Re: Should I fly with all these ear problems?
With my TMJD, my original symptom was an ear that was "stuffy" and wouldn't pop. In fact, it didn't actually pop for about a full year. I then developed muscle spasms that felt like intense ear infections.
I'm not sure what is right or wrong, but I flew multiple times during the year my ear was stuffy without any problems. I also live in a high altitude area and some daytrips result in changes in altitude enough that it warrents my ears poping. While it can be uncomfortable, it really wasn't too bad, just disconcerting. I didn't do anything special for my travels.
I'd recommend if you are really concerned, visit an ENT. They are best suited to give you some advice. In fact, my ENT helped in part of my TMJD treatment by prescribing some low dose muscle relaxers to help during the periods my muscles were spasming at their worst so I could get a bit of sleep. The ear pain can really keep a person awake.
Have you tried seeing a massage therapist or physical therapist yet? If they have the proper training, they can help loosen up your muscles and do trigger point releases to help with your ear problems as part of your TMJD treatment.
What treatments have you tried for your TMJD?
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement, Plantar Fasciitis, DeQuervains, Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome