January 19, 2012

Reality bites, but don't be sad

Yeheey! at long last, today is the last day of my 2 weeks medication. After a hard battle with the seemingly endless fever which later accompanied by cough, I'm feeling better. I want to share a different story today but that could wait since this post would somehow help you be aware.

As you all know, I am having some problems with my nose. I forgot to share the updates after I went to the ENT several months ago, but the doctor found out I have Atrophic Rhinitis, a type of rhinitis caused by the thinning of the nasal membrane. Not much information about it was shared on the internet. I tried to Google it several times but would only show sites with technical terms. Until today, I came across this website. Limited information was also given but it caught me between acceptance and freaking when I read the complications.

I don't recall if the doctor mentioned the case to me but I can't remember any, maybe because I was so woozy that time. To continue the story, there are two complicaitons (1.) Rhinorrhoea  and (2.)Anosmia  by which based on my observation, number 2 is the prominent complication in my case then, I FREAKED OUT. Why wouldn't I? I know my smelling ability was reduced (which is one of my best abilities before), but knowing the fact that I am facing the circumstances of completely losing my sense of smell...I almost cried.

The second complication was also responsible for the colds I endured while celebrating New Year, which I thought was just a common cold but was not because it is once again another condition triggered by the allergen looming around the corner. I am glad I consulted the doctor before taking over the counter medicines for cough. It was irritating, it wakes me up in the middle of my sleeping hours. At first I couldn't believe the cough has something to do with my nose, but after the doctor's thorough explanation, I left the hospital hands up, head down.

The good news, I am feeling better but extra precautions should be taken because this is the season of the allergen. Just another hint of precaution, be careful with the medicines you take. It is better to visit your doctor to make sure you're getting the proper medication. If you notice something strange is happening in your body, health or what you feel, consult the expert at once. Be safe.


Antihistamines have different effects to people. You'll feel sleepy but other's may experience palpitation. Those with 6 hours effect will really drive you to bed (in my case) but most of the times, I'm taking those with 24 hour protection.

41 comments:

  1. No!! Losing your sense of smell is like losing a big part of your life. :( Good thing na nagpa consult ka kaagad sis.

    Glad to know that you're feeling better already. Jan to Feb nga yung tag lamig. Keep safe sis. Bring a jacket parati, if that helps! :)

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    1. Yes, when I first noticed the changes, I only smell two foul smell. Same smell for perfumes and alcohols and another smell for bad odors. Glad it wasn't too late.

      I have to be extra careful though. I always have my jacket, kahit mainit hehehe. And I also have my face mask. I use it when there's a lot of smoke emission on the roads, sometimes people thought I have a communicable disease. Hahaha!

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  2. So does that mean that you've permanently lost your sense of smell? :(

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    1. When the pain strikes, I can only smell foul odors, the same smell for everything. But when I'm okay I can still smell things but not as good as before.

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  3. Glad you're better. losing the sense of smell will also affect your sense of taste. :(

    And grabe u have to take anti histamines that are good for 24 hours?

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    1. Yes for 24 hours and needless to say, I'm taking them everyday when the pain strikes.

      Yes, it somehow affects my sense of taste but I am glad everything is a lil' bit okay.

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  4. Yan pala yong sinasabi mong sakit mo, buti naman OK ka na, ako kahit neozep lang nakakatulog ako, how much more kong gamot sa allergy..

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    1. Opo. Nasanay na po yata ako sa gamot kaya eto minsan kahit dapat nakaka-antok ang gamot, walang ng epekto sakin. Hehe.

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  5. Aww twin sis.. I'm glad your feeling better. at least for now, so be very careful.

    I also have a good sense of smell and I'll really feel bad if I lost it. I hope you'll never lose yours. Take care ok. love yah..

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    1. Thank twin sis. I am hoping for the best and hopefully my sense of smell won't deteriorate, (for worst) though I really missed the good old days when everything is normal. Love yah.

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  6. I'm glad you're feeling better, and I hope your condition is well under control. I also hope that your sense of smell does not deteriorate any more. The whole experience must have been frightening.

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    1. At first it's annoying then I get used to it. But yesterday was more of a different experience when I read that I could lost it permanently. Hope it wouldn't happen.

