I am currently on meds for anxiety but I guess it's not entirely working or something else is going on. In a nutshell, even though I no longer have the mild depression I still get anxiety on and off. This is my pattern of how it goes - I start to get (sorry to be gross!) phlegm in my throat, pain/burning in my right ear, pain around my eyes and/or on the right side of my head, sometimes diarrea/stomach problems. Later I start to feel lightheaded and dizzy. The sinus symtpms go away within a day or two along with the anxiety. I've had an MRI and a complete physical recently and doc said that I'm healthy. I forgot to tell her of the sinus type symptoms with relation to my anxiety. I had sinus surgery 5 years ago. What do you all think - seperate issues or just part of anxiety?
part of anxiety and made worse and worse by worrying about it.. i to suffer with my ears and sinuses due to this.. i had an mri eeg and a examination the other day.... i am now going private for an ent to check over again.. when i am in bed lay on my side the ear facing out feels as if some one is pouring water in it and i can here it and feel it.. and if i move onto the other side the same thing happens.. cus u had sinus sergery your anxiety is about that.. bet when you get checked by an ent and al is normal you will start to worry about something else.. mine is my heart now.. still my head but my heart aswell.. lol just a vicious cicle
yes, my Angel ears feel plugged - like when you are going up in an airplane and a weird feeling in my ears - sometimes it does feel like electricity. I also get the lump in the throat feeling but I haven't had that for a few months.
littlesheep - if it's all cause of the anxiety, how do I get actual physical symptoms like the sinus drainage, runny nose, coughing up phlem etc. Can anxiety actually CAUSE sinusitis? The symptoms are definately not all in my head (no pun intended).
YES they are now studying the ears and anxiety for a link between the two
if my ears are bad my anxiety is worse
Do you notice a humming or ringing or an electrical feeling in your ears when you are nervous?
i do and i feel anxiety and ear troubles go along side by side
my nose and ears blocked my anxiety problems are so much worse
Hi guys. I've experienced similar problems, and it's interesting to think that there could be a correlation between these ailments. I'm just curious, do any of you have allergies?
I've struggled w/ anxiety and depression for awhile now, but I just found out this past summer that I'm really allergic to grass, trees, mold, and cats. But I never really had any typical symptoms like itchy, watery eyes and the like. I just feel kinda spacey all the time, and my ears feel full, and actually ache sometimes. If you want, check out my post on the allergy forum entitled "chronic lightheadedness" for the whole story. But I've just had a second MRI a few weeks ago, and it showed nothing.
These weird symptoms have been going on since I was a junior in high school, which was about 3 years ago. I search all the time for answers, talking to people, looking on the internet. It's frustrating not being able to find anything. I know how it feels. It has gotten me really down. I've been taking paxil since last October(20mg), and they just upped my dosage to 30 mg, but they also put me on Wellbutrin and Buspar. I hate having to take all these medications. I'm 19 years old for crying out loud, and I feel like I'm 90. I'm sorry if I'm getting off the subject. I'll cut it out, even though I have much more to say. Basically, I noticed the fullness in the ears and the spacey feeling seemed to worsen upon my re-entry into my dorms after break. (I'm a college student.) It could be from the stress of coming back to school, or it could be an allergic reaction. Who knows? I guess I should try to sum up this monstrosity of a post. Do any of you have allergies? Angel, have you heard of any studies linking allergies to ear/sinus problems and allergies? And do you have any specifics concerning the anxiety and sinus study? Thanks for reading this. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I guess I'll stop now before your retinas detach.
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I CAN TELL YALL THIS LAST YEAR WAS THE WORST I EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR HAD ALLIGERIES AND SINUS IN MY LIFE AND GUESS WHAT YES THE ANXIENTY SEEM TO BE THE WORST I HAVE EVER HAD TOO. I MUST HAVE WENT TO THE DOCTOR SIX SEVEN TIMES LAST YEAR WITH THIS SINUS STUFF. WELL AS THE SINUS FINALY GOT BETTER AND BETTER AFTER WHAT SEEMED LIKE A ENDLESS FIGHT CAUSE THE POLLEN WAS THE WORST EVER HERE IN TEXAS LAST YEAR FINALY GOT RID OF THAT STUFF AND GUESS WHAT THE BIG A. WENT ALMOST BACK DOWN TO NOTING AGAIN. I HAVE HAD THE BIG A FOR 20 YEARS AND ONLY THE FIRST YEAR OR SO I HAD IT WAS THE WORST AFTER THAT I LEARNED TO CONTROL IT WELL AND WAS FINE UP UNTILL LIKE I SAID LAST YEAR WHEN THE ALLIGERIES AND SINUS HERE IN TEXAS JUST NEARLY GOT OUT OF CONTROL FOR EVERY BODY WERE I LIVE.
