Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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46 Comments:

At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you might have included zits too.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had to make a comment about your advice to the practitioner who thought your take on ear candling was misinformed. A local tv station here investigated a number of alternative medicine practices at one of those local fairs. They took the candles with their debris intact to a forensic lab in Vancouver BC. The results were reported back a couple of weeks later. They tested secretions were reported to be human ear wax. Sorry to burst your bubble but it surprised me too!

 
At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swimmers' ear...the only effective way to get the water out - for me - is to press my palm onto my ear, push air into (this is very slight) the ear, and form a vacuum and then I pull my palm away from my ear, after a few times it will drain itself. The water is "locked" and so it needs to be "suctioned" out. The flat palm effect has always worked for me.

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Ken said...

I have a doctor's appointment on Monday, but it's Friday and my ear is in pain... what's the best home treatment to help reduce the pain until I get to the doctor?

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am desperate. For one year, I have had fullness and pressure in my head, particularly around my eyes. Feels like a giant shot of novacaine or tight rubber band. Saw many doctors (2 ENTs, Allergist, others) had one CTscan, used countless sprays, pills, nasal douche, etc. and no diagnosis. No sinus pain, just fullness and pressure. Eyes are extremely dry, using Restasis (are they related?)Doctors have thrown up their hands, can't help me. No use of Rhinoscope that I know of. Is there any place to get help?

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a while now, I've had a recurring sore spot on either side of my septum right near the tip of my nose high up in the nostril. There is slight discomfort and what feels like a small bump in the cartilage of my nose, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. Is it possible to have a bone spur in that part of your nose? What else could this be?

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. hoffman,
I'm sorry, but this comment is unfortunately going to take a little time. I'm a 38 year old female, and not afraid to say so, with a 38 year old history of eustachian tube dysfuntion, this has caused for me to have had approx. 350 - 400 earinfections, I have had several surgeries (7) to attempt correction one which resulted in a partial mastoidectomy severe scarring of the canal and eardrum and ongoing pain and itching because of the wax buildup, and a lifetime of exclusion of almost everything, scuba, flying, climbing, jumping etc, because all of this makes me get an earinfection.
I recently heard about a surgery correcting this spastic muscle causing all my discomfort (and sorry to say my mental problems) How true is this information? can you give me a link or some information about this condition?
Alis dutch911@hotmail.com

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear doctor Hoffman,
I just wondered if I could ask you a little question that I have kinda been worried about. It started about 3 months ago when I started feeling dizzy headed. I had alot of sinus drainage so i went to the doctor. He put me on amoxicilian 2 times sence,but the problem is still there. Every time that I swallow my ears pop they do so like when you are in the mountains, hiwever mine have done this the whole time. When I was a child I had tubes put in my ears twice also. I also need to add that when I went to the doctor the first time he said that both my ears had ear infections. I guess that my question is can your ears make you feel dizzy like this and can it last this long bacause I am tired of worring my family says that it is in my head because i have asked them and the doctor questions about a brain turmor.

 
At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Worried Mom said...

My 10 year old daughter is having nosebleeds much more frequently now, and always from the left nostril. She has as many as 4 per day.

She has always been pale, bruises easily and is very thin. Her MD put silver nitrate in her left nostril which only caused more bleeding.

We know how to stop the bleeds when they happen - I was just wondering what else to try to stop the frequency of bleeds.

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 6 years ago I had surgery to remove a 2.5cm tumor on the 9th cranial nerve (glossopharyhgeal schwannoma)

Immediately after waking up from 11 hours of surgery and for the next 4 years I had the most horrible tinnitus that anyone could ever imagine. It damn near destroyed me, my marriage, and honestly, my will to live.

Then I entered a very stressful period (wife could not handle watching me suffer, moved out) and I starting chain-smoking Marlboros and drinking Guinness Stouts. I dropped from 180lb to 155lb in about a month.

Guess what? The tinnitus went away. It was like a gift from God. I would sleep for 10 hours when I could, because I could!

2 years later, I quit smoking, I'm back up to "normal" weight for 72" height, and I'm starting to crank up the horrrible tinnitus again. It is really bad now.

Only two things will diminish my tinnitus. Incredible amounts of alcohol, or a big dose of Diazepam, or God forbid, the combination.

My doctors are giving me the "well, you just got to live with it", but I bet those guys would have pulled the trigger rather than fight so hard like I have. I have a high tolerance for pain and a very healthy will to live, but for Pete's sake you can't torture somebody 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and expect their body to handle that. It just isn't right.

