Inner Ear- need to know your experiences

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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am slowly but slowly recovering from the massive health challenge that robbed me of the entire month of august and still hangs on. It was a combination of sinusitis, a really bad flare, bronchitis, and inner ear. I have never had inner ear issues, and know nothing about them. I am having problems with dizziness, nauseau, lack of balance, and an enormous ringing in my ears! Not only can I hear my heartbeat in my ears, I can not hear much of anything else. Anything in a lower vocal or other sound range is missed, I keep asking "what?" to everyone. If anyone murmurs, all I get is a vague vibration. This ringing, when I really concentrate on it, seems to be in a rythym of 3s, as in the banging of a dinner "bell" triangle like my grandparents had at their farm. Its a high pitch and feels like its coming from the top of my head  :)
Ane information you can give me will be helpful. I have done some reading but need personal experiences. Thank you for your help and I hope everyone is having a good day and is pain free.
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that sounds awful. Have you seen a doctor? You might be at the point where you need an antibiotic.

I once had a double ear infection in combination with strep throat. Talk about misery!!! Everything sounded like I was under water, and I couldn't tell what direction sounds were coming from. I've also had times when a bad sinus infection led to pressure in the inner ear causing dizziness and nausea.

It can help to use moist heat on the ears. A sinus rinse can help relieve a lot pressure too... gross to do, but really helpful. Other than that, Sudafed - the real stuff you have to get at the pharmacy counter - an expectorant (Guafenesin) to loosen congestion and Tylenol for pain.

I hope you feel better soon. It really stinks being so sick for so long. These viruses just really hang on for a long time.
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   Posted 9/17/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I developed Meniere's disease about a month after I had a serious upper resp. infection that went to my sinuses and ears.  It took me about a year (and several doctors) to finally get diagnosed.
Your problems could resolve on their own, of course, but if they don't, an ENT would be a good place to start.
I have episodes of vertigo, ringing in my ears, "fullness" (it sometimes seems like someone puts their hand over my ear) and some hearing loss.  I also have residual balance problems.  I'm extremely sensitive to visual stimuli, loud noises, or quick changes in head position (looking up, for example).  I've learned some coping skills to manage a lot of the balance/visual problems.  I'm really careful about how I move, what I look at, etc.
My ENT initially had me on benadryl, valium, and a diuretic. Benadryl and valium are both inner ear stabilizers. For a while, I was taking a small dose of both at night; now I just take them as needed.  I no longer take the diuretic because it was making me feel horrible.
If your symptoms continue, it probably is worth seeing your doctor because there really are treatments that can help, from medications to vestibular therapy.
I hope you feel better soon.  I know how completely miserable it can be to feel that way.
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   Posted 9/17/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I had alot of ear problems after I had the flu, pneumonia, ear infections, lots of antibiotics. I had fluid in my ear once, but thankfully, it cleared up on its own.
You should see an ENT. Sounds like you might have some fluid in there.
How old are you? When I started through perimenopause, I had alot of ear problems. I think some of us have smaller/narrower Eustachian tubes that get clogged up more easily.
After I had 2 sinus surgeries, the ENT doc suggested making my own nasal spray and using it several times a day. That actually helped my ears alot.
The last ENT I saw for dizziness, recommended "Polnaris". Its an herbal solution to use as nose drops and can clear out your sinuses. It was a little too fragrant for me.
Whenever I would start to feel like my eustachian tube was closing up, I would decrease salt intake, increase water intake, and massage around my ear alot.
Have you tried mucinex and sudafed? That combo is good for clearing up ear congestion. But you have to remember to drink alot of water.
I think you really should see an ENT though.
Good luck. You have my sympathies. I absolutely HATE it when I can't hear right!

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   Posted 9/17/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I've had ear problems my whole life. My ear canals are tiny and when younger, I always had infections, etc. I was hospitalized years ago with the same problem you are having now. Every time my heart beat I could hear it & my head throbbed every time. It was a combination of Sinus infection, migraine, & stress. (so the docs said)

Since you say you are recovering from the previous month, it could be an infection still hanging on that never cleared up. I would see an ENT soon as the others said. There are different things that will help with the ringing, hearing your heart beat, & other problems. Hopefully he can get it cleared up for you. Just don't put it off, thinking it will get better because it may get worse!

I hope you find relief soon, I can imagine how miserable you must feel. Good luck & warm hugs!


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