MY OPINION I SURE DO BELIVE 100% ALLIGERIES AND SINUS HAVE A LOTTTTTTTTTTTT TO DO WITH ANXIENTY!!!!!!!!!
ONE OTHER THING I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION TO YALL AND THAT IS THIS. I TOOK CIPRO FOR THIS SINUS INFECTIONS AND THE ANXIENTY INCRESED 110% NEVER HAD IT SO BAD AS I DID LAST YEAR AND GUESS WHAT I WAS WATCHING A TV PROGRAM AND IT CAME ON THAT THEY HAD LINKED THE ANTIBOTIC CIPRO TO ANXIENTY ATTACKS!
SOMETHING TO BACK THIS UP MY BROTHER HAD SINUS HIS WORST LAST YEAR AND THIS GUY HAS NEVER EVER HAD A ANXIENTY ATTACK IN HIS LIFE AND DONT EVEN KNWO WHAT THEY ARE AND GUESS WHAT WELL HE WAS TAKEN CIPRO TOO AND ONE NIGHT HIS WIFE CALLED AND GUESS WHAT HE WAS HAVING A ANXIETY ATTACK FROM HELL HAD TO TAKE HIM TO THE ER ROOM BEFORE HE CALMED DOWN OF COURSE I KNEW EXCATLY WHAT IT WAS AFTER I FIGRUED OUT HIS SYMPTOMS BUT I NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO HIM ABOUT IT BEING ANXIENTY BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT HIM TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT STUFF AND GO TO SEARCHING IT UP ON THE NET CAUSE THEN HE WOULD GO TO THINKING ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME LIKE WE ALL KNOW AND BOOM HE MIGHT GET IT TOO SO TIME WENT ON AND HE IS FINE AS WINE NEVER HAD ANOTHER ONE BUT THE POINT TO ALL OF THIS IS HE WAS TAKEN CIPRO AT THE SAME TIME I WAS WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO HIM AND I KNOW FOR A FACT IT MADE MINE THE WORST IT HAD EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE BUT ITS ALL OVER NOW AND IAM FINE AND BACK TO NORMAL FOR THE MOST BUT JUST THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE THIS WITH YALL ABOUT THE ANTIBOTIC CIPRO!!!!!!
yes they are doing studies here in australia about anxiety and the ears i will look up the site and leave you the link to it
it is sooooooooo connected the ears and anxiety i find it common sense when you think about it
ears=balance.anxiety =im balance ear problems=body imbalance which causes more anxiety
Hi. I've had allergies all my life, and I started to have anxiety attacks in 1996. My ears are almost constantly blocked from the allergies. I have a lot of dizziness, but I had that previously just from the allergies. I have a book titled "The Allergy Self Help Book" by Sharon Faelten and the Editors of Prevention Magazine. It lists anxiety as a definite allergy symptom. It's easy to find used ones for sale on the Internet, but it's listed as out of print in the major book site. When I first began to have the anxiety attacks, I read this book and learned that an allergy to mold can easily bring on anxiety. I called a lab and asked about having mold testing done. I was able to speak directly with the doctor, who was very helpful. I described my many symptoms - weakness, rapid heartbeat, sometimes high blood pressure, dizziness, rapid breathing, full blown anxiety attacks. He said these are absolutely things that will happen from mold. My car was tested, and it had a ridicously high mold count. I got rid of that car! I still have attacks, but I do notice a difference when there's mold around - the attacks are much more frequent! For anyone who has allergies, I would definitely suggest considering this as a factor.
I just went through the yellow pages and called everyone listed under "Laboratories." This one was especially helpful over the phone, so I went with them. They gave me some petri dishes and Q-tips and told me to swipe any places that I suspected mold. The testing was about $40 or so. I think they charged according to how many petri plate samples I brought back. There were about three or four samples.
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Hi Angel, Are they saying ear trouble causes anxiety or anxiety causes ear trouble? I have ear ringing (usually my left ear) which seems to get worse after eating, with a small balance problem (small but drives me nuts) Also I was wondering about your head I get a funny sensation in my right temple, sometimes a burning feeling and sometimes a numbness, about six months ago it was actually larger then the other side, it felt like a fluid retention, but doc say muscle swelling. I was wondering if your was anything like this ? Thanks and good luck Bob
Ps getting anxiety attacks as well mostly in public and when I'm alone, some will driving
I am glad I found this site. I suffer from Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome and so the anxiety is really bad.
I have had ear problems since last October. My symptoms were a plugged feeling and also a noise in my right ear. I had been to see my ENT and he told me to use Sudafed. Well, when you have MVPS you should NOT use that. After going through a terrible 3 months or so, my family doctor put me on Zoloft. Unfortunately, it took forever to kick in.
Finally the Zoloft kicked in and I calmed down. But then my gyn put me on hormones. Well, that pushed me over and I quit taking them, then he put me on the pill. I had just started feeling better before he put me on the pill. Well, I can't take that and I am still trying to recover.
