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Old 08-09-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction/Contact Lenses


I had sinusitis in September of 2011 that was so bad that it left my Eustachian Tube Swollen, according to my doctor. After the sinus infection cleared, my tube was left swollen and they had prescribed Flonase which I took for an extended amount of time and it didn't work at all. My doctor gave me 6 months of refills and I assumed that this medication would take 6 months to work, which was really stupid of me, but that's besides the point.

Then after, I saw another doctor (ENT Specialist) who had me try the Ottovent, if you aren't familiar, it is supposed to exercise pressure relief in your ear by using your nose to blow up a balloon. That didn't relieve my symptoms and my doctor had come to the conclusion that I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in my left ear.

The pressure in my ear at the time was making me feel unbalanced and I couldn't pop my left ear at all.

I finally came to the decision to get a tube placed in my ear, after months of fearing it. This past May, I had the tube placed in my ear and at first the pressure was much worse. This is probably because I just had a tube placed into my ear drum and there was pain also involved.

Now, three months later I am able to pop my ear by yawning, BUT my eustachian tube still feels pressure. I feel as if my ear isn't fully "popped" or perhaps the swelling in my Eustachian tube has not gone down. I try to plug my nose on multiple occasions and pop my ear and nothing.

Meanwhile, on top of this I have had growing issues with my contact lenses. For as long as I have been wearing contact lenses (which was while I've had Eustachian Tube Dysfunction) I have noticed blurriness in ONE EYE while wearing contact lenses. My guess is that since my Eustachian tube is plugged on one side, my right eye will be blurry. I had tried multiple different contact lenses to the point where my eye doctor is probably sick of having me in there.

I've tried allergy drops for eyes which have helped for some time, but at certain times they start to bother me extensively.

The Eustachian tube dysfunction has also gotten to the point where my body feels unbalanced at times like while I am driving. I've also started to get irritable and somewhat depressed and I think it all has to do with almost two straight years of ear problems.

My doctor said that the Sinus problems were likely due to allergies in the Fall. With Fall coming up so close, I don't know what to do about my contact lenses or my ear pressure. I have never been tested for allergies, but my ENT suggested that my allergies are probably things like Ragweed or plants that exist in the Fall.

Does anybody have any insight on this or anything I can do for some relief??
Please help, and thanks for reading.

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Old 09-18-2013, 01:18 AM   #2
Marie 67
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Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction/Contact Lenses

I must have the same issue as I had a sinus infection the end of June then an ear infection with fluid that would not drain away. I had to have amyringotomy two days ago. I have been having the off balance feeling, pressure in the ear, and decreased hearing ability. I'm scared to death that my ear will fill back up with fluid. Which would mean a tube being put in. If it continues I'm going to look into the eustachian tube dilation surgery that a couple of doctors are doing. It's a new surgery that some people have had success with.

Old 09-21-2013, 04:59 AM   #3
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Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction/Contact Lenses

I would like to ask you how is your hearing in the affected ear? I feel like I have lost at least 25% or more of my hearing ability in my ear since the infection and all the fluid.

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