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Clogged Left Sinus and Tinnitus...ENT or Neurologist?
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itsmyusername posted:
While I would not exactly say that I feel hopeless right now, I'm certainly feeling frustrated.

I had the flu the last week of December and was left with nothing more than a minor cough that was gone within a week. I never had any other noticed by me drainage. On January 2nd, which seemed out of nowhere, my left ear started feeling clogged and the sound of air being released from a tire began.

I went to my primary care doctor on January 5th because I was sure that I had an ear infection. She told me that my ear drum was bulging but the fluid was clear. I live in Central Texas and the cedar is unreal during the month of January, so I was told to take Flonase (never taken before) and Allegra D. The Allegra D definitely helped, but I was still left with the clogged feeling in my left ear and quieter noises.

I went back to the doctor on January 12th because my ear was still clogged and was positive that it had turned into an infection. She told me that my left ear actually looked better but my right was worse. Again, she told me allergies but prescribed a steroid pack if it wasn't better in a week.

It wasn't better in a week, so I began the steroid prescription. I felt even worse while taking the steroids because of the intense pressure in my head after taking them. I went to another doctor who told me to stop taking the steroids and that she felt I was over-medicated. She told me to wait until the end of January and if I didn't feel better, she would refer me to an ENT.

I waited until the second week of February, but I still had the clogged feeling in my left ear. I then saw an ENT. There was no fluid pressure behind my eardrum, my hearing test showed I had lost some high frequency range of hearing, and was scheduled for a CT scan to rule out sinusitis. CT showed no sign of sinusitis and the ENT told me there was nothing that he could do for me and told me to see a neurologist because he felt I was having migraines.

I know what migraines feel like, and I am not having them. Whenever I open my mouth, the very back, where the epiglottis is located, moves rapidly up and down, which others can not only view, but hear it making a clicking noise as well. When I slide my finger down into my left ear, I can feel a small protrusion on the side of my cheek. I've also noticed that I feel like squinting more often in my left eye, but absolutely no problems with vision. I still hear the noise of a tire's air escaping and having a better time of managing it, but the nighttime is incredibly difficult to tune out the noise.

I haven't taken any medicine in over a week, and I've been using a netipot for the last five days and must say that while I do feel that it has helped, the left ear area still crackles when I open my mouth. Maybe this is normal for a person to have fluid inside one side of their head/ear area for two months, but not for me in the past. I have had problems in January and February in the past with allergies, but never like this.

I definitely do not have the attitude that doctors are clueless and I know more. I would just like some advice as to whether it sounds like a neurologist is needed or a second opinion from another ENT. It feels as though if I could just drill a hold between my cheekbone and ear, I could unclog whatever is there. More than anything, I would love to get rid of the tinnitus.

Maybe it's normal that after having two months of clogged sinuses, my sinuses are draining and all the change in pressure is causing the noise to be a little bit louder than before?
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