Labs??

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Hey! I have posted a few times. When my symptoms first started I thought I had Labs but I didn't have tinnitus or hearing loss so then thought maybe vestibular neuritis. I was feeling pretty good about 4 days ago, almost normal. But yesterday morning I woke up with tinnitus and it's made my anxiety so bad :-( my ears also feel full.

Does this now sound like Labs rather than VN? About 3 weeks ago I got ringing in the ear but it only lasted a few seconds each time, this is now constant. Why would it start after 9 weeks? I thought I was getting better :-(

Ps - please don't tell me to see a specialist, I am on a waiting list for one which is a long wait sadly

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    In generall, tinnitus can develop over time usually after an ear injury.  It is caused by the brain trying to compensate for the loss of information from one ear, or both.  Therefore it can develop over a period of time.

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Normal audiogram, therefore Menieres disease is ruled out.  The aural fullness can be caused by many things in the outer, middle and inner ear. I am afraid you will need to wait to see the ENT to discover the cause.  He needs to take a look inside.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Normal audiogram, therefore Menieres disease is ruled out.  The aural fullness can be caused by many things in the outer, middle and inner ear. I am afraid you will need to wait to see the ENT to discover the cause.  He needs to take a look inside.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Normal audiogram, which rules out Meniere's Disease.  There are many causes of isolated aural fulllness, for example Eustachian tube dysfunction, or other changes involving the outer and middle ear.  I am afraid you are going to have to wait for the ENT appointment for the answer.  Someone has to look inside the ear.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      I saw an ENT and he said he didnt know. They also looked inside my middle ear with a little camera but saw nothing. The fullness occurred two weeks before the dizziness came on. The VN went away and the fullness stayed. Its been 9 months.
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      Since you say that ENT has looked at the middle ear and saw nothing, the only other thing that comes to mind is eustachian tube dysfunction, or rarely involvement of the nasophyarynx (upper part of the throat).  Has this been ruled out by ENT?  Do you have problems with swallowing?

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      I have no problems with swallowing. The ENT did no other tests to determine why my ear is plugged. I was told i have 46% vestibular dysfunction to my inner ear on that side due to the virus of VN.
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      A plugged ear is clearly due to something, but thankfully not due to the central nervous system.  There are reports in the literature of not finding a cause in patients with isolated aural fullness and nothing else.  The vestibular dysfunction is expected after the VN.

      If you have a follow-up appointment, ask them to consider the possibility of eustachian tube involvement.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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    It sounds like labs! VN is when you have hearing loss.
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