Where can I go, what can I do to get help? I have money, I have good insurance, and I have the time and flexibility to get things done, but I am exasperated trying to get someone to help.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Bibi said...

Are sneeze attacks and a sort of stuffy feeling all the time related to sinus cancer? Like having consistently puffed sinuses? If I blow my nose it triggers major sneeze attacks out of the blue. None of this ever happened until I lived for 3 months in a room that was seriously under construction. I breathed in fiberglass, drywall dust, new-carpet off gassing chemicals and mold sprouting out of the walls. This happened 10 years ago and my sinuses have never been the same since...Am I at serious risk for sinus cancer? I am 34.

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 34 yo have had two tympanoplastys that have not worked and now my doctor has said I should have another one. I have no discharge, no severe hearing loss, and really only have the general discomfort of a perforated eardrum (dull hearing). Should I do it?

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

last may (a year ago) i had coblation turbinate done inside both of my nostrils due to abnormal eustation tubes. six months following the proedure I experienced severe dryness in the area in which it was performed (back of nasal passage, top of throat). I'm having acupuncture done to stimulate the mucus membranes (hopefully). Any other rememdies? Other than the dreaded saline wash?

 
At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tinitus guy...i spoke to a woman that inadvertantly cured her tinitus while treating some other problem with an anti-oxidant called glutothione. she co-founded a company called 'label me sane', which uses glutothione to wean people off antidepressants. her name is alesandro and you can get contact info for them at their website, labelmesane.com. fingers crossed it works for you too.

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, a question. I have googled and googled and am in nursing school and NO one knows what I mean?

I had pneumonia about 13 years ago and ever since I get these smelly, waxy, rounded (sometimes grouped together) balls of smelly faintly yellow boogery things that come out the back of my sinus where it drains into my throat. Sometimes if it is large it feels like it is coming from the sinus side of the soft pallet at the back of my throat. They smell terrible and I have them often, but only since that episode of pneumonia.

WHAT.the.heck.is.it?

 
At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Clogged Ears on the CA Coast said...

Dr. Hoffman,

I came upon your doctorhoffman.com website using the yahoo search engine for “Eustachian tube dysfunction remedies.”

After reading your site, I felt compelled to schedule an appointment with you; however, I think it might be difficult to commute between Ventura, CA and Crescent City, CA. I am about an hour north of Los Angeles and a half hour south of Santa Barbara. Can you recommend an excellent ENT such as yourself in this part of So Cal?

I have had clogged ears for 7 years now, and have tried various remedies prescribed by my physicians (decongestants, nasal steroids, antibiotics, short-term tubes, antihistamines, etc.). I have seen three ENTs in my local area, none who have been able to “diagnose” my problem – with the exception that my Eustachian tubes are closed. My ears are at their worst when I have a cold, while driving and when heavy fogs roll into the coast (barometric pressure changes).

Four years ago, my tympanogram results were normal, hearing is still perfect, CT scan revealed a sinus infection at the time (plugged webs), tubes did not help, my dentist confirmed I do not have TMJ and there is no pain except a sore jaw from constantly popping my ears and mild facial pressure. Oh, and I do suffer from the tonsil stones, too.

My ears feel open when I am laying down. On occasion, they open on their own and feel wet. Minor relief is obtained by decongestants, or for minutes at a time when I am preoccupied.

I did see an acupuncturist for about 2-1/2 years and this actually provided the greatest relief. On the first appointment, after placing needles in sinus pressure points, my tubes opened and some crusty yellow stuff drained out (not wax). I have not seen my acupuncturist for about a year and a half now (pregnancy, baby, etc.) and my ear congestion has recently become exacerbated. I may see her again, but since the problem wasn’t completely alleviated, and since her diagnosis is that I have an affliction for “damp” due to pain in all the phlegm, mucous and liver pressure points throughout my body, I thought it best to again consult a really good ENT.

An allergy test revealed that I suffer from dust mite allergy (4 cm wheal) and a mild cat allergy (2 cm). The ENTs did not agree that my problem was related to allergies nor that there was fluid behind my ear, but the allergist insisted this was the case (he pointed out the dark circles under my eyes, but this is genetic as well). I will likely go back to the allergist to re-do allergy testing and start shots since I haven’t tried this option yet.

