reply to post by gwynnhwyfar
It's been ages since I've posted anything on ATS but when I saw your thread I felt I had to reply, in case my experience may help you. I hope it
I've been trying to write out my experience but without it ending up as war and peace I am unable to. So, rather than trying to explain my
experience, I'll just get to my point.
Basically I started suffering sinus problems in summer 2009. Constant runny nose, sneezing like a banshee, lost my sense of smell. Horrible post
nasal drip. My asthma, which had always been very mild, suddenly got worse and I had to start using a steroid inhaler
Nothing my GP did helped
much - steroid nasal sprays gave me nose bleeds and didn't help.
I also found out I was allergic to ibuprofen and aspirin - something I had not been allergic to before. I discovered nasal irrigation and this
definitely helped and cleared out a lot of nasty stuff, and gave me back a sense of smell on some days - what I called 'good' days, when I wasn't
sneezing quite so much. Other days would be 'bad' days, and the worst of it was I never knew what day I was going to have, it seemed horribly random.
I felt my life was being dominated by my runny nose and uncontrollable sneezing, that I would never be free of it, and it was very depressing. I
also began feeling shaky, especially at night, and I didn't know why.
Then late last year I developed a lung infection so bad that I was referred to a specialist at our local hospital. He basically said that all the
stuff in my nose was dripping into my lungs causing the infection and breathing problems. Fix the nose, he said, and my breathing would also be
He suggested something I'd never heard of before - salicylate intolerance
(bolded for importance
). He said that people who are allergic to
aspirin/ibuprofen may (not always) be intolerance to salicylates in foods. He gave me a food list and told me to give it a try and then come back to
see him in three months time.
So, figuring anything was worth a try at this point, I studied the list and immediately went on a very plain diet of foods that the list said were low
in salicylates. I stuck rigorusly to this, determined to see if it would help although I wasn't sure it would. But... sure enough... after a couple
of weeks I could see noticeable improvement.
After about a month, I decided to try some 'bad' foods. One night we had pizza. Next day -
sneezing all over the place. (Tomatoes are high in salicylates, not to mention the Coke I had as well). I experimented other times, each time
realising a pattern between what I was eating and my reactions. I was astonished.
When I went for my follow up appointment, my breahting was much better and in fact I was able to cut down my dose of steroid inhaler. Lung infection
had cleared up, and as an added bonus, I discovered that I had lost half a stone in weight, without even trying
Long story short - I am feeling much better. I no longer feel, as I had done for so long, that my life is dominated by a runny nose and
uncontrollable sneezing. Most days (9 out of 10) I don't sneeze or runny nose at all. I am controlling it by what I am eating. My breathing is much
better, I have reduced my steroid inhaler intake.
So what I basically wanted to say is, have you heard of salicylates? I had never heard of them at all until the specialist mentioned them. Is this
worth a try for you? I have no idea why I suddenly started reacting to them, whether it was a build up over time that reached critical levels
or what. But I do know that watching my intake of them has helped me.
Like the specialist told me, not everyone with allergy problems are intolerant to salicylates, but maybe its worth a try? You mention feeling shaky -
like I said, I was shaky too - and this can be a symptom of the salicylates.
For a list of foods, I suggest this site: salicylatesensitivity.com...
(sorry, I don't know how to make the link correctly
Anyway, hope youdon't mind me telling you my story - I genuinely want to help because I know how horrible sinus problems are and I hope maybe my
experience can help others.
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