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I had a sinus infection at the end of september......It was different than I usually experience b/c it felt like strep throat! I was treated w/ an anti-biotic, then steriod pack........It took about 10 days for my throat to feel better. Almost instantly my ears became clogged and I also have post-nasal drip. I went back to the Dr., took a sinus x-ray which still revealed some infection....Took another anti-biotic. During this time, I had a couple of trips planned which led to several plane rides....I'm sure that didn't help.

I've since visited an ent, done a ct of my sinuses, only to reveal no infection. The only thing he could see was enlarged nasal tissues!! Everthing that I have been reading says that even after the infection is gone, inflammation can linger...Leading to my clogged ears and post nasal drip. Why it's still going on is beyond me!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, it's really driving me insane!

I'm wondering why this inflammation is not going away?? The ent suggested that surgery to reduce my nasal turbinates could help.......Surely I don't need surgery after having a sinus infection???????

I'm confused!!

Can anyone offer any suggestions or has anyone ever experienced lingering effects such as these??


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replied November 24th, 2005
I am going through the same symptoms and I have seen an ent doctors which has now prescribed me a course of cortison based medicines to help reduce the swelling of my nose passage. At the end of this course he' ll consider to operate the turbinates.
I researched the turbinates operation and found out that can also be done by laser.
Wish you all the best and hope you find relief.

Emma
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replied November 28th, 2005
Clogged Ears!!
Hi emma,
thanks for the reply. I'm sorry to hear that you are going through this too. Is your medication helping at all? Do you have any other symptoms than just your ears being clogged and did this occur after a cold or infection?

My biggest symptoms are these: clogged ears, post nasal drip, dry and/or raw feeling way back behind my nose and high in the throat. I'm thinking that all this extra mucus is clogging the eustachian tube....But what is causing all the extra drainage?? My ct scan showed swollen nasal tissue (which the Dr. Called congestion), but I don't have any problems with stuffy nose or breathing.

I just made an appt with an ear doctor for thursday morning. They had to "squeeze" me in......Hope I get more than 5 minutes with the doc.

Let me know what's going on with you, and if your meds are helping.
Thanks!
Amy
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replied November 28th, 2005
Clogged Ears! Help!!
Hi amy,

these days I am feeling very annoyed and down.

I have the post nasal drip, dry and burning feeling behind my nose, dry throat, stuffy nose/throat, loads of thick phlem, stuffy nose, can t breath very well, plus have preassure in the frontal part of my forehead that causes me a bit of headache from time to time.

The xray I had done showed that I had there is preassure on my forehead caused by the thickening of the mucoses.

These days I have a very blocked nose, and I am forcing the phlem out by blowing it very strongly ( I know I shouldn t do it but I cannot help myself!).

I have now done 10 days with a nasal spray and some cortison tablets, tomorrow I am starting the 40 days course of cortison injections.. I need to do 3 every 20 days.
For the dryiness of the nose and throat I was prescribed a natural spray made of seaweed and some nasal drop made of glicerine and menthol.. The glicerine drops I found them are good to keep the mucoses moisturised.

I read that all the extra phlem created is due to the enlarged glands that produce more.

By the way I went to an italian ear nose and throat doctor who visited me with a telescopic camera (don t know what is called) by putting it into my nose, throat and ears.

Let me know how your visit goes.

Take care
emma
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replied December 3rd, 2005
Clogged Ears!!
Hi emma,
are you feeling any better? How long have you been feeling this way?

I saw an ear doc on thursday. He said that I most likely have patulous eustachian tube.....Meaning my et stays open and the air is not equalizing properly. But, he said my ear exam was normal and that there is no damage to my ears. His "prescription" was to give it more time...It may just go away on it's own. If it doesn't, he said we could put tubes in my ears....About a 5 minute procedure per ear. I even asked about steriod or anti-inflammatory treatment and he said he didn't think that's what I needed.

