The following are some of the strange things that have been going on with me and I'm looking to see if anyone has any thoughts about them. They may or may not be related so first I'll give a little background.
When I first developed my MS symptoms over 20 years ago I also developed allergies. My doctor at the time tested me for just about everything under the sun and I was allergic to almost everything. In fact after having severe allergic reaction to bee stings ( came close to dieing ) they wanted to desensitize me to bee venom. But I had a severe reaction to their most diluted form of bee venom. For years I lived on allergy medicines just to get by. Fast forward to about 5 years ago my doctor wanted me to be retested for allergies but they came back that I was not allergic to anything. I also have not had to take any allergy medications for years.
So here are the weird things going on.
1) Runny nose ( left side only) for no apparent reason. I can be just sitting at my computer and all of a sudden my nose will start running.
2) At least twice a day I will start sneezing. This will last 5 - 10 minutes with no amount of blowing my nose that will stop it. Again no apparent reason just like the runny nose.
3). As I stated in another post I always sleep on my stomach. I usually will have my head turned to the right ( more comfortable) which has my left ear against the pillow. No sooner than I get into that position and deep inside my left ear ( like it is the ear drum) will start to itch. As soon as I turn my head the other way ( right ear against the pillow) the itching will stop. I can keep going back and forth with which ear is against the pillow and the itching starts and stops. This has been going on for over a year now.
I certainly relate to the allergies as I have had them all my life until a couple of years ago I had desensitising injections for two years straight. They worked a treat because normally I would have the types of symptoms that you describe but also a full on thick head that meant I couldn't think properly.
So, I finished my allergy injections in approx December 10, got the flu shot for only the second time in my life in April 11 and then in the May 11 developed MS. I don't believe anyone has yet proven a link but who knows.
As for the itching in the eardrum, man that has got to suck. I have the crazy itch on my stomach at times throughout the day.
I guess it all makes for one big weird disease. I suppose it could be worse, if we grew an extra leg or maybe a large soft rubbery thing from our foreheads?lol
Sorry, I'm not much help at all, am I.
I was bothered by a runny nose for years. When I finally went to see the doc about it, he found I had polyps in my sinusses and sent me to a specialist.
The ear/nose/throat doctor gave me a choice of a minor day surgery to remove them the best he could through my nose, or a more severe, dangerous surgery that sounded too scary to me.....I opted for the minor day surgery, which helped a lot, but may have to be repeated some day.
I used to get a lot of ear infections. Usually I experienced a deep itching in my ear, something like you describe, rather than pain when another infection was setting in, and if I treated it early enough I never got any pain.
I don't think it mattered which way my head was turned, but it's been a couple years since my last one, I can't remember for sure.
I have not had an ear infection since I started treating my MS, although I thought I had one which turned out to be neurological pain...I should have known...no itching.
Just a couple things you might want to look into if you haven't already.
I haven't been diagnosed with ms yet but I am under a neuro at the moment and having investigations for ms like symptoms. I am though diagnosed with minieres disease (inner ear problems) I have mild vertigo awful balance and blocked ears all the time, I have terrible itchy ears sometimes all day long. I don't have the runny nose as much but do have other allergy symptoms, I am also allergic to water on my skin.Whenever water touches my skin I come out in hives, it is wierd and I am sure I read somewhere you can get hives with ms, is that right?? anyway just thought I would share, and my thoughts are there could be a link between allergies and neurological diseases.
Personally I believe the onset ( trigger) for my MS was toxic chemical exposure. The company I was work for had converted a large storage room that were used to store chemical use in processing the optics they made into 2 offices. Both myself and the woman that had the other office went on disability at about the same time and for the same problems. Just seems like too big of a coincidence to me.
Thanks for the info. While it has been annoying only I probably should get it check out since I'm on an immunosuppressant. When I had the allergies acting up constantly I also got a lot of sinus infections. I never thought about the itching could be a sign of the start of a sinus infection as I always got the pain.
It isnt chlorine as I get it when showering with only water, when it rains amd touches my skin, when my hair is wet and drips onto my skin. I have washed only in water just to make sure it isn't any shower gels or shampoos and it always happens. Water urticaria I believe is it's name.
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