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Clogged ears, Head fullness, Problem swallowing

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Does anyone have most or all of these symptoms?

- Fullness in the head, like head tension/pressure all over.

- Clogged/stuffed ears, seems to be getting worse and worse, like the hearing canal is slowly shutting down (over a period of 6 months), and loss of hearing

- Problem swallowing and an overall tightness in the throat area

- Tensions/pressure in the neck muscles

- lately also have a difficulty breathing, tightness

in the chest/lung area, especially when physically active, like running

I've already seen several ENTs, neurologists, 2 gastros, a psychiatrist, and a pulmonologist.

All the found from various MRI, CTs, and other tests

is that I have chronic sinusitis. That may (or may not)explain the ears clogging, but all other symptoms seem

unrelated. Please, if you answer this post, it would be very helpful if you list the symptoms you are suffering from. This has been a gradual downhill battle

for well over half a year.

Thanks a lot guys, this board is a great place.

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  • 34 Comments
    • A question: do you have TMJ? I have both TMJ and inner ear disorder, but your symptoms sound a lot like my TMJ symptoms. Any clicking or popping in your jaw when you open your mouth?
      #1; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:20:00 GMT
    • See an allergist. The symptoms that you're describing are the same that I've had except for the tightening of the chest. The tightening of the chest is also indicative of an allergy. I had the same symptoms as you're experiencing and it was allergies. My allergist began giving me immunization shots for my allergies, plus prescribed a combination of nose sprays such as Astelin and Rhinocort. I am also on Allegra. It took four months for the shots to work, but now I'm feeling healthy again. Check out an allergist, it can't hurt, he may be able to help you.
      #2; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:21:00 GMT
    • I agree with Iceprincess. You may want to look up the symptoms of TMJD. I suffer from TMJ disorder and when my muscles are in spasm I feel that constant tension around my head and neck.

      I hope you're able to find some help.

      Crystal

      #3; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:22:00 GMT
    • This is about how I felt the entire summer, from allergies. The tightness in the neck is most likely tension, from all the stress you have been under from dealing with this, which is what I have too. Get checked for allergies, and try physical therapy or a massage therapist for your back and neck. This may also help with the pressure and fullness because the neck muscles pull and put pressure on the skull when they are tensed up. Good luck
      #4; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:23:00 GMT
    • Hi Iam definitly suffering from this right now. I have the tightning in the throat pressure up to the ears, tightness in the chest and neck and my head feels tons of pressure and just like I am almost running a fever right in my head. I was going to post this on here but I couldnt figure out how to put a post in under a topic (Im New). I am going to the Nose, troat and ear doc monday and Im hoping he will help me out because I have had this now for 4 months. And it is wearing on my mental health I hate feeling bad. By the way could someone please tell me what TMJ is?
      #5; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:24:00 GMT
    • Yes i too have all your symptoms but wait....theres more

      lol

      i suffer from clogged ears that feel parched and buzzing and when my ears are blocked it feels like my throat and chest are pulled and tight too i also get balance problems and feel like im caged in my own body i get a trapped smothery feeling and then my chest muscles go tight like my diaohram is spasming and the top of my tummy is real tight too this makes all the symptoms worse can you relate to this

      #6; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:25:00 GMT
    • Hi i too suffer from ear symptoms that are driving me crazy

      I get real blocked and buzzing ears and a pulling sensation from ears all the way down my throat this seems to tighten the throat area which in turns seems to tighten my chest muscles and then i have trouble breathing.This buzzing full pressure feelimng in my ears causes me to fel closed off in my own body and it affects my balance .i have also found that when i have ear problems the top of my tummy seems to tighten also,Its strange but true and i gasp and gulp for air or feel air hungry