I sort of think that this et diagnosis might be a secondary cause to what's going on.....The post nasal drip and feeling in my throat is still unexplained?? He did say that my turbinates look fine (ent doc had mentioned surgery). It's so hard to believe these doctors when they all say something different!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me know how you are feeling.
Amy
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replied December 30th, 2005
Re: Clogged Ears!! Help!
Dear piper & others,

i have had deviated septum problems and even though I had surgery I still have alot of swelling, dripping, sneezing, and fullness in my head. The sinus troubles seem to cause pressure and clogged ears. I refuse to take steroids of any kind any more because they can do a number on my immune system making my condition worse...And the effect doesn't last for me...The problems always come back. I do allergy shots every week which keeps the "histamine" reaction from happening, but if I let it go too long than all the symptoms return. I can even experience dizziness from all of this...
But anyway getting back to you about the specific swelling in the nose and ear.....I would go with some powerful antioxidants that will minimize the swelling and dry up the fluids and also protecting you from further infections. I know of a great formula that contains grapeseed extract with a vitamin-c, is very safe and pure to take, and has results I have never seen before this. But, I would also think about your "triggers" in your environment and foods. Preservatives can cause huge problems. Think about it...If we keep on being exposed to these things and keep on eating these things what is it doing to our immune systems? And, how can it really be eliminated?

Feel free to email me at anytime and I can send you some info if you like.

Be well,
denise
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replied March 19th, 2006
Clogged Ears!! Help!
Hi all,
i'm sorry for the delay in replying....I have let my busy days get in the way of correspondence. I do appreciate those responses to my posting.

I wanted to give an update to my situation, but before I do, I need to jump back in history a bit....About 10 years ago, I experienced some dizziness for a period of 3 months. I was treated several times for sinus infection and all the symptoms & dizziness finally went away.

3 years ago, I had a bad cold and experienced dizziness shortly after, which went on for almost a year. I had an mri, catscans, ear tests, etc....All to which were normal (thank goodness), but I still felt bad. After many many visits to different doctors (almost all dr's gave a different diagnosis), the final diagnosis was that I had vestibular neuritis (damage to the vestibular nerve). It did get "better", but bothered me off and on. I started taking a daily decongestant and nasal sprays, which offered help and almost all of 2005 I was dizzy free. For me dizziness is in the form of off-balanceness. I do not feel steady. It's very uncomfortable.

This brings me up-to-date, to last october, when I had an infection that as soon as it cleared up led to the popping ears that I originally posted about. The reason I tell you of my history is because starting in mid- december, I started to experience my dizziness again. I figured it was due to the ear problems.

I have since visited a new ent doctor, who listed to all my history. He does not feel that I have vestibular neuritis. He said vn is associated w/ vertigo. I felt at a loss. I just cry b/c I feel dr's either don't have enough experience with my problem, or are just too busy to spend the time digging further. He thinks my popping ears and dizziness are due to eustachian tube problems. He offered nothing new for me to try and/or other treatments.

The pressure in my ears was really bad in late 2005 and has since improved. I also don't have daily ears popping any more, but I definitely have periodic problems. I still have post nasal drip and headaches.

Ok...Sorry to write a book, but I would really like to hear back from anyone who has, or is experiencing similar problems. Any thoughts, advice, any treaments, anything??? I think dizziness affects so many people, for so many different reasons. I feel like I don't have many other choices than to try and help myself...

Thanks,
amy
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replied May 7th, 2006
Clogged Ears
I am almost over my clogged ears. My doctor prescribed amoxicillin for the infection, but that did not help clear up the fluid. I was also told it would clear up in three days, and my doctor did not take it very seriously. Well, what a pain it is to have clogged ears. I guess my doctor never experienced it, else she would have been more sympathetic.

After about two weeks of clogged ears (fluid in the ears, not wax), I finally did something that helped. This was to blow my nose, one nostril at a time. The trick was to plug up one nostril, and then go at it by blowing hard out the unplugged nostril. It was loud, and I probably woke up my neighbors, but it did help a lot. I had to do this about five or six times for two days, and now my ears are pretty much good. I still have more popping than normal, but I can hear!

