I am a 30 year old male who has suffered from acute sinusitis several times in the past 5 years. Six months ago I developed symptoms that I had not previously experienced with sinusitis, but were upper respitory in nature. Namely, my Eustachian tubes filled with fluid followed an associated "clicking" or "popping" sound in my ears. Furthermore, I have been experiencing on and off dizziness throughout the last six months. I do not have post nasal drip and I am pretty much headache and sinus pressure free, although very rarely I do experience both.
I have had three CT scans which all show sinus infections of my frontal and ephemiod sinuses. However, after trying months of ant-biotic and steroid treatment, the nasal sinus disease specialist now believes that the CT scans are most likely "false positives" and that my problems are more symptomatic of allergies (I am fairly allergic).
I am just curious if anyone else has had similar symptoms and of so, what has worked for treatment.
I have lived with the popping and ringing for over 20 years. The fluid problems always bring on the challenges of balance due to the inner ear function of maintaining our balance.
If you have ever ridden in an airplane you may have experienced the popping before, but now, it is magnified by 100.
The best thing to do is to leave the popping to your body and let the pressure in your tubes adjust themselves. If you really can't stand it, and wish to control the pressure on your own, you can pop them OUT, making noises louder, by holding your nose and blowing lightly, or you can pop them back in, by holding the nose and forcing a sniff.
Doing this too often will irritate the eardrum, which is why I advise you to let your body adjust the pressure on its own.
Also, a good ear lavage (cleaning) can do wonders not to mention how good it feels to get all the junk flushed out.
Prevention doesn't need an ounce of proof any more than disasters need a warning.
Greetings: I also have recently (6mo or so) had spells of dizziness and a stopped up feeling in moslty the left but both ears. went thru all sorts of tests including an MRI 2 days ago. My family was been learning about homeopathic remedies to keep the dr bills down (we have 3 small children , one with Down Syndrome) There is a remedy called: Calcarea Carbona, in the 30x potency (If you write back, I can explain what that means) that lists clogged Eustachian tubes as one of the conditions that indicate this remedy. While it has not 100% cured the clogged feeling, I can tell that the periods of feeling normal are getting longer. I am also gargling with very warm salt water to flush our the junk in the back of my throat so the opening of the tubes can be cleared. this is all simple low tech stuff but I can feel a difference.
It's worth a try. let me know what happens.
You may want to try several things for your sinuses. Add a good multivitamin and an antioxidant supplement to your daily routine if you are not already taking these. They have kept me out of the docs office for well over a year now regarding sinus problems. Also you may want to see about trying a neti pot which is a sinus lavage item. Ask your pharamcist where you can get one in your area. You also need to be sure to keep your allergies under control. You didn't mention if you take allergy shots or not but that might be something to consider if you are not already on allergy shots. The dizziness as well as the fluid in the ears are classic sinus type problems so you may want to check and see if they don't feel another round of antibiotics is in order. I have read that for people with chronic sinus infections if they are let go and not totally taken care of you may need long term antibiotic use to totally take care of them. On a personal note...........for me the only antibiotic that really worked was the newer one called Zithromax aka Z-pack.