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NatalieJune

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Has anyone experienced problems with their ears after having an episode?? I just had an episode yesterday in Hawaii and had to drive an hour to the ER because I couldn't get the episode under control. I'm having a hard time hearing out of my right ear. It sounds clogged.
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NatalieJune,

I am so sorry.. not the way you wanted to start your vacation. There is a lot of pressure that builds up in your ears when you fly. Plus, tack on that motion sickness is in most cases a trigger for an episode. I hope that the ER can do something for you. My mom gets that excruciating ear pain and pressure when ever she flies. Her ENT usually prescribes her a steroid to reduce the swelling caused by the pressure build up. We eventually got her noise-cancelling OVER the ear headphones that help with the noise and surprisingly.. the pressure. Let us know how it goes. I'm hoping that your didn't rupture the ear drum.


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Yeah I will get some fluid behind my eardrum because of all the intracranial pressure caused during vomiting attacks.  I can even feel it release sometimes and drain out of my head.  I'd imagine flying can make this worst.  I have never broken an eardrum from an attack but have from not equalizing pressure while freediving and it really throws your equilibrium (at least mine) for a loop.  I knew something was off and needed to have a tube placed to have the fluid drain.  I have a lot of swelling in my head (like sinuses and such) during attacks, once that goes down you may notice that this all drains.  Sometimes I will tilt my head one way and it will just all go away.  I hope you find relief, but it's best to make a GP appointment so if the fluid does stay there or there is damage it doesn't cause an infection or some permanent hearing loss if all you need is a tube. 

Just keep swimming. 

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Mannion, have you seen an ENT? I have seen people that have had success with an ENT and the swelling you are talking about. It instigates the migraine side of things.
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I can get a post attack migraine, but my attacks hurt so much it's candy compared to CVS.  I just put on sunglasses and am upset no music during rest (it's too loud). 

I can bounce my sinuses back down if I use O2 via Nasal canula and the hospital setting doesn't seem to mind the higher then usual NC flow if I explain it is to get rid of swollen nasal passages and dry up some mucus.  When I was an EMT it was really not an unusual request at all to get a higher O2 then ordered by a lifer patient to dry up mucus membranes and now I know why.  It's also something the RNs can do around here and feel like helping (they can't write meds), so if I ask for O2, say it helped but a little might help more, then pour on thanks.  It also helps me focus on breathing and not freak out when I need to have a mask on during port accessed. 

Thanks for the help though.  I just don't think I can do another doctor now and I think it may be part of my defense to allergies hehe. 

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