Hi Guys - I'm new to the Allergy board. I have been having some mystery severe ear pain and intermittent hearing loss for about 9 months now. I also have IBS with an unknown cause. Originally, I went to the ear doctor who said it was LPR Silent Reflux. The ENT gave me some Omeprazole (Prilosec) and sent me off. It did not help.
Fast forward to April. I woke up with severe hearing loss in my left ear. I literally could only hear very muffled sounds. I was dizzy and had severe pain. I called the ENT and of course the front desk girl didn't take my freaking out seriously and scheduled me to come in 2-3 days later. By that point my hearing had returned. The ENT did many tests on me, including vertigo tests, and basically said that she had no idea what it could be but she wanted me in the same day next time it happened and gave me a special number to call to get in the same day.
Luckily, it hasn't happened again. But in the meantime, my GI sent me to the allergist for further allergy testing. The GI did a blood test which showed a minor wheat allergy. The allergist ruled that out as a false positive test. However, he did discovery that I had "Severe Environmental" allergies to all kinds of grass and weeds and recommended very strongly allergy shots. He said that he thinks I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction from the allergies and suspects that they might get better through decongestant allergy medicine and allergy shots.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Severe sharp ear pain and hearing loss from environmental allergies? Would you guys recommend the allergy shots? I'm not a fan of needles and the photos of people's hives from the allergy shots are scaring me. After my allergy test, I had hives on my back for days, especially where the bermuda grass point was. I'm just worried that the shots will be very time consuming and I will just put myself through more trouble than it's worth. Any input would be appreciated.
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is a term that I have never come across before. However, I know where it is and it keeps the inner-ear
open and free from infection.
In 1988, I was passenger on a plane that was not air pressurised. It took off and dived down to sea level very quickly and my ear pain was acute. I developed tinnitus in the right ear and suffered loss of balance. This all continued for about
five years until my GP sent me for an MRI scan. This showed a tumour called an acoustic neuroma. I underwent twelve hours of neurosurgery in Cambridge and the tumour was removed. I became totally deaf on the right side.
The Eustacian tube is kept
open by the pressure of air but at high altitudes it might close and become problematic.