One thing about the amoxicillin. I first had to take this about eight months ago due to an infection I got while swimming in the ocean. I did not listen to the doctor about finishing all the medicine. After taking the amox for a few days, my infection seemed better and I did not bother to finish it.

I now found out that it is important to take all the amoxicillin as prescribed. If not, your body could build up an immunity to the amox. This may have been why I got the second infection, because I never used to have problems with my ears before. So hopefully by taking all of the amox I have killed any lingering infections.
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replied May 15th, 2006
I constantly have crackling noises in my ear and I just figured this was normal.
Anyway to my relevent story, I had clogged head, blocked sinuses, couldn't breathe through my nose and I kept getting head colds and viruses. I was put on anit-biotics, nasal sprays, then a ridculous amount of cortisone tablets until finally a doctor said...Enough! I was finally referred to an ear nose and throat specialist who seemed drunk. He said they were going to remove my adnoids, which didn't make any sense to me, then I made the ent doctor look at a ct scan and it showed I had a growth in my sinuses. I went into hospital and found out I had a massive polyp growing in my sinuses and into my nasal cavity. Ewww. It was due to an alergy to mold and they can't help it ever growing back but they could try and contain it with a steroid spray. So long story short, have they checked for hiding polyps?
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replied May 15th, 2006
Also have you tried ear candles to remove wax safely. As long as you don't have an ear ache you can use them anytime. They are quite novel and you can cut them open afterwards and look at the grossness that was in your ear. Just google it or ask your health food store.
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replied September 30th, 2006
Re: Clogged Ears!! Help!
piper3 wrote:
i had a sinus infection at the end of september......It was different than I usually experience b/c it felt like strep throat! I was treated w/ an anti-biotic, then steriod pack........It took about 10 days for my throat to feel better. Almost instantly my ears became clogged and I also have post-nasal drip. I went back to the Dr., took a sinus x-ray which still revealed some infection....Took another anti-biotic. During this time, I had a couple of trips planned which led to several plane rides....I'm sure that didn't help.

I've since visited an ent, done a ct of my sinuses, only to reveal no infection. The only thing he could see was enlarged nasal tissues!! Everthing that I have been reading says that even after the infection is gone, inflammation can linger...Leading to my clogged ears and post nasal drip. Why it's still going on is beyond me!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, it's really driving me insane!

I'm wondering why this inflammation is not going away?? The ent suggested that surgery to reduce my nasal turbinates could help.......Surely I don't need surgery after having a sinus infection???????



I'm confused!!

Can anyone offer any suggestions or has anyone ever experienced lingering effects such as these??




Thanks!
e-mail me if want information on this. I know how to help you. My mom suffered many years. Seeing her pain I can feel yours.
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replied January 14th, 2008
Clogged Ear
hi>i read all of the previous msgs and thought someone can help me. I had a trip recently where i had to take two flights. Half way through my second flight i got severe pain in my left ear and it kept on getting worse. I felt like someone is stabing me in the ear. It was so painfull beyound any pain i have ever had in my life. I was suffering for an hour before the plane finally landed. When i got off the plane the pain was almost gone but my left ear was clogged and i could not hear with it anymore.It felt like it was still pressurized. Due to the fact that i have been flying since i was a baby i knew something was wrong because it does not hurt like as it did on the plane. However i thought my ear will unclog eventually within the nest hour or so. Now its been 6 days and my ear is still clogged>i am depressed, panicing, nervous, afraid and very aggitated. It does not take a lot for me to snap at anyone. I feel like i can not live like this anymore. My ear is constantly pressurized and feels like i have fluid in it. I am an athletic guy so i play sports all the time but now i cant leave my house.If something falls on the floor i need someone to pick it up for me because if i do i feel more pressure in my ear.I tried all the ticks noting seems to work. I tried 2 different antibiotics starting with amoxicillin and a strong anitcongestant for the past 5 days but its not working. I need help please please some one help me Sad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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replied January 17th, 2008
help for clogged ears
Hi,
Just read your post. You are not alone. I am also going nuts. Had a cough and semi cold on and off since Nov. It went away for a couple of weeks and came back mid dec. Went out of town for holidays, developed laryngitis and just crappy feeling. Not congested but still dry coughing. Flew home on Dec. 31st. A few days after that because aware of noises in my ears, hearing my heartbeat constantly and loss of hearing. Went to Dr., put me on Anti biotic and RX for cough tablets. Nothing worked. Next week he put me on a course of steroids. Did nothing. Tried Allegra for a few days. Did nothing. Also have been taking cough meds and decongestants over the counter. Going to ENT doctor Monday. I am at my wits end. I am afraid the ENT may not help either.
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replied January 17th, 2008
help for clogged ears
Hi,
Just read your post. You are not alone. I am also going nuts. Had a cough and semi cold on and off since Nov. It went away for a couple of weeks and came back mid dec. Went out of town for holidays, developed laryngitis and just crappy feeling. Not congested but still dry coughing. Flew home on Dec. 31st. A few days after that because aware of noises in my ears, hearing my heartbeat constantly and loss of hearing. Went to Dr., put me on Anti biotic and RX for cough tablets. Nothing worked. Next week he put me on a course of steroids. Did nothing. Tried Allegra for a few days. Did nothing. Also have been taking cough meds and decongestants over the counter. Going to ENT doctor Monday. I am at my wits end. I am afraid the ENT may not help either.
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replied February 12th, 2008
wow, i never thought there would be so much suffering the same!
hello all,

