| | Perilymphatic Fistula
I'm very frustrated after going through what I thought was my 2nd perilymphatic fistula in a 2 year period (now I don't know what it is). If anyone could be of any assistance, I would REALLY appreciate it!
I had a successful surgery for a perilymphatic fistula 2 years ago after going through 2 straight weeks of continual pressure changes (whitewater kayaking/rolls, non-stop cross country flights, rock climbing at high altitudes), causing the hole btw my middle and inner ear. And a month ago I had my ears cleaned out (ear wax buildup that runs in the family) at the family doctor, like I have every year for 15 years. And BAM, the symptoms are back. I get dizzy (like I'm on a boat rocking back and forth) and sounds seem louder than they really are, hurting my ears. I even could hear bugs crawling on the ground and my cat walking on the carpet for the first few weeks. So I did the same test at the ENT that I did to verify I had the fistula last time and again I was positive. So I had the same surgery in the same ear. It's now been 2 weeks after surgery and I planned to go back to work. I just tried to drive today for the first time in a month and by the time I got to the store, all of the sounds (especially the stupid Christmas bell at the entrance) almost dropped me to the ground.... I'm so upset and now I don't know what to do. I guess this means the surgery didn't work??? My doc (who is the specialist in the Southeast US) also had me on Verapamil for 3 weeks before surgery thinking I may have migraines that cause dizziness instead of headaches. I took it but it didn't seem to do anything but make me more dizzy (common side effect of the drug). Why take a drug to stop dizziness that makes you more dizzy???
Has anyone else had these symptoms before? If so, did you have this surgery and it possibly not work? Was there something else that they figured out that it was? Is there any drug that you can take that won't make you dizzy in the process?
I'd just REALLY like to get back to work soon. Thanks ahead of time for any help you may be able to give!