I think I will also try OTC Mucinex, and perhaps prednisone (if an ENT warrants it necessary).

Needless to say, 7 years of jaw popping is unsightly, uncomfortable, annoying … and I’m really hoping you can recommend a good contact for me. At this juncture, I don’t think this problem will go away with TOT.

 
At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Adrienne Reid said...

I have a polyp growing on my esophagus. It is small and is benign. My M.D. says that I should not worry about it as they seldom grow larger. I told him about someone I heard about that had a polyp on their esophagus that grew to the size of an orange. He said that this was highly unusual and that I should not worry. Should I leave the polyp alone, or have it removed by another M.D.? I guess what I really need to know is if polyps generally grow larger and cause problems, or do they usually stay the same size?

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter has been diagonsed with Mastoidous, she has not responded well to antibotics in the past. She is being treated now
and if the situation persist our specialist has recommened a mastiodectormy. My daughter is 14
what are the risks? What do we have to look forward afterwards if she get the proceedure done?

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was wondering if anyone could help me. On 11/16 I went to the Hospital for pain in the head, I figured sinus. They did a CT scan and said
sinusitis but they think they might have seen a "mass" and I need an MRI. I have panic disorder and
had a major panic attack whereas I was shaking terrible, blood pressure skyrocketed, my head was
pounding. My primary dr told me to come right away and had an MRI taken within minutes for me in
the same building which was negative. My dr gave me Levaquin which I took for about 4 days and told
him I started feeling terribly off balance. He switched me to Augmentin which I have been taking for
4 days for far. The balance problem is still there and some pain in the temples above my left ear.
My ears are clean with no sign of redness according to my dr. I am wondering if the stress of what
happend could be the cause and I need to rest it or maybe still some infection that the dr cannot see.

 
At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the guy who has severe tinnitus, or anyone else who suffers from it, you may be able to get some help in Portland, OR. My husband has suffered with tinnitus and I hope he can eventually get help here.
http://www.tinnitus-audiology.com/about.html

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous album501 said...

I have had chronic nasal congestion, year round, for years. Its unilateral; ie, usually one side is congested, with a strong preference for the right side. When the right side is blocked, I cant breathe very well thru the left side. Hence, I have to sleep on my left side, trying to get gravity to drain my right side. Its a pain. My specialist says I have a deviated septum and need surgery. I am not too keen on this. Especially because I cant seem to find an answer for what the basic problem is; ie, why is my nose chronically stuffed up? Is it an allergy? Why is it year round? What is a year round allergen? (worse in fall and winter). Can I treat myself by addressing the allergen first before any surgery? How do I find this allergen? I went to an allergist and we tried shots. Didnt work. He found several irritants but nothing singled out. No info on why year-round. Can anyone help?

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger gobig24x7 said...

Dr. Hoffman, I know you said you respond to short questions more often but I would greatly appreciate this if you took the time to read this.I am having the same problem as album501. I thought I was the only one with this chronic nasal congestion, either the left or right side of my nose is blocked 24/7 year round. Been like this since I got a nasty cold 5 years ago. Its driving me frigan nuts, I have tried everything in the book basically. People think I am a coke head because I sniffle so much and constantly blowing my nose cause all I feel is a big chunk of mucus that refuses to exit my nose. Don't know what to do. If you could help out somehow I would appreicate this for the rest of my life.

 
At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,For some time now my ears have had flaky stuff similiar to dandruff inside and once a month i get a sore (swelling and painful)inside my ears. It alternates between ears and the sores have usually been just on the rim of going into the canal. This last one was deep inside the canal. ON the once a month thing i am wondering if it could be hormonal as i am in the beginnings of menopause.I usually treat it with antibiotic or hydrocortisone ointment on a q-tip and hydrogen peroxide...any suggestions?
Tia

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Tube in ear for 30 years said...

Dr. Hoffman I have a question. I had tubes put in my ear when I was 6 years old and my first tube came out of my left ear when I was in my early 20s and I am now 35 and still have the tube in my right ear. I have asked the doctor what to do and he said leave it alone. Is this normal to have a tube in the ear for 30 years and should I have it removed? I had my hearing checked and I am slightly under normal but doctor doesn't seem concerned should I be?

 
At 4:32 AM, Blogger ma said...

Dear Dr. Hoffman,
Can laryngopharyngeal reflux cause swelling and closing of the eustation tube in both ears with the need to pop the ears?, could the acid seep into the eustation tube causing a feeling of fluid in the ears or even one ear if you have ETD in on ear?

