Sounds like the typical flu, but what is concerning me the most out of all my symptoms is my Ears and Skin. The skin on my face and neck (scalp included) feels "numb" and my ears (left mostly) feel partially blocked. I can still hear, but I can hear myself breathing, talking etc, and it is amplified while outside sounds are softer. I have had this condition for the last 4 days, gradually getting worse. I'm concerned about infections, and would like to know what the most likely cause of this would be. Like so many other Americans, I cannot afford Health Care, so going to my family doctor is not an option at the moment.
Although I am very sympathetic to your financial situation, it does not change the fact that I have no way of blindly diagnosing you over the Internet, based solely on the information in your posting. I do not know anything about you, your medical history, nor do I have a way of examining you -- all essential components.
I am very concerned that you have been getting worse over the last four days, and yes, an infection is possible. Assuming you do have an infection, how are you planning on being treated?
There is really no such thing as a typical flu, and true influenza does not really cause facial numbness. This would need to be evaluated by examination as an atypical symptom.
A blocked ear where you can hear your own breathing, talking, etc. could indicate a patulous eustachian tube (PET) -- one that is locked in an open position (the e-tubes are normally closed and only open termporarily when we swallow). Most cases of PET self-resolved, but unfortunately, not all of them. If your symptoms persist, this is not something you can treat at home or with over-the-counter medications.
"I have no way of blindly diagnosing you over the Internet, based solely on the information in your posting. I do not know anything about you, your medical history, nor do I have a way of examining you -- all essential components."
I have often wondered at this flippant attitude from doctors on sites like these. Why are you here if not to answer people's health questions, and what types of question do you suppose they are going to be asking??
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.