About a week ago I got a sinus infection. A few days after I got this infection, my ears started feeling like they needed to pop, but the left one couldn't. This progressed to the point where I get SEVERE pressure on my left ear. It feels like I shouldn't be able to hear but my hearing is only mildly muffled. It has a dull ache to it, and usually if my ear doesn't pop at some point, all i can do is lay down and wait for it to clear itself up. I've been to three doctors, all three said all I can do is take Sudafed, my anti biotics for my infection, and use a prescription nasal spray I got, Flonase, twice in each nostril twice a day. I'm taking Tylenol for the pain, and I've been using Alka Seltzer Mucus and Congestion during the day, and Night time cold Formula before I go to bed. Sometimes both of my ears pop without problems for awhile, then one stops and starts getting pressure, usually my left ear. I've tried steam, I've tried holding my nose and closing my mouth and blowing gently. I've tried just about every partial relief to it or fix for it I could find. I've read if pressure gets to bad, your eardrum can rupture. I had an ENT tell me the eardrum rupturing would be a quick pain, and would relieve all of the pressure. The doctor I saw today, a Pediatrician at a hospital, said that the eardrum rupturing would be really painful and could cause a lot of damage, and that I may need surgery. If it means anything, I've had about 5 or so ear infections in the past 10 or so years, only the last 2 a good few years ago got to this degree. I also read that blowing your nose can make it worse, but I've had to a few times. At this particular moment, my right ear feels sensitive, as it was plugged up for most of the night, and my left ear which was alright all day, has severe pressure on it. It feels plugged, clogged, blocked off, etc, and that I should be deaf. If I burp, then it hurts somewhat. Finally, the first two doctors I saw said they saw a good bit of fluid. The doctor I saw yesterday said they saw nothing, but its still happening.
So, my questions are:
Can I really just sit here and wait for the meds to HOPEFULLY work?
How much pressure ruptures your eadrum, and how bad are the side effects?
Is there anything else I can do it for some form of relief?
Lastly, how long should I be expecting for this to clear up? Its been about a week since I got the infection.
Edit: I apologize if this is in the wrong section, I was not really paying attention. I just followed a link from google and posted in the same section as it.