there would be lots of info about these problems on the net
they can cause anxiety like problems and severe dizzyness
if you already suffer anxiety, it may be completely missed
also a buildup of wax in the ears is often missed, docs being too busy to have a look
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Good morning Wannabbetter. Glad to see your post, and I hope that I can give you some suggestions as to what you should do.
To begin with, I have never had anxiety/panic problems until I felt like I described in the other posts. The thing that got to me the most was the headfog feeling - it is hard to describe, as it is such an unusual feeling - a feeling that makes you feel that the world is around you, but you are not really part of it. Spacey, head feels soupy, etc, etc. Along with this, came neck problems, some dizziness, but I never get the spinning feeling. Off balanced. Sometimes I tremble a bit.For me it is worst in the morning, and better at night. Some days it is OK, other days it is terrible - frightening experience. I would get so upset when my head would get foggy, that I would become very anxious, panicky at times, etc.
I have had sinus problems since I was a teenager. It would come and go, but in someway always there.
Anyhow to get to your questions - go to your doctor and tell him that you believe that you have an inner ear disorder. If you have a history of sinuses, it could be a Eustachian Tube Blockage. These tubes control the air pressure in your ears. Plugged up sinuses can cause these tubes to become blocked, and all of the symptoms that you and I have listed are consistant to this blockage.
Request that your doctor orders a head x-ray to check your sinuses - to determine the amount sinus blockage you do have.
Have your doctor make you an appointment with an ENT. If it is the same where you are as me, there has to be a doctor's referral to see one, and if it the same as here, you will have to wait a long time. If you do have to wait a long time, determine if there is a physiotherapist near you that deals with inner ear disorders.
If you have had a history of sinuses, see if your doctor will give you a prescription to clear up the infection. That is start.
Also, try to take something that will clear sinuses, and/or allergies (allergies can block these tubes as well).
I have been taking Reactine Allergy - Sinus tablets from the local drug store. It seems to be helping.
One way to determine if you have plugged tubes is to plug your nose, close mouth, and blow gently - the pressure you generate may release the pressure (if there is any) that has built up in your ears. When I do this, it helps - and it sounds like an air hose near your ear. Try it a few times until that air hose noise goes away. My right ear clears a bit, but I have a real hard time clearing my left ear, that aches, and itches, lots of the time.
The physiotherapist that I seen, who confirmed the inner ear thing - guided me towards a web page, where people describe their symptoms of Inner ear disorder, and lots of personal info and symtoms and grief that people go thru when they have blocked Eustachian Tubes.
After reading the several pages of information, I felt much better and relieved to know that I was not alone with my feeling, fears, anxieties, etc.
Let me know if there is anything else that I can try to help you with. My heart goes out to you, cause if you have an inner ear thing going on, and it sure sounds like you might, I know exactly the terrible feelings that you get...especailly the associated anxiety and panic.
Hi Wannabbetter - just a question for you - do you have a sore neck and does it feel like you have joint problems in your neck...I do, ever since this inner ear thing kicked in....
See ya, Gary
When I had my first anxiety attack, I of course rushed to the ER where I was hooked up too and tested for everything possible. After ruling out any heart related problems, thyroid problems, and any other problems i could think of to explain it, they said I had Vertigo. (an inner ear disorder). I agreed with this for a while and had all the same symptoms as you all have listed..Including strangley enough the right eye thing... I would have an attack every time I left the house. I am now having 1 or 2 panic attacks a day, and am being treated for panic disorder. They never gave me anything to treat the inner ear thing, they only told me ways I could move my head to releave it. ???