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#1 Kathy D

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:09 PM

My right ear hearing is not as good as my left ear. It feels a bit stuffy like it needs to pop but has not for 2 days now. I have light ringing in that ear on and off.

I have had a runny nose now for several days and thought it was allergies, but never had a plugged ear for for 2 days straight with with allergies :)

Any of you all experienced this? (my bp is normal :) )

Thanks for any input,

KD
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#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:33 PM

Hi KD,

That sounds really uncomfortable and definitely annoying!

Of course, it would take a doctor to diagnose and treat your problem, but sure, you could have a cold. Do you have other symptoms besides the stuffy nose and sensation of blockage in that ear?

There are so many things that can cause hearing loss and the ringing in your ears that you describe (tinnitis). Have you tried putting warm, moist compresses on that side of your head? If it's blocked or inflamed sinuses, that might help.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 07:51 PM

Hi KD,

The same thing happened to me. I woke up one morning feeling as if I were on an airplane (only affected one ear, though). I had just gotten over a cold two or three days before, so I thought it was odd. Anyway, I went to the doctor, who gave me stuff to dry up the ear, which she said looked wet. I went back a week later, and she could see that it had dried up a lot, however, I was still having some hearing loss. Eventually I was sent to an ear specialist.

Tests there showed a significant hearing loss. By the time I went to the ear specialist, I had begun experiencing some hearing loss in the other ear.

The doctor told me there was nerve damage and said there was enough hearing loss to warrant hearing aids. I just couldn't believe it! The doctor was very kind. I went another year, but then gave in to the idea of hearing aids. They have been wonderful and I am so glad I got them!

I sincerely hope you don't have the same results! But I am passing this on to you because I think it's pretty important to go get your hearing checked out right away. Read on this site about autoimmune hearing loss. I think that may be what happened. I also wonder about the Cialis I take. I really have no choice but to take it, though, because it protects me from those hideous digital ulcers.

If you can bypass your primary care doctor and go straight to an ear specialist, I think that would be a good thing.

Good luck!

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:37 PM

Hello, KD,

As someone who has been dealing with tinnitis (both the pulsating heartbeat type and a high pitched ringing sound) constantly for years I can definately relate to having that constant internal background noise in my head.

I have had my hearing checked and they never find any loss, for which I am extremely lucky, but I do have trouble understanding the high pitched voices of children at times and have had to get a new alarm clock that sounds like a rooster crowing because the normal sonic alarms are the exact same tone as my ringing so I don't even notice them.

I would strongly agree with both Jeannie and Mary that it is most definitely worth getting checked by a doctor, since it could be a secondary infection from the cold or even autoimmune related .

I can offer a suggestion to help you sleep if the tinnitis is bothersome enough to effect your sleeping. I use a white noise machine at night when the ringing is especially bad, it does not stop the ringing, but it does help to mask it a little, sometimes just enough to let me nod off.

I hope that you find relief soon and that this quickly resolves itself.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 04:16 AM

KD,
I'm sitting here reading your post with a 'stuffy' ear myself. It started with a cold and sinus congestion then on March 7th when I woke up with severe pain in my ear. I got in to see a general practitioner and she took one look and told me my eardrum was bright red. She gave me drops and an antibotic. That stopped the pain, but the stuffiness has never gone completely.

I went to my regular general practitioner 10 days later after I finished the antibotics and complained that my ear was still full of junk and I could hardly hear at all. I knew my left ear was my good ear, but I didn't know until this happened, how poor my hearing was in my right ear! He gave me a RX for a generic nasal steroid to help lessen the inflammation and it seemed like it was helping, but now I have my sinuses full of 'stuff' again and I guess it's going back into my ear again. I do have some tinnitis, but not too bad.

I don't know if it is related to allergies or not, but here in Georgia everything is blooming. I'm wondering if I should go back to my general practitioner again.

Cheryle

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 08:58 AM

Thank you for all the kind replies.

I have an appointment scheduled with my primary care physician on Tuesday, I'll be sure to let you know what he says.

Cheryle, I hope its just allergies for you :) Not the case here though, we aren't green yet in Colorado, getting 2 feet of snow tonight!

KD
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:53 PM

Update,

Dear husband just got home with ear wax removal kit. Poor guy, he had to hike over two steep slippery blocks in deep snow to get home!!

Well, just clear clean liquid, unfortunately not wax. Will tell you how it goes on Tuesday at the doctors.

KD
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Posted 19 April 2009 - 11:24 AM

Penny

I've had tinnitus since I was a child, both the heartbeat one and the ringing, I much prefer the ringing. I have become so used to it that I don't think I could sleep without it, weird I know.

Anyway I had a friend with tinnitus and she used to sleep with a small portable radio under the pillow with the worse effected ear over it and play it very low, low enough not to keep her awake but loud enough to hear. It served as a distraction like your white noise thingy which I've never hear of.

Funny thing is I've never had a diagnosis, I never though much of it having had it from about the age of 10. I only realized as an adult what the ringing/whining noise was. I have asked my husband before if he can hear "that" when it's been so loud that I'm not sure if in my head or outside! :lol:

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#9 Kathy D

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 08:20 AM

I canceled my doctors appt this morning. I was too nauseated to get cleaned up much less drive 40 minutes.

Now I wonder if its the actually the flu. I really hope its the flu and it goes away, and that its not related to the increased plaquenil dosage. I dont think so though, have missed 2 nights of plaq lately due to vomitting.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 10:58 AM

KD,

Oh no, I am sorry that you are feeling so rotten, hon.

I have been there (too sick to go to the doctor) and my husband never understands saying things like "if you are sick that is exactly why you need to go to the doctor". The truth is that sometimes you are just feeling too rotten and the thought of having to take a shower, then get in a car is way too much, let alone sit in a waiting room then see the doctor and have to drive back home.

Hopefully you will be feeling better, soon, though I will have to add a little advice to see your doctor if it does not clear up in the next couple of days (advice is easy for me to give but often ignores my own advice myself <_< )

If you are not keeping your medications down or they are going right through you then you are not benefiting from them at all, not only that but your electrolytes will go off kilter and that will only add to your discomfort.

The rule of thumb that was pounded into my thick skull by many a doctor is that a cold lasts a week, the flu can last two, but any more than that and it could be a secondary infection that needs to be checked into.

Bundle up, sip clear fluids often and nibble at bland foods such as dry toast and steamed rice to give your belly a little break and hopefully this will pass quickly. Avoid sugary sports drinks, because the sugar can actually trigger diarrhea or make it worse if you have it. This is 'Mom' advice, of course!