'Ear This!

@Raelove (17576)
Saco, Maine
March 30, 2016 7:35am CST
A few weeks ago, I had my doctor check my right ear, as I suspected I had fluid in it. Whenever I coughed or blew my nose, I could hear a loud bubbling sound. She said there was fluid there, and suggested I take an over-the-counter allergy pill which would help the ear drain. I did that and have been taking the pills since then, but it hasn't gotten any better. In fact, it's much worse today, and that ear feels numb, pops all the time, and I can't hear as well with it. I called the doctor's office and will go in later this morning to see the nurse practitioner. I get some relief by leaning far over on that side while holding on to the counter or a chair. But then the minute I stand up straight again, I hear and feel the fluid draining back down against the ear drum. I obviously can't walk around bent over all day, so I'm anxious to clear this up. It will be nice to get rid of that stuffed-up feeling and to able to hear more clearly again, too. My appointment can't come soon enough! (Public Domain Image)
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@Teep11 (7137)
• United States
30 Mar 16
I hope that's rectified soon. I'm sure that is quite bothersome. Hopefully it will be gone soon so that you can feel better.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
Thank you!
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@Tampa_girl7 (26197)
• United States
30 Mar 16
That sounds frustrating. I hope you can get some relief.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
So do I. Thanks.
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@gudheart (12741)
30 Mar 16
I wonder if I have the same issue as my left ear always feel blocked and pops a lot.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
Could be. You might want to have it checked, as it can develop into an infection.
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@gudheart (12741)
30 Mar 16
@Raelove I think I did a year ago but they said nothing major and might just be fluid imbalance.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
@gudheart It's still annoying!
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@Juliaacv (33116)
• Canada
30 Mar 16
I feel for you, there is nothing worse, in my books, then trouble with your ear, fluid being the worse of it. I hope that your time passes quickly until your appointment and that they can get you something prescribed that will clear it up quickly.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
It's not the worse thing I've experienced, but it's annoying, as I hate the popping and bubbling all the time, the loss of hearing and the numbness. There's no pain--yet--so I want to deal with it before there is.
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@JudyEv (134533)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr 16
I had a lot of trouble with my ears as a child. Nowadays, I have tinnitus and they itch incredibly. When I'm on my own, I always seem to be digging in them which can't be a good thing.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
5 Apr 16
No, it's not. And using Q-tips or anything else in them is very bad. I have tinnitus, too, at times. And once in awhile, the itching. But now it's just plugged and I can't hear well out of it. Getting better, though.
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@JudyEv (134533)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr 16
@Raelove I'm glad it's getting better. And, in my own defence, I never use anything bar a finger!
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
6 Apr 16
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@amadeo (72890)
• United States
30 Mar 16
this is one thing that you should pay a lot of attention.When ever you suspect any kind of trouble with the ear.It is best to check it out. you do not want to lose any hearing there.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
If it's not better in a week, I'm going to an ear-nose-throat person, as this nurse-practitioner doesn't want it to get worse, as in "infected," which it isn't yet.
@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Mar 16
Ears are magnificent. I hope you get this problem taken care of soon.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
Thanks.
@marlina (77795)
• Canada
30 Mar 16
I don't understand why your doc did not remove the fluid on the spot.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
I don't either. But around here, most doctors will send you to someone else, like an ear-nose-throat doctor, or some other kind of specialist. We no longer have doctors who do it all here. The health care system in the U.S. is sadly lacking.
@LadyDuck (175716)
• Switzerland
30 Mar 16
This sounds more like an Otitis, I think that a low dose of antibiotics would be a lot better than allergy pills.
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
I think so, too. I will ask about it.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
I'm surprised you don't have a bit of vertigo with your ear clogged like that. Hope you can get some help at the doctor today
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
I have had loss of balance, so I will mention that, too. Can't wait to get there.
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
30 Mar 16
That must be very uncomfortable, hope you get better soon
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@Raelove (17576)
• Saco, Maine
30 Mar 16
It is very! Thanks!
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