Thank You,
MA

 
At 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Charky, I just wanna inquire. I always have this cheese bit-like thing found on my throat. It's a size of a grain of rice, yellowish, and smelly, disgusting actually. It comes out from my mouth when I cough or laugh. Do you know what this is? Is it normal? Pls. let me know if you happen to know. Thanks!

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous jt said...

I have an abnormal feeling in my nose when I breath through it. It feels as though something is moving in my nasal passage when I breath. I used a saline rinse because at first it felt like a booger. Any ideas?

 
At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just returned from France where I injured my inner ear scuba diving. The French ENT diagnosed barotitus and I have permanent tinitus.

We did 4 days of 2x per day cortizone injections and followed up with one week of pills (one pill to rid the system of cortizone and another pill, Iskedyle fort [2.4 mg Mesilate and 19.2 mg of Raubasine] to help do something else.

I have 30% acute hearing acute loss of higher frequency sounds and permanent ringing (sounds like crickets).

Is there anything else I can try?
Would accupunture be worth a try to get my inner ear parts from permanently touching the part it's only supposed to touch for hearing?

Regards,

divr77@hotmail.com

 
At 3:29 AM, Blogger P3 said...

I have a long story. I inhaled something on 5/22/08 which caused such a reaction I had to stop my truck and clear my nose and eyes. Immediately I realized something seemed to be stuck in my right sinus cavity. Later that night I sneezed and some blood sprayed out. I started back on my Doryx which I was using for acne within a couple of days because I felt sick and started my ever continuous mucus/blood production. I started to get a low grade fever and still could not get this feeling of something out of my nose. I went to my ENT and he said he saw a scab with his scope. He started me on 5 days levaquin when that did not work he gave me 250 mg Ammoxicillan (which didn't seem to do anything) and next he gave me 875 Augmentin. By this time he had gotten the Ct back which did not show sinusitis but did show on the right side a clear area below my eye which did not show on the left side, however all was supposed to be fine.

I was starting to feel better but wanted more Augmentin to make sure it was gone, he said no to more. I had stopped the feeling of something moving in my sinus cavity and felt stronger for a little while.

Within a week I was getting so sick I wat to urgent care and got 10 days Avelox. I became yeast infected to the point of large areas of red skin showed.

I went to a nurse practicioner who said it was common she had seen it in women and would go away in a few days. When it didn't get better I had to wait to see her again and then I was given one fluconazole, realizing ths was more serious I went to OBGYN who gave me two more 150 mg diflucan.

This whole time I am finding that I have to manually clean my nose with a q tip to remove the mucus and blood which builds up in the same spot several times a day. As the antibiotics and diflucan (which actually helped my nose) were working, the mucus would go through transformation. It goes from clear to mucus with blood now depending on the stage of infection.

One of my symptoms was an acne like rash. I accidentally found that bleach had an effect on me, like never before. I became very mold concious and started to spray some bleach in my basement to prevent mold formation and realized it made me feel better for a couple of hours. I didn't sniff it, it was just in the air. Very strange as I have used bleach my whole life. I am 41 with a past history of very many sinus issues from allergies for the first 25 years or so of life, so I know this is very abnormal. I never had to use a qtip to clean out my nose before.

I now have further problems, the 4th doctor stuck a scope into my upper sinus and now I am having issues there, it is causing pain into my forhead and worse headaches. I also have throbbing which I can hear in my ears. My blood pressure is low 76/52 yesterday.

I work in dirt, nursery work, I am concerned about an anaerobic or aroebic amoeba or fungus. I had an issue where the a/c unit in my truck became filled with soil and had to have it professionally cleaned. I had releif from the diflucan and ordered some Vfend online which may have helped, but only took for a few days-very expensive and in a low dose 50 mg. While I am sure it helped I don't know that taking that for any period of time would have fixed this, I think a combination is necessary for this.

I cannot get a doctor to test anything and it is going on for too long. The 4th doctor said he could not see anything, as the first Ent said and I am to the point where I don't care if they can see anything, I have some sort of infection if I am pulling blood and mucus out of one spot inside my sinus cavity on a daily basis. I would go to the doctors with it cleaned then when I went to the 4th I left it in and he called it crusting and said he couldn't see anything.

