Today I stopped in at the pharmacy and bought a neti pot. I have wanted one for a while, but I admit, I was afraid. I remember the feeling of having water up my nose -- way back when I did cannonballs in the deep end of the pool. I was afraid the neti pot would give me that same sensation, but I was assured by many people that the neti pot is "wonderful," "best thing ever," "you'll want to use it all the time."
Since autumn I've had so much dry nose (TMI?) I feel like I can't breathe. Added to that since a few weeks ago I have felt like I have a low grade sinus infection. I thought the neti pot couldn't hurt if I could just get over my memory of the burning sinuses caused by water up my nose.
I read the directions carefully and mixed up the water with half a packet of the saline mix (the directions said use half the packet if you're a beginner). I used body temp water, carefully positioned my head (I've watched many YouTube videos) and started pouring. At first I felt nothing. The water ran in and the water ran out. Then about five seconds into it I felt the burn. Not quite as bad as pool water, but definitely not comfortable. I finished the pot, blew my nose, and then I felt water in my left ear. Weird. I blew again and then I started to feel ear pain. I read that if you blow too hard you can have ear pain, but I didn't think I blew that hard. Then I read that if you're Eustachian tubes are too big, you might not be able to use the neti pot.
I'm not turned off completely, because my nose actually feels really good, but I'm a little hesitant to try again after the sinus and ear pain. I'm curious if any of my friends out there use a neti, have you had these problems and what did you do? Am I doing it wrong?