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Re: Eustachian tubes blocked; need advice

Re: Eustachian tubes blocked; need advice

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Posted by Wendy on March 31, 2000 at 15:58:53:

In Reply to: Eustachian tubes blocked; need advice posted by Michael Bures on March 30, 2000 at 16:46:10:

: Question: how does one unblock severely blocked eustachian tubes?

Dear Michael,

You are very fortunate to "unblock" one of your ears so quickly and easily. I have been suffering with this c@#% they call Eustchian Tube Dysfunction for about 8 months now. To my knowledge I have never heard of a "collapsed" eustachian tube, just a dysfunctional one. My reaseach seems to describe more of an imbalance in pressure from the outside air and the air on the inside of the ear. Your eustachian tube is normally always open. It closes periodically when you swallow, yawn and whatnot. When the eustachian tube doesn't work, the tube stays shut or almost swollen shut. This gives us the feeling of fullness in the ears. Gently popping your ears can allow airflow enough to equalize pressure. Appartantly your eustachian tubes are mucos-lined and is similar to sinus tissue, so it makes sense that when there is a cold or virus in there the tissue swells, causing the eustachian tubes not to open and close right. There is another condition that is similar in symptoms, but opposite in treatment. It's called a patulous eustachian tube, where the tube is open all the time. One of the main signs that your tubes are patulous is an echo feeling in your ears, maybe hearing yourself breathing, tinnitus was also mentioned, in addition to the pain and fullness. I have never heard of any permanent hearing loss with either condition. Remember: I am not a doctor, just a patient with some information.

Anyhow, you might want to try a cortisone nasal spray, i.e. Flonase, Nasacort. I also tried a steam humidifier in my room at night. However, I may be the guru on information on eustachian tubes, but I haven't had much success in acutally unblocking my own tubes.

My ears started feeling full and painful after a horrible upper respiratory infection and then I started to get dizzy along with the full ears and pain. Kind of like my head is not attached to the rest of my body sort of feeling. Horrible. Had to stop drinking beer and everything. Very sad. To make a long story short, I tried EVERYTHING, and nothing worked. So, last Tuesday I went and had a myringotomy done. They put small incisions in my eardurms in order to relieve pressure and allow airflow to the middle ear and the eustachian tube. Kind of like how they put tubes in children's ears, but without the tubes. The holes apparantly stay open for about two weeks. I can honestly say that the "holes" relieved the pressure, immediately. But I am still dizzy and I still have some discomfort in my ears. My doctor told me to give it 3-4 weeks to allow everything to heal and get back to normal. So we will see if I continue to get better here.

I would try all the medications they give you first and as a last resort, research having surgery. The procedure was quick and somewhat painless. (only hurt for a second) After 8 months of feeling yucky, I had no choice but to get the holes...

You might want to try sitting in a sauna on a regular basis. That seems to help me a lot. However GETTING to the sauna is the problem for me. I can run the hot water in the bathroom for so long before my water bills are through the roof.

I wish you luck and hope this goes away for you quickly. If you want to talk, e-mail me. I understand how frustrating it is.


Waiting for normal ears again,

Wendy


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