on a trip to Paris in 2001 and that she has never recovered.
I tend to blow my nose all day long, though it is far worse at night. With sleep apnea and a prescribed CPAP machine, I often wake up streaming from the nose. The pressurized air keeps my airway and nose clear while I’ve got the mask on, but as soon as I take it off I often find I need to blow my nose repeatedly a good while until it clears up. More often than not I have to resort to using Nasonex or whatever OTC nasal spray the hubby got for me.
Having Fibromyalgia and a leaky sinuses is not the same feeling as having a cold. I rarely feel sinus pressure or pain – though it could be I’m so used to it I just don’t notice anymore. I don’t sneeze often, nor are my sinuses blocked. I just seem to have a leaky nose. My doctor prescribe Nasonex for Post Nasal Drip, which I suppose explains the leaky nose symptoms. Nasonex works pretty well for me but doesn’t stop me from blowing my nose either. I’ve always got a roll of tissue paper near my keyboard!
I’ve read many documents online that say blowing your nose could make things worse. If fact, blowing your nose may prolong your cold. People with Fibromyalgia don’t have a cold. Not to say we can’t get a cold and tend to suffer worse with a cold, just that that wonderful perma-flu feeling is common for Fibro sufferers. So even though it is said you shouldn’t blow your nose when you have a cold, if you have to, you are to blow “gently” and one nostril at a time.
Who does that!? Blow gently? If you’ve got to blow, you blow. My husband teases me about the sounds my nose makes when I blow it. He likens it to “whale-song”. Cheeky monkey or what? Mocking the poor woman with the daily affliction is so unfair when it’s NOT viral and can’t infect him for revenge.
Do you have Fibromyalgia and a perma-flu feeling? Do you have to have tissues handy like me so you can blow your traitorous leaky nose?
p.s. No, I don’t have Rhinitis medicamentosa, I can go many days without using a nasal spray. I am not dependent on nasal spray and use it only when necessary.