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    Old 08-19-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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    Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

    I am a 63yo male in otherwise excellent health who has suffered from intermittent/moderate RT eustachian tube blockage (related to frequent air travel) for many years. Most recently, I have a middle ear infection resulting from a cold that has completely blocked my RT tube (profound hearing loss and profound tinnitus, some loss of balance). My GP prescribed a Z pack for the infection (he observed a 'great deal of fluid' behind the ear drum). Cold symptoms have resolved but ear is still completely blocked. I've tried all suggested remedies (valsava, afrin, antihistamine sprays) to no avail.
    I will arrange for a local ENT appointment , but I'm seeking some advice regarding a balloon dilation technique, first described by Dr Dennis Poe and used by Dr Brian Weeks. Should I opt for this or first pursue more conservative treatments, even perforation? I've read that eventually the liquid in the eustachian tube solidifies and/or the bones of the middle ear soften, so more conservative methods may risk permanent hearing loss.
    I would appreciate anyone's advice.

     
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    Old 09-03-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

    Have you tried NeilMed sinus rinse or a Neti pot? When I had persistent fluid (3 weeks), I cleared it immediately using the sinus rinse. I still have ETD, but the fluid behind my ear drums is gone.

     
    Old 09-04-2013, 07:23 AM   #3
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    Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

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    Have you tried NeilMed sinus rinse or a Neti pot? When I had persistent fluid (3 weeks), I cleared it immediately using the sinus rinse. I still have ETD, but the fluid behind my ear drums is gone.
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    Many thanks for your reply. I'm into my 4th week of this, and going mad! ENT drained it week 1, but fluid returned. I assume that NeilMed Sinus rinse and NETI pot are available in pharmacies? Thanks again

     
    Old 09-17-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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    Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

    I just had a myringotomy as well. Would you mind explaining to me why the fluid returns? I never had any problems like this until I had an ear infection. How did this happen to you? I'm wanting to know if the fluid will return and how long does it usually take to return? Does a tube solve this issue at least for a few months?

     
    Old 09-19-2013, 01:45 AM   #5
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    What happens when the fluid returns in the ear.? I think this is what has happened to me. What can the ent do next to alleviate the fluid?

     
    Old 09-20-2013, 02:55 AM   #6
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    I'm having same issues that you are. Have lost partial hearing in the affected ear. Feel pressure and off balance. It all started with me getting a sinus infection followed by an ear infection with fluid build up. Steroid sprays, antibiotics, have not helped. My ear is still blocked. Had myringotomy, felt ok for first day or two then symptoms returned. The fluid must have come back. Have to go back to ent. My eustachian tube must be totally blocked. I would like to find out more information on this surgery as well. What tests need to be done to find out if this is indeed the problem. If you get any info please pass it on.

     
    Old 10-03-2013, 12:11 PM   #7
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    Dear Epi9622,
    I read you were having the same ear problems that I am. I was just wondering if yours have been resolved ? Does your ear still feel blocked? How is your hearing now? How long did it take for your ear to heal after having this done? Why didn't your ent put a tube in? I was concerned about the fluid returning in my ear because the ent didn't put one in and I was wondering if that is common practice. Mine said because I didn't have glue ear that I didn't need one. Did your doctor give you a choice to have a tube or not? I don't really trust my ent's decision about the tube because if I need it then another hole will have to be cut into my eardrum and two holes in an eardrum seems like it would increase the chances of my eardrum not healing and sealing itself up. Your the only other person that I have read about on the boards that has had your ear drained like I have. I also have most of the same symptoms. I'm off balance, fluid accumulation, ear fullness, hearing loss. I cannot valsalva either. None of the steroid nasal sprays have done my ear any good. Did you ever get any information on the dilation surgery? I read that there are three ent's doing this but then someone told me they had it done in Chicago so there has to be more doing this procedure now. I didn't get the name of the Chicago doctor but I'm still trying. You said the fluid came back again. When did it return and did your doctor drain your ear again? I have a hearing test on Monday and I'm desperately trying to get as much information as I can before I have it. Doctor says if I have conductive hearing loss that I will need a tube for the ear. Nobody in my family understands what I am going thru and how it's driving me crazy. It's been over two weeks since the myringotomy and my ear still isn't hearing right. How long did it take for your ear to heal after it was drained? Anything else you can tell me would be appreciated. I am feeling very frightened about this problem and I cannot stop thinking about it.

