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Old 11-04-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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For over two years now, I have had this syndrome of recurring symptoms, usually recurring every 6-8 weeks or so. It starts out with my ears - they feel like they're filled with cotton, and my hearing is slightly diminished. Then they start to ache. Then I develop a sore throat. Then I get a sinus headache. Sometimes, but not always, I develop a low fever. It's as if I'm coming down with a cold. But it only lasts 2-3 days and then it disappears. I've been to an ENT doctor but he could not find anything wrong. Any ideas?
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:00 AM
 
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This could be an allergy but also could be so many other things. I would try more of an alternative approach, because medical doctors usually work with what they have which is drugs and surgery. Depending on where you live you might be able to find someone who knows other tools to use to help figure out what your symptoms are coming from.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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For over two years now, I have had this syndrome of recurring symptoms, usually recurring every 6-8 weeks or so. It starts out with my ears - they feel like they're filled with cotton, and my hearing is slightly diminished. Then they start to ache. Then I develop a sore throat. Then I get a sinus headache. Sometimes, but not always, I develop a low fever. It's as if I'm coming down with a cold. But it only lasts 2-3 days and then it disappears. I've been to an ENT doctor but he could not find anything wrong. Any ideas?
The same things are happening to me right now. The most telling thing for me is that after it rains, the symptoms go away for a few days. When I take a weekend getaway to another area, that stops it too. My allergies are a result of air pollution and farming where I live. The only solution is to move away, which I plan to do after I retire next year. Meanwhile, I spend about half of each year feeling unwell.
The upside is it makes me travel a lot.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:00 AM
 
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You could go and get allergy testing. It does sound like an allergy either to something you are breathing in or to a food.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: SoCal again
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I have the same symptoms.

For me it is either some pollen or some fertilizer in the air. Sometimes it goes away when I wash all my bedding and curtains (dust).

What helped me was asking around - when some friends had the same sypmtoms at the same time, I knew it was something in the air.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: The Great West
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For over two years now, I have had this syndrome of recurring symptoms, usually recurring every 6-8 weeks or so. It starts out with my ears - they feel like they're filled with cotton, and my hearing is slightly diminished. Then they start to ache. Then I develop a sore throat. Then I get a sinus headache. Sometimes, but not always, I develop a low fever. It's as if I'm coming down with a cold. But it only lasts 2-3 days and then it disappears. I've been to an ENT doctor but he could not find anything wrong. Any ideas?
Sounds like allergies. I've had symptoms like this for many years. I've had the low-grade fever too, and I've gotten ear infections from sinusitis as well.

I like the suggestion someone posted about seeing an allergist. if you are willing to fork out the money to go to a specialist (depending on your health care plan), then you should do it. Knowing what to avoid will help you a lot.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. I am leaning more toward a food allergy than an environmental allergy. The reason I say this is because the problem started when I lived in Northern Virginia and it followed me when I moved to SW Florida. Completely different seasons, trees, plants, etc.

Someone recommended adding a micronutrient to my diet, so I decided to order some Micro-Max. I've only been taking it for 3 days, but so far no earaches. Of course, I could be in the middle of a lull period, but I'm going to give it a try and see how it works. If I continue to have problems, off to the Allergist I go.

One other possibility is my cats. I have had cats all my life and have never been allergic, but I have heard of people who spontaneously develop allergies to specific foods, animals, plants, etc. If this is the case, then I guess it will just suck to be me because my cats aren't going anywhere - I will just have to learn to live with it.

Thanks all, for all the very helpful information and advice - I greatly appreciate it!
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Pay attention to what you have eaten.
Food allergies have destroyed my hearing. I now have to wear a hearing aid. When I consumed certain amino acids my ears hurt. Eventually they got so plugged up that my own voice is very muffled.
MSG, Aspartame and other artificial substances are neurotoxins. I have multiple allergies, but neither my dog nor cat were part of it. They are both gone now, and I still have the problem.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:08 PM
 
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My daughter who is almost 35 has lived around cats all her life.
She had allergy tests when she was young bcuz she had lot of colds/runny noses but she was negative for pet dander and all the normal food and other allergens...

now she has moved to FL and have been having bad time with sinus infections, feeling run down, etc...of course she has a baby under 2 and works full time as a teacher--
her doctor did allergy tests and she is now allergic to cats--they have two--

he said that she should continue to take the allergy med and do her neti pot and he wouldn't recommend the shots to desensitize to cats at this point--
but yes--it is certainly possible to develop allergies when you haven't had problems with cats...
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Thanks everyone. I am leaning more toward a food allergy than an environmental allergy. The reason I say this is because the problem started when I lived in Northern Virginia and it followed me when I moved to SW Florida. Completely different seasons, trees, plants, etc.

Someone recommended adding a micronutrient to my diet, so I decided to order some Micro-Max. I've only been taking it for 3 days, but so far no earaches. Of course, I could be in the middle of a lull period, but I'm going to give it a try and see how it works. If I continue to have problems, off to the Allergist I go.

One other possibility is my cats. I have had cats all my life and have never been allergic, but I have heard of people who spontaneously develop allergies to specific foods, animals, plants, etc. If this is the case, then I guess it will just suck to be me because my cats aren't going anywhere - I will just have to learn to live with it.

Thanks all, for all the very helpful information and advice - I greatly appreciate it!
Cats expel a ton of dander, that which gets into your nose and causes irritation to your nasal membranes, thus a frequent runny nose. This along with gluten food allergies makes for miserable. Wheat and dairy products being the worst offenders.
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