Patient Comments: Eustachian Tube Problems - Treatments

How was your Eustachian tube problem treated?

Comment from: Maureen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I have no useful treatments to suggest; my experience of ENT specialists is that they are a waste of time, energy and money as far as my problems go. I was surprised, however, not to see Sjogren's Syndrome (autoimmune disease which disables moisture-producing glands) listed as a possible cause of Eustachian tube blockage, as I know this is the cause of my problems, though not exactly how it works or how (if) my stuffy nose is related. I am in the unenviable position of knowing that my problems are, and will continue, to get worse, hopelessly. Good luck to all suffering similarly.

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Comment from: misswildcat, 25-34 Female Published: January 21

I've had problems with my ears for over a year now. It started out with a lot of pressure in my head and sinuses. I went to the doctor and I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. The medicine did help clear the pressure from my head but my ears began to make a cracking sound constantly. It's like putting your ear next to a bowl of rice crispies cereal. It's driving me crazy. The doctor told me that I have to have tubes put in my ears and that I can't fly or go to the mountains where there is high altitude. It could cause my ear drums to bust. I just wish that it would go away. I don't have insurance and no telling what tubes are going to cost.

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Comment from: Deafy, 65-74 Female Published: January 19

I'm 68 and dismayed to read about how pesky this ear tube problem seems to be. I thought it was only me! My right side tube has been blocked for about 5 or 6 years. In the past it was only in winter and as soon as the weather warmed up it was gone, to return as the weather got cold again, but this year it is still here in summer. It feels as though there is a moth or something fluttering in your ear. The only relief I get for a minute or so, is to push it with my finger. I tried an ENT specialist who told me to inhale Eucalyptus over a bucket of hot water, gave me drops for night and day sterile water to squirt up my nose, and after spending a lot of money and getting no result I gave up. My nose also has had a tendency to block up perhaps since childhood, certainly most of my adult life. I don't sleep very well when it's hot and notice my nose seems to block up worse then. Most things seem worse when you're tired. I had hoped to find some tips on how to treat this, but it looks to be a stubborn problem. No joy.

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Comment from: Kimberly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I just recently had what I think was a minimal cold, and the right ear and below in my neck area is swollen. I thought it was a lymph node swelling but the doctor said it was my eustachian tube. My ear does not hurt but the lump in the side of my neck does hurt. Just picked up medication and will see if it works. Wish me luck.

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Comment from: Tracy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I went to work on Friday. By the end of the day, I had a cough and a fever of 101 degrees. The doctor looked me over, listened to my lungs and said that it was just the flu and sent me home with a prescription for Tamiflu. A few days later, I was not feeling any better, but went to work. I went to the hospital and after a nasal swab for flu, blood tests, breathing treatments, examinations, and chest X-rays, the doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia in my right lung. He said that strangely enough, four different doctors were unable to detect anything wrong by listening to my lungs with a stethoscope, but with the X-rays, there was no denying the pneumonia.

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Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have had problems with a blocked Eustachian tube off and on for several years. It causes me dizziness, difficulty hearing, and at its worst, causes a sound that I liken to hearing "bugs in the weeds by the side of the road." One thing that has helped me at times is to take about a quarter cup of hot sauce, dip it in something such as popcorn, and then eat it. This seems to get my sinuses running and relieves the pressure. Also, I have had some success by sniffing from a jar of horseradish and it does the same thing for me.

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