      It is part of an ear disorder and i hate it

      i also suffer from anxiety and this goes hand in hand with ear and balance problems

      love to chat

      #7; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:26:00 GMT
    • I too suffer from TIGHT sensation from ears to throat and clogged blocked ears

      sometimes my ears are so full and i get a pulled parched feeling leading from ears to throat then it seems to affect my chest muscles too they tighten and i get to feeling like i have asthma

      my balance goes and i feel trapped and scared

      i dont know if its the nerves that make it worse or if it makes my anxiety escalate but either way there is a connection between anxiety and your ears

      another thing i have noticed is if my ears are real blocked and my throat is tight my tummy seems to tighten and i feel like dry heaving and i know my ears and the pressure they are causing is making me feel this way

      i know it sounds silly but it is true ears cause you to feel trapped sick and vunerable

      thanks for reading this

      angel

      #8; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:27:00 GMT
    • I too suffer from TIGHT sensation from ears to throat and clogged blocked ears

      sometimes my ears are so full and i get a pulled parched feeling leading from ears to throat then it seems to affect my chest muscles too they tighten and i get to feeling like i have asthma

      my balance goes and i feel trapped and scared

      i dont know if its the nerves that make it worse or if it makes my anxiety escalate but either way there is a connection between anxiety and your ears

      another thing i have noticed is if my ears are real blocked and my throat is tight my tummy seems to tighten and i feel like dry heaving and i know my ears and the pressure they are causing is making me feel this way

      i know it sounds silly but it is true ears cause you to feel trapped sick and vunerable

      thanks for reading this

      angel

      #9; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:28:00 GMT
    • I have almost all the same symptoms too. Clogged and popping ears for almost 6 months now. Difficulty swalling, sore neck muscles, probably from constantly trying to pop my ears. I also get itchy ear canals and itchy pallet and mouth at times. I have begun allergy shots for mold allergy and am praying this helps. The doctor had also mentioned to me it could be TMJ but he is trying to treat the allergy 1st to see if this helps.
      #10; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:29:00 GMT
    • Has anybody gotten any resolution to their problems since these posts?

      I've had the clogged "airplane" feeling in my ear on and off for the past two months. I went to an ENT and received some anti-biotics and soon thereafter, the feeling/noise went away. BUT, it's back again.

      #11; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:30:00 GMT
    • Hi I also have these symptoms! My list goes like this:

      tightness & pressure in my head like a big vice around my head,

      dizziness/vertigo

      fullness in ears with pain going down my neck.

      My nose always feels clogged.

      My throat alwys feels closed.

      I have tightness in my neck,back of head, shoulders, down to my shoulder blades.

      pressure behind my eyes

      anxiety: fast heart rate with chest discomfort, panic

      clicking & popping in my jaw area TMJ

      pulling force in my head: like my head is being pushed to one side.

      floating sensation/direalization

      trouble to focus on one thing with my eyes

      tired ALL THE TIME! and mostly frustrated!

      ANY SUGGESTIONS!

      scaredgirl

      #12; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:31:00 GMT
    • I have some of the same symptoms. My neck and back of the head is sore almost all of the time. My physician said it was arthritis and I try to control that with aspirin or naproxen sodium. My head feels like it is in a vice. I think this is from the arthritis. For the last 4 months I have had swelling in the glands under my chin and itchy popping ears. I also wake up coughing every night from a scratchy throat. My throat feels clogged all the time, like my soft palate is swollen. I am seeing an ENT specialist tomorrow.
      #13; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:32:00 GMT
    • i too have been experiencing ear issues. it started about 4 months ago. i have the feeling of fullness in my head, it sometimes gets too much that when i close my eyes a noise rushes through my head that sounds like im yawning. i have been feeling dizzy at random times in random places. i sometimes get tingles running through my head too. after explaining my symptoms to the doc i was referred for a ct scan (still awaiting results). i explained to my doc that it seems to be an ear issue but he says everything looks fine in my ears, my workplace nurse also checked my ears and siad they were fine. yesterday i was in a mates car and he was thumping the tunes out and my right ear was really vibrating hard, causing pain and fullness that has only just eased of 24 hours later.

      this is really beginning to get me down. ive never suffered depression before but i can feel myself slipping down. i believe im now suffering anxiety from this and will need to seek help for that too..lol

      i am on a course this week and i nearly collapsed in class. i just feel distant from myself, kind of withdrawn. i hope somebody can help identify what is going wrong in my head!!

      cheers....and good luck all!!

