GERD and Fluid in ears?

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Summer23
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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/22/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is a bit of my background:
I have had ongoing dizziness for months now and my head is constantly cloudy. I feel so spaced out all day every day. I have seen Dr.s but they not only cost me a small fortune but proved to be useless in a diagnosis & treatment.

I have fluid in the ears which for some reason will not go away. The Dr's said they can see the fluid. I also get anxiety from this. Maybe I have got used to it which is not really a good thing.

I was told I had BPPV and did the epiley maneuvers which did nothing. Also from what I understand BPPV is not ongoing and only lasts a minute or less. Also you can see the fluid behind the eardrum. I also did the Dix-Hallpike test so BPPV is not the cause.
Meniere's Disease causes periodic bouts of dizziness so this was also not the cause.

I thought possibly allergies could be the problem (I had moved to the south so this was my first fall here). I have been taking Claritin D, nasal steroid sprays (nasonex). Still no luck.
Meclazine made me feel like a zombie so I stopped that.

I also have seriously bad heartburn/GERD (especially the last few months) so I've been taking Prilosec for a week. I have constant thick mucus draining down the back of my throat.

My question is : Can GERD cause fluid buildup in the ears and if so does anyone know what I can do to help? I would go to another Dr but my bank account is drained now and I have given up finding a Dr. that understands what I am going through.
Thanks for any help and advice!

bcfromfl
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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 12/22/2011 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear of your difficulties with dizziness!  I can get vertigo easily myself (NO amusement park rides!!), and know how miserable it can make you feel!
 
I'm not sure how much I can add that may help, other than to say that I had an ear wax problem before I realized I had reflux.  I didn't understand what was happening, and finally went to an ENT when I had lost hearing in one ear for two or three weeks.  They vacuumed out the wax, and everything was fine...but a year later when I went back with significant reflux symptoms, he looked at my chart and said that's why I had the wax buildup.  Sleeping flat allows the reflux to run up the eustachian tubes and cause irritation.
 
Having reflux requires us to be our own detectives, as doctors frequently are little help.  What I would suggest is to get one of those foam wedges for reflux (Bed Bath & Beyond sells them), and see if your fluid symptoms improve.  At any rate, it will reduce your other reflux symptoms by reducing your exposure.
 
I see you're taking a PPI, which is good.  But getting good results from your PPI may not, by itself, reduce your ear problems...if they are in fact due to reflux.  The reason is that PPIs only reduce acid, and not the non-acid components of reflux which can be almost as corrosive.  That's why sleeping on the wedge will help you diagnose your problem.
 
Best wishes!
 
-Bruce
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