ETD - How does recovery work?

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Hello, I'd just like to hear from anyone who has recovered "naturally" from ETD.

I woke up almost 6 weeks ago to a "full" ear. No other symptoms, thank goodness. Sadly for the first week it made me extremely anxious. I saw the doc a couple of times and even saw a private ENT consultant. They all said the same thing - its a matter of time.

For the last two days I have felt better. Not so anxious, but I'm not 100% sure, but my ear doesnt seem "as full". Obviously I hope this is me starting to recover. Or it could be me just getting used to this horrible feeling!

I assume you don't just go from 100% fullness - clear, and that the recovery process is a gradual thing that maybe takes days, even weeks.

If you have read this far and have any info Id really appreciate it

Thank you T x

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    I am Vishal from India. On 17th March 2023, I visited the ENT for the first time after I felt blockage in my left ear for few days. I developed this after I blew my nose a bit too much when I had cold just few days ago. Dr. said that the mucous has entered middle ear via Eustachian tube and now, the tube isn't functioning properly. More than 1 month has passed. I will only be able to share what I am feeling as I am yet to get fully cured.

    Few days, I feel good, almost no to v.less fullness but some days I again feel heavyness. When I use overhead headphones, I don't feel blockage. I am using nasal spray everyday and doing exercises as well. I have also get accustomed to this awkwardness. I am just grateful that my hearing capability is still intact. I am hopeful that it will go away in few months.

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      Hi Vishal, thanks for your reply. I too am using a nasal spray twice a day. It always kind of feels worse in the mornings, which i put down to the fact of my head being flat while sleeping, sadly im unable to sleep with head upright.

      Keep me posted on your situation.

      Good luck

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