Re: am i going NUTS
I'm no doc, but believe me, "ear things" CAN make one feel nuts! I'm talking about ear aches, ear infections, negative pressure conditions, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, all that!
My own perspective is that when we aren't hearing/feeling normal, the body may feel worn down all over. I just had two bouts of otitis externa (outer ear infection) and was so stressed I could hardly sleep.
It sounds like the tube insertion you'll be getting should fix the negative pressure condition. Basically, it will keep your eustacion tube "open" and not compressed. I've never had that condition, but imagine it would be like walking around with semi-plugged ears. If one ear is impacted more than the other, you may even feel out of balance.
Good luck with the surgery!