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Old 08-10-2008, 03:33 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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I have this crazy addiction to OTC nasal sprays for the past year or so and yesterday was the day that they all lost effectiveness. I have worked 4 days straight 12 hours per day with a total of 6 hours between all 4 days.

I can't breathe out of my nose at all, it's like someone put a vice on it, only through my mouth making sleep impossible. My ENT has been in surgeries for the past 2 days and hasn't gotten back to me and I am desperate now. I need an oral steroid or something to make me be able to breathe again.

I want to kill myself...
Been there, done that - 3 times. The last time I was in the hospital I had tubes in me like crazy for other reasons and even though I don't remember it, I wrote down "I NEED AFRIN". Probably one of THE hardest things to break free of.

Here's how I've done it: Take several days where you just don't have to function. Try not to lie down - sleep with 2-3 pillows under your head. It will take several days for your nose/system to "get used" to not having it and I swear the withdrawal is worse than nicotine, but if you JUST DON'T USE IT for several days, you eventually don't need it. You're just freaking miserable those few days and you probably won't sleep. Stock up on some TiVo/Netflix/books.

I have Flonase now for when I have a stuffed nose and need something that's not "addicting". So far I've had to use it twice in 8 months and it seems to do the trick w/o getting "hooked".

My very overly religious mother and brother who have never had alcohol, nicotine or illegal drugs got hooked on Afrin. It's the devil!

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I am on day 4 now with the Prendisone/Flonase and Sudafed and I feel like a champ thus far, you are right on the sleeping thing, it's the hardest, but I got through it. I am hoping by mid week as I wean myself off of the Prendisone all will be well.

So far so good...
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Wow Jeff! Sorry to hear this is happening to you! Hope you are all better very soon.

Well, I will make you smile by saying,.."Look at her shoes!!! Oh my Gootness!!!" hahahaha
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What are your talking about ??? He is trying to get away from that stuff and you are telling him to keep using it every day!
He's trying to kick the OTC stuff, NOT the prescibed meds.
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Day 5 is going well, no issues... THANK GOD... Gina, that did make me smile! LOL!
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