Posted by Tanya
on September 05, 2000 at 06:58:02:
To any other sufferers out there!!
I am a 29 year old fit female who has been suffering with eustachian tube dysfunction for the last 8 months. It was brought on by a bad cold and I still have the symptons of fullness in both ears, dizzy spells from time to time, a loss of concentration and the overall feeling of wooziness or being "in a daze" quite frequently. If I drink alcohol or am tired, all symptons are way worse!
I have been going to an ENT doctor for quite some time and have tried a host of medications. I have been on decongestants, antibiotics and steroids such as flixonase (a nasal spray). I actually found the antibiotics made the full feeling worse.
I have also tried n-acetylcystene (an anti-oxidant) - which is meant to help remove excess mucus from the body and papaya enzyme and Zinc (and I am currently on all three still, for I had read on the Net that they had worked for some people). I also got Humibid sent from the States (for I am living in England) and am now taking that and so far it has yet to do anything!
I now take many more vitamins per day to help boost my immune system! My doctor won't put tubes in my ears (called a myringotmy) until I have tried all avenues. My next step is to see an allergist (which is not going to happen until close to December 2000, due to slowness getting in to see specialists here). From reading many entries on this site, it seems to be obvious that I am allergic to something or many things around me. I have found I get watery eyes and sneeze quite frequently. Really it could be anything - milk, dust, mold, fruit, etc. I really hope that the allergy app't comes up with some answers for me, for my life has been dramatically affected from this problem.
Would love to hear from anyone with any suggestions or comments concerning my situation. xxTanya