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Old 06-02-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question Ear and Head fullness

Hi Everyone,
I hope someone can help me

Some background until recently (probably like a week ago) I have been taking claritin D 12 hour twice a day for sneezing and seasonal allergies etc.

Anyway at the end of March I got a horrible cold and at the end of it had pain in my ear and feeling like I wanted to tilt my head and have whatever was clogging my ear come out.
I went to an urgent clinic because I was going out of town (airplane) the next day and she gave me flonase and Ammoxicillin (I think that's what it was whatever you normally get for earaches) she also told me to get Afrin to use before the flight. She also told me not to use the Ammoxicillin unless the pain got worse

I used the nasal spray and affrin as directed and had no problem. The issues seemed to come back after the trip. Since then I have had this weird feeling of fullness in my ears and head (like i constantly want to hold my nose and blow to pop them) I went to the ENT who said they didn't see anything but gave me a script for flonase again. I thought it was making me dizzy so I stopped that and they prescribed me one without steroids. Also did not work in fact I felt worse so I decided to go off that and the claritin and see if that helped. And for a while it did but now it is back.

Instead of taking those I have been doing a sinus rinse daily. Anyone have suggestions on how to deal with this or what it could be. I could call the ENT again but I feel like i have a hard time explaining exactly how it feels. There is no pressure behind my eyes/face and my nose is not stuffy its all in my head and my ears. On and off I have a sore throat.


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Old 06-03-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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Re: Ear and Head fullness

Hi, has anyone mentioned Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to you? Your symptoms seem to dead-on match some of mine. There are MANY of us on here with this problem.

I have had ETD since a flight I took in December 2010 when I had a bad head cold and lots of congestion. I guess when I landed it caused barotrauma, blocked ears, and then a double ear infection. Things have not been the same since for me.

I will say that seeking out the very best care possible (which included flying to Boston in April to consult with one of the world's top experts in ETD), and then following the treatment plan recommended, has caused a dramatic decrease in symptoms. Mine apparently is caused by underlying conditions of allergy and TMJD, and treating those problems aggressively is helping a great deal, so that I can go days at a stretch with no problems. It's become much more livable, and I'm hopeful for an eventual complete recovery.

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Re: Ear and Head fullness

Sounds like my issue. It's not really my sinuses - it's my Eustachian tubes, and they've been bothering me all year long. My head feels like it's got cotton wool stuffed in it and I feel like I'm half deaf 24/7 except for the thirty seconds after I forcibly clear my ears, but I don't have any itch, runny nose etc. I'm also having a lot of trouble with my asthma. There's no point throwing any more antibiotics at it - I've had three Z-packs and a course of levaquin already. Each time I'm clear for a few days and back it comes. The levaquin cleared my head for a week. The doctor gave me nasonex but it doesn't seem to make any difference to my asthma OR my ears whether I take it or not. I'm thinking I need to try allergy meds even though I don't have any obvious allergy symptoms?
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