read all your posts and i am floored by the amount of people suffering the same symptoms!

for those seeing ENTs, please keep us updated with any results.

sherrel
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replied February 12th, 2008
clogged ears
My ears have gotten quite a bit better, probably just time has helped. They still itch and occasionally still hear the heartbeat when using my pillow at bedtime. . The throat problem and major coughing have also gotten somewhat better. My ENT doc said he thinks it is GERD and should take the Prilosec for a month. He said I have been treated for post nasal drip with all the meds I was taking it should have taken it away. Sometimes it takes that long for coughs to stop. My voice gets weak by the end of the day, but all in all I think I have improved. I'm going on a 17 hour flight overseas next week and hope my ears are OK. I am taking, gum for chewing, decongestant, drinking water slowly. That is supposed to help the ears. Getting old just sucks. Things take long to go away.
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replied February 25th, 2008
clogged ears
I was surprised to see I am not the only one going nuts with clogged ears. This is the 1st time it has happened to me and frankly it sucks. Had bronchitis in January and since then have been trying to get rid of stuffy nose and cough. My one ear popped last week and the other yesterday. It is very annoying not to be able to hear properly!. My Dr prescribed anti-histamine and nasal spray. I would love to hear if anyone's ears have cleared up completely and share the cure please!!
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replied February 25th, 2008
clogged ears
I was surprised to see I am not the only one going nuts with clogged ears. This is the 1st time it has happened to me and frankly it sucks. Had bronchitis in January and since then have been trying to get rid of stuffy nose and cough. My one ear popped last week and the other yesterday. It is very annoying not to be able to hear properly!. My Dr prescribed anti-histamine and nasal spray. I would love to hear if anyone's ears have cleared up completely and share the cure please!!
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replied February 27th, 2008
Clogged Ears
I've had a deviated septum since I was 16. I've suffer from allergies-seasonal, mildew, mold and dust. I have polyps. I blew a polyp out and suddenly lost the ear clogged feeling. But now it's back, polyps grow back.

I hear that using a neti pot works well and warm compresses on the ear.
Let me know if anyone has other suggestions.
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replied March 26th, 2008
RE:Clogged Ears
Hi! I can't believe I have been going through the same thing for a while now. I have one ear that is very clogged!! Reading the replies from everyone made me feel I am not alone!.. I also have had boughts with dizziness and sinus problems. It seems I am constantly on antibiotics and nasal decongestants. All tests given by the ent seem to come back normal. So I always ask myself then why am I feeling this way. I've even gone to an allergist whom found nothing wrong but reccommended a saline rinse. Which helps but does not cure!
Keep me posted, if anything new helps anyone.

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