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Posted : December 5, 2006
Hi Doc
I am at the end of my tether with this problem and desperately need some advice.

Basically since I was a child, I have been unable to submerge my head underwater without it going directly up my nose and right down the back of my throat and into my mouth. Its not a confidence thing as I feel very much at home in the water and remain calm while submerged. I just have to surface quickly before I choke.
This problem is also apparent for example if I take a sinus inhaler - I insert the bottle into my nose, inhale and the fluid travels up my nostril and directly down my throat and into my mouth. Also in the bath - I physically cannot lie back and put my head underwater without a fountain running down my throat. Itís a horrible feeling!!

This has always annoyed me, but I am now at a stage where my chosen career is in jeopardy because of it. I am expected to be a very confident swimmer and eventually will have to be a confident diver. I love the water, particularly the ocean, but this problem may put an end to my chosen profession unless I can find a cure.

Do you know of any type of operation I can have to rectify this defect? I have heard of at least one other person who had exactly the same problem but I dont know what he done to have the problem fixed. I've tried the internet but cant narrow it down and I'm fast running out of time and options.

Any advice you can give would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks


Posted : December 5, 2006
I think its best an ENT surgeon has a look up your nose and throat to see if there are any problems with nasal/glottal function,
you can get NHS referred as this will affect your proffession
Dr J
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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Posted : December 5, 2006 by - Spenny
Thank you very much Doctor. I will contact my GP today to discuss referral and also look into private consultations.


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