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by hmpeit, Jul 02, 2007
I sporadically have fluid/fullness in my ear which I believe is due to allergies, but I am afraid of taking allergy meds because I was recently diagnosed with Subclinical hyperthyroid disorder and have been told that sinus/allergy medications and amplify the effects of the meds.  My problems is that I have this feeling like when you drink way too much alcohol and your head is all over the place.  I guess that is like a light vertigo feeling.  Could this be due to the fluid?  Also, does anyone have a situation like this?  Have a thyroid disorder and take allergy meds?  
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by torque, Jul 02, 2007
Here is a bit about my story. I get the drunk feeling- I call it who-who headed. I cant think of anything else to call it. My ear would feel wet and I could hear crackling in it. I went to an ENT, got tested for allergies, and not allergic to anything. So what could it be? I found on the internet a thing called non-allergic rhinitis. Which from what I understand, your sinuses swell up, causing inflamation, which causes the fluid to get backed up or stuck in your ears, which makes me who-who headed. I also found that anxiety/stress can cause this. These sinus symptoms started when I went back to school and was also working full time. I never put two and two together. My anxiety (which I really didnt think I had) was causing this problem. I was on sooooo many different sinus meds. Since my anxiety is starting to get under control (knock on wood), I havent had any who-who headed feelings.

Now, I also had seen in some articles that thyroid disorders can cause anxiety (not 100% sure, please check that). So, what I would suggest, get tested for allergies to make sure it is or isnt that. If it is, then you know you might need something. I am sure your doc could find some type of drug that will be compatible for you. If not, you need to find out what could be causing this. Look up the non-allergic rhinitis and see if it is linked to thyroid disorder. Anyway, Best wishes to you, and please let me know how you make out!!
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by ch/gh, Jul 04, 2007
I was reading what you said here about non allergic rhinitis, i have the same symtoms but have been told i have turbinate hypertrophy and they want to trim the turbinates and fix my deviated septum . do your turbinates swell also,how do i know if its my turbinate problem or sinuses inflamation from non allergic rhinitis  also a month a go they said i was positive for dust mites and mold  which 6 years ago i tested negative and when i take claritin it didnt solve my "allergy problem"  i have vaccuum regular  dusted regular wash curtains and bedding in hot water etc..... so i really dont believe my allergy to dust mites is that severe because i also dont have sneezing,running watery eyes etc.........  all i have is congestion mostly when i lay down. and its really bad if the humidity is high or all winter long when furnace was running  but got the furnace cleaned last year.  but i was tested twice for staph infection in 05 and 06 ,and maybe i still have staph infection in my nose that is causing the turbinates to swell . what do you think?  sorry this is lenghthy but i have been dealing with this since oct 06 ,  after i had an adenoidectomy in aug 06.  thank you.
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by torque, Jul 04, 2007
I am not really sure. My doc didnt say anything about my turbinates. They said tehy could see the swelling in my nose. My doc could also see it in my ears (when i would have severe symptoms). Have you seen an ENT? It seems like if you had severe allergies you would have the typical symptoms. Read up on the non-allergic rhinitis and see if it has anything to do with turbinate problems. The allergy meds (flonase) would take the swelling down, but wouldnt really help me, that is when I started looking for other issues that it could be. I have not confirmed this with my doc yet. I have an appt next month and will talk with her then. But since I have alleviated the stress, somewhat. in my life, it seems that my sinuses have improved. Anyway, feel free to ask me anything! Best wishes to you!!
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by ch/gh, Jul 08, 2007
Thank you for answering me,you are so kind . I have seen several Ent's actually tomorrow I have an appt. and I will read up on allergic rhinitis before i go . I will  keep you posted to let you know. thanks again . ch/gh
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by JulesLynn, Jul 12, 2007
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by JulesLynn, Jul 12, 2007
Last summer I thought I had some wax in my ear,  I ran to the dr. a couple of times and they said my ears were clean and no fluid behind the ear drum.  I was put on a decongestant, mucinex, etc. but it just kept getting worse.  In August I started running to ENTs_-all they'd do is give me a hearing test and say my ears looked good.  One put me on prednisone  for 7 days but it did no good.  Meanwhile, I was miserable, it felt like someone had poured water into my head.  My ear was plugged, I was dizzy and I was developing an ever increasing senstivity to noise.  I was finally referred to this dr. who was suppose to be an expert in meniere's.  He said I was "pre-meniere's" (whatever that means) and just put me on a diuretic, sedative, and "stay away from the salt shaker".  As I got increasingly worse and had to take a medical leave from my job this same dr. offered a "endolymphatic sac surgery" (very controversial)

I finally found a site that gave me tons of information and I am feeling better than I have in 8 months.  You can get to the site by putting in "enough (endolymphatic hydrops)"  This may not be your problem but I know I was so frustrated with the medical help I received.  This may help you.
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by dogboy, Sep 23, 2007
Here's my story:
Two months ago I got out of a steamroom at my gym and felt like I was gonna passout. I was really dizzy and lightheaded, and for the next week felt hungover with a pressure feeling in my head. My balance was fine, but the dizzy vision stayed.
Fast foward two months and nothing has really changed! I've had every major test done (MRI's, X RAYS, etc) I havent been to an ENT, but my neurologist thinks its to do with migraines. My vision is still dizzy and I feel like ive got water in my ears at times. I even had to go on anxiety pills for a bit, because I was having trouble working.
I think I should see an ENT. Anyone got any advice?
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by countryrena, Dec 29, 2007
i have low thyroid and i started my problem bout a year ago, when i had an ear infection. After that i cannot get rid of the fluid in my ears and my nose gets clogged, dizzy or the wooo woo feeling that someone described on here. It is very frustrating. My doc put me on nasonex which does help but yes alcohol makes it sooooo much worse seems to make me more clogged. Also when i talk on the phone or any loud noice OMG! it hurts my ear. My doc did say i have alot of fluid in my ears. He seems to think its allergies. Dunno i have never had allergies so we will see
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by countryrena, Dec 29, 2007
Oh i forgot to mention hmpeit that i have had a thyroid disorder since the age of 13, and i am now 43 so i do understand and know the dangers of taking meds for allergies. But you can take over the counter claratin. My doc also told me i can take that, and then nasonex for your nose congestion. Hope that is helpful to ya :P