At a loose end....need some advice!

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At the end of March 2014 I had what appeared to be a very severe cold which left me with what I thought was Eustacian tube dysfunction which has quite badly impaired my hearing. I haven't really recovered from the cold/flu like symptoms 5 months down the line. I still have blocked sinuses and extremely bad hearing. My GP has recommend steriod nasal sprays which I have been using religiously for 5 months, I have had antibiotics, prescribed nasal sprays and all sorts of cold/flu medicines. I am totally at a loose end and my GP seems to keep palming me off with "its just a cold" which is getting on my nerves. I do suffer from depression and anxiety which could be why my physical symptoms have not leviated however this is under control and being treated and I do not feel depressed. More recently I have started to develop further symptoms; I am nauseus 24 hours a day no matter what I eat or drink, I have not had a solid poo for about 6 weeks it is always like diarrhea (not going any more than usual), My throat salivates and swells like I'm going to be sick but it never happens. 

Sorry for the rant but I am really really lost and 5 months of feeling physically drained and sick is getting me down and I feel I am being fobbed off by me GP. Any ideas people can give me would be great?

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    I would suggest that you see an ear, nose and throat doctor (an Otolaryngologist).
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      There's something unethical about his behaviour. A cold (viral) can not last more than a couple of weeks unless you are immunocompromised. If your symptoms are persistent and have not stopped then it is obviously not a cold. Do you feel like you have something in your throat or back of the nose? Post nasal drip can cause nausea and it is a symptom that can be caused by sinusitis and rhinitis, either allergy, bacterial or viral in origin (or idiopathic). Persistent diarrhea is also not something a GP should write off. Is your stool black or red? That could indicate bleeding (black for upper GI tract or red for lower GI tract) and you should tell your doctor if that's the case. It is possible that you have irritable bowel syndrome brought on by stress related to your head symptoms and other life stressors. Good luck and don't be afraid to assert yourself to the doctor. You can also visit a walk-in clinic for a second opinion.  
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    Here in the US we can go to a specialist on our own.  You sound really sick and apparently your doctor is not helping.  If you are having nausea and diarrhea and for that long, maybe you should see a gastroenterologist.  For starters, tell your doctor that you are really sick and that something different has to be done.  Good luck.
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      I do feel terrible all day long and I do quite an important job so the stress is not what I need. Thanks for your reply smile
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