29 Aug

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.


Posted by on August 29, 2010 in health


5 responses to “Popless

  1. yewenyi

    August 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Popless ears must be a terrible thing. I have been using a nasal wash for the last month or two to treat my alergic rhianistis and it is doing wonders to keep my allergies down. Though it is a totally weird thing to be doing. Maybe you could give that a go as it should be compatible with any drugs and is simple to do.

  2. Justine

    August 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Urrgghhh – yuck, poor you! Watch that sudafed though:(

  3. V Collins

    September 6, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    A couple of things that have helped me with similar problems:
    1. Chewing. For many people this helps the tubes to drain. Chewing gum can help with this.
    2. Nasal irrigation, as another commenter has suggested. Not very pleasant, but this washes out the sinuses, and over time can help reduce inflammation and blockages. This one should probably be cleared with your doctor first tho.

    Good luck!

    btw, found your blog via the Aussicon post 🙂

  4. Melissa

    October 30, 2010 at 11:07 am

    OK, I thought you nasal irrigation people were on crack or something but after some huge problems with hay fever I went to my doctor and he too recommended nasal irrigation.

    Clearly all the disclaimers and warnings worked because I tried it this morning and it was (a) less gross than I thought and (b) effective, at least as far as I can tell.

    Apparently ear irrigation is somewhat more complicated so I will wait until I feel qualified to try it 😉


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