Originally Posted by cal40john
I reached the point where I had to ascend very slowly or I'd get a bad headache and sometimes my sinuses would bleed. Went to the doctor, said my sinuses had completely closed up due to repeated sinus infections. They dremel tooled out some nice big windows. Made a huge difference in diving and in sinus infections/headaches.
My dive instructor sometimes had big sinus problems diving. Turned out he had a polyp that sometimes flopped over the right way and blocked the opening. Removal
of polyp removed problem.
Been there on all of that. I got my divemaster through padi so I worked with students a lot, chasing them up and down and trashing my face in the process. Had some really nasty stuff happen. Went and saw an ENT, and he went in with the camera
on the wand and showed me all my ostyas (or whatever those holes are called) and my tube openings.
I have to take a nasal steroid every day for the rest of my life if I want to keep diving. Small price
to pay. Stuff is cheap
enough, one shot up each nostril every day, has kept me from needing surgery and diving doesn't hurt anymore.