I have been using a dilution of things I should not be using to try to help and they do help but they don't fix and can eventually do harm. I have used, boric acid, hydrogen peroxide, neomycin ointment, 5% benzoyle peroxide with 1% Clindimycin. Not all at once but I had to use something. In the first 6 weeks I had a feeling of movement, like I had something living in there, in one localized spot. I stop the movement with the H2O2, I don't think neomycin works for much, but I still use it from time to time. Recently started the benz because of the Clindimycin. I am extremely week to where I cannot work most days. Yesterday started fluconizole again. This is 2 months and I think I need a inhaler of Amphotericin B to try to knock this out.

I have been against medicine for the most part in the past because of side effects, and now I am eating a steady diet of different crap. If you can suggest anything I would appreciate it. If you think you could truly help me I would consider travel.

Thank you for your time and anticipated suggestions.

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are there such differing medical opinions towards tinnitus ? albeit the causes can be different but a universal approach would be a good place to start ! whats all this "you will have to learn to live with it " you cant ! its horrendous and causes all types of other conditions , not least being panic attacks and anxiety dissorders due to the brains misinterpretation of the noises, and subsequent adreniline production ! any one who would like to discuss this with me can contact me on brad_beck02@hotmail.co.uk

 
At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know why I constantly have water in my ears, and never had it before I started using Restasis. Any correlation?

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a situation I can only ask someone if I don't have to face them--it's quite embarrassing: I have a mucus plug that I have to expel from the upper back of my throat (behind my nasal area) by spitting it out. Almost like blowing my nose backwards! If I cannot expel this "thing" it hurts to talk and feels like I cannot get air through my nose as I'm speaking. Does this make sense? It is very sticky, looks like a plug of some sort and sometimes is tinged with red. I always have it when I have a cold, and sometimes even when I don't. It is a daily ordeal when I am sick. Can you help me?

 
At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to this nursing school lady, I know exactly how you feel. I am 24 and got my "first one" of what you describe below just a few years back. (i did not have a phenumonia though). :

I get these smelly, waxy, rounded (sometimes grouped together) balls of smelly faintly yellow boogery things that come out the back of my sinus where it drains into my throat. Sometimes if it is large it feels like it is coming from the sinus side of the soft pallet at the back of my throat. They smell terrible and I have them often, but only since that episode of pneumonia.

WHAT.the.heck.is.it?

This is the second one I have gotten and it just came out of the soft part of the back of my throat and is really discusting smelling. Please can someone tell what what this is, how occurs and how i can prevent it? thanks

 
At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet and short. Is there any nasel/sinus allergy that only causes sinus pressure and conjestion? I do not have any of the histamine release associated symptons but it does seem to flare around allergy season. Thanks for the help.

 
At 8:14 PM, Anonymous apg said...

My 14yr old daughter. has had inner ear pain with tinnitus for several months. Ears will NOT pop. she had tubes at 18 months. Tonsilectomy etc at 12 yr and dysautonomia dx this year. ENT suggested reducing turbinate now and correcting deviated septum in 3 yrs. I cannot find any info for this procedure for this dx. Have you?

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Troy said...

There is so much misleading information on the internet about Ear Candling, first of all, the candles does not suck the wax out of your ear, that’s impossible, and the accusations that it does is part responsible for the misconceptions that Ear Candles don’t work. Ear Candle are an excellent natural, healthy, inexpensive way to remove ear wax and debris from your ears, They work by;, by causing warm smoke to enters the outer ears and loosen the wax in the canal, over the next few days the wax falls out in the shower, due to the steam, moisture and warmth. Also the proper way of doing this process is sitting up, laying down adds the risk of wax falling down in the ear, although this is rare, it can happen, so sitting upward with the candle at a 5 or 10 degree angle is the proper way of doing a candle session. I found an amazing candle that I like from a company called Wallys Natural Products. They have recently added a new safety tip that has an extra security feature to catch any wax that in the unlikely event, were to fall down the candle. The tip stops the wax from reaching your ear, I am providing a link to them and other sites that you can find there products, this is a growing industry that has many benefits to family’s. It’s a shame so many people out there are trying to prove it wrong and they are not informed in this process, causing others to look away from a great and effective natural remedy. I did my my homework….. Its worth doing yours, thanks.

