Ear pain/ringing/pressure

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phixgrrrl
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   Posted 1/8/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Well not necissarily pain but ringing (a steady tone) on and off (tinnitus?)...I've had this for quite a while but more often now.
When I hear loud noises or make a loud noise, or even medium-loud, my inner ear feels like it "closes up", like it's trying to block the noise. Maybe some bones or liquid is moving around? It's very hard to describe. This happens all the time.
I hear my heartbeat in my ears sometimes, esp after getting up after sitting down (blood pressure change?) and after doing any movements (walking, going up stairs).

My doc, a while ago when I brought it up, said it might be some inner ear thing but I don't think he did testing b/c I have no insurance.

Anyone have all this stuff?

phixgrrrl
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   Posted 2/11/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
It's gotten worse the past week, especially my left ear. It happens when I laugh...guess that causes some pressure in the ears. I can hear my blood rushing inside my ear. Something is up!

Post Edited (phixgrrrl) : 2/11/2008 3:08:14 PM (GMT-7)


sjkly
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   Posted 2/11/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
tinnitus can be a sign of toxic drug levels-you did not mention what meds your on but you might want to look at the patient information sheets and see if any of them mention tinnitus.
The other thing is that some people just have it for no reason and there is generally not much that can be done about it.

phixgrrrl
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   Posted 2/11/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on 30 mg of Prozac/day (for 16 years) and .125 Xanax (16 yrs); also Prevacid for about 2 years. The fullness and clogginess is bothering me most now. I feel like someone needs to pry my head open and scrape some crap out of my ear canals.

Mochiah
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   Posted 2/12/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
phixgrrrl- in putting this post and your other post about coughing together....your ears have a direct drainage through to the back of your throat (eustachian tubes), so this could be what you are coughing up???
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.


TexasJen
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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
You'll probably need to try a decongestant medication to help clear that fluid out of your inner ear. Mucinex is one over-the-counter medication I can think of that should help. Another option would be the Robitussin cough syrup with an expectorant. This stuff thins out mucous and helps it to drain faster. I get the same thing with allergies in the spring and fall, and as long as I religiously take claritin and zyrtec every day, I have no backed up ears or sinus infections. As usual, check with your doctor or pharmacist to make certain these meds aren't contraindicated with anything else you're currently taking. My mom can't take decongestants any longer because of her high blood pressure meds. Poor thing - she's suffered with sinus problems as long as I can remember, and it's tough to keep those at bay now.
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, a couple of cervical discs, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but still alive and living with my husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, 1 quaker parrot and 2 gold fish. 


Mochiah
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   Posted 2/12/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Jen- there is one that can be taken with high blood pressure, I cannot remember the name but it is an over-the-counter medication and in the ad it says "it's the only one with a heart on the box."
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.


phixgrrrl
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   Posted 2/13/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Well my doc said one time that something in my ear might be touching an artery or something, making it so I hear my heartbeat and rushing blood so often. And I don't feel congested, just a full feeling. It's hard to explain I guess. I have been put on meds like that and they never helped. It's mainly in my inner ears and not my whole head.

Mochiah: you're saying something is draining from my ears and I'm coughing it up? I have post nasal drip and I clear my throat b/c of it. But when I cough stuff up, it comes from way down; like you know when you breathe and you're sick, and your lungs make a sound b/c of the crap in them? It's like that but it's not pronounced.
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