      #14; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:33:00 GMT
    • I went to the ENT specialist yesterday and he said I have thick post nasal drip which causes my throat to swell and ears to pop. He prescribed Astelin, a nasal spray. I also bought an over the counter expectorant to thin the secretions (not suggested by the doctor, I just thought it would help). I took extra strength excedrin every three hours to control the arthritis in my neck. I too was having the anxiety attacks from not being able to breathe properly. It's a little soon to tell, but last night I could sleep without coughing and I could breathe. Hope this helps both you and me.
      #15; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:34:00 GMT
    • I've got a very similar plysical reaction, but it's really brought on by too much outside stimulus/social contact. Once I've had too much stimulation - if I've been around peolpe to much, or I've been around loud noise, or sometimes when I've been on the computer too long, my brain "overheats". I get the same tightness in the head, stuffines in the ears and what feels like a sore tonsil/swollen gland in my throat. I used to be able to maintain it by getting away (laying in the dark, meditation, exercise), but it got worse and worse until I crashed a month ago.

      I was in bed for two days, and since then have been in this state where the head/ear/throut thing only goes away when I'm in the dark and the quiet.

      It feels like my brain is constantly trying to shut me off fronm the world - it feels tight, and stuffy and claustrophobic, and gets worse the more I try to have conversations, listen to music, etc, until I cant stand it and need to leave. I've also been increasingly fatigued. I can exercise fine, but afterwards, I'm so wiped out that I can't talk to anyone for an hour or so.

      I'm seeing a bunch of doctors and no one's got much of an idea yet. If any of you find something in your own treatments that has worked, PLEASE let me know. I really want to get my life back.

      Thanks!

      #16; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:35:00 GMT
    • Hi Elchevere,

      Welcome to the Boards!

      Good for you for seeing an internist about your symptoms. If you read more posts on here, you will find many posters have the same or similiar experiences with symptoms and anxiousness.

      It sounds like your symptoms are causing you some worry, and that is making you anxious. We can all relate to that.

      Please post back once you have spoken to your doctor, and let us know how you are doing. You will find some good tips in here for dealing with symptoms, of where to go to have your symptoms checked out if you're searching for a specialist or second opinion, and how to cope with those anxious feelings.

      We're all here for you. Take care. xo

      #17; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:36:00 GMT
    • I have the same symptoms. Clogged ears, head fullness (swollen feeling), and throat pressure. It's as if my brain is swollen so much that it is pushing on my ears, throat and neck. (It could be the other way around too, I have no clue).

      Some days the ear isn't so much a problem but the other symptoms still persist, some days the throat isn't so much a problem. Everyday is different, but I know it's coming from the same disease/illness... but what disease/illness??

      My doctors don't help, they just send me for blood tests and tell me to keep coming back (told me not mention too many problem on a single visit).

      Ohh, I forgot one thing, sometimes I hear "fluid flowing" noises in my ears (as if some liquids are flowing in my brain near the ear).

      Also, sometimes one side of my neck tightens up more than the other, and my head leans to that side. I also have sensitivity to the computer screen or bright lights. Last 4 months I've had far far less energy than I used to, and I'm gaining weight while still eating less (less active and metabolism slowing down).

      I hate this.

      #18; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:37:00 GMT
    • I have the same symptoms. Clogged ears, head fullness (swollen feeling), and throat pressure. It's as if my brain is swollen so much that it is pushing on my ears, throat and neck. (It could be the other way around too, I have no clue).

      Some days the ear isn't so much a problem but the other symptoms still persist, some days the throat isn't so much a problem. Everyday is different, but I know it's coming from the same disease/illness... but what disease/illness??

      My doctors don't help, they just send me for blood tests and tell me to keep coming back (told me not mention too many problem on a single visit).

      Ohh, I forgot one thing, sometimes I hear "fluid flowing" noises in my ears (as if some liquids are flowing in my brain near the ear).

      Also, sometimes one side of my neck tightens up more than the other, and my head leans to that side. I also have sensitivity to the computer screen or bright lights. Last 4 months I've had far far less energy than I used to, and I'm gaining weight while still eating less (less active and metabolism slowing down).

