Re: Sinus/eustacian tube blockage
Re: Sinus/eustacian tube blockage
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Posted by Patty
on October 27, 2000 at 02:49:40:
In Reply to: Sinus/eustacian tube blockage posted by tiffane leigh on October 23, 2000 at 20:04:45:
: Hello all,
: I am greatful that I found this site I am hoping that my story will help someone and maybe someone can help me as well. I first had a problem with fluid in my ear when I was 2 months pregnant ( feb 2000). I sat down fast one day and thought I was going to pass out. The next day I had sharp pains in my ear. I went to the doctor and was told that I my ear drum was dull and that indicated fluid behind my ear drum. I was given an antibiotic. I was told that I am not allowed to take a decongestant due to a heart condition that I have called atrial fibrillation. So I was told to let the infection run its course. The pain went away and I never thought about it again until July 2000. I was walking in the store alone with my toddler and all of a sudden I felt like I was going to fall flat on the floor. It came on so suddenly. I am greatful that I made it home safely. Being 5 months pregnant at the time, doctors thought it was blood pressure or blood sugar problems. It was neither. I was also told that maybe I had migranes. I went to a chiropractor, who moved one of my bones under my right ear and I almost passed out and my ear felt really full of fluid. The chiropractor tried to tell me that i was dizzy from the bone being out of place, but after I thought about it I realized that i must have fluid in my ear.After 1 week of dizzyness and confinement to my home, I went to the ER. I was told that I had a sinus infection and both my ear drums were dull, which meant more fluid behind both my ears. Again, I was unable to take a decongestant. I was told to let it run its course and that an antibiotic would not work. So I went home very discouraged. A week later, I had a choking sensation, my throat/ glands hurt and I had some thick fluid running down the back of my throat. I was told I still had fluid behind my ears and sinusitus as well as pharyngitus. I was put on an antibiotic and from then on was on 3 different antibiotics in a month. I spoke with many doctors and was told that during pregnancy hormones make your ligaments stretch, and that my ligaments in my neck might have stretched which made less room for my eustacian tubes to drain. So when I got an infection it couldnt clean itself out like it normally would. Well 3 days after I had my baby, I started with the dizzy spells, fullness and itching in my ear, sinus headaches, ear popping and crackling. I have been on another antibiotic and tomorrow is my last day on it. I am still having severe symptoms. I have not driven anywhere since july and am unable to stay home alone to care for my newborn and toddler. Here is a list of all the "remedies" that I have tried:
: * a straw in the ear and use a blow dryer to blow air through the straw into the ear drum
: * blowing up ballons
: *chewing gum
: *holding my nose and blowing
: *inhaleing warm salt water
: *non medicated saline
: *heat applied to sinuses
: * warm olive oil and cotton ball in ear
: *vicks vapor rub
: I am sure there is more but you get the idea. Some of these things help temporarily. When I "pop" my ears I get drainage in the back of my throat and when my ears feel "full" if I swallow a couple times really hard i can clear my ear(s) and feel the drainage.
: I am wondering if any one else has had these problems I am not one who likes to go to the doctors and I dont have time to go to an ENT doctor and get tubes put in or any nonsense like that. My life has been greatly impaired, we have used almost all our savings since i had to quit my job and my husband had to take a leave of absence, unpaid. I want to enjoy my newborn and not be affraid that I am going to drop her because I am dizzy. If anyone knows of ANYTHING that might help I will try it. If anyone wants to chat about the same problem you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My next approach is homeopathic remedies. I have an appointment tomorrow, I will post the information that I find out tomorrow. Thanks for taking the time to read my story.
I know you say you have no time to see an ENT and have tubes put in but it is worth the time. I have the same problems and had tube put in my ears about 6 months ago. The surgery took about 30 min. from start to finish and I was out of the hospital in a half a day. As far as recooperation time. I didn't have pain that required anything more than an asprin for the first day. The doc also suggested having my adnoids taken out which pleases my husband to the hill because I no longer snore. Hope this helps.