Posted by Kris Waters
on September 24, 2000 at 16:53:38:
In Reply to: Allergies leading to eustachian tube dysfunction posted by Tanya on September 06, 2000 at 08:12:34:
: : : 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
: : Tanya and Sandy, i completely understand where you two are coming from. I am a 26 year old male and i developed pretty pronounced allergies about 3 years ago. Probably the worst attribute that goes along with that is ear troubles caused by eustacian tube dysfunction. I was just like you, happy, healthy and thinking clearly. It seems that over the past year or so i am constantly in a daze or dizzy, and i have the memory of a 96 year old. It's such a wonderful thing to see you both talking about your symptoms because i'm always feeling like i'm the only one; atleast it seems that most of the people that i am surrounded by don't really suffer from any of these symptoms. I am curious as to what kind of area you live in. I know that my symptoms became much worse when i moved from a coastal area to a heavily wooded area consisting mostly of pine trees. I'm almost sure that it is the pine pollen causing my symptoms. I have also had certain problems in the past in certain types of buildings such as grocerery stores and schools; in that case it could also be a dust allergy. i have been to ent's and gp's and i have'nt found much relief there. I have recently found some relief going another route, and its not allergy shots. I've recently been receiving assistance from a homeopathic physician whom has given me some real relief unlike any that i have yet experienced. I met him at the university that i am attending and i told him about my problem. He told me to log on to a web site entitled: firstname.lastname@example.org and click on free consultation.... and a guy named Greg will respond to your message. This guy has three degrees in the field and he loves helping people. Be sure to mention all of your symptoms in that its very important; he knows exactly how the internal system works and how it reacts to certain things(like allergies)-and that will help him to get you on the best regiment possible. At first i thought...yeh, yeh..all this mumbo jumbo holistic stuff; its got to be a crock of crap. Just like you, i was sick and tired of being sick and tired so i am currently loving the decision i have made in following his advice...just to briefly share with you some of the things that i am doing: I have cut down on some of my fried foods; i am going to do this for atleat 2 months, I have cut down my milk intake(it creates mucous), and i am currently detoxing and at the same time taking an all natural sinus and cold remedy. This has worked for me 100%...and i only payed $10 for it. He also recommended a couple of other suppplements that i will eventually start taking including "systematic azv" and Twinlab "allergy C-caps". The beautiful thing is that you can ask Greg about any thing that concerns you and he will gladly answer it with the best of his knowledge. Just before i went to these changes for relief i went to the doctor and she prescribed some more allergy-d meds. I thought that i will keep these and meanwhile, i am growing to try this other plan and if it fails, i'll go back to taking antihistimines and decongestants. It has been close to one month and i have'nt even thought about that medication. Just like you two, i'm ready to put this whole sinus allergy thing behind me and live my life the way i used to..I hope that you can benefit from what has helped me so much because for the longest time i just kind of gave up...thinking that there is nothing that can be done about this and i'm just going to have to live with it. Please keep responding back on this message board and anything new and how your doing because i have much sympathy...allergies and eustacian tube dysfunction is a cruel joke. I wish you both the best of luck.**Kris
: : Tanya,
: : I,m so glad to here that I,m not alone!! Back in Jan. of this year I started having fullness in both my ears and an awful disconnected feeling all the time. It scared me so much at first I thought I had had a stroke or somthing I had such fullness in my face and forehead and my ears felt so full all the time . I saw my G.P who sent me to an ENT who then sent me to a allegy Dr. I was tested and found out I have allergies to many things. (mold, pollen, dust, animals ect.) He said the foggy feeling that I have is most likley is due to the allergies and the fact that my ears tubes are closed. Do you get headaches often? Does your memory seem to be affected at all? Im so tired of feeling like I'm in a dream all the time . I have started allergy shots and hope one day to be back to normal. Good luck!!
: Sandy -
: You sound to be experiencing exactly the same symptons that I have. It really is awful to go from being a healthy happy person, to suddenly having to drag yourself up in the morning, explaining to people that you aren't feeling 100%, and that you just don't have the energy you used to. All I really want now is to be back to normal and not have this overall lack of concentration!!
: Yes, I do get head-aches from time to time and my memory is awful (comparatively to what it used to be).
: Sandy, is the doctor telling you that the allergy shots will rid you of the fullness feeling in your ears (help your ear tubes open) and "perk" you up or help you to feel like you used to?? Have there been many other cases of people in to your doctor with the same problem and have they been solved?? How long have you been getting shots and are they meant to be the answer??
: I am really eager to follow your progress if you have yet to know the answer to these questions. So please keep in touch on this message board. Good luck with everything!! Tanya