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Facial Pain - Empty Nose Syndrome

Posted by @bellatrac in Brain & Nervous System, Nov 9, 2011

Looking to discuss coping mechanisms/treatment options for atypical facial pain/empty nose syndrome - mine is a result of sinus surgery

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Posted by @dilkmanuel, Wed, May 25 at 10:25pm CDT

Yes I had a deviated septum. On the left side. The doctor left a obvious bump on thr right side.Which left me in constant pain. With no answer why I was sent to a neurologist. He said to take the bump off not the turbinators. Therefore I am left with all the symptoms of Ens.They will not admit it. It keeps getting worse. Do you have an answer?


Posted by @colleenyoung, Thu, May 26 at 7:10pm CDT

Welcome to Connect @dilkmanuel. Thank you for reactivating this discussion thread. I hope @bellatrac will return to share with you. In the meantime, can you tell us a bit more about you and how you are coping with Empty Nose Syndrome (ENS).


Posted by @davidwhitehurstbrown, Sun, Aug 7 at 9:44am CDT

From Wikipedia, “In some people, surgery to restore missing or reduced turbinates may be beneficial. … About 21% of the people had no or marginal improvement but the rest reported significant relief of their symptoms. Since none of the studies used placebo or blinding there may be a strong placebo effect or bias in reporting.”

A patient suffering from Empty Nose Syndrome might consult the nearest ENT surgeon and get a recommendation for a specialist who performs turbinate reconstruction surgery — such specialists seem to be few in number so that there might be considerable difficulty in having the turbinate reconstruction performed.

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