Does anyone else experience a full remission from their poor sleep symptoms when they use Afrin? A couple months ago I used Afrin to cure congestion due to a sinus infection and experienced the best sleep I’ve had in years. I kept using Afrin every night and continued to feel much better. I know, you’re not supposed to, but being able to actually function during the day was worth it. After a while my tolerance grew a ton, to the point where I could no longer get myself fully decongested. I went cold turkey a couple of weeks ago, and after only like a day of pretty bad congestion I was back to normal. After stopping Afrin I tried using Allegra-D at night to keep my nose open, but I haven’t had the same luck. Does anyone have a similar experience? Or know what I might do moving foward?
A little more background: I’ve undergone a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, multiple turbinate reductions, and balloon sinoplasty (I think). I’ve also had MMA surgery, which helped for a bit before my symptoms returned. During the healing process after my MMA surgery, my jaw surgeon lost the splint that was keeping the width of my upper bite. I noticed that my upper bite narrowed and my congestion returned, as did my poor sleep symptoms. I’ve used a CPAP in the past but I’ve only ever experienced relief using my CPAP when I’ve also been using Afrin. Otherwise, my CPAP doesn’t really help. I also use mouth tape and breathe right strips at night, as well as taking claritin and pepcid.
I don’t want to be stuck using Afrin again but literally nothing else helps and I’m struggling hella hard right now. If anyone has any advice I’m all ears!!