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Ten Year ENT issue

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  • Posted By: owieowie
  • February 14, 2008
  • 02:36 AM

Hi everyone,

ABout 10 years ago my left ear became blocked after swimming. I had the doctor syringe it after a day, but it didn't make any difference.

I then was refered to an ENT surgen, who has examined me and given me an ear test (no problems) but my ear still felt 'blocked'. 2 trips to the ENT surgen later, and I was told that there must be a eustation tube blockage, and it would go away by itself in time. 1 year later, ENT says "Sorry, still can't find anything wrong".

During the last few years, my voice strength has deminished to the point that people often can not understand me. I've always been pretty softly spoken and a bit of a mumbler, but I can feel it getting weaker. My throat is always dry no matter how much water I manage to drink (2-4 litres a day) which I'm guessing is the reason for this.

I work in an airconditioned office, and the symptons started about 6 months after starting work there. Maybe coincidense? They don't go away when I'm on holidays (6 weeks away 2 years ago).

Throughout this time I have been suffering with tonsil stones, which again I am assuming is due to the dry throat.

There always seems to be claggy phlem in my throat making it more difficult to talk.

I have abstained from coffee and alcohol for periods of time, and it doesn't seem to make much difference.

My left nostril is harder to breath through for some reason.

I have recently started getting tinitus.

When I drink alcohol, the left side of my brain feels 'funny' or 'numbish'. I've had no alcohol for 2 months.

My house is not the most dust-free place in the world, so for a while (2 weeks) I was taking antihistamines(?) to see if was some sort of alergy. This made no difference.

I seem to come off the worst when travelling by air. My ears can take 24hours to get back to 'normal'. Sometimes there is a lot of pain when descending and my ear refuses to POP.

Any suggestions appreciated, as I am loath to spend more money on specialists that say they can't help me.

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