Can GERD problems be related to the ears at all?

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   Posted 6/28/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
So I've had GERD for a couple years now. It sux. Anyway, I've been on Prilosec and lately Nexium and it seems to keep it under control. about 2 months ago the GERD started really getting bad. about the same time I had cleaned my ears with hydrogen peroxide, so I am wondering if the peroxide somehow dripped into my throat and aggravated the gerd, or just poking around in my ear aggravated it. There is a slight pain in my ear sometimes now and it feels like there is liquid in it. I am always popping it by moving my jaw too. It's been like this for about 2 months now. It isnt really too bad, just annoying. But my gerd has been horrific. Usually my gerd was triggered by food or something else, now it just burns all the time for no reason. I have cut down my diet drastically because of it. I asked my doctor, well physician's assistant, if my ear could somehow be related to my new gerd uprising. He didnt think so. I have an appointment for a GI specialist he referred me to anyway. Has anyone heard of any ear problems making gerd worse? thanks.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/28/2008 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you happen to have tubes in your ears, or excessive ear infections when you were younger? I have a similar problem with the jaw and the popping and it's because my eustachian tube never closes; this happened because when I had tubes in my ears when I was younger and they fell out, the ear drum didn't heal properly. This causes pretty much all the symptoms you described, but it's a condition that usually only an ENT can catch; my PCP missed it for almost ten years. This can affect weird things like sinus drainage and cause ear aches, popping of the jaw, pressure, the fluid feeling, etc.

I've never heard of ear problems affecting reflux though. I don't think peroxide would cause it to get worse but if you have an ulcer or something on your esophagus, it might have irritated it. But if it was such a small amount that you didn't even feel it or taste it then I doubt that's the case.

Seeing a GI doc is definitely your best bet. You may want to speak with an ENT as well, and see about the ear problem. If it's that the tube doesn't close there's not much that can be done; the only way to fix it is to put a tube back in the ear drum, according to my ENT. And since everything checks out in my ear, there's no reason to do that.
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