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Old 05-18-2001, 03:05 AM   #1
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fullness in ear-popping no help-pls help

dear all
a little bit of history which may be connect ed to recent problems- i had a ear infection a couple of years ago - which was accentuated by flying(i use to fly regularly for work)- after one occassion flying with a bad cold, i had terrible tinnitus - this is when it all started - the cold went in time - the tinnitus got bad, improved , up and down for a few months-during those few months, was on antibiotics from gp who said it was a ear infection, when the tinnitus did not go away after a few months, referred to ent specialist who did various hearing test etc, but nothing wrong apparently - since then - ie 2 years later, the tinnitus is on and off, but never too bad, and last for say 3-4 minutes at a time- however in the last few weeks, i have been getting 'fullness' in my left ear,which does not go away when i try to pop my ears by the 'nose-squezzing' method or swallowing method but does help when i drink water and swallow - the fullness has been increasing- a few times a day now- and sometimes when i get up too fast from sitting down a long while, there is some disorentation- pls help, is it meniures? or a eustachian tube problem? any advice/suggestions gladly embraced
sam cohen

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Old 05-19-2001, 03:09 PM   #2
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Re: fullness in ear-popping no help-pls help

I have that same problem. For me it goes away and comes back for a few days. I was recently dx with ALLERGIES!!!!!! Maybe see an allergies! Cause I was prescribed things for that problem, allergies shots and I also take Nasonex and it helps to unblock my ears! Rememeber everything is all connected, Ear, Nose and Troath!
I take a decongestand when I get the fullness in the ears. Some thing like Dimatapp!
Good Luck!

Old 06-22-2001, 08:08 PM   #3
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Re: fullness in ear-popping no help-pls help

Could be Meniere's, but if you've seen an ENT they should have been able to diag. that. You may want to revist the ENT. If it is Meniere's, cutting down on your salt intake may help, but I'd suggest going to the doc as well. Meniere's does have symptoms similar to those you describe, but so do several other forms of 'ear problems'.

Old 06-25-2001, 04:35 PM   #4
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Re: fullness in ear-popping no help-pls help

You may consider seeing either an OTOLOGIST or NEURO-OTOLOGIST. I saw an Otologist first, who sent me to the Neuro-otologist. These Specialists can be difficult to locate, unless you are lucky enough to live in a large metropolitan area. (I had to trave to the neighboring state of Colorado, to the Denver area to see the ONLY Neuro-otologist in the state.)
I had seen probably 10-12 ENT's, with absolutely no help. Within minutes of my first appointment, my neuro-otologist had diagnosed my problems! That very afternoon, she had me started on appropriate therapies (vestibular rehabilitation sessions for the dizziness, balance proplems, & wooziness if I moved my head or looked in certain directions to quickly along with medication to aleviate the popping & ringing noises, which I heard constantly) Unfortunately, no doctor can in any way guarantee that they can remove all noise problems in your ears. But, you can be taught how to cope with & eventually mostly ignor the decreassed noises you may be left with. Good luck -- I know it is frustrating, but hang in there, it took me almost a year after my symptoms began to find my neuro-otologist, but within a very short time, I was seeing great progress & today, my balance problems are almost completely gone & I don't hear any poping noises, unless I "listen" for them & the ringing only happens for very short periods (maybe 30 to 75 secons) approximately 10 times a week, so that is a huge improvement for me. I wish you the very best of luck, please let me know if you got help. ([email protected])

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