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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/3/2006 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  I have read comments from some of you stating that you believe there is a connection between GERD and your sinus/ear infections.  I, too, strongly believe there is a connection.  Do any of you notice sometimes if your ears seem to become full of fluid after eating?  I am going to a new allergy doctor tomorrow afternoon and intend on asking him.  He will probably look at me as if I am crazy and say no way!  I am so happy that I found this site.  You know, they say misery loves company!
My chronic ear infections also cause dizziness and balance problems.   Anyway, if any of you can relate to this, I sure would appreciate a reply.  Wish you all better health! 

tyler's granny
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   Posted 4/4/2006 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi lonestarchic
 I can realate to what you just wrote.I too have had problems with fluid in my ears and never thought it might be connected with gerd I get real dizziness and the nausea is awful i also have problem with balance.I have been to a nuro and also had many test done,do you also get bad headaches as i do .my pcp doctor told me all this was due to the fluid in my ear it is only my left ear.he did give me flonase to try but didnt do much good perhaps i didnt try it long enough,he also gave me meclizine to take and i only took it twice and stop as it made me feel so space out.
I wish you luck with your doctor appointment and please let me know how you make out as i would very much like to know if this good be due to the gerd.

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   Posted 4/5/2006 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I think our bodies are so complex, that it's sometimes hard to tell cause and effect. When I started through menopause, I needed 2 sinus surgeries, had ear infections, eustachian tube problems, etc. I sometimes think that our sinuses are our first-line defense for many things, and when they get sick, it tells us that something is off with our entire systems.
I'm wondering if whatever is "off", affects our GI tracts too, and leads to GERD.....rather than GERD causing the sinus/ear problems.

I think life is a little more complicated for us females. I think we totally underestimate the impact our hormones have on every system in our bodies.
Whenever I feel a big hormonal fluctuation, my sinuses and ears act up, and my IBS and GERD get worse.

Did you know that we have a microscopic sodium pump in our ears? That's what my ENT told me. My ears many times get full after eating too much salt. And it makes me dizzy too. Try to avoid heavy doses of salt and drink lots of water.
Recently, I had one eustachian tube close off, which drove me nuts. I took guaifenesin (Mucinex), 2-3 times and day, and it slowly opened back up again. Our eustachian tubes take quite a while to clear themselves of mucous, if they get full of it. The guaifenesin did wonders for my plugged up eustachian tube. I needed to take it for about 2 months, and my ear is finally normal again.
I think if I had constant ear problems, I would try an accupuncturist or accupressurist.

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 4/5/2006 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm male and I also have problems with my ears. I assumed it was from allergies but I've begun to wonder since reading the prior threads awhile back. I used a lot of liquid guaifenesin and I've begun to suspect it bothers my acid reflux. I started taking the Mucinex tablets. They seem to be more effective!

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 4/7/2006 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   


I have a problem with my left ear.  I have had inner ear infections in it but not always.  I also have fluid in that ear.  My ear will throb.  Thought it could be TMJ which I have but went to a Surgeon & he took XRay's of my jaws & they were ok.  He said it was my Fibromyalgia. 

When I go outdoors I put cotton in that ear, can't have any breeze get in it at all.  I also have Nausua & balance problems.


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   Posted 4/8/2006 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Deb,
That's a real bummer about your ear. Is your ear really painful? What has an ENT had to say about it?

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 4/9/2006 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it's painful off & on. I went to a ENT a few yrs. ago, they checked me out said I didn't have any hearing lost. They said it was probabley TMJ.

Thank you for responsing.


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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/10/2006 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah   Mucinex works miracles on plugged ears!!!! Had a tympanogram because ears were 100%plugged and could not hear. The ENT recommended Mucinex 2 am/ 2 pm. By the time of the appt. with him, both ears were totally cleared (2 1/2 weeks). Next stop....allergist. sad

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/4/2006 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having a horrible time with fluid in my ear I can hardly bare it. I have had this problem off and on for several years. It started again last week and I can get no relief. Have been taking antihistimines but no relief. The doctor gave me mucinex a couple of years ago for chest congestion is this the same mucinex you are talking about? I need some relief soon this is so awful. Please reply soon. thanks.

