August 15th last summer, I was in perfect health or so I thought...I was sitting down and all of the sudden this feeing just came over me (in my ears) and my life has not been the same since. I suffer from a faint headache everyday (constant pressure)- this usually doesn't go away and taking medications doesn't help. My ears pop every time i swallow and yawn - which is sooo annoying. I feel off, not exactly dizzy or like i'm floating, but just weird. I have no clue what is causing this problem. I have been treated for sinus infections ,tested for just about everything including lyme disease, had x-rays, a ct scan, allergy tests, and have been assured by doctors that everything appears normal and its nothing serious but THEY DONT KNOW WHATS WRONG. Could this be an anxiety problem? Something viral possibly caused by an insect bite? TMJ? I know anxiety began building after this happened and the stress has really been unbelievable...If anyone has had symptoms like this or has any idea what could be wrong please help!
welcome to my world for the last year and 2 months--i have all the same symptoms-my ears pop constantly, the "weirdness" is horrible--i always too have pressure under my eyes and temples. i have been to the doctor 4-5 times and he tells me that is allegeries. it has come and go since feb 2002 and the ANXIETY makes it ten times worse. i have just been dealing with it because no allergy medicine has worked for me for a long period of time. I SYMPATHIZE with you greatly. If you find out anything that works. Pass it along. Thanks!
Sounds like how mine started eight months ago. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that I have tmjd probably caused by a combination of clenching and an overbite. I sympathise massively, am very fed up, have been the ENT route, so far they have found nothing. I insisted I thought I had eustachian tube dysfunction that was not showing on the tests (this can happen) am about to have further ear pressure tests, but have since found out about tmjd - tipped off by my dentist. (TMJD also causes a different kind of eustachian tube problems) I have never felt I have a classic inner ear disorder as I do not have vertigo or any of the balance symptoms - being pulled to one side, up and down etc...consistent with a classic case of inner ear disorder. I have been very dizzy, improved now, but still feel off and out of it/glassy eyed. I suggest you go to the tmjd board and read, read and read some more. Look for any posts regarding ears (use the search engine, put in 'ears.') Many people experience this only in their ears. Also look at the posts on this board. There is tonnes of info. It pays to do lots of research. I have tried some allergy meds, they just made me feel more out of it - still can't be 100% sure this is what I have, for all I know it is an allergy, but tmjd sounds more likely for me. Am about to go the dentist route and try to find out. TMJD is a much missed diagnosis and many people suffer for a long time before getting the correct help.
Forgot to say - the 8 month headache is a very big indicator that this could be tmjd - any face pain, sinus pain with no obvious sinus problem - it's created by pressure coming from the jaw.
Just noticed you got this in August, about ten days before I got mine. (Fun, isn't it? Not) I was just about to go out to dinner with a friend and just suddenly, out of the blue, felt weird and my ears felt a bit full, it went on from there.
Wow! You guys are seriously so great. This has really been a strange/hard experience for me since no one really understands what I am going through. Thanks a lot for your posts and I will definitely do some research with the tmj thing. Another question for you all...have any of you experienced swollen glands b/c of this, particularly behind the ears and around the jaw area? This all started a week before I was about to leave for college and I lived with it for 1 semester and during x-mas break I ended up getting my wisdom teeth out thinking this could be the problem and I decided to take the spring semester off from school, mainly because of the anxiety (being away from home and not knowing whats wrong)...anyways - thanks again and I'll be sure to update you if I find anything out...TAKE CARE!- gwen
Are you sure your glands are actually swollen - people with tmh experience pain/discomfort in their gland area - below, behind, under, in front of the ears - around the jaw, in to the neck. It seems a lot of people before getting a diagnosis have their wisdom teeth removed thinking this is the problem. Your wisdom tooth is just above your tempero mandibular joint.
I'm not a doctor and I can't say for sure this is your problem but it is a definite strong contender on the diagnosis front for anyone who has had all the tests and has been the ENT route and got nowhere. Go to the tmj board and read, read, and read some more. That's the easiest way of finding out. Don't be put off by the amount of people with symptoms that sound different to yours (many have lock jaw, extreme pain) this condition happens in different ways.
I stress this is just a suggestion, I still hang out on this board as my problems are mostly ear/dizzy related (although I strongly suspect tmjd is the problem) and I can relate more to the symptoms of people on here. Keep in touch, this is a great support network.
Just to add - YES YES YES!!!! Have been feeling like I've got swollen glands for almost a YEAR on and off! Hell eh?! Anyways - my docs think Labyrinthitis, but I'm off to dentist Friday thanks to wonderful advice from Hbep - the angel of the board! Think maybe I have TMJD.
Wish me luck - and good luck to you Gwen - it's good to know you really are not alone!
Yes have had the swollen gland thing on and off for nearly 15 months, that started before the weird foggy feeling. thought it was a virus, but now i think it could just be a tension thing. funnily enough talking to a lady at play group this morning who suffered with classical migraines for years (doesn't get them anymore) and she was saying she would always know when a migraine was coming because her neck would swell up.! check out hbeps advice. I have a migraine associated vertigo, that has affected my ears - my ears poped as well. however migraine has to come from something and could be coming from my tense jaw.
I am so relieved to know that this isn't only happening to me. I have been told it is sinus problems for about 8 months now and no medicine has helped. I hate the "off" feeling like I cannot focus on the world at all. Like I am in a haze. The popping in my ears hapens if I yawn, swallow, sometimes just on its own. It is so annoying!! Please if anyone finds a cure for this please pass it along. I would greatly appreciate some peace of mind.
All of these symptoms you all have are what I suffered and went to many doctors - mine is Meniere's Disease.
I had moderate symptoms for 8 years. Then it went full-blown for 2 years. It has subsided the past 3 years. Good luck to you all and I would recommend to NOT have surgery in the ears or cut the ear nerves. It doesn't aleviate any of the tinnitus or pressure and you lose more of what you "still" have, but with no good results from the surgery (usually).
Believe it or not, drinking 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar every day(diluted with water) keeps my migraines off (better than Imitrex) and it also helps with the dizziness. Just try it for 2 weeks - you'll see. I've been on every medicine known to every type of "specialist" there is and had worse results with all of them, except Xanax kept me from having the really bad panic attacks.
I couldn't drive for over 7 months. Just try the vinegar - you don't have anything to lose and lots to gain back. I did it for my severe migraines and when I see the spots I know one is coming. I drink the vinegar immediately, take 2 ibuprofen (which does absolutely nothing helpful without the vinegar), and lay down in a dark room. The migraine doesn't get to where I am in agonizing pain and is in fact, very managable within 3 hours and I'm able to get back up and go around fine. Usually very tired, but feeling decent. With 3 teenage kids, I can't afford to be knocked out in bed totally asleep for a whole day.
Hey - I've been much better these past few years without a bunch of drugs every single day and I only take a Xanax a time or two a month - that's definitely not an everyday thing either.
Pray, hang in there, do good things for yourself (and try to get rid of some stress things in your lives) and I pray you all have a better recovery too.
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