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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction- Allergy induced!

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12,127 words with 16 Comments; publish: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 15:20:00 GMT; (90078.13, « »)

I've had allergy induced etd for almost 2 years now..full thing, makes my throat & sinuses swell too. Flonase and Clarinex make it bearable..anyways I'm just curious as to how common this is! Anyone...share your experiences, treatments, etc..whatever it is..I know this condition exists, my doctor told me about it, but I can't find much about it on the internet!

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    • Hi PinkBanana

      I have ETD. At first my doc was convinced that it was from allergies. He pumped me full of allergy meds that made my sinuses dry out. I ended up with daily nose bleeds. I then went for testing and it turns out I am allergic to nothing. Latest theory is that I developed ETD after a really bad sinus infection. It aggrevated my previously damaged inner ear. My ears clicked and swished and drove me nuts for months. Now they click and swish when the weather changes or when I drive in the mountains. If I get a cold they also act up. Moist heat around my neck helps. I also use saline spray to keep my sinuses from drying out too much.

      Good Luck

      Mia

      #1; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:40:00 GMT
    • Hi PinkBanana

      I have ETD. At first my doc was convinced that it was from allergies. He pumped me full of allergy meds that made my sinuses dry out. I ended up with daily nose bleeds. I then went for testing and it turns out I am allergic to nothing. Latest theory is that I developed ETD after a really bad sinus infection. It aggrevated my previously damaged inner ear. My ears clicked and swished and drove me nuts for months. Now they click and swish when the weather changes or when I drive in the mountains. If I get a cold they also act up. Moist heat around my neck helps. I also use saline spray to keep my sinuses from drying out too much.

      Good Luck

      Mia

      Hi Mia

      I had the same problem with ETD after a sinus infection. I had to get the PE Tubes to relieve me of the pressure. Are you getting better or is ETD something you have to live with your whole life? Do you know any one who has or had PE Tubes?

      Thanks

      Nick

      #2; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:41:00 GMT
    • Hi Mia

      I had the same problem with ETD after a sinus infection. I had to get the PE Tubes to relieve me of the pressure. Are you getting better or is ETD something you have to live with your whole life? Do you know any one who has or had PE Tubes?

      Thanks

      Nick

      hi nick, did you get the tubes? how are they working? are you having any lasting effects from the lab? thanks lib

      #3; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:42:00 GMT
    • Nick

      I am due to have tubes fitted - I have Lab - but with ear symptoms also. Did you have Lab too? Would you recommend the tubes? xxx

      #4; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:43:00 GMT
    • Hi Concerned

      I think I got a lot better. My ENT told me that if I did get better by sometime in August he was going to do a procedure were he would put small slits in my ears to see if it helped. When the time came he thought I was getting better on my own and opted not to do it. I got the sinus infection in March and my ears clicked swished and popped continuously until July. In July I began taking steroids for six weeks. Two weeks on a week off and two weeks on again. The clicking and swishing gradually got better. The biggest side effect was the weight gain. Now my ears click and swish only a little when the weather changes. I can definitely predict when a storm is coming. My head also feels like it is being sucked in, kind of like the feeling you get right before you sneeze. Although annoying at times, these symptoms are not debilitating. I can pretty much function normally.

      I have not even considered flying. I always had trouble with my ears not wanting to pop on decent even before this mess.

      Hope you are soon feeling better

      Mia

      #5; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:44:00 GMT
    • hi nick, did you get the tubes? how are they working? are you having any lasting effects from the lab? thanks lib

      Hi Lib

      The doctor put one tube in my right ear first to see if it would help. It's working great. The fullness is gone but the crackling is still there. It's only been 5 days and I hope as time goes on the crackling will go away too. I have an appointment to put the tube in my left ear next week.

      The only effects I have left from the Lab ( I had vestibular neuritis) is the ETD. I'm not even sure if ETD is from Lab. Is it?

      Nick

      #6; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:45:00 GMT
    • Nick

      I am due to have tubes fitted - I have Lab - but with ear symptoms also. Did you have Lab too? Would you recommend the tubes? xxx

      Hi Emsybobs:

      I had VN. The doctor put a tube in my right ear first to see if it would work. The ear fullness is completely gone. I definately would recommend it if you have ear fullness. I never had problems with my ears my whole life. Not even an infection. I'm not sure if ETD is a result from VN or Lab. Do you know? I'm going next week for the left ear. I hope the crackling will go away too with time.

      Nick S

      #7; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:46:00 GMT
    • Hi Lib

      The doctor put one tube in my right ear first to see if it would help. It's working great. The fullness is gone but the crackling is still there. It's only been 5 days and I hope as time goes on the crackling will go away too. I have an appointment to put the tube in my left ear next week.

      The only effects I have left from the Lab ( I had vestibular neuritis) is the ETD. I'm not even sure if ETD is from Lab. Is it?

      Nick

      hi,

      whats the difference between lab and v.n., i dont even have a diagnosis, so i am not sure if one can start the other. did your ears thump, or vibrate with breathing? how long do you leave the tubes in? thanks lib

      off to another ent at 2 will let everyone know when i get back!

      #8; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:47:00 GMT
    • Hey Emsybobs, how are you doing. Illia and I were chatting the other night and she mentioned you, have you heard from her by the way, I was curious to know how she was getting on and if she was ok. How do they diagnose ETD then? I have had allergies really bad for the last year which may or may not have contributed to this ear thing. Can you tell me more about how they diagnose etc.. hope you too are doing ok. Sx
      #9; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:48:00 GMT
    • Hi Little one.

