Ear Pain - Dizziness - Three months - PLEASE HELP

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Hi all,

So long story short, I returned from a short trip on December 15th and the day prior I went snorkeling.

Since my return, I got what I thought was a common cold. I went to the walk in clinic due to dizziness and was prescribed CIRC and amoxicillin, with no relief.

I began physio thinking it was a case of vertigo, wrong again.

I went to my family doctor and the walk in clinic who stated, "dizziness happens."

Since this time, my ears began to ache and have experienced bad HEADACHES and an occasional sore throat. I went to emerge who advised I had fluid on my ears and to take an antihistamine for a week and see if it makes a difference. It has been over a week and I am still suffering.

I have seen four doctors - three who advised there was nothing, one who advised there was fluid in my ear - eardrum.

I am waiting to see a ENM Specialist but the wait is 6 months, and this is effecting my daily life a great amount. I feel like I am constantly exhausted.

Has anyone experienced such a thing, what could it be? What can I do? Please help.

Thank you!

PS. It is now February 11th - almost two months!!!

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    HI Michael,

    So sorry you're having this terrible ear problem.. I don't see how an antihistamine could get rid of fluid in your ears.

    I had a wax build up in one ear and I tried Debrox drops once, but when I tried to rinse with the small syringe

    with half hydrogen peroxide and half water it didn't budge the wax. I saw my doctor and since it was almost

    closing time, he sent in someone who didn't know that cold water and half hydrogen peroxide shouldn't be squirted

    hard with a spray bottle and impacted the wax. It only took a month to be seen by an ENT specialist.

    Your problem sounds more like it's an infection in the inner ear, since I didn't develop vertigo.

    One of my sons had to have buttons put in his ears when he was about 6 yrs old and green stuff oozed out, and only

    then did an anti-biotic help.

    This waiting for an appointment for 6 months is too long. Did you ask to be called if there's a cancellation or if there's

    another doctor available?

    Hoping for your recovery.

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    Hi Michael,

    No fast fix with an inner ear infection - I had similar problems with a middle ear infection after a really bad head cold when I was on holiday in Crete. It was a long time ago - but I was given a low dose antidepressant - which is what they tend to give you - for about 3 months. I think it took 6 weeks before I started to feel any better - I remember having terrible headaches - and dizziness when I was lying down. I would warn you that you may find you have problems later in life too - as I now have deafness in 1 ear, which I am waiting to be seen about.

    I hope you feel better soon!

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    • Posted

      Thank you! I am hopeful for a resolution soon. Were you in a lot of pain?

      Doctor still says ears look healthy so it all must be behind the ear drum.

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    Hey are you from the UK??

    Certain ENT departments at the hospital run a ENT Casulty Clinic due to excessive waiting lists for routine appointments.

    In addition to this, the ENT team have an on-call specialist on the weekends and nights, this is to provide non ENT specialised clinicians, the option to gain advise from specialists. I was suggest to visit your local urgent care centre over the weekend, state to the nurse that it has got worse over the weekend along with sickness from the vertigo symptoms and direct them towards your ear. I've you have some degree of hearing loss, then would be the time to inform the nurse. The nurse practitioner would then have no alternative but to call the on-call ENT specialist for advise, prescribe antibiotics and anti sickness and also the on-call ENT specialist should offer you the option to go to a ENT clinic within a few days time scale.

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      I am from Canada. I have been back to the doctor and we currently trying an antibiotic. I am still hopeful to see the specialist earlier. The pain is unreal.

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    If it's behind the eardrum then you're wanting an antibiotic in tablet form... not ear drops.

    The pain is likely the pressure behind the eardrum and the euchasian tube not being able to ventilated the ear

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    HI Michael. A nasal spray called Dymista helped me with my pain in my ears. This needs to be prescribe. You could also try a natural medicine called Neilmed. You can get these in the UK but not sure about anywhere else.

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