New Diagnoses

Fortunately, my new diagnoses have nothing to do with my broken lady bits. In fact, I got to keep my pants on for this appointment. Hooray!

I don’t recall if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I’m a snorer. A terrible snorer. It’s gotten so bad in the last year that I often keep my husband awake all night with an impressive symphony of rumbles and snorts. In the months leading up to today’s appointment with the ear, nose, and throat specialist, I tried many things to alleviate the problem:

  • Nasal strips – The adhesive gave me a rash and I still snored.
  • Something called Snorepin – Helped a little, but it was a bit painful and kept falling out.
  • Expensive pillow that aligns my head and neck – Hasn’t made one bit of difference.
  • Tongue and jaw exercises – May or may not be helping, but I’m still doing them every day.
  • Raised the head of our bed by 2-3 inches – Improved M’s snoring, but not mine.
  • Decongestants (the good stuff, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride) – Helped a good deal, but it’s not recommended as a long-term solution.

The ENT diagnosed me with tonsillar hypertrophy (big-ass tonsils), deviated septum, and turbinate hypertrophy (enlargement of the little structures that humidify and filter the air we inhale). A couple of years ago, I had an at-home sleep apnea test that showed no indication of sleep apnea. That, along with my answers to other diagnostic questions, lead my doctor to conclude that I probably don’t have sleep apnea. Good news! (Also good news: I have a “beautiful” uvula and a “gorgeous” nose that any plastic surgeon would be ecstatic to replicate. Needless to say, I love my ENT!)

Because my nasal passages and throat are so “petite” (at least something about me is petite!), my doctor recommended surgery to remove my tonsils, correct the septal deviation, and reduce the size of the turbinates. She also mentioned that losing 20-25 pounds might also help (which I already knew), but it’s no guarantee (indeed, I still snored 30 pounds ago).

So, now I have to decide if and when I’ll have the surgery. The septal procedure is an easy, relatively painless outpatient procedure, but the tonsillectomy is a different story. When it comes to adults, my doctor recommends an overnight stay in the hospital. It can take up to 2 weeks for the throat to completely heal. On a positive note, I’ll probably lose that 25 pounds afterwards.

Of course, my first thought was How will this affect my fertility treatments? The earliest date I could get for surgery is July 8, which should be the end of my IUI cycle/beginning of a new cycle. If, by some miracle I end up pregnant, the surgery gets cancelled. I worry about the date falling too early in the two week wait. I suppose the logical thing would be to postpone the IUI until after the surgery. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I know I should get this taken care of before I get pregnant, but I hate the idea of further postponing treatments.

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12 thoughts on “New Diagnoses

  1. No way… I’m a snorer too. I never did snore when I was younger and then a few years ago I got sick and started snoring and never stopped. It drives my husband crazy. He wears earplugs to sleep just so we can stay in the same bed. I asked my general doctor about it once and said I should lose some weight (I wish). I’ve never seen a specialist though. I’ll be interested in following along to see what happens with you. Good luck.

  2. I had a tonsillectomy when I was 20. I stayed in overnight & had 2 weeks off work. I was ready to go back at the end of the 2 weeks but spent the first week pretty zonked. It was worth it though, I’m much more healthy sans tonsils.

    • Lots of people have told me they are much healthier without them. I’m looking forward to no more strep throat even more than no more snoring. 🙂

  3. I know you dont want to hear it but it is generally best to do one thing at a time.. that being said I wouldn’t want to wait longer either.. good luck deciding what to do. Hope all will go for the best 🙂

    • I thought about doing just the nose stuff first to see if that helps, but even before I saw the doctor, I was pretty sure the main culprit is my tonsils. She does surgeries 4 or 5 days a month, so I’m thinking I should just have it all done at the same time, otherwise, it may be August or September by the time I could have the tonsils removed. I was hoping to be doing IVF by then. Gah!

  4. You should patent your nose now, so when plastic surgeons *do* use it, they’ll have to credit you!

    In all seriousness, that timing thing is a tough one. I’ve just written a post about how the hopeful me is always thinking ‘I might be pregnant by then’ . Which you might. I don’t know, maybe you could give it a miss for this cycle and re-evaluate after? If it was me, I don’t think I’d want to postpone y IUI, but then I don’t live with your situation. I’m not being very helpful, but hope it all resolves one way or another!

    • LOL! I’ve actually always disliked my nose. It’s much too long for my tastes. Or maybe it’s just my small eyes that make it seem bigger. The whole experience with the ENT was quite the ego-boost!

      I’m now thinking that the cycle AFTER the surgery might be a break (if the IUI doesn’t work), since it will happen right at the start of my cycle. I’m sure I could drag myself out of bed for a monitoring appointment a few days after surgery, and find a way to swallow the pills with a raw throat, but I think it would be best to just rest and recover. I think I’m okay with that.

  5. If it were me, I’d probably schedule the surgery for July (both at the same time) and cancel if I became pregnant. Yes, it’s probably best to do it before you get pregnant, but you’ve lived with it this long, right? That being said, I’m extremely impatient with this whole TTC process and it’s torture to make myself take a break, so take my opinion with a grain of salt!

  6. Well, at least you have a reason for your snoring and a solution for it….but surgery is no small deal. As for the timing, I don’t have a suggestion, but I hope you figure out what works best for you.

  7. I get postop patients from both surgeries all the time for overnight monitoring and I agree that the tonsillectomy is harder. If it does happen during the 2ww and it’s too early to detect through with a beta, you could always try telling the anesthesiologist so he can adjust his meds accordingly!

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