      I hate this.

      i am having problems with my ear after the ear infection was cleared it left some fluid i was then reffered to ent said ear was clear

      but it feels clogged and full i have had bloods comin back all right

      now im going to dentist to be reffered to tmj clinic as ii try anything im sick of it. how u getting on

      #19; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:38:00 GMT
    • I know how you feel. I have been trying to come up with a description of the feeling that I feel in my head. So discovering the expression 'fullness of the head' was a great relief - that is exactly what it feels like. I have it right now as I type. Just like other people mention, it gets worse when I am in front of a PC (at work) and especially worse when I am in front of a computer and also thinking hard about something. The swimming feeling makes me feel like my head is about to short-wire. It makes me want to layback on a sofa in a quiet room. And when I walk I feel floaty, like I am not in my body.

      Next week I have an appointment at the Royal Ear Nose and Throat Hospital - I am hoping that it is a specific physical condition that can be treated and not a psychological problem that will not go away. The two likely options are

      a) Vestibular Disorder (that's the physical one)

      b) Depersonalization (that's the psychological one)

      I'll let you know the outcome

      #20; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:39:00 GMT
    • Has anyone had any resolutions to this problem. I haven't slept in days. I've been to an ENT and an allergist...with no relief. I have researched this problem all over the internet and it seems like a lot of people are having the same problems that I am having (fullness in ear, I have some hearing loss in one ear, tightness in chest and throat, fullness/pressure inside my head, stuffy nose) it is causing me to have an awful problem with insomnia, I am on day 3 of no sleep and I don't know how much longer I can make it. Please if anyone has had any success in curing this problem please respond. I can't tell you in words how much it would mean to have some hope that it will get better.

      Thanks so much in advance!

      #21; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:40:00 GMT
    • :eek: I have not had any luck so far. Just to say quickly, I have most of what everybody else has stated, and sadly it does not go away. I will wake up with my head, neck and back burning, and I go to sleep with it that way. It's really dreadful and miserable. I have managed to stay on top at work, but I come home very emotional and stressed.

      I have went to the ENT many times, and have had mri's and cat scans, blood work, you name it! They find nothing wrong with me. My doc says she's trying to root everything out before using surgery, but at this point I would scream for surgery if that means my pain will stop. She says that it may be that little flap in my throat that is swelling a bit and causing the ear popping.

      I also get that watery swishing noise in my head and constant ear clicking. I have tried nasel sprays, steriods and anything the doctor that shoves at me, but nothing works. It's just another dollar wasted! My doctor wants me to have an eye exam and see if I can find any answers there. Then I hear that maybe I should see a dentist. Well ***? I'm clueless :eek:

      #22; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:41:00 GMT
    • I have been living with almost all of the problems people are listing for over 10 years (im 25 now). I was always told that I had another ear infection by my dr., this went on and on until I stoped going to the dr. and let it clear up on its own. I was told that the ear infections were due to my severe year round hayfever/allergies. My allergies were so bad I would start off feeling like I had a mild cold, itchy, sneezy, cough etc. which would turn literally overnight into a sinus infection, ear infection, brochitis, and have now developed asthma to top it off. All this would happen 3-4 times a year, and take me out of school/work for at least a week at a time. The rest of the time I was living like the rest of you, misersble to say the least, not to mention almost all of the people around me including MOST Dr's. that there is nothing wrong with me.

