My long term 7 year health problem... caused by damaged left ear?
I've posted here several times regarding my long term health problem that began in april 2002 where the left side of my forehead/head is constantly tight (sometimes feels like a mild "sticky" sensation as well) which impairs my concentration and distorts my perception (of my nose, which I always perceive as two separate shadowy images in front of me, as weird as that sounds) and have tried everything to resolve it such as an MRI, physio, sinositus scan, massage, chiro, muscle relaxants, injectible muscle relxants, ct scan of spin, back xray, dental splint, neurologist, every hayfever medication i could think of, 2 eye specialists, stress echocardiogram, thyroid checked, blood tests at an infectious disease unit and even doing pilates. The symptoms are constant and very frustrating.
Since I've been younger I've had the bad habit of always playing around with my left ear. My bad habit would consist of (I try not to do it these days but sometimes find myself doing it) twisting my left ear, folding it and "popping it" to the extent where the left ear is much thinner and more flexible than my right ear and the skin of the ear feels kind of sticky and coarse (while the right ear, which I never had much of a bad habit with, feels perfectly fine). In fact, I remember towards the end of 2002 I felt like 'layers' of skin of the "anthelix" (I googled a picture of the ear to find the correct term and I believe that's it) were 'shedding' (falling off). When I happen to start playing with my left ear, afterwards my symptoms (left forehead "tightness") feels more pronounced and it feels harder to concentrate properly (such as if I'm trying to follow a TV show) and it makes me feel somewhat disorientated at times.
I did see an ear specialist in about june of 2008 who checked the hearing in the left ear, found that it was fine, so when I mentioned my theory he dismissed it as just as "bad habit" and that was it. I've decided to get a referral to an ear specialist who comes highly recommended who I've been told should do more than just check the hearing to investigate the physical deterioration of the left ear and its potential effects upon the left side of my head (resulting in the chronic symptoms I've had for over 7 years?).
Do you think I've finally come across the correct cause of this problem? And, if so, what sort of treatment should the ear specialist (who I'm seeing Nov. 23rd) suggest to finally resolve these symptoms? Surgery, ear medicine or something else?
Last edited by Jerry1985; 11-10-2009 at 05:07 AM.