Re: Patulous Eustachian Tube and Smoking
Hi Nathan, Heyrae,
I'm not a smoker but I have PET on my left side which is making me really unhappy and has been for several years. Despite my efforts, I haven't managed to find any definite links between what makes my PET worse and what alleviates it....it just seems to have a mind of it's own, sometimes it vanishes for hours at a time with no signs or indication as to why it might suddenly be slightly betterÖ(and this is one of the things I hate most about it..not having any control, not knowing whether I can go out on a particular night or not until the very last minute).
I donít smoke..and I havenít noticed that going to smoky places makes it worse (but then I havenít been looking for a connection). I do however think that drinking makes it slightly worse - not at the time but *the day after*, perhaps that could be something to do with the cigarette smoke I breath in whilst Iím out as well. I have also finally accepted that stress *is* a factor, and tiredness, I was telling Nathan in another message that I recently went on holiday to Miami and found it was SO much better while I was there due to what I think was the lack of stress. Iíve also wondered if climate can effect it because Iím from England and as Iím sure youíre aware, weíre not exactly the envy of the world as far as our weather is concerned.
Heyrae, have you tried any nasal sprays for it? or medication?..there are some that stuff up the ET (like the opposite to a decongestant) Iím running out of energy now, I donít have the motivation to do any more research into it for the time being. Have you tried any of them?? Snorting pepper works apparently (temporarily). Please let me know what medications you've tried - if any, I donít want to go down the road of surgery again, I had two tubes put in and they didnít work..I think they created new problems. None of the doctors in england know of any medication I can take, and I don't know how to get hold of the ones I have read about on the internet.
Write soon, thanks, aja