ok, enough is enough. Input needed by all.
After going through all the posts on this site it seems to me that the people here who have the following symptoms of brain fog, light headedness/dizzy type feelings, fluid draining from ears, fatigue, on and off ear pressure with popping and clicking sounds and anxiety have a middle ear infection which is causing swelling in the eustacian tubes. When we do things like drink strong tea or walk or take hot baths, we feel temporarily better because we're relieving some of the pressure in our eustacian tubes. The reason why these things don't help permanently is perhaps because the ear infection is still there. I've come to the conclusion, that unless we erradicate the infection, we may always have these symptoms or just have them for longer than normal. While we try and get rid of the infection, we have to do something at the same time where the swelling is being brought down in our eustacian tubes.
I understand that all of us have tried things like antibiotics and what not to get rid of the infection, but I need everyone's input as to what exactly they have tried and most importantly for how many days/weeks things have been tried. What eased symptoms for you and what does your usual diet consist of? Perhaps if we can see some sort of a pattern, then maybe we can all try various things targetted specially at helping our ear thing. If it's viral, we need to find the right anti-viral treatment. If it's bacterial, same thing. Also i'm trying to determine if we are in this state because we haven't given certain things enough of a chance to work because it didn't give us instant relief. If we want our lives back, we need to work together and figure this out.
-About 5 days worth of antibiotic ear drops and 3 days of oral antibiotics.
-Strong tea. About 2 cups a day. Helps a bit.
-A tincture of echinacea, golden seal, cayenne, bee propolis, wild indigo a few times a day for a few days. Supposed to be every 3 hrs for about a week.
-Decongestants and antihistimines. One a day for a few days here and there. Would sort of help but made me too wiped.
-multi-vitamin and b-vitamin complex with passion flower, valerian and what not in it. Keep taking it for a few days here and there, then forget.
-anti-inflammatories -have helped the most.
-Tylenol -does nothing.
-Usual diet consists of: hot cereal (oatmeal, kamut or brown rice), apples, bananas, rice milk, chicken, rice, whole wheat crackers, peanut butter.