Has anyone had their ears syringed to alleviate dizzy/vertigo symptoms

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I've asked my Dr, on several occasions whether having my ears syringed would alleviate the feeling of blocked ear, with dizziness, vertigo  and tinnitus. 

Has anyone been offered this and did it help?

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    No it will not make any difference Pauline.  I can tell you this categorically from experience, as I have asked the same question of Drs, specialists etc. Also, interestingly before I developed. My vertigo symptoms, I actually had my ears syringefor the first time in my life as Dr said I had  a lot,of wax. sent me home and said for one week out olive oil in each ear twice a day then come back,,which I did.  when the nurse  started the water jet in my right ear, it hurt like hell. And I told,her but she dismissed my concerns and carried on
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    Right my second try to finish this, this website is awful on weekend and just wiped what I wrote here!!  ....so after the syringing, a week later I got symptoms. this was dismissed by GP who checked eardrum. He said unless perforated, which is wasn,t it could not affect me. If I was you I would go to chemist, get some ear wax removal product, use it etc and see.  But that blocked ear feeling happens with us all, however you may have fluid there and only a proper test by an ENT at the least, an Otologist would be better if you can get a referral. Will be able to,tell you that.  The good news if it is fluid is they can do,something for that.
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    Hi Pauline, Ben here,

    You know that anything that contributes to the feeling of pressure in your ear should be looked at or worked on to stop the additional stimulation / pain.  My GP suggested I use a syringe and something over the counter to clean my ears, but he always said I had very clean ears.  My GP said maybe I need to put oil in there because they might be too dry. My complaint was that my ears itched.  One ENT actually gave me a prescription for a numbing agent to put into my ear canal, but I never used it.

    Instead of the syringe, at one time, I personally used the Waterpik Flosser on low pressure setting using as warm as I could stand water with no chemicals.  I did it in the kitchen sink and I saw large chunks of very dark material come out.  My ears were sensitive to sounds for about 24 hours, I suppose from the removal of hard material stopping the ear drum from moving and me getting used to a lower level of sound.

    Please realize that if you have a professional medical person render a diagnosis of ANYTHING in your inner ear, ie; Labyrinthitis, Vestibular neuritis, Meniere's disease, that the area affected is behind the drum.  You can not get into there short of surguey.  You can use cotton tipped swabs, "Q-tips" to clean the "ear canal", but you can only use chemicals (drugs) for the inner ear. That is why some people have been prescribed steriods.  Steriods reduce swelling in a hurry, but they can cause cancer, so most health professionals don't hand them out so easily.  

    In my case, Vestibular neutitis, now and then I have a severe itching going on in my ear that seems to be coming from further in than the ear drum, but cleaning the canal with the "Q-tip" seems to help stop that itching.  And at the start of an itch "episode" I always find some ear "wax" on the tip, but only at the start of the episode.  As soon as I get the wax cleaned out, and I do it everyday, the itch stops, at least for a while.  And then if it comes back right away, say in an hour or so, nothing shows on the cotton, but the Q-tip seems to "scratch" the itch for me.

    Just wanted you to know my 2 cents worth.  Good luck.

    Ben

    Ben

     

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      I visited the Dr this morning, after 3 nights with the room spinning and my sitting up getting little sleep. He  has prescribed Betahistine because they don't interact with my other meds. (fingers crossed). If this doesn't work, he has suggested the next step may be an operation that stops the signals going back to the brain, however, it may cause deafness in the affected ear.

       

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