Re: Chronic ear and head pressure with fatigue
I've had a stuffy ear for 10 months now. Can't get the thing to pop. I do have allergies and sinus problems and initially thought that may be the problem. I've been on antibiotics several times, steroids twice and changed up my allergy meds some as well. I had a CT scan of my sinuses a while back and it showed mild swelling. I'm treating the allergies and into 2 years of immunmotherapy now to help those. My allergies are better, but my ear isn't. In fact, the pressure is really bad some days and gives me intense ear pain that seems to have gotten worse lately. I've also had intermittent tinnitus also.
I'm open to anything at this point to figure this out. Here is where I'm at now. I started with my PCP, then went to an ENT. Next was two different Audiologists, then a dentist and a referral to a jaw specialist. My ear shows no infections. My sinuses aren't too bad. My eustatian tubes are OK. I have a 30% bone loss in my jaw. The main theory now is that I have a jaw disfunction related to bruxism and the jaw muscles are tight around my ear causing my problems. The jaw dentist gave me a relaxation cd, adjusted my mouth guard, told me to take a bunch of supplements and recommended PT. I had 8 sessions of PT and my muscles seemed to be relaxing some, but insurance approval ran out. That ended a couple weeks ago and I seem to be worse again. Last week, my ENT gave me some pain killers and muscle relaxers to try short term. He also gave me a different nasal spray to try for a couple weeks.
If you find any answers, please share. In the meantime, I'll do the same.