I'll be the first to admit that I don't like these kind of blogs, but I am desperate, I know this is lengthy… but I’d appreciate if you’d take the time to see that I have tried doing many things to get this figured out.
I have been having trouble with my ears since April. I had horrible a few episodes of Vertigo that didn’t respond to Meclizine. The longest episode lasted about 16 hours and all I could do was lie still in the dark and not move my head :( Thankfully the episodes only lasted a month. But since then, I have been experiencing severe ear pain.
I went to an Urgent Care 3 times to try and get a diagnosis. I was told that I may have fluid behind my eardrum. I was put on 2 rounds of antibiotics and was also told to try Claritin D and Allegra D as well as Nasonex. The only thing that happened was that my nasal passages became extremely dry and painful.
After no relief, I was referred to an ENT. However, while waiting for an appointment, I ended up in the ER because the pain was so severe that I thought my eardrums were going to rupture. They only thing they could do was give me some pain meds and send me home… lets just say I found out the hard way that my body does not like hydracodone.
During the time I was still waiting for my appointment with the ENT, I also had my annual checkup/cleaning with my dentist so while I was there, I asked them to check me for TMJ because I heard that ear pain could be a possible symptom. The dentist did a panoramic X-ray of my mouth/jaw and saw no evidence from the X-ray or my mouth that suggested a TMJ disorder. I didn’t have any cavities and they said my teeth looked great.
After seeing the ENT, I was told that getting tubes in my ears might help. The procedure was done right there in the office... let's just say I was a little traumatized by the procedure. I don't think they were completely honest with me about how much it was going to hurt. I mean come on.. they were taking a scalpel and slicing a whole in my eardrum and shoving a tube in it with only a little numbing shot. (I don't think mine worked, because I felt everything and was in tears throughout the whole thing... I’m still a little bitter that they didn't even give me any kind of pain medicine after or prescribe anything for me)
It took a while to recover from the procedure so I wasn't sure if the tubes were doing any good. About a week or two later I ended up in the ER again because of the pain and finally got some relief from Percocet (good stuff =] )
After my follow up appointment with my ENT, my doctor suggested that I should be allergy tested because I am not normally from the area. A few weeks went by still with no relief and after getting pricked 40 times, it turns out that I tested positive to many things in the area.. ie. grass, trees, dust, mold, cats etc. I am still waiting to hear back from my doctor the course of treatment ie. Meds/shots.
Here are the symptoms I have: Severe ear pain (both ears), pain can be felt in ears, jaw and even teeth sometimes, sometimes headache, at point had bad episodes of vertigo, I don’t know if this is significant, but I’ve noticed the pain seems to worsen in the evening. I am majoring in music so I am singing a LOT during the week and I noticed that the pain increases while I sing .
Medications I am currently taking: Zoloft , and Nuva Ring.
Any who… so I guess this leads to my question/concern… Can pain this severe be caused simply by allergies? I’m just a little confused because the only “allergy” symptom I have is concerning my ears. I don’t have the usual nasal/itchy eyes/sneezing stuff etc. My ENT was honest and said that if my ear pain was not a result of my allergies that he was stumped as to what was causing my ear pain. This pain interferes with my daily life and is making things very difficult. I don’t know if I just have a low pain tolerance, but this pain is miserable. The only thing so far that has given me relief is Percocet which I am very cautious while using because it’s not good to overdo that stuff and plus, I don’t want to become dependent/addicted to them.
I guess I am at a standstill as to what to do next if the allergy meds don’t give me relief. (Claritin D and Allegra D already didn’t work)
Financially, I am not in a position where I can just simply go find a bunch of doctors to get checked out by so I am trying to do as much research as I can before I go and waste more hundreds of dollars I don’t have. (I’m still paying off my medical bills…)
I’d appreciate any thoughts, suggestions or encouragement. Thanks :)
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