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Is this a valid and convincing diagnosis and treatment for nasal congestion?

Asked by Aster (18860points) April 10th, 2011

I was talking with an older real estate agent. She said she could not breathe through her left nostril so she went to a specialist (ENT). Ten years ago she was riding her bike and fell off it onto her left temple. His opinion was she shattered some bone on the temple and, over time, the fragments drifted down into the nasal sinuses and they needed to be removed with a 7 day recovery. She termed it a “roto rooter.” Six weeks later her nose continues to run and is slightly clearer. Possibly accurate diagnosis or just allergies?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

It could have been an accurate diagnosis. Obviously there was something there for them to remove. I would imagine they did some kind of xray or ct to see what was going on and to come to that opinion (especially since they knew where they had to go in to remove it). There are many things that can block a nasal passage. If there is a blockage caused by something that can be removed or repaired, that’s definitely the right treatment.

john65pennington's avatar

Hmmmmm. No doctor here, but I fail to see how her accident had anything to do with her nasal congestion. The human nose is mostly cartlidge.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Deviated Septum? It will be obvious on the X-ray or CT scan.
It takes some time for the swelling to go down. Give it a couple of weeks.

Aster's avatar

@john65pennington her doctor said the impact of the fall broke off bone fragments that drifted downward to the sinuses and now, ten years later, they were causing congestion so he performed the surgery. She appeared a little doubtful telling me about it since it took ten years to affect her.
She never mentioned an xray; I wish I had asked about that.

AllAboutWaiting's avatar

This appears to be poor placement of the mind control “chip” used to guide her existence. The updating process requires a convincing story, surgery and opportunity for fine tuning after (still runny). This is one of the better complications of that generation of chip. The good news is she will continue to serve the purpose set out for her, with little discomfort or malfunction.

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