Fluid in middle ear. Any remedy suggestions?

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   Posted 9/21/2006 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Before I describe the problem I'm hoping for advice on, I want to apologize if this is not the correct forum for this topic. The reason I am posting on this one is that it seemed like the closest match.
On and off for a few years now I've had to tolerate having fluid in my ear (inside the ear drum). I've been to the doctor twice to have it looked at, and that took me to the point where I could either continue to try nasal sprays, with the last resort being a tube put into my ear drum to drain the fluid. After reading about the potential consequences, I don't feel comfortable with doing the tubes. And after going through a couple samples of nasal sprays (I think it was called Nasonex) I stopped using those because they seemed ineffective, plus I don't like the idea of inhaling steroids.
So now I just live with the fluid being there. I'll share as much as I can about what it's like, and hopefully someone can suggest something that might help me remedy it.
My ear rings all the time, and I think that's probably the most annoying effect of having the fluid in there. There is also the reduced hearing, but I've become used to that. When I tilt my head, no matter which angle or amount, I can't hear any type of sloshing or movement of the fluid. There's no pain to speak of. I recently visited a chiropractor (at the suggestion of my fiance) and she said she could see what she thought could be a white fungus around the edge of the inside of my ear drum. By the way, 2 treatments over two weeks from the chiropractor have not helped. Once in a great while my ear will pop or crack (popping and cracking being two different things). But I haven't been able to pop it myself in a long time. I regularly try the trick of plugging my nose and closing my mouth and pushing air out, but that only seems to help push air into my good ear.
I think that's everything. For what it's worth, I'm in my early 30s. As far as I know I never had any ear infections as a child, though I do remember a few ear aches that were treated with warm ear drops. I do have slight allergies, and that's what I initially blamed for my ear problem. However I no longer believe that that is the case. Then again, I'm no medical professional, so I could very well be wrong.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear em! This constant ringing and reduced hearing are starting to wear on me. :) Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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   Posted 9/21/2006 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello you may want to call the pharmacist for some advice on what to take I would think myself personally that a decongestant would be in order. I don't think I would suggest holding your nose and forcing pressure into the ear, because this could cause other problems. Possibly seeing another Dr would help if the treatments from the other Dr were not eventful. Take care and good luck. Phoelona

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   Posted 9/21/2006 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I'd recommend is if you've not been to a specialist, perhaps now is a good time to see one.(ENT). I would think they would have better treatments than just putting tubes in your ears, get a second or even third opinion. Have any doctors tried antibotics? Since the chiropractor noticed some fugus you'd think your doctor would've taken a culture to test???
Also, you might be doing more harm than good by popping your ears...
Keep us informed as to how your doing, hope you'll feel better soon yeah

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   Posted 9/22/2006 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Michigan Person again. You did not say that you were on other medications, but some medications can cause this problem as well, but I would also suggest seeing another specialist for another opinion, because of the fungus. Are you diabetic, some diabetics get nerve damage in the ear, and therefore the ear will be unable to drain properly because of nerve damage caused by diabetes. hopefully another Dr will be able to monitor your situation more closely and have more answers for you. Also my son had tubes put in when he was young and he did wonderfully, and his hearing improved as well. You did not say whether you have TMJ, or is this was the initial cause of the Ear problem, but Tmj ( the jaw disorder) can sometimes cause havoc on the evacuation of the ear and cause some of the symptoms that you are describing as well. TMJ (you have 2 joints 1 before each ear) that sometimes can cause nerve related damage to the ear as well or block the ear from working properly. Just a suggestion but you may want to discuss this with your Dr as well. TMJ(TEMPORO MANDIBULAR JOINT) can cause facial pain, sinus infections, headache, facial neuralgia, nerve related facial pain. If you have any of these symptoms as well you could ask your Dr about testing you for TMJ. Quite a few people with recurring sinus problems, ear infections have TMJ as well. Take care and good luck Phoelona

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   Posted 9/22/2006 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses.
I don't take any other medications, so it's safe to rule those out. I'm not aware of my having TMJ, and don't have any pain in my head/face, so I have my doubts about that.
I see I forgot to mention that, for a period of about 4 months, the condition did go away. That was around a year and a half ago. It happened when I lost about 20 lbs. while I removed sugar, fast food, and caffiene from my diet. I'm still at the same weight as I was then, however I do consume sugar, fast food, and caffiene again.
I guess my next step needs to be to cut out those things from my diet again.

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   Posted 9/22/2006 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Michigan maybe you have a problem with gluten intolerance in the system, that can cause all of your problems as well. Maybe you should talk to your allergist about the gluten intolerance from breads and yeast products. Gluten intolerance can cause many symptoms if it is not being digested in a timely manner in the system and if allergies are present possibly as well. It is possible that your sinus problems are gluten intolerance as well, just a suggestion but it may be something worth looking into further. Take care and good weekend Phoelona

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   Posted 9/22/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Michigan I was surfing the net and came across this remedy to help dry out the ear after showering or being in water :
1/2 rubbing alcohol
1/2 white vinegar
put 3 drops in each ear and this will help dry out the ear and help to control the bacteria and the fungus as well
You need to consult Dr before using thie remedy to make sure you will not have a reaction with the antibiotic, ot the antifungal that you are taking at the moment. Take care and good weekend to you and your girlfriend. Phoelona

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   Posted 9/22/2006 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i have an ear infection myself and it rings and itches. Some swear by urine drops. Your own urine

Joan M
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   Posted 9/23/2006 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Michigan, when I used to swim all the time...I used a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol in each ear. It dries up the liquid. Water in the ear is painful. You need to buy a dropper at the pharmacy. I agree with phoelona to check this out with your doc first. Take care.

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   Posted 9/23/2006 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Please check it out with your doc I had loss of hearing and still do thought it was because of my A/P shutting out the world so to speak but I have been on one IV med in particular for mths at a time and come to find it does cause hearing loss
Peeps do swear by and I do know some that do use their own urine for this it had been passed down thru the generations
Again talk to your doc first and foremost ........an ENT would be great
I empathize with you on hearing loss and constant ringing it is very annoying and frusrating
Good Luck and be well
Just my opinion but surfing the net seems to only make matters worse: yes sometimes doing research on things is fine but symptom surfing is only asking for more problems IMO .......
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 9/24/2006 4:20:12 AM (GMT-6)

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