About 18 months ago, maybe a bit more, my ears started to hurt. Quite a lot, and fairly consistently. Also, I was even more clumsy/dizzy than usual.
For a while, I annoyed my GPs by going back there and getting them to look in my ears, and they consistently told me that there was nothing there. I stopped mentioning it and assumed I was hallucinating.
Earlier this year, I saw a different GP at the same practice. Same routine, nothing to see here – until he asked me to pop my ears by holding my nose and blowing – and we discovered that my ears don’t pop anymore.
The theory is that my eustacian tubes – behind the ear drum – are all gummed up, and they can’t see this when they look in my ears.
So far, I’ve taken Sudafed for a while, and now I’ve switched (on Dr advice) to Rhinocort nasal spray. My new plan is to ask the pharmacist whether I can start taking both, to try to get things moving. Still no popping in my ears, but I have this constant weird sensation that there are ants crawling around inside my ears.
Either that, or I actually do have ants crawling around inside my ears. Which would be even more disgusting than gunged-up ears.