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Nasal passage blocked

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Been curious to ask those that responded to my original question about nasal blockage, additional question about their other issues they may be experiencing. Seems like everything is happening to me lately in my face/neck region and want to compare with you.

Severe loss of hearing and tinnitus about 6 years ago along with start of TMJ. Then this year, sinus/nasal blockage; areas on face, head and neck that were tender to the touch with bumps under skin; CT scan showed arthritis in jaw, and the latest is a rare internal resorption of a front incisor which will be removed this week. Normally a very active person but suffering fatigue and depression. I’ve had depression for many years but the fatigue and pain in muscles have been so severe the last 7 months, making me less interested in getting out and having any fun with friends. I have read that having sinus issues can cause and make depression worse.

Been bad year with all of these complications but thinking that somehow they may be connected. Hoping that once I get my tooth pulled that could remove infection that will help my body. Anyone else having or had resorption? Or, perhaps something else is going on that is causing all of this to happen? Really trying, as we all are on Mayo Connect, to figure out solutions but I am starting to falter many days.

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@zaa I think the one thing that ties a lot of the effects of nasal passage blocked for me is poor quality of sleep which the body needs to stay healthy. I also have obstructive sleep apnea which was diagnosed a few years ago and I now use a CPAP which helps. I'm hoping my latest ENT appointment and treatment plan of the twice a day nasal rinse and the Mayo Clinic nasal spray will improve my sleep and over all quality of life with better breathing. Sleep is a key for many different conditions.

Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency

@zaa-this is why I tend to ask a few questions with my replies.
Everything is connected. Mind and Body.

TMJ-disorder. I would be curious to know if the ENT you saw, knew you had a long standing history of clenching? TMJ tightness/stress refers pain away from the actual site of the jaw joint. Over time this would cause
referred pain to the face, head, jaw into shoulders. Often times presenting as sinus/nasal pain and or congestion. If this is where you hold your stress, then in stressful times it would show up here. A Neurologist knows and understands pain referrals and headaches, before an ENT.

Many things contribute to inflammation/stress/congestion in the body;

Sleep, Nutrition (Vitamins/Minerals) Digestion, Physical Activity Level, Social Outlets/Community.
All 5 of these play a role in keeping the body feeling optimal.

Positives from your post is that you say you are normally an active person and you do have friends to get out with. I know this might seem hard with fatigue and depression, but even if you could schedule small outings and keep movement going it will help overall. Just small things to do for yourself.

Hope this was helpful.

Hi I have similar issues but wanted to say I agree that having depression is bad enough; having pain is bad enough; and topping all of with fatigue is bad enough,,,, though not necessarily painful, and doesnt carry the impending doom of depression: my first bout of fatigue starting two years ago has definitely been life altering which surprised me. I had hard of it and thought oh just tiredness, but its an absolute effort, almost impossible, to even get out of bed and started after I had C,Diff and many antibiotics on top of other issues. Fatigue has caused me not to barely go outside the house unless driven to dr appointment, continue to cook, even play with my dog. No, its not life-threatening, or is it, in its own viscous way?