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    Old 07-21-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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    My Story - From ENT's to CT's

    Hi Everyone,

    This is my very first post and I apologize in advance for the novel.

    The day after Fourth of July I was right in the middle of moving when my right ear suddenly felt full. Sometimes this will happen for a brief number of seconds and then goes back to normal. This time it did not, but I went about my day.

    That evening, I slept at a friend's house (slight gassy smell), after cleaning the bathroom room (chemicals) and then slept on a brand new memory foam mattress (more chemicals).

    I awoke the next morning feeling dizzy, with a soar throat and a little numbness and fullness on the right side of my face and ear. I had a little blood in the mucus and felt completely weak. When I arrived at work, I felt awful, and had a little tingling in my right fingers. I went home for the day.

    Over the course of the next two days I slept on the floor, and couldn't take it anymore so I went to stay with my parents. In the meantime, I scheduled an appointment with my ENT. He cleaned out my ears, but the fullness feeling still prevailed, so he said it could be hearing loss or Eustachian tube issues. He prescribed 16 days worth of Prednisone and sent me on my way. I did not take the steroids after reading some horror stories about them and got through the weekend alright.

    The next week I had an Audiogram which seemed to show no significant hearing loss and normal pressure in my ears. I can pop my ears (takes a minute for them to open back up), but the fullness still remains. To her, the fullness was a mystery. She suggested to try a decongestant or antihistamine. So off to my trusty family doctor I went.

    He suspected one of two things: Eustachian tube dysfunction or a TMJ issue This was after I told him that I had been purposefully popping my jaw in a weird way on the right side right near my ear and can no longer pop it. I'd also been sleeping with my jaw rested on my fist for months, maybe years. However, I do not have any jaw or ear pain, just fullness and slight pressure. My right nasal passage closes up sometimes, especially at night, and I always wake up with my ear feeling full and strange.

    After all of this, why not try my dentist, right? He evaluated my jaw, but did not find too much out of the ordinary, but said there's always a chance that my jaw came off the joint a bit and that I would need to see a specialist to be sure. So, I have that appointment tomorrow.

    In the meantime, my family doctor has ordered a CT scan of my sinuses and facial bones, which I will schedule later in the week.

    Has anyone dealt with this? It's been well over two weeks now. I just want the fullness sensation to go away and get back to my life. It has consumed every minute of my day and has caused a flare of depression and anxiety. I feel like I'm running out of resources, and just losing hope.

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