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Old 09-29-2006, 08:39 AM   #1
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Could this be an inner ear problem?

Hi! I'm new to this board. I believe I may have an inner ear problem.

In March, I took a plane trip. Upon returning, I had severe nausea and dizziness. I went to my primary care physician. She said I had fluid in both ears. We tried nasal spray which worked but didn't totally clear up the problem. I went back. We tried nasal spray again along with a decongestant. I still didn't feel 100% so I was given a referral to an ENT.

When I saw the ENT, the fluid was gone. He said I had some sort of ear trauma from the flight. I have always been sensitive to motion like carnival rides so the plan ride made it worse. He prescribed antivert. I tried taking a half a pill but was so tired I couldn't function.

About another month went on, I was still feeling dizzy. From that point on, I have not been able to drive on the highway without a horrible headache. I went back to the ENT. He said the same things. He said I could take tests, but really there is no point. He said no matter the outcome of the tests that the treatment is the same. He gave me a prescription for ear patches to try while driving. I have not tried them yet.

Now, six months after the plan trip I till feel dizzy and off balance most of the day. I have a ton of floaters. I'm not sure the floaters matter, but I thought I would mention them. I feel pressure in my head at times but no headaches. I also feel foggy at times. Any ideas what I might have? I am considering going back to the doctor because I am afraid something terrible is wrong with me. Help!

Shelly

 
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:43 AM   #2
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Re: Could this be an inner ear problem?

Shelly - Sounds like vestibular problems to me, course I am not a doctor! The plane ride just sort of brought things to a head it sounds like. You probably had fluid build up in your inner ear and the plane ride just was a bad side effect.

When I went on a plane ride over the Arches and Lake Powell a LONG time ago, it was a tourist thing and a non-pressurized compartment in the plane. I was very very sick. I was sick in bed for two days after that plane ride.

About 7 years later I was diagnosed with Meniere's syndrome. A inner ear disease mostly presented with fluid build up in the inner ear. This probably is not what you have but something similiar at least, it sounds like to me.

I suggest going to an ear specialist and have tests run so they can figure this out. There are a lot of things that could be going on. Take the meclizine to keep from getting dizzy! If you have to take it easy afterwards, that is just part of this inner ear thing. No fun at all really.

Good luck to you!!

 
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Originally Posted by shellbabe
Hi! I'm new to this board. I believe I may have an inner ear problem.

In March, I took a plane trip. Upon returning, I had severe nausea and dizziness. I went to my primary care physician. She said I had fluid in both ears. We tried nasal spray which worked but didn't totally clear up the problem. I went back. We tried nasal spray again along with a decongestant. I still didn't feel 100% so I was given a referral to an ENT.

When I saw the ENT, the fluid was gone. He said I had some sort of ear trauma from the flight. I have always been sensitive to motion like carnival rides so the plan ride made it worse. He prescribed antivert. I tried taking a half a pill but was so tired I couldn't function.

About another month went on, I was still feeling dizzy. From that point on, I have not been able to drive on the highway without a horrible headache. I went back to the ENT. He said the same things. He said I could take tests, but really there is no point. He said no matter the outcome of the tests that the treatment is the same. He gave me a prescription for ear patches to try while driving. I have not tried them yet.

Now, six months after the plan trip I till feel dizzy and off balance most of the day. I have a ton of floaters. I'm not sure the floaters matter, but I thought I would mention them. I feel pressure in my head at times but no headaches. I also feel foggy at times. Any ideas what I might have? I am considering going back to the doctor because I am afraid something terrible is wrong with me. Help!

Shelly
Hi Shelly

Yep---just a guess---but sounds like an Inner Ear injury---unfortunately ENT's(at least most of them) are not much good in this medical area.

The Doc's that specialize in the Inner Ear are:

NEUROTOLOGIST

They are Neurologists that continue (usually under a fellowship) an additional three years specializing in the inner ear(vestibular)and it's connections with/to the brain, etc....

Usually they can be found at Medical Research Centers, i.e., John Hopkins, Univ of Penn, Northwestern Univ, UCLA, Stanford, etc.....ask ur ENT to refer u to one in ur area----or give u----the name of one in ur area/close by---that might wake him/her up.


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Old 10-04-2006, 08:18 AM   #4
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Re: Could this be an inner ear problem?

Thank you both for the advice. I think I am going to go back to my primary care physician to ask for a referral to a NEUROTOLOGIST. I search the internet and think I found one within half an hour of my house. Maybe my pcp will know of someone closer? I really would like to have some tests run so I know what I am dealing with. I hate feeling like I can't drive on highways. I don't like feeling off balance for most of the day. Plus, I've been working out for four months, and sometimes I feel a bit dizzy depending on what I do. I just want to feel normal again.

Shelly

 
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