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For now I can stand by my motto "Surgery, never had it, never will" (Unless you count my wisdom tooth extraction, that is, since I opted to get put under for that.) I saw a very good ENT today and he didn't see any need for surgery. I have rhinitis, and basically all the similar mucous membranes are inflammed, as you'd see with allergies, though my allergy tests were somewhat inconclusive...I don't find it too much a stretch to think that the membranes could be more reactive than my skin, and could react to things (like dairy or corn) that my skin barely reacts to if at all. Before I thought I measured out as gatherer, I was sure I had to be one of the reactive types (hunter or explorer) because inflammation is always a part of how my body operates.
So my plan of attack goes back to higher compliance, nutrient-dense foods, better sleep, regular exercise, and address my high oxi-stress readings. There is a natural treatment I'm planning to try, a nasal spray for allergies by Thorne Research called QC Nasal Spray. They're a good company and I'm far more comfortable with that than with nasal steroids, though those are safer than oral or inhaled steroids.
I'm relieved that I don't need that surgery, because it's a very difficult one for adults. There are no quick fixes here, just do the work.