      However I am now getting better!!! It started off on a trip to Hawaii, luckily I was feeling great and had'nt had a problem with my ear in a couple months prior to going. I went snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and swiming the whole week I was there with no problems. Almost, I woke up towards the end of the trip and my ear felt like it was full of water, and I knew I was going to have an ear infection SOON. I was right, next morning I had pressure, and thick green discharge, which I have also had before and cleared up. However this time it did not clear up and I soon had a Horrible odor in my ear/nose and went to the dr., heard the usual and was given antibiotics (I took almost every antiobiotic for the last ten years) and sent home. 3 weeks on the antiobiotics (cipro 500mg/3times a day) went by with no improvement at all, went back and asked to see an ENT rather than more antiobiotics. Keep in mind I had been to an ENT before with virtually the same outcome. Basically feeling hopeless with no expectations of getting help with my condition, I was shocked that as soon as she looked in my ear and did this cleaning, suction procedure she knew something very bad was wrong. She asked me some questions and sent me to the allergist and to have a CT scan, which I also had before. The allergist was the best thing that ever happened to me, I was tested and treated for my allergies that were actually partially to blame for the ear nose & throat problems. Then I got the CT scan back and the dr. said I had a polyp from the chronic infections, that had burst thru my eardrum. It wasnt responding to the drops to shrink it, so she referred me to an inner ear surgical specialist. On the first visit with her she looked at my CT scan, came back in the room and scheduled me for emergency surgery, I had something called cholestoma. She explained that it is a mass of tissue (the polyp) and fluid not draining (the green nasty stuff) and was eroding the bones in my ear and If was not fixed I would 1. go deaf 2. have facial paralysis & 3. erode the skull and cause meningitis. So I had the surgery 2 weeks ago, and hope I am cured!!!!!

      So after rambling on, the morale of the story is, if your dr. is not treating you like you want to be treated, find a new one, GO SEE AN ALLERGIST and have an allergy test, which would probally have solved the problem's in the beginning and go to an ENT and make them throughly clean and check your ears, that is when they could really see the problem, after they cleaned and examined my ear with the microscope.

      Hope this helps!!! Sorry again for the long version.

      Sorry I left out the fact my eardrum was collapsed, and wasnt noticed until after the CT scan and cleaning under the microscope. I didnt think your ear could affect your whole well being!!!!

      #23; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:42:00 GMT
    • wow I never realised how many people out there suffer with the same thing as me, I thought I was the only one. About 10 months ago, after having bronchitis and a lung infection, I could never really shake it off. The doctor said that my ears would drain with time and gave me heaps of medication but none of it really cleared it up. I suffered from hearing loss and my ears were always clogged or would have a constant ring. Many times I have woken up and found discharge and sometimes even blood on my pillow. Occasionally I can feel the gunk inside my ears trying to drain, it moves very very slowly but feels like liquid sandpaper moving down. The doctor said that I am not allowed to fly because my ears can't handle the pressure, she said that I would have to have surgery first. My head feels 'full' like it's about the explode. The pressure is immense. I cannot open my jaw without it popping 3 times. my chest is so tight and my neck muscles are constantly strained and sore. Occasionally I'll also get severe sinus pain. Not sure if this is related but also what I call "brain fog". I've heard other people mention the term and I'm not sure what it means but it best describes the feeling which is basically where you feel like your mind is swimming in fog, you can't think straight, you know you have the answers in there somewhere but you can't think of them, everything seems hazy. Hope that makes sense. I am struggling with my schoolwork like never before and I am desperate for anything to help. What exactly is TMJ, i've heard the name mentioned before...

      Whereabouts do you find an allergist? I'd really like to go see one but I don't know where I can find one...do you need your doctor to refer you to one or can you just make your own appointment?

      #24; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:43:00 GMT
    • [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=5]

      I am new to the boards and I have been reading all your posts. My heart goes out to you. I have many of the symptoms you describe and I know quite well the toll that they take on mind and body.

      It took forever, but I finally found an ENT who diagnosed my problem: patulous Eustachian Tubes. My pET open all the time, but take forever to close--unlike 'normal' people whose tubes open when they go up in an elevator (for example) and then pop and close, mine remain open and they open whenever and wherever.

      I experience vertigo, TMJ, neck and back pains, social anxiety (because I experience autophony, ie, I hear my own respiration, heart beat and low pounding sounds..I describe it as having Darth Vader's heavy breathing inside of my head) and I am often unable to gauge the volume of my own voice. pET is quite rare. It usually is found in obese people or women who have had multiple pregnancies, which can stretch the ETs. I am neither obese (quite the contrary) nor do I have any children.

      Most ENTs have no experience with pET. An ENT needs to use the scope that goes up your nose in order to get a REALLY good look at your Eustachian Tubes AND an ENT must have extensive knowledge of ET issues. If they are large and open (mine are quite large and open frequently), then you might have pET. You MUST FIND an ENT with the subspecialty of otology AND ET expertise.

