Ringing in ears and gerd getting worse...connection?

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   Posted Yesterday 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I know everyone has ringing in their ears sometimes (which isnt really "ringing" but a steady high tone that disrupts hearing a little, then fades out), as I do at times, but ever since my GERD has gotten worse (w/in the past week), I have had ringing about 7 times a day, usually in the left ear. Is this from the acid in my ears?

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   Posted Today 4:52 AM (GMT -6)   
if you have had any hearing loss at all it could be tinnitis.Have your hearing checked.....Don't think gerd has anything to do with it.

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   Posted Today 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Phixgrrrl,
  I had gerds for almost a year before the new symptom of plugged up ears surfaced.  I have done research and have read alot of other forums, and yes....plugged ears, pain in ears, ringing in ears...all are symptoms of LPR.  LPR (larypharyngeal reflux) is when the acid sits in your throat.  While gerds affects mainly the esophagus, lpr affects the throat. There are two sphincters in the esophagus, one at the bottom near the stomach (lower sphincter) and one on top near the throat (upper sphincter).  When someone has LPR, the upper sphincter does not work properly, hence the acid in the throat...Other symptoms are hourse throat, burning throat, problems swallowing, post nasal drip, and nagging cough.  You can have gerds without lpr, and you can have lpr symptoms wihout the burning heartburn that we associate with gerds, or you can have both....Ears, nose, and throat are all anatomically connected so it stands to reason that the acid can and often does affect all of them.
I hope this helps!

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   Posted 9/26/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
After I started taking Calcium, Magnesium and B-Complex 3 days ago, I had a high pitched ringing in my ears. I thought that B-Complex had something to do with it...After I stop taking the B-Complex and still continue to take Calcium & Magnesium, the ringing is still there. I did more research on the side effects of Calcium and Magnesium and found that Magnesium and Calcium could be casuing my ringing ears. So I am stopping all of the supplements as of today. I will let you know by the end of the week if the ringing has stopped. I never had ringing like this before until I started taking these supplements. Strange that when I was researching ringing in ears I found that most people say take these supplements to stop the ringing.

So read below and I hope this helps anyone.

Magnesium Salicylate/Phenyltoloxamine

Common side effects of Magnesium Salicylate/Phenyltoloxamine:

Drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or throat; heartburn; nausea; thickening of mucus in the nose and throat; upset stomach.

Severe side effects of Magnesium Salicylate/Phenyltoloxamine may include:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black stools; confusion; dark urine or pale stools; decreased urination; diarrhea; difficulty swallowing; dizziness; hearing loss; hoarseness; persistent sore throat or other signs of infection; ringing in the ears; severe stomach pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vomiting.


Post Edited (mooredb) : 9/26/2007 8:33:05 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/4/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
To Mooredb.....the ringing in your ears is from the salicyate, You should try a different form of Magnesium, like Magnesium Oxide.

Brenda K
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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have terrible ringing in my ears, sometimes they plug up and it sounds like I am underwater (that is annoying as all heck!) and sometimes they just plain ache. I thought it was from tinnitis, which is a symptom I have that goes along with my Fibro, but I wonder if it is also due to my severe GERD?

I go to my GI specialist on the 18th of this month to receive the results of my colonoscopy and endoscopy, so will ask her and post back. Interesting.
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