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 12/4/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Try to avoid common allergens, or limit them. Any milk products are pretty bad, soy is another common one. You should avoid sugar since it makes it worse. Try the water cure therapy If you consume too much salt with your food you will have to only drink water so avoid eating large amount of salt with your food. Meditation is a good way to get rid of the cause. I recommend you try falungong or you can go here you will have to follow instructions. You may not believe in spiritual healing but it does work if you follow directions.

Make sure chew you food well, it is recommended 50 to 100 times per mouthful. I don't chew that much but I try to do 50 if I can. Here is a link telling you why, chewing raises your body PH, lower the PH more chances of getting infections, illness etc.
Go for a walk outside even during the winter, air will kill bacteria or infections, it is best during sunlight hours, avoid sunglasses. In the warm months make sure to get some sun exposure. Sunlight kills bacteria also. And last of all you should try skin brushing if you feel the need to, you can get one at the health food store pretty cheap.

In anycase just the water cure should work also but the meditation or spiritual healing with will provide relief faster.

Good luck everyone

Post Edited (MikeK) : 12/4/2007 11:09:32 AM (GMT-7)

grace 14
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/8/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have problems with waxbuildup in both ears and I have been lately having pain by my bronchus tubes does anyone know if this could be connected or if its serious? please respond

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   Posted 7/6/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
This is how I sucessfully UNblocked both Eustachian tubes.
Mine started with a virus, which ran its course, but left me with a slight sinus infection, blocked eustachian tubes on both sides, and an ear infection in the inner ear on the left side.  Wax had nothing to do with it as my ears were completely clear of wax.  My right ear had no ear infection, but was also clogged in the inner ear.
So I went to the doctor and took the antibiotic called Augmentin.  After 10 days on that, my right ear would still only clear half way, and the left was the same.  Each morning I would wake up with both ears completely clogged, and it would take awhile for gravity to clear the right ear half way.  At the end of another week, my ears still completely filled up every night and I was sleeping sitting upright with minimal sucess.  The only thing that seemed to make any difference was to constantly swallow, and hot humid weather.  That combination helped me open my left ear slightly so that I could hear better for periods of time, but it never lasted for long. 
After 3 weeks in total of blocked ears, and attempting to steam, and use hot compresses on my sinuses, with very little sucess, and very little mucous coming out, I returned to the doctor.  She said that my left ear still had a bit of an infection, and my left ear drum was actually sucked into a downward depression from the vacuum in the inner ear below it.  Below the eardrum she could see brown fluid.  She said that she was grasping at straws at this point, gave me an Rx for another antibiotic - should I need it, gave me an Rx for a steroid nasal spray - should I need it, and gave me a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.
At this point I had exactly 10 days left before I was due to fly to Jamaica for a vacation and I was desparate, so I decided it was time to tap of my available resources, and "bring in the big guns."
I left the doctors office, and called the chiropractor that I usually go to and saw her that same day (Monday) and the next day (Tuesday).  She focused on my upper neck, saying that if the the top vertebrae are out of alignment, they can block the nerves that communicate with the sinus passages. As I drove out of her parking lot, my left ear popped and I could hear out of it for the first time in 3 weeks.  I sensed that it was still half full, but at least it was better than it was.  It stayed open for the rest of the day until I went to sleep and stopped swallowing.
I called a 5th generation Chinese acupunturist that my girlfriend swears by and went to him that same Monday, and on Wednesday morning.  During the 1st session with him, I felt my right ear completely drain for the first time in weeks.  It stayed that way until I went to sleep and stopped swallowing.
I went to the health foods store and spoke to the top advisor there.  He recommended 10,000 units of Vitamin C per day.  He also recommended a super-supplement made from mother's milk colostrum, called 4Life Transfer Factory, which is for moments when you need super immunity boosting.  I took 6 to 8 per day.  He also recommended Soverign Silver Hydrosol - to be dropped into my mouth and held at the back of my throat for several minutes - to fight infection.  I suggested dropping it into my nose as well, but I never got that far.
4. On Wednesday, after seeing the both Chriopractor and Acupuncturist for a 2nd time, and taking my super-supplements over a 24 hour period, I went to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist.  At this point, my ears still filled up halfway overnight, but as long as I didn't try to blow my nose, or suck the mucus back up into my throat by sniffing, and I simply concentrated on swallowing, gravity would take its course and empty both ears out within an hour or less.
At 2:30 pm, the ENT looked in my ears and announced, "Your ears are clear, I can't see anything."
So, I never used the Rx for the antibiotic, or the steroid nasal spray.  But she did suggest that, 30 minutes before I fly, I might want to use over-the-country Afrin and squirt it up my nose just to open things up really wide for the flight.
5.  But I still had the mucus that would collect overnight and drain back down in the morning. The ENT said I could use the steroid nasal spray for that if I chose to.  Instead, I went back to the Health Food Store.  I was told to continue taking the super-supplements, particularly the Vitamin C.  And I was also told to try an herbal extract that is highly beneficial for the sinuses.  EYEBRIGHT NETTLE by HERB PHARM is the name of it.  So, I drank one dropperful of it in orange juice in the afternoon, and a 2nd dropperful of it in OJ just before I went to bed.
And in the middle of the night, I realized that I could lie down flat for the first time in weeks, and my ears didn't fill up.  When I woke up in the morning, my sinuses and ears felt more open than they had in weeks. 
On the other hand, the mucus had drained down into my upper chest and I now had a high chest cough.  So, I've been continuing the super-supplements, and also continuing the herbal drops, and it seems to be helping with that too.  I guess this would also be a good time to go back to inhaling steam.
So, we're off on our vacation soon.  I will still use Afrin for the flight though, as the ENT suggested.  Just to give me that extra boost for the flight.  The ENT did say that I had allergies, when she examined my nasal cavities with a scope.  I think it's only because my immune system has been low recently, and so I am more susceptible at the moment, because I don't usually have a seasonal problem.  But it does mean my nasal membranes may be a bit swollen, so I think the Afrin will help with that for the flight.  She said it would help to even out the pressure.