My right ear is blocked now and I have a noise in it. I know it is related to the anxiety. The blood vessels constrict and I think that is why the ears go wacky. I know that one of the symptoms of MVPS is tinnitus. Tinnitus can come and go too.
It is so nice to see others are suffering from this too.
By the way, I had an MRI done and 2 ENT's found NOTHING. So that is when my second ENT and my family doctor said it was anxiety.
These posts are so fascinating! Do you all suffer from motion sickness as well? We learned that my daughter's sinus problems also correlated with her anxiety. Some meds (for eg the CIPRO one person mentioned) you might be taking might increase your anxiety (it did for her so severely, she was almost hospitalized). Now she is taking nasal sprays ahead of the allergy curve to avoid the sinus/nausea problems she experiences in the fall. She also does saline flushes. I think I will pursue the anxiety connection further. Thanks for all your posts and PLEASE don't take meds without doing some independent research on them first for side-effects (don't just rely on what the doc tells you).
I am so gald I've just come across this page. I had never suffered with my sinuses until 2 yrs ago, when a week before I was getting married, I went to bed, and as I laid down, the world seemed to sink away from me....a very scary feeling. Anyway, eventually, the doc thought it was sinus related vertigo - ie my sinuses were really blocked and had pushed fluid into my inner ear. Hence the vertigo. A horrible sensation that stayed with me for a good long time, and truly hasn't fully cleared up yet. But on anxiety - I started to suffer with that a year ago, and am now pretty much on top of it naturally. But I still can definately notice that if I get the slightest bit nervous or stressed, any symptoms of the vertigo are made worse, until I calm down again, then they subside. Have (through my own trials) found that any dairy food has the effect of filling my head with lead! A very full heavy feeling. Also takeaway food, has the same effect. Have avoided those, and feel tons better. Also on the alternative side of things, have been treated with hopi ear candles which are fantastic for both anxiety and sinus, also taking echinacea drops, which help clear sinuses very well.
I know exactly what you're all talking about. I've had anxiety for many years, have gone to the doctor a few times over the years for it. Also have chronic sinusitis, and have learned that stress/anxiety can absolutely flare up sinus/allergy problems. Likewise, if you have increased sinus problems, that can create more stress. So, it's a cycle - and it can be very frustrating and sometimes, frightening, especially when the stress really kicks in and causes all kinds of additional symptoms.
I've had several sinus infections within the past year or so, treated with antibiotics, but they return. Take prescription decongestant/antihistamine products - sometimes they help, sometimes not. Had fluid in left ear, used drops, but it is stuffed up off and on. Most recently, have had longer-lasting headaches, a pulsing sort of sound in ears, and one of the worst symptoms is that weird head feeling that you mention - kind of spacey, pressure, feels as though if I look with my eyes one way, my head is going to go the other way - anyone know what I mean?? - feels like things are kind of moving; earlier, I walked to the back door of the car, leaned in to get a package and it felt like the car was moving for a second. Don't like any kind of unsteady feeling! And I find that it all affects my vision as well. Therefore, what happens is I stress over all these things, worry that it's something even worse, and then the worry and fear just enhance the symptoms . . . http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif
Just as a mention: I also clench my teeth (stress) and I've been doing research on that - read an article yesterday about what TMJ/clenching can do to the body and all the problems it can create, very interesting article that made a lot of sense. So, you all might consider whether that could be an issue. I also recently had a cervical x-ray and they said I have mild arthritis in my neck, and from my research, I've found that neck arthritis can create some of the very same symptoms as discussed here about sinuses.
I'm a person who reads and researches and that can be both good and bad - good, in that it can help you be informed and understand things better, but bad, in that, if you're an obsessive worrier type, you can find all sorts of things to worry even more about.
Hi friends......I want to tell you about a book called PHOBIA FREE....by Harold N. Levinson. This book will help you understand the connection between inner-ear dysfunction and panic attacks!!!!!!!!!!!! Most panic attacks and phobia's are related to an underlying physical disorder and NOT an emotional illness!!!! I have had an inner-ear virus that has caused mayhem in my life.......I also have eyesight trouble that is all connected to the inner-ear. I see a Neuroligist for the inner-ear damage and he treats me for this... Please------please go to the book store and just thumb thru the book you will see a book that addresses our common problem......Gina
I never really thought to much about my ears being part of the problem but more of one of many side effects of the anxiety.
In 1996 I had my wisdoms removed and the dentist put a hole in my sinus cavity causing all kinds of infections and I lost my sense of smell for about a year.YUCK! Since that day I have been plaqued with vertigo and extreme dizziness. I had never gotten a sinus infection before that, that I can recall but now I get them regularily.
How interesting maybe that was a trigger for me as well.