      Additionally, most ENTs will order allergy and hearing tests which may not truly be necessary. I have no allergies and no hearing loss, two sets of tests have confirmed this. A CAT confirmed what I already knew: I have an asymetrically formed sinus cavity with other problems as well.

      My pET problem has become quite severe and I have decided to go outside of NYC to find a better ENT; most ENTs in NYC are quite eager to give people nose jobs (fix a deviated septum, but try to sell you a cosmetic procedure as well; might not always be necessary in my case) because they make more money that way--they rarely have a clue about pET.

      I have found a specialist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore who specializes in pET. I plan to make an appt as soon as my schedule allows. What I did not know is that there are a number of disorders/diseases associated with pET. Again, most ENTs are not schooled in this rare anomaly.

      Perhaps some of you might look into pET; a warning, however, it is quite rare and internet searches do not provide much help. I strongly suggest you search for an ENT w/otology specialty and pET knowledge. You will need to call around and email numerous organizations in order to find someone in your area.

      I need some help with another ear issue:

      My boyfriend recently started to experience a low bass rumble/flutter in his left ear w/some fullness of the head. He has become acutely sensitive to low tones/bass tones and it has become quite distracting. His ENT (whom I have doubts about) found nothing but has ordered a hearing test. He started to experience his symptoms after going to a concert. Anyone know a thing about this ear problem?

      Thanks for reading my wordy post. I do appreciate this forum and the courage of those who post here.

      #25; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:44:00 GMT
    • [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=5]

      I am new to the boards and I have been reading all your posts. My heart goes out to you. I have many of the symptoms you describe and I know quite well the toll that they take on mind and body.

      It took forever, but I finally found an ENT who diagnosed my problem: patulous Eustachian Tubes. My pET open all the time, but take forever to close--unlike 'normal' people whose tubes open when they go up in an elevator (for example) and then pop and close, mine remain open and they open whenever and wherever.

      I experience vertigo, TMJ, neck and back pains, social anxiety (because I experience autophony, ie, I hear my own respiration, heart beat and low pounding sounds..I describe it as having Darth Vader's heavy breathing inside of my head) and I am often unable to gauge the volume of my own voice. pET is quite rare. It usually is found in obese people or women who have had multiple pregnancies, which can stretch the ETs. I am neither obese (quite the contrary) nor do I have any children.

      Most ENTs have no experience with pET. An ENT needs to use the scope that goes up your nose in order to get a REALLY good look at your Eustachian Tubes AND an ENT must have extensive knowledge of ET issues. If they are large and open (mine are quite large and open frequently), then you might have pET. You MUST FIND an ENT with the subspecialty of otology AND ET expertise.

      Additionally, most ENTs will order allergy and hearing tests which may not truly be necessary. I have no allergies and no hearing loss, two sets of tests have confirmed this. A CAT confirmed what I already knew: I have an asymetrically formed sinus cavity with other problems as well.

      My pET problem has become quite severe and I have decided to go outside of NYC to find a better ENT; most ENTs in NYC are quite eager to give people nose jobs (fix a deviated septum, but try to sell you a cosmetic procedure as well; might not always be necessary in my case) because they make more money that way--they rarely have a clue about pET.

      I have found a specialist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore who specializes in pET. I plan to make an appt as soon as my schedule allows. What I did not know is that there are a number of disorders/diseases associated with pET. Again, most ENTs are not schooled in this rare anomaly.

      Perhaps some of you might look into pET; a warning, however, it is quite rare and internet searches do not provide much help. I strongly suggest you search for an ENT w/otology specialty and pET knowledge. You will need to call around and email numerous organizations in order to find someone in your area.

      I need some help with another ear issue:

      My boyfriend recently started to experience a low bass rumble/flutter in his left ear w/some fullness of the head. He has become acutely sensitive to low tones/bass tones and it has become quite distracting. His ENT (whom I have doubts about) found nothing but has ordered a hearing test. He started to experience his symptoms after going to a concert. Anyone know a thing about this ear problem?