      Good to hear from you. Hope you are doing ok. I'm not bad, been through a bad dizzy patch which made me feel v low but back to a bit of a better stage so a bit brighter now. This thing is so up and down - I find as soon as the dizzies get bad, my mood plummets. I start VRT properly at end of Feb but doing at my myself now anyway. Went for a walk in the dark tonight - felt horrific when I got in!

      I am in touch with Ilia daily and she has just rung actually and yes is fine. Am seeing her tomorrow. She has a lot to report from London. It seems they think it is not at all unusual for a person to have a vestibular problem for so long - they see so much of it.

      ETD - I have not strictly been diagnosed with this. I have ear symptoms along with Lab/VN so my ENt said tubes would help. To diagnose "Proper" ETD, they use a pressure test - had this - mine normal - dont know what its called. There are varying degrees of ETD.

      Are you still working little one? Dont know how you do it. I cant deal with much work both physically and mentally (ie: find it draining coping with this).

      Lib - VN is nerve damage, lab is not nerve related and may be damage or inflammation. VN normally lasts longer but the terms are used interchangeably.

      xxx

      #10; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:49:00 GMT
    • hi,

      whats the difference between lab and v.n., i dont even have a diagnosis, so i am not sure if one can start the other. did your ears thump, or vibrate with breathing? how long do you leave the tubes in? thanks lib

      off to another ent at 2 will let everyone know when i get back!

      Hi Lib

      Vestibular Neuritis is an inflammation in a different part of the vestibular system. Lab is an inflammation of the Labyrinth. The terms are interchangeable but I believe V.N. is worse because there is nerve damage sometimes. It also caused BPPV for me which lasted 6 weeks. I had the Epley Maneuver performed and the BPPV completely went away.

      My ears didn't thump when breathing. They just crackled when I swallowed and there was a constant fullness ( ear pressure). I've had a tube in my right ear for 6 days and the fullness is gone. The cracking is still there but I hope the Eustachian Tube will heal and the crackling will go away. I'm due to be fitted for the left ear next week.

      Nick S

      #11; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:50:00 GMT
    • Hi Nick - can I ask - how did you know ud developed BPPV? Did they do the dix-hallpike test? How did your symptoms change? Thanks xxx
      #12; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:51:00 GMT
    • Hi Nick - can I ask - how did you know ud developed BPPV? Did they do the dix-hallpike test? How did your symptoms change? Thanks xxx

      I knew because everytime I changed the position of my head my eyes would start spinning (nystagmus) because mixed messages were being sent to the brain from the ear rocks. When I would put my head on the pillow (body horizontal) the nystagmus would start and stop after 20 seconds and the when I got up the same thing would happen for approximately 20 seconds. I did have the dix-haapike test done by an ENT and he confirmed the BPPV.

      My friend is an neurologist and he performed the Epley Maneuver on me on Oct 1, 2003 and the BPPV was immediately cured. There was no more nystagmus because the ear rocks were moved to a place where they could not effect my balance. The funny thing is about 1 week ago I started getting very very weak BPPV when I rolled over in bed. There was no nystagmus but I could feel the dizzy feeling in my head. It is very very weak and does not bother me. My friend, the neurologist said it should go away with a few days.

      Nick S

      #13; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:52:00 GMT
    • Question for yall then..for those of you that have tubes...do you think tubes would help allergy induced ETD? It gets sooo bad at times!! I'm NOT looking forward 2 spring at all...I can't stand the pain in my ears, nose and throat and the constant feeling of dripping everywhere in my ET. I take Clarinex daily, Flonase, Singulair & Advair 4 my asthma..Sudafed or Guiafenex when it gets bad. That all helps..but I still get flare ups.
      #14; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:53:00 GMT
    • Question for yall then..for those of you that have tubes...do you think tubes would help allergy induced ETD? It gets sooo bad at times!! I'm NOT looking forward 2 spring at all...I can't stand the pain in my ears, nose and throat and the constant feeling of dripping everywhere in my ET. I take Clarinex daily, Flonase, Singulair & Advair 4 my asthma..Sudafed or Guiafenex when it gets bad. That all helps..but I still get flare ups.

      Hi PinkBanana:

      What symptoms do you have with ETD from the allergies? What are you allergic to? I think the PE Tubes will work but find out if you will be O.K. once they fall out. PE Tubes will equalize the atmospheric pressure with your middle ear pressure taking over the job of the eustachian tubes. Do you have symptoms all year round?

      Nick S

      #15; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:54:00 GMT
    • Hi PinkBanana:

      What symptoms do you have with ETD from the allergies? What are you allergic to? I think the PE Tubes will work but find out if you will be O.K. once they fall out. PE Tubes will equalize the atmospheric pressure with your middle ear pressure taking over the job of the eustachian tubes. Do you have symptoms all year round?

      Nick S

      When I'm having a flare up, it feels like my ears are like suctioning really really tight, it really hurts!! It feels like its just squeezing shut or something. It hurts all the way into my throat, and it makes my throat swollen and painful. Then it makes my sinuses swell which gives me sinus headaches. It feels like I can feel my entire ET..b/c all of it gets swollen and painful. I do have symptoms all year round. I'm taking several medications for it..but sometimes all that can't stop the swelling and pain. When I get sick its an absolute nightmare to deal with! Any kind of respiratory infection sets it off full blown, and resistant to all medication. I do not know what I am allergic to, I can't be tested..I have a tendency to break out in severe eczema very easily. I THINK some of my allergies are dust, pollen, ragweed, dry air..but I'm not positive.

      #16; Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:55:00 GMT