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Hello,

I am 25 years old, Back about 2-3 years ago, I was diagnosed with having an anxiety disorder and was put on medication for about 1 1/2 years. I used to have full blown axiety attacks.

My concern right now is i'm receiving certain symptoms that i'm worried are not anxiety this time. In November I started waking up in the morning and felt off balance/light headed, and went away within an hour. After 1 week the off balance/light headed feeling went away. Beginning of January this feeling came back only after waking up in the mornings, then closer to the end of January it now has progressed to being off and on during the day, I also now have constant plugged ears that I can keep popping. When I try to fall asleep I hear static and a faint ringing, but not during the day unless everything is quite. I continue having trouble falling asleep and sometimes can go without sleep for a whole night, when I try to fall asleep i'm awakened by a Jolt, and if I do fall asleep and wake up I see flashing colors for about 3 seconds and lots of static vision for about 30 seconds. My vision during the day doesn't seam as crisp as it was couple weeks ago. Any insight on this would be appreciated, I’m worried this is leading to a serious issue like brain cancer and don't want to just write it off as Anxiety. Doesn't anxiety symptoms come and go and aren’t constant? Thanks
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replied February 14th, 2008
I'n not a doctor, but...
sounds a bit like an ear infection (plugged ears coming from fluid buildup), dizzieness from the inner ear (that#s where our sense of balance comes from). Lightheadedness could also come from an ear infection, or maybe low-blood pressure.
could be caused by a lot of different things. the only one that can help you is a visit to qualified doctor.
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replied August 17th, 2008
Blocked ear tube problems!
I have had blocked ears for 1 year now and had felt terrible. I have been dignosed with Eustatian tube syndrome and tried a million nasal sprays and tablets! They don't work!!! The best thing for me was a life style change. A friend who had bad fatigue introduce me to Herbalife wellness products and they have changed my life. I still have the odd bad day but not 7 days a week where I almost had to quit my job. I take a shake , green tea and multivitamins.

I will try to help. if you want more info. I feel so much better and energised that I am not laid in bed with dizziness and fatigue. Again not trying to sell you stuff but you have to changed what you eat with this problem and take things to keep your energy up. It is a horrible thing and thank god I now longer have the pressure in my head from blocked tubes. Thank you for taking the time to read! but go the wellness route....
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replied April 16th, 2009
blocked ear tube
nawny, I would like more info. on what you take. exactly what products do you take. (What Herbalife products, shake, green tea and multivitamins you take)and what things you eat, have you changed? I have had a blocked ear for 4 years, been to many M.D.'d and EMT's and no one says anything about Eustatian tube syndrome. I have dizziness, fatigue a blocked nostril on the same side of the blocked ear and I hear clicking all the time from swallowing. I would love to hear from you.. holfla
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replied October 18th, 2009
Do you have an update by any chance? Has anything helped you? My ears have been clicking for well over a year now and I can't figure out WHY it happened or how. Doctors can't either; they keep telling me I'm fine. Shows what they know. I'm living in PA and my ears are in bad shape here. Whenever I ride in the car, my ears get SO plugged up that I can't even pop them. They do this in the house as well, just not as painful at home. But the clicking is constant.

I couldn't find ANYONE on the internet with the same problem. I don't have the dizziness anymore, but I did experience that after I stopped taking Zoloft. And that's when the ear thing started too.
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replied October 20th, 2009
I've been going through his too. I've been to the ENT and they didn't see anything wrong. The lightheadness and the ear problems are so irritating!!
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replied November 4th, 2009
earplugging
I have experienced these same symptoms for almost 4 years now. It has progressed to the point where if my ears are plugged and i am standing for any period of time i will become nauseated and faint feeling until i place my head down on a desk infront of me.

I am curious about the eustatian tube syndrome because I had had multiple ear surgeries when i was a child because my ear canal was not shaped properly to drain fluids. Though I hadn't noticed anything till i was about 19 or 20.

I'm also curious to know what herbal supliments you are taking so that I might try that some day.
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replied August 26th, 2010
TMJ? Anxiety?
I know this is old, but just wanted to share my experience.
I am dealing with this right now. my left ear is clogged and I have constant dizziness. Some days are better than others of course. Somedays I feel like I am carrying a heavy weight on top of me and it is pressing me into the floor (I know this has to do with the dizziness).
I have been to the doc 3 times and I am going again on the 31st of Aug. They attribute it to anxiety, but I am not convinced!!
I also have TMJ and these are common symptoms of TMJ, so maybe you can check into that too.
Hope this helps and I pray all of you are doing better.
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replied September 27th, 2010
TJM caused by clenching & grinding teeth due to stress
It definitely sounds like TMJ. I am a long time sufferer. Ringing in the ears, popping, clicking, plugged ears, dizzyness, jaw soreness, tooth pain, headache..... Almost feel like your coming down with a cold or sinus issues, maybe even some body aches?

I was diagnosis: TMJ caused by clinching & grinding my teeth due to stress.

For relief:
*Bite/nite guard for teeth (see your dentist.)
*Anti-inflammatories, prescription or OTC.
*Jaw exercises throughout the day.
*Daily exercise to assist with stress relief.
*Prayer/meditation.
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replied February 16th, 2012
I just went to the ear specialist today after having "blocked ears" for a year and a half. He said my ears are completely fine and are even equalizing properly. He said I was stressed and may be causing a spasm in my jaw. After reading some articles I've decided I have tmj. I was having severe anxiety attacks when this all started which I am assuming triggered it and have often woken up with a very painful jaw and unable to open my mouth. I have also noticed a change in the way my teeth sit together which may be due to clenching my jaw or grinding my teeth. I have only just put all these things together. Now to try to fix the problem!
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replied May 4th, 2013
I have the same problem, but I don't think it's related to jaw clenching for me. I've had generalized anxiety for about 5 years and I started having this symptom about a year and a half ago. I have both the dizziness and the clogged ears. Occasionally, I will also get headaches on the side of my head that only last a few minutes, but are not very painful. I also started to get muscle twitches around the same time. Is there anything other than just taking this herbal supplement that your talking about? Is it possible to have an ear infection for that long? Should I try to get antibiotics or antihistamines? My ear doctor said that if it stays they will have to do surgery or put in tubes. I really don't think that's necessary.
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replied February 4th, 2014
Plugged ears
I have been to several docs. Right ear plugged constantly, right nostril plugged, ringing in right ear, clicking in left ear, loss of hearing in right ear, burning mouth syndrome, mouth sores, had dizziness, panic attacks, insomnia. Had normal blood tests, abnormal EEG, normal MRI, conclusion Eustacian tube dysfunction. No drugs or nasal sprays helped. What did help is low dose estrogen cured insomnia, iodine as kelp supplements solved anxiety, low sodium diet fixed dizziness, eliminating sugar and wheat helps mouth and ears somewhat. Hard to keep sugar out. Also stopped dairy to keep mucus down. Not sure if helps yet. Most important is to get exercise and deal with stress. Also difficult to do tho. Good luck to all. Keep trying to help yourself and keep searching for answers.
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