     
    Old 10-03-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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    Dear Epi9622,
    I read you were having the same ear problems that I am. I was just wondering if yours have been resolved ? Does your ear still feel blocked? How is your hearing now? How long did it take for your ear to heal after having this done? Why didn't your ent put a tube in? I was concerned about the fluid returning in my ear because the ent didn't put one in and I was wondering if that is common practice. Mine said because I didn't have glue ear that I didn't need one. Did your doctor give you a choice to have a tube or not? I don't really trust my ent's decision about the tube because if I need it then another hole will have to be cut into my eardrum and two holes in an eardrum seems like it would increase the chances of my eardrum not healing and sealing itself up. Your the only other person that I have read about on the boards that has had your ear drained like I have. I also have most of the same symptoms. I'm off balance, fluid accumulation, ear fullness, hearing loss. I cannot valsalva either. None of the steroid nasal sprays have done my ear any good. Did you ever get any information on the dilation surgery? I read that there are three ent's doing this but then someone told me they had it done in Chicago so there has to be more doing this procedure now. I didn't get the name of the Chicago doctor but I'm still trying. You said the fluid came back again. When did it return and did your doctor drain your ear again? I have a hearing test on Monday and I'm desperately trying to get as much information as I can before I have it. Doctor says if I have conductive hearing loss that I will need a tube for the ear. Nobody in my family understands what I am going thru and how it's driving me crazy. It's been over two weeks since the myringotomy and my ear still isn't hearing right. How long did it take for your ear to heal after it was drained? Anything else you can tell me would be appreciated. I am feeling very frightened about this problem and I cannot stop thinking about it.

     
    Old 04-07-2015, 08:34 PM   #9
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    Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

    Not sure if anyone is still watching this thread, but I am having similar issues and hoping someone can help me out? I'd appreciate it.

     
    Old 04-14-2015, 07:45 PM   #10
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    Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

    As others said, the neil med sinus rinse is a good thing to try. I posted this in allergies, but I have had good luck with adding a budesonide compound to the neil med rinse it's a bit of cortisteroid. The local walgreens compounds this solution overnight for me. It opened up my nasal passages that allows drainage, which then stops some ear ringing that I sometime have. If you google budesonide and washington university some info on their medical trial comes up. Maybe go see a sinus specialist and bring up budesonide if the other suggestions don't work. By the way, like it says on the neil med box ,sometimes doing a supersaturated solution with 2-3 salt packs sometimes will help clear some junk out.

    Also, if you have allergy symptoms, I have noticed on some posts that xyzal-antihistamine- may better with helping with inner ear issues and ear ringing.

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    Old 04-14-2015, 11:08 PM   #11
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    As others said, the neil med sinus rinse is a good thing to try. I posted this in allergies, but I have had good luck with adding a budesonide compound to the neil med rinse it's a bit of cortisteroid. The local walgreens compounds this solution overnight for me. It opened up my nasal passages that allows drainage, which then stops some ear ringing that I sometime have. If you google budesonide and washington university some info on their medical trial comes up. Maybe go see a sinus specialist and bring up budesonide if the other suggestions don't work. By the way, like it says on the neil med box ,sometimes doing a supersaturated solution with 2-3 salt packs sometimes will help clear some junk out.

    Also, if you have allergy symptoms, I have noticed on some posts that xyzal-antihistamine- may better with helping with inner ear issues and ear ringing.
    Thank you for replying, I appreciate the response and all the suggestions. I am currently just taking Zyrtec and some prescription nasal sprays. Have you heard of anyone trying the balloon dilation, or having any success with it?

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    Old 04-15-2015, 09:36 AM   #12
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    Thank you for replying, I appreciate the response and all the suggestions. I am currently just taking Zyrtec and some prescription nasal sprays. Have you hef anyone trying the balloon dilation, or having any success with it?
    I think that seems to be popular surgical type approach in the last four years. I know that if the budesonide had not worked the surgeon that I saw thought another approach was to shave some of the tissue in the upper nose area that is succesful also. I cannot remember the anatomy term I think turboinates or something like that. It was this thing that looks a bit like an onion bulb up in your nose. Checking around for a good surgeon in the ear nose and throat area is a good way to go. I saw Hunter Hoover in Charlotte who is really good, but it sounds like your up closer to Chicago. Maybe see your family doctor or allergy doctor and see if they have good recommendation on sinus surgeon who is not knife happy.

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