I haven't tried the netti pot, I'm worried about this same thing... Although your snorting story made me LOL at work!!! I have this special problem with nose spray...you know that painful awful feeling when you whack your funny bone really hard? I get that type of pain when things go up my nose, but it runs up through my brain, wraps around my head and shoots down my spine. I have a lot of "special" neurological issues, no one can explain this pain yet...but I always say NO when they want to prescribe me nose spray for a sinus infection or severe cold. Besides, the few times I am desperate enough to endure the pain of the spray, it does NOTHING anyhow. It just doesn't go in far enough. They wanted to do surgery when I was in my teens, I said NO to that as well. Normal sinuses are goat horn or ram horn shaped, on the CT scan mine are like a conch shell, they wind around and around over and over going smaller and smaller. The ENT doc called them "alien" sinuses that he had NEVER seen before. Oh yay. I'm sure pics of my sinuses are in some medical journal now. The only thing that ever helped me was Drixoral which for some reason is no longer being sold in the US. No one can tell me why. I'm getting ready to order it from Canada.