Ongoing problems

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I'm new here, I feel this is a last resort since I cannot get any answers anywhere. I'm 32, male.

On August 11th, 2018 I had a sudden sharp drop in my hearing in my right ear. It felt like something, such as wax (which I have a long history of) got clogged in there. Over time, I started using the usual wax removal drops to no avail. Since it didn't work, I went into an immediate care facility to hopefully have that removed.

Ruptured eardrum they said. I had medication given. The ruptured eardrum went away but the hearing never came back. It feels full, lot of pressure still. Every now and then I get an itching, oozing feeling from the ear.

I went to an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) specialist in November. He could find nothing wrong. Nothing. Zip. They took a hearing test. Nothing wrong with my hearing (At least per the test) but it sure seems like it. I do not hear from my right ear as well as my left since this happened. He left me with a nasal spray. It did not help at all.

I then went to my PCP (Primary Care Provider) she finally gave me a lead "There is fluid in your ear. Take claritin" I took what she told me, it didn't stop completely. There was minor improvement but only for a short time and that was only for the pressure. I went back to her for a follow up and she said "Ah there's no fluid in your ear anymore" and I told her that I'm still having hearing problems and she suggested I was having anxiety.

Earlier this month, not feeling like giving up, I went into another immediate care facility. The lady told me that my sinuses were extremely inflammed. Fluid in both of my ears. Follow up with an ENT. She suggested the same nasal spray that the ENT gave me.

I went back to the ENT last week. He looked in my ears and my nose "There is no fluid, nothing. No inflammation" Referred me to get a CT scan which I have to wait for my insurance to approve.

In addition, in recent weeks my right eye has been sort of blurred, feeling a lot of pressure behind the eye and the ear.

Is there something some doctors can see and others cannot? It makes no sense why I could go to several doctors, some not seeing a thing, including specialists in the field and others seeing something wrong. It all seems to be concentrated to the top right of my forehead. That's where I feel the most pressure. I'm extremely worried now that the vision is starting to bother me. I feel hopeless.

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    Hi Jeremy!

    Ever had any jaw problems? Clicking or popping?

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    Hello Jeremy.

    Go with the nasal spray. The prescription ones like Flixonase will clear your inflamed/blocked sinuses, and that WILL make a difference. Having clear sinuses keeps my tinnitus (for example) down to manageable levels.

    For wax/debris clearance, find a competent registered microsuction practitioner (and if it's private in the UK expect to pay £50-£70 per ear). Far superior to syringing.

    Try and be patient - easy to say, I know, but it will get better. And good luck.


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    Sounds like you may have sternocledomastiod and TMJ trigger points problem that can mimick ear infections/ sinus infections, itchy ears , eye problems etc.

    if you are willing to pay yourself money then can find someone near where you live who practises "BOWEN THERAPHY", they can work various muscles around jaw, neck and other trigger points tho you may need try at least 3 treatments for it to work. I myself had hearing loss totally in one ear after flu/cold with fluid running out on pillow in bed and pain in sinus area and treatment does work for trigger points problem.

    if that isnt problem then you could also have blocked sinuses that sadly isnt picked up in scans etc.

    one tiny bit of blockage can cause havock and needs be ATTACKED for at least 4 days nonstop with 4 to 6 different treatments during the day such as removing any cows milk products such as milk and chocolates, purchase a SALT PIPE, very warm drinks, take decongest medicine at least twice a day, vick or olbas nasal inhaler (not sprays), echinacea lozenges regularly, steaming head few times a day, puting olbas oil on a tissue or in a bowl of water by bedside at night.

    also set bed set up as "INCLINED BED THERAPHY" (look up internet to even read about that) to completely drain sinuses.

    For longer term treatment if clears up, look into and maybe try herb Pycnogenol (French Marine Pine Bark Extract).

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    Go see an oral surgeon about your wisdom tooth if you haven't done so already. My friends daughter, also in her 30's, was having weird symptoms and pain in her ear and side of face and the doctors all thought it was trigeminal neuralgia (spelling??). They were medicating her for it for almost a year, until she went to the dentist and it was a wisdom tooth that needed pulled. Once removed no more problems. It was amazing that no one thought to refer her to get a dental exam for it. She doctored with it for a year and even had hospital admissions because of the pain and ruling things out! Hope this helps! Take care...

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