One-sided ear/throat fullness and throat clearing... allergies?

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   Posted 9/2/2013 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm hoping somebody can shed some light on this for me. For the past 18 months or so I've had the following symptoms:
- Almost constant fullness feeling in my right ear (sometimes not very bad, other times feels very full). My ears can "pop" though, but the fullness feeling is still there in the right ear.
- Throat tightness on right side only. This is the worst symptom as it feels like something is in my throat or my throat is tight. Very annoying and makes it hard for me to think about anything else because I constantly have this strange feeling in my throat.
- Throat clearing after eating. For awhile after eating pretty much anything I feel like there is mucus or something in my throat that I need to clear out.

I went to the ENT doctor and he did the usual up the nose down the throat fiber optic exam and said my vocal cords were very inflamed and had some ulcers on them most likely from clearing my throat.

Right now we are trying to treat it as acid/LPR with high dosage Nexium. So far it doesn't seem to be helping much even at the very high dose (40mg/twice a day).

Just wondering what could possibly cause just one sided ear and throat fullness. To me it doesn't seem like that would be caused from acid some I'm wondering if I have some sort of allergy or lingering infection that is causing the fullness feeling and the excess mucus (which in turn makes me clear my throat and cause the inflammation).

Last year I had the full allergy skin prick testing and everything was negative so then they did the actual small injections of all the same things and I really didn't have any allergies other than a few types of mold and dust mites, but even those only caused a reaction after being injected.

I also had food allergy testing where they placed the actual pieces of food on my arm under a bandage for a few days to see if there would be any reactions and that came out completely negative.

Is there some sort of allergy or something that I could have that wouldn't show up on these tests? Is there a better test?

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   Posted 9/3/2013 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you have a chronic sinusitis. Did anyone do a head CT to see what's going on in there?

I'd also recommend you try a different ppi. Sometimes one won't do a thing and another will work great.
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   Posted 9/5/2013 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Head over the GERD forum on this site. I'm sure you'll find some help regarding lpr if needed.

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   Posted 9/5/2013 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
GERD will do this to you.
Find out more on the Gerd forum.
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