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Old 11-04-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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I had a thread here a few months ago titled what's Wrong With Me?

I started having balance issues several months ago, so severe at times I couldn't walk from the house to the car. I've seen several doctors, had CAt scans, MRI, am now referred to a neurology clinic for an extensive, expensive workup in Dec.


Yesterday, I went to an ENT. He ruled out inner ear infection, but did find a lot of wax in my ears. In particular, in my righ ear he removed a plug that was about as big as my thumb. He then advised me to see the neurologist.

Well,I woke up this morning, and.....no dizziness. Balance fine. Able to walk around without feeling "unsure". Hmmm.................could it be something so simple as removing the ear wax? I looked it up, seems like it can. The was plug can press on the inner ear nerves, also, can press on the middle ear bones, causing mixed signals to be sent to the brain.

What does the doctor say? They never 'say" anything, they just breeze in and out. His only recommendation was to see the neurologist, which is a major expense and time out of work, etc. hey, if this continues to improve, why bother? it could be just a one-day flucuation, but seems pretty conicidental. Watch it be something so simple, that has made me housebound for months!

Hey, that was a major chunk of ear wax, bound to have done something in there, lets see if I continue to feel better! Oftentimes in daignosis we tend to overlook the obvious!
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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That's interesting . How did the doctor remove the wax?
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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That's interesting . How did the doctor remove the wax?

I'm not too sure, he used a probe thingie to remove some wax from my left ear, and then some sort of irrigation on the left ear, it felt "funny", then a probe thingie to pick the wax plug out. It was a huge plug, dull red, obviously quite old from the color.

I didn't feel immediately better, but woke up this morning and realized I wasn't automatically holding onto furniture, etc. I feel much more "centered" Perhaps that was the problem? Time will tell!

He said the plug was probably formed from using q-tips, that shove the wax further in. If you think you might have a major impaction, don't try to remove it yourself with those OTC ear cleaning kits. All that does is seep in around and behind the plug, causing more problems. You need professional treatment for this.

Some people just form a lot of ear wax, and need to have their ears cleaned 1-2 times a year, like when you have your teeth cleaned. Better than having balance issues, like I did. I'm amazed no one thought of the simple first, rather than a complete neurology workup, and I'd still have the problem, all the great ones would still be befuddled, when I just needed to get the wax out!
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:06 PM
 
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It is entirely possible the buildup in your ears caused your problems. Crap is your ears does effect your sense of balance. For instance, motion sickness is caused by movement of fluid in your ears. Really bad case of vertigo? You may well have a virus in your ear. Stuff in your ears can totally mess you up.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:27 PM
 
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I've heard of people experiencing balance issues and hearing loss from wax build-up. You might just have to make sure to get your ears de-waxed regularly. Obviously can't say for sure, but I hope that's the answer to your problems.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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Well, I'm feeling bettere than I have in months!

I have an appt scheduled with a neurologist end of the month, enough time to see if this really is the answer. Plenty of time to cancel if that's the problem.

Perhaps I should just scheudle regular ear cleanings. My dd 13 had major ear surgery when she was five. since then we go for regular ear wax cleanings. Dr said some people just build up a lot of wax, he doesn't want anything to affect those grafts. I faithfully run her to Houston 2x year for checkups and ear cleanings, but I neglect myself? Bad Mommy!

BTW, dd had holes in her eardrums due to repeated ear infections. They had to do grafts to repair the holes, or she risked deafness. Now she has perfect hearing, and other ENT's can't even detect the graft, it was so perfectly done. I guess the ear connection just didn't register with me, as a cause of my problems.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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GOD! I wish my problem would be as easy a fix as yours!! Sounds like you may be on to something there and fixed your problem!! That is just GREAT!

I worked with a guy for a long time that would get such a build up in his ears that he would go almost completely deaf.. He'd clean that as instructed by his doctor, with a mixture with hydrogen peroxide and water I think.. I think he did it weekly since were were on the boat 28 days at a time and that would keep it down enough that he could hear until we got off, then he'd go in for a proper cleaning.

Yea, I wouldn't cancel that neuro doctor appointment until the last minute. The one I am suppose to see isn't until Dec 8th but I go for all those tests Nov. 22. I had hoped I wouldn't need that but I am beginning to see I probably will so I am glad I haven't canceled that yet.

My ENT admitted yesterday he is at a loss with what to do with me now so this neuro may be the only hope I have left... Just when I think I am rid of it...BHAM! It shows up again! He ran another hearing test on me yesterday and said my hearing is great except for some high pitch deafenss... then on the report of yesterdays visit, he wrote under the problems section
"Dysfunction of the Eustachian Tube".. He did not say a word to me about that, what it is, what it means or that it is one of my problems and how he decided that.. If I weren't so far into this I would find myself another ENT simply because he keeps telling me everything looks normal, then writes something else down on his reports. I want to know EVERYTHING and if I don't understand it, I want it explained to me so I will! Having this keep happening and not being able to work is frustrating enough!
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:23 AM
 
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Oh, geez! thought my problems were solved. this morning I continued to feel great, walking with ease, then stumbled and almost fell in the kitchen, caught the counter. then felt unbalanced the rest of the day.

I'm so depressed now, I thought the problem was solved. At least now I think I'm on the right track, it must have something to do with my ears. I have an appt with an ENT clinic in Houston to do more in depth testing.

Back to the drawing board!
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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Let's hope we can both get relief from this and those tests have for us, the answers we are looking for. This is something that once it sets in, you just can't shake it and it drastically changes your life.. Mine is about to cost me a job I love!
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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Oh, geez! thought my problems were solved. this morning I continued to feel great, walking with ease, then stumbled and almost fell in the kitchen, caught the counter. then felt unbalanced the rest of the day.

I'm so depressed now, I thought the problem was solved. At least now I think I'm on the right track, it must have something to do with my ears. I have an appt with an ENT clinic in Houston to do more in depth testing.

Back to the drawing board!
ENT's are a godsend. I hope seing these specialists works for you. I have inner ear damage from some really bad infections a couple of years ago, and my ENT put me on the right track to health and wellness. I had ruptured my my eardrums from really bad infections (following a bad head cold). I went for debridement and irrigation quite a few times (and some really strong antibiotics). I wish my own family physician had sent me to a specialist earlier. Hope you get better. And as for Q-Tips---I wish they had never been invented.
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