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Old 12-01-2004, 12:40 AM   #1
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ears won't pop

My ears don't pop on their own. When I fly I have to blow really hard to pop my right ear, then I have to close my right ear folding the lobe over the canal to pop the left. I also live in Vegas, so I change elevation a lot too. My dr gave me some flonase, but I haven't used it b/c I quit smoking and with that, my sinus drainage stopped. I had hoped quitting may help my ears too, but didn't. Any suggestions? Do you think the flonase will help? I just hate spraying it in my nose.

 
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Re: ears won't pop

Flonase or Beconase is an anti-flammatory spray.

Have you tried chewing gum?

 
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Old 12-01-2004, 09:43 AM   #3
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Re: ears won't pop

Chewing gum does qork and I am the same way. I have to hold my breath in to make my ears pop. Persoanlly I rather take that route because it bothers the heck out of me if I can't hear properly so I will pop them. Gun though has been a remedy for that for many decades and its a good thing to try if you havn't yet. Also take the Flonase as prescribed from the doctor. Do the bottle and see what happens. Even though the sinus problem has stopped it doesn't mean it may not come back.

Also Congrats on quiting smoking

 
Old 12-01-2004, 12:35 PM   #4
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Re: ears won't pop

I chew gum a lot now b/c I quit smoking. This has been a problem for a long time-the dr gave me a reason that the canals may be small and the flonase will help to - gosh, I really dont remember. I guess I will give it a try. I suck with meds, I should have been using it for the past few months, but haven't and now I see him again next week. I am such a bad patient! But, I have had so much on my mind-now having back surgery and that has been worrying me, plus all the othermeds I already take, I just didn't want another-oh well,my fault.
I may just tell them I can't come to my appt b/c of surgery and then really use the flonase. (my surgery is the next day, appt on 7,, surgery on 8). hmmm, don't know!

 
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Just take a breather and calm down.... Take it one step at a time and go to that apt. Get it over and done with because you may not feel like it after the surgrey.

 
Old 12-01-2004, 01:35 PM   #6
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true. Okay, I'll go.

 
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true. Okay, I'll go.

I do wish you luck and when you are feeling better after the surgrey please come back and let us know how you are doing.

If you don't mind me being nosey what type of back surgrey are you going in for? Do you have herniated disc?

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Old 12-02-2004, 11:09 PM   #8
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don't mind at all!
I have a slew of problems, initially I had a small bulge at both L4-5 and L5-S1, with a tear at the lower level. And we found DDD in both those discs along with arthritis. I have neck issues too, a small bulge at C5-6, loss of the natural curve and arthritis and a pinched nerve as well. we are going to treat my neck later, may have surgery there too, but right now we are focusing on my lumbar spine. we did a discogram that showed my discs were shot. I have just overworked myself in the past ten or so years (cheerleader for seven years, nurse asst for six). So, I am having a 360 degree lumbar fusion (front and back incisons), a laminectomy (they shave some of the bone off the vertebrea) and hardware (screws and rods). I will wear a brace for some time too.
So,you can see how I may have pushed the nasal issues to the side for a bit. I think I will tell my dr that-honestly that I didn't take the meds with all the crap I am on right now and with the upcoming surgery, but that I will start after surgery. Plus, I quit that smoking habit and I think it helped some, atleast with the sinus drip. Still clogged ears though. Annoys the heck out of me!

 
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Plus, I quit that smoking habit and I think it helped some, atleast with the sinus drip. Still clogged ears though. Annoys the heck out of me!

Doctors are there for a reason...They are not cheap but they are there to fix us...Quiting smoking was the best thing you could do and I did that over a year ago. Next you are working on your back and ears. Its a process bt within time you will be back on your feet and feeling like a brand new person again.

 
Old 12-03-2004, 07:03 AM   #10
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The Flonase will help to open up the ears. I have had this problem off and on for about 2 years. I get dizzy when my ears are stuffy. The Flonase seemed to open them up and drain them. It can take up to a week for the medicine to start working.

 
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thanks twanger, I will take it today.

 
Old 12-04-2004, 11:13 AM   #12
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thanks twanger, I will take it today.

After a few days tell us if anything changes or how its working for you. Thanks

 
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