I am new on this and trying to find out as much as I can, I have inner ear problems and haven't been diagnosed with anything except mild veritigo. I have had problems for four months now. First what started out as a little fluid in my ears has turned my life upside down. I've had CTs , MRIs, and have been to GP, Internist, ENT, and now a neurologist. She has sent me to VRT for my balance problem. I feel like I'm moving on a treadmill. I feel better in the morning than at night. I feel worse when my right earfeels full. I have had allergies all my life and I was wondering if anyone has seen an allergist? I have read so many threads and feel like it may be a virus. What else can I do?
Hi sorry to hear you are feeling so off!
It does get better I promise and the VRT will help, give it a little time though.
An allergist may be an option for you as there does seem to be some train of thought it could be linked to allergies, especially as you suffer from them any way.
When I was hospitalized with an inner ear problem, my nurse had told me she needed surgery for her inner ear problem which was apparently a leak in the inner ear...she had to find a specialist who concentrates on inner ear issues and has his own surgical team. She said she used to black out while driving.. now she is fine, several years later. She said she never had another problem once she had the surgery. She told me it's difficult to find doctors who specialize in the inner ear.
It is difficult to find those docs she is right, a neurotologist is what you are looking for. . . they are out there and do know thier stuff, I think operating is a last resort though, thankfully I've never blacked out, that would really scare me.
I have been having problems with lightheadedness/dizziness for almost a year now...have seen gp, ent and just recently an allergist. the ent said I have one ear that doesn't function correctly, although, I suspected the test was not performed accurately because the I kept having to tell them that the air was not blowing in the right way...anyway that is my left ear and my right one is the one that always seems to bother me. GP saw fluid in it and suspected allergies...gave me a decongestant and antihistamine...anyway, that was the only thing that seemed to help...the feeling of lightheadedness and motion come and go without rhyme or reason...but when I have them caffeine always makes it worse...finally almost a year later, I went to an allergist because I have always had allergies and lots of sinus congestion, but never tested. He said I probably have Eustachian Tube Disfunction and that is why the caffeine makes it worse...the tissue gets dehydrated and makes the opening smaller and then it is harder to equalize the pressure...He said to drink lots of water and cut out the caffeine. This makes a lot of sense to me and follows my experience...I had noticed that I can handle some caffeine in the morning if I drink 16 ounces of water first...anyway...I had a huge reaction to dust mites and one kind of mold and some reaction to dogs and cats, but no seasonal triggers like pollen. That explains the lack of a pattern in my symptoms. I am working on reducing the dust mite problem at home and taking Allegra-D. I hope this helps...I have less symptoms than usual right now, but this comes and goes for me. He also said stress and fatigue make it worse, which I had already noticed as well. Nights are worse.
So for me, I think this trip was helpful...I think I did probably have labs last year and this has affected how my ears are responding to my allergies. I hope that now I can reduce some of the exposure to allergens and reduce my episodes this way.