I know this sounds weird, but it appears to be progressing.
About 18 months ago, I had a cold with a lot of congestion. Nothing abnormal there. After the cold went away, it seemed like my nose was always swollen shut up at the bridge. Nothing abnormal there. When the inflammation subsided, I noticed that I still felt like there was nasal congestion. I took a flashlight to take a look.
From what I could tell, the inside of my right nostril seemed to have changed shape. Over the past year and-a-half, it looks like the "roof" of my nostril is closing off the nostril more and more.
It doesn't hurt at all or look red or cause my nose to run. It just makes me feel more and more like my nose is stuffy, which it actually is not--at all. The whole nasal passageway (as far as I can see) appears smaller to me. It is significantly narrower than the other side, but they used to be about the same.
I've looked around on the Internet, but I've been unable to find anything like this. I thought maybe polyps, but from what I've read, they're bigger, more obvious, and much further inside the nose. It seems to me that at the rate I'm going, my nose will close itself up (again, this actually the nostril, not further up at the bony part of the nasal passage).
Nasal obstruction is one of the most common complaints in medical offices. You are not alone!
Structural causes including tissue changes, trauma, and congenital disorders can cause nasal obstruction, but you'll have to have the symptom diagnosed to identify the real cause for the closing passageway.
This is progressive, for sure. Slow, but progressive. It's like the tissue of the inside top of the nostril has developed extra folds and contours it didn't have before. If I didn't have the other side for comparison, I probably wouldn't be able to identify the situation so clearly. It's really quite annoying. I've started using a neti pot once a week or so just to make sure that side of my nose isn't accumulating any gunk that can't get out under normal means.
I rarely go to the doctor--mine always seem to dismiss any and all of my complaints as trivial. It appears that being uncomfortable is not worthy of a PCP's attention.
Thanks for the heads up about the frequency of nasal obstruction compalints That's helpful to know.