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Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 8/31/2011 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi:  All I know is that yesterday, I had nausea for 15 hours, meds don't help it, and the pain and pressure in my head, along with water in the ear was enough to make me go beserk!  I read an article about estrogen and this problem.  I am menopausal and I am wondering if low estrogen accounts for this.  I have never suffered with this problem prior but since I began this change of life, I constantly have to deal with this.  I also read about estrogen drops for the ears???   I have used water pills, steroid sprays, allergy sprays, and the only thing that helped was 12 Afrin.    The problem is that it can't be used for more than 3 days, because of rebound.   I will ask my ENT tomorrow...

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 9/13/2011 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
hey everyone
I have trouble with my ears plugging and draining when I lay down. All night long they drain and get plugged in both ears and they drain throughout the night but when I stand up they pop...what does it mean? why would they drain like that?
42 year old female diagnosed with Crohn's disease 12 years ago, progression in disease in past couple years, only taking amitriptyline currently, in past have taken prednisone and pentasa, lots of kidney stones the way...GO BOSTON BRUINS!!!!

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   Posted 9/17/2011 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi momsmokie
When you say you used musinex, which one was it?
42 year old female diagnosed with Crohn's disease 12 years ago, progression in disease in past couple years, only taking amitriptyline currently, in past have taken prednisone and pentasa, lots of kidney stones the way...GO BOSTON BRUINS!!!!

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 11/25/2011 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, i recentlly just had an upper respoatry tract infection n was on 2 differnet types of antobotics 4 that, and well i was taking those antobotics my ears were bugging me n that antobotics werent helping my ears, so i went bck 2 docs a couple diff times and they all sent me home,(the last 1 just sent me home n said i had fluid in my ears and it would drain its self) but that was about 4 weeks ago, so im not quite sure if i should go bck n try 2 get another anotbotic n hopefully the doc knws what hes talking about or should i just wait it out??cause its annoying n painfull, hehe.

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   Posted 11/25/2011 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having horrible ear symptoms that have slowly escalated over the past 2 years or so. Pain, pain and more pain, sore jawbone, sore sinuses, off balance, dizziness, pain in the head around the ear and eye. I do wonder if this has a GERD connection...oh if only someone could find a solution to this torment!

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   Posted 11/25/2011 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
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