      Thanks for reading my wordy post. I do appreciate this forum and the courage of those who post here.

      hi,

      who might you be going to see at johns hopkins?

      dr denis poe is the top expert in p e t he is in boston mass.....

      your boyfriends prob sounds like middle ear myoclonus, tensor tympani or stapedial muscle spasms...

      #26; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:45:00 GMT
    • All these days I was thinking that mine is a peculiar problem nobody would be having such bad symptoms. Really astonished to see so many of you. well my problems started two years back. The fullness in the head (as if all the nerves in the head are blown up by blower), unsteady walking(floating), unable to stand in a queue, difficult to concentrate, involuntary jerks when head is moved, tuff time in shopping malls or any social functions as the dizziness/swaying motions gets severe. Consulted many neurologists, ENT doctors and undergone all the tests like MRI,ENG ..etc...all the results are negative. Can any of you let me know if you had any such symptoms and treatments are recommended.
      #27; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:46:00 GMT
    • Well, I will make this short I just want to know if along with all of these symptoms~ have any of you experienced problems driving? Sometimes I feel like I am drunk and I just feel dizzy all the time. Over time, I think it has really just been exaggerated by paranoia but I cant stand it anymore?
      #28; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:47:00 GMT
    • god, you sound so much like me,its been going on for a year, had all kinds of tests, nothing, the only thing they came up with is a hearing loss in both ears. My "being on a rocky boat feeling" got so bad I just could not work I was so uncomfortable, head pressure and stuffed ears too and very mildly dizzy all the time, my neurologist sent me to a TMJ guy who gave me a splint, after a couple days my dizziness started to fade and was gone after a week,the splint took my dizziness away and somewhat lessened the symptoms so at least I am able to work now,he wants me to go to an ent because he thinks I have menierr's disease too...he also sent me to a psychologist which really did not help me. Some days are better than others, it is just so weird to feel like that nobody really understands., most doctors are clueless. I have to say though that the TMJ guy helped me more than any other doctor!He said he gets a lot of patients who"fall thru the cracks" meaning doctors dont know what to do with them when are their tests are negative so they send them to him, he has been able to help quite a few.....
      #29; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:48:00 GMT
    • 9 months after my original post, and still no diagnosis.

      I am so close to punching all the MDs I've visited in the face. Why can't they just say "I don't know" and pass me onto someone else, instead of trying different theories on me??

      #30; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:49:00 GMT
    • I also feel those symptoms. But I thought mine were because of anxiety but you guys are starting to make me feel like its my allergies.. I was diagnosed with allergies this summer becausae of these problems but I thought allergies only gave you stuffy nose, eyes and throat. My symptoms are Headaches all day long , very sore neck and shoulders, Im always irritable, my skin feels like its burning when I touch it, and I seem to feel a brain fog or spaced out should I say. But I want you to know that I feel you and feel like you.
      #31; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:50:00 GMT
    • Greetings, I was so excited to find this board. I to am having much of the same syptoms as all of you and at this time nobody has been able to diagnose my problem. I have been having massage therapy and finally made the descision to explore the allergist route.
      #32; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:51:00 GMT
    • Hi,

      Has anyone had thyroid tests? Ear, Throat and chest problems ....maybe thyroid?

      #33; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:52:00 GMT
    • Technofly

      MY symptons are: difficulty swallowing, tightness in throat, ear pain, ears clogged and full, dizziness, jaws click when I open, muscles spasms and unbearable pressure in head, neck, back. Lately it's been spiraling down towards my chest as well. Remember, its all the same group of muscles, the muscles in your chest are attached to the muscles in your neck and head, they are all attached ,this is what has been said to me. I was diagnosed with bilateral TMJ, although I have other problems too from a head injury. A tmj dentist did tell me however that untreated tmj can and does affect your neuromuscular system, causing your muscles to become either contracted or stretched to the maximum the longer it goes untreated. I used to be physically active and my chest muscles can't take it anymore either. now I only go for very slow walk two or three houses down and this is all my chest, head, neck muscles can take. My tmj doctor also is referring me to physical thereapy. I hope this helps.

      #34; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:53:00 GMT