P.S. it’s much more effective to use 2 candles per ear, especially for the first time

http://www.earcandles4u.com/ http://www.wallysnatural.com/

 
At 5:07 AM, Anonymous Ralene said...

i have swollen Parotid & submandibular glands, they blow up quickly and are solid &sore to touch.My face looks obese.
The swelling has spead to my chest and behind my ears.It also hurts to open my mouth. I know i dont have HIV because i was tested last month when i had pnemonia,a doctor has given me Abbocillin thinking Tonsiliitus, i have been to lots of docs but they look at me puzzled. what do you think?

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Bris said...

My niece had some tubes inserted through her nose about six months ago, they removed the tubes in Jun. recently she noticed when she blows her nose boogers and or fluids come out her eyes, is that normal after the removal of inserts?

 
At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been smelling burnt coffee. No one else in my family smells this just me. I do not drink coffee, and we do not even own a coffe maker. I do not have any allergies, or any medical conditions, and I have not been sick recently. I am a healthy 38 year old women. When I go to my family doctor he will look at me like I'm crazy and wasting his time. Is there something to be concerned about, or should I just get used to it.

 
At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Hoffman,

This is a quite lengthy comment. I am a 48 year old femail. I have a question, yes I read the disclaimer. I get that you can't be held responsible. I have seen and ENT specialist for my vertigo. Yes, he said I have that benign positional vertigo. I go for a balance test next week. I have osteoporosis and have a neck fusion at C 5-6 6-7. I also talked to my surgeon. I was very sick when this happened. Now I sneeze and have lots of Phlegm. See I'm in the right place after all. It is all clear and thick. I can't undergo any of those maneuvers that are mentioned because I am still fusing on my second fusion that was to back up my anterior plate after I had one screw come out. Now I have two screws out of my anterior plate even after my poster plate was put in in July. So what do I do now? Have surgery to correct the loose "rocks" in my head? I used google to find this and used "ear origins for vertigo" as my search terms. I have a CAT scan of my fustion on Monday. I have also had numbness in my right arm and hand before the vertigo started, that has gone away now. Let me know. Thank you very much. Just wanted another opinion from someone who is not responsible for my care.

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm a licensed nail tech and have been trying to tell the ladies for years that candeling does nothing for pulling ear wax from the ear. it's a good money maker that's all. the stuff left in the candle is from the inside of the candle not your ear. good job doc. keep telling em the truth!

 
At 4:10 AM, Blogger arvind said...

i am a 57 year old woman living in india for the last 10 years i have symptoms of vertigo unsteadiness sensation of continuous rocking wavy sensations felling of heaviness in one direction lightness in others fullness in head & ears .loss of balance pulling sensation at back of head . heaviness in chest area and fullness in stomach . these sensations are persistent 24 hours a day every day for last 10 years
gastroentrologist did gastroscopy found nothing.ent surgeon says no sinusitis or ear problems . only neurologist says there may be vestibular neuronitis
last mri brain scan showed nothing
still neurologist says neuronitis does not show on mri. i have read about vest neuronitis can fullness
in chest stomach be one of its symptoms ? cardiologist finds heart is normal only high BP 140/90 taking losar h losartan potassium . chest x ray is always clear .do symptoms of vest neuronitis persist constantly for 10 years everyday ? neurologist say it is poorely adapting ?is it
true ? what is cure for these rocking and pulling sensations and loss of balance ? betahistine makes symptoms worse currently under vestibular rehab exercises do they help to reduce or make symptoms vanish ? what's the cure?
very debilitating disease please help

 
At 5:25 AM, Blogger MarlaTarpo said...

I googled dry cough at night, and got your page. I read your DDx. Could it be connected to diabetes? Or food allergies? Also, I drink water 2-3 times at night, and that helps the cough. I love your e-blog! Thanks for putting it out here!

 
At 5:32 AM, Blogger MarlaTarpo said...

About the fullness in the ear.. have you ruled out Meniere's? Have you tried Dix-Hallpike maneuver? Also, to dry up sinuses short wave diathermy may be used. It's an older not often known about therapy.

 
At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can a stone in the saliva channsl and the swelling of my jaw cause me to have a scratchy throat when i talk.I am seeing a doctor Monday.

 
At 2:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been suffering from sourness of tongue for an year.Doctor had done endoscopy and diagnosed that I have gastritis and Hiatal Hernia.biopsy report shows non specific inflammation.Vitamin B12 test shows the level 128pg/ml.
inspite of all tests and prescriptions by a doctor ,I am still in very bad condition and this sourness fluctuates with a time sometime normal and sometime
more....
sufferring from heart burn also, I am looking forward for your advice,will be thankful.

 

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