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19 yr old female here.
Okay, so I had a habit of using qtips to clean my ears, and I ended up getting an infection (pus and all) in February. It got okay after I took the meds my ENT prescribed. Then all was okay until May, when I got diagnosed with Iron Deficiency Anemia. Around that time I started feeling like wind was blowing in my right ear (a form of tinnitus, right?) but nothing more. I had dizziness, breathlessness & weakness from the anemia which went away but relapsed a month later during my period. My breathlessness went away but then I realized that my type of dizziness had changed. It was like I was on a rocking boat, and it was continuous. Went to the ENT, got told I might have a swelling in my ear so I had to take anti-vertigo meds and inhale steam daily. The anti-vertigo meds didn't help at all. Went to another ENT, this time got diagnosed with Meniere's and was prescribed diuretics, which I stopped after a week because I believed the diagnosis was wrong.
A.My vertigo was constant (not as bad as they describe in Meniere's symptoms).
B.I had vomitted twice for no reason in that month, but since my symptoms didn't resemble Meniere's, I thought it could be Vestibular Neuritis after all.
Two weeks or so after my vertigo started, I started get a high-pitched ringing noise in my LEFT ear that I could hear loudest at night, when everything is quiet. It was pretty audible for 2-3 days but then it toned down, and since then I have only been able to hear it when going to bed/waking up/pressing my ear against the pillow. Oh and 2-3 days after it started, the ringing started in my right ear also, but it's not as bad as the left ear. Now about the vertigo, it has gotten much better since it started. It only affects me when I have bouts of breathlessness due to the still-present anemia, but otherwise most of the time I'm okay. The tinnitus isn't gone.
Okay, now about the latest events. Yesterday, my left ear sort of itched so I gave in to the temptation to clean it with a qtip...after which my ear has been feeling full and my tinnitus is louder. The cartilage(?) of my outer ear is still sensitive to pain sometimes because I used to rigourously use qtips...And my ears are sensitive to loud noises now, on the whole. I still have the 'wind-blowing-in-my-ears' feeling sometimes.
My question is, have all my problems been caused my ear wax being pushed into the ear with qtips? Could that be it? The thing is, the doc who diagnosed me with VN is not much of a talker (the only thing he actually MUMBLED was I might have a swelling), and his solution to everything is his personal pills and some home remedies. But he's an excellent doc. So I don't know if he didn't mention my ear wax because he didn't think it was absolutely imperative to remove? But then again the other doc didn't mention anything about ear wax either...I can't help but feel this is ear wax. Because the full feeling came on after I cleaned my ear yesterday.
Please help, I want out of this mess.
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