Re: feels like water in the ear but isn't??
The fact that you say
It feels like it when I move my jaw back and forth (sideways). Sometimes when I eat, it feels that way. I've found that if I pull my ear lobe out a ways, the feeling and sound goes away for a short period.
makes me think this might be a muscular problem. Do you clench or grind your teeth? Often people who do (and some who don't) develop problems in their ears related to tempero mandibular joint disorder, or, more commonly myofacial pain dysfunction. (TMJD but without jaw joint involvement) Spasm and tension of the muscles in and around the face and neck. It's often a bit of a give away that this could be the cause of the problem when manipulating your jaw causes a change in the ear symptoms. Also, generally, ENT's and docs can't see this problem when they examine your ears and all tests come back clear. Sometimes a problem with tension in the neck alone can cause referred problems in the ears. You have muscles which are involved with opening and closing your eustachian tubes, when these become tense, it can cause the type of symptoms you describe, as fluid can intermittently become trapped in there. I had dreadful ear symptoms, the one u describe, plus a bunch of other stuff, I was diagnosed at a dental hospital, it was all muscular.
The treatment for this is generally to do simple stretching exercises for the jaw and neck. Also, some people, if they do clench or grind their teeth, get a mouthguard from the dentist to wear at night.
Obviously if you have a feeling of fluid build up in your e tubes it's always important to get it checked out by a doc in case it's an ear infection. However it seems you've already done this,
Last edited by hbep; 01-14-2005 at 08:33 AM.