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  7. i just heard na may ganon pala? hope you're okay now sis. sa opinion ko lang if there's another remedy yong kaya pa ba ng herbal gamotan mas mabuti kasi if you keep on taking meds may mga side effects din. take care sa health!!

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    1. I am so sick and tired of medicines but I have no choice. But you gave me a brilliant idea to look for herbal alternatives. Bakit ba hindi ko naisip agad yun? I'll go and take a look.

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    2. herbal meds talaga, we have the internet to go for research kasi yong medicines it will damage ur other organs. yong mom ko before when she's still alive, may sakit sa heart what we did para hindi tataas ang bp is yong lemon grass at malunggay ang pinapakain namin and its effective rather than taking meds.

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    3. nga pala bakit nakakapagreply ka sa comment ko? eh ako sa comment ko di ko mapindot ang reply button ano kulang sa settings ko pala? hehehe

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    4. Quin, I've heard of that Lemon grass, subukan ko nga. Sana mapindot mo na rin ang reply buttons mo. hehehe.Actually pag may sakit ako palagi ako nag-re-research for home remedies muna yung natural pero hindi ko naisip ang herbal. tsk. tsk.

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  8. i also had complications on my nose before which led me to a suspicion that i was blinding. lagi kasi akong nasusuka and my eyesight was somewhat becoming blurred. good thing the doctor told me it was just sinusitis, but it's still ouchy when it strikes. :)

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    1. I think sinusitis can lead us to other suspicion if wasn't detected. when it first strike me, I thought it's just a simple cold and flu.

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  9. Aw, ang hirap naman nyang sakit na yan.
    But thank God, u feeling better na. Sana magtuloy tuloy na yan. Get well po :)

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    1. Thanks, sana nga tuloy tuloy na to.

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  10. Well, I'm glad to hear that you haven't lost it completely. It could be much worse!

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    1. Thanks TB! I don't know what would happen if i lost it completely.

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  11. nagulat naman ako dito...Mayroon palang ganun. You always take care of yourself sweetie.

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    1. Thanks kapatid. Ako din nagulat na may ganun pala. haist!

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  12. buti naman po naagapan. bihira akong magtake ng gamot at magpacheck up. at narealize kong mali pala yun. thanks for sharing i hope the antihistamines will protect you from allergens. =D

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    1. Dapat talaga we have general check-up every year, though hindi ko din ginagawa, unti unti lang kasi sobrang mahal din. Sana nga antihistamines will work. *fingers crossed.

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  13. Nakakatakot naman yan, Sey. Pag na-reduce ang sense of smell, ma-reduce din ang sense of taste diba? Tsk. Better stay away from allergens and take enough rest.

    Hehe. Nakakatuwa na pang-amoy din ang malakas sakin. Mahina ang pandinig ko pero ang panlasa at pang-amoy, ay! naman! hehehe.

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    1. Tama ka Ganda, the first time na naranasan ko to, pati panlasa ko affected. Halos wala akong malasahan buti na lang at naging okay at ngayon pang-amoy na lang ang problem ko pero panlasa okay na.

      Hay masarap ang feeling kapag malakas ang pang-amoy at panlasa. In my case malakas din ang pandinig ko, pero but not with conversation around me, what I mean is naririnig ko agad pag may paparating na tao sa paligid ko.

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    1. Thanks Sushmita. You take care too and God bless.

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  15. I'm glad you feel better na sis. Medyo nakakaworry na rin nung medyo matagal ka ng unwell. Buti na lang you went to the doctor at na-diagnose ka nya agad. Just be careful na lang talaga and always have your antihistamines. =)
    xoxo

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    1. oo nga sis, and while I am typing this, inaantok ako dahil sa gamot. (-_-)zzZzzz

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  16. Buti namn you are feeling better na! pahinga ka lang mabuti. Have a blessed weekend!

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    1. Hope you had a blessed weekend too. Thanks, Dami ko pahinga.

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  17. It's nice to know that you're feeling better! Pagaling! :D

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  18. I'm glad that you're feeling better...you have to be extra careful and bring a jacket, hanky or if it's okay for you to use a mask that would really help a lot. :) Will continue to pray for your quick recovery. Thanks for sharing this, meron palang ganyan ka complicated na rhinitis.

    Stay pretty and healthy!
    ♥hugs♥

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  19. I hope this continues to get better for you, Sey.

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