@tinea Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.
You broke your nose over 13 years ago and you have had this issue since? That is a long time to have dealt with this issue. Did you ever go to see an ENT provider/doctor?
People on Connect cannot diagnose or give medical advice. Is sounds like you are saying is that your issue originates from trauma that was left untreated. I don't see evidence that points to cancer. Has anyone ever mentioned a deviated septum or nasal polyps to you before? The only way to adequately diagnose and treat your condition is to go to the doctor. It can be anxiety provoking to see a doctor, due to fear of a bad prognosis. The most likely outcome of going to the doctor is that you find a way to feel better.
I'd like to invite members @mrsworm12 @nrd1 @anonymous217382 @lmkarlov @steph14888 @johnhudson922 @menio @naney @lotsofpain @alaethia to the conversation. These members have recently discussed ENT issues and may be able to offer support.
Below I have also linked a couple of previous and somewhat related topics. You may wish to scroll through the past comments. There are many conversations that seem applicable. Have you had a chance to browse Connect conversations?
– Nasonex spray https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nasonex-spray/
– Nasal pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nasal-pain/
May I ask, is your reluctance to seek medical care due to anxiety or due to inadequate medical coverage as well?
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Hello Lucy and Erika,
Thank you for answering!
Yes, it could be the break that's causing what I feel. It's been so many years. I used so many different nose drops that I don't even know what types they were.
I did seek a medical opinion four years after my nose got broken. They told me that I have a deviated septum but that surgery isn't necessary because I have just enough space to breathe. Otherwise, I would have to pay a lot, which I couldn't afford as a teenager.
My fear is mostly due to anxiety, but at the moment, I'm also not insured. I browsed Connect conversations, but I'm not even sure what I'm looking for, so I thought I should try and ask.