I am a 20 year old female with no health problems (that I am aware of). I am not on the pill and I’m not currently taking any medications. For the last fortnight, I have been experiencing a number of irritating and concerning symptoms.
Firstly, my eyesight is fine and I do not need glasses. About 13 days ago I noticed my vision becoming blurry on random occasions for about 7-10 seconds at a time. It would happen anywhere, Walking to the car or even just in the house. My eyes felt as though they were out of focus and I would feel a little dizzy and unsteady of my feet. After blinking a good few times and taking a deep breath, my vision would return to normal.
About 10 days ago, when I woke up I found it difficult to see out of my right eye for about 6 minutes. It felt as though my eye was open but my vision was totally obscured. It was almost as though somebody had put a black film over my eye. Eventually I managed to open my eye and noticed there was no pus and I was not wearing any eye makeup either.
About 9 days ago I began to notice a “whooshing” sound in my right ear. It seems to be in time with my heartbeat. It never goes away and is much more noticeable at night and in quieter environments. It can be heard loudly and clearly over any background noise. My ear feels full and my hearing is muffled in that ear. Nothing alleviates the whooshing except pressing on the right hand side of my neck, which temporarily quietens the sound. When my pulse is raised, the noise seems to be louder, or I am more aware of it.
My sinuses are fine and I don’t have a cold, a cough or any mucus. It is severely impacting my sleep and my concentration. It is near impossible to fall asleep and even harder to stay asleep as I am awakened by the sound. I am irritable and can’t focus on anything except the noise.
About 5 days ago I visited my GP and explained my symptoms and my concern over my lack of sleep. He took a look in my left and right ears and said that my right ear looked fine. In his exact words “It looks fine, It’s probably just a blocked Eustachian tube so I’ll prescribe you a nasal spray”. He told me that the noise was something I was just going to have to “deal with”. I was prescribed mometasone fuorate (NASONEX) and sent on my way.
When I was very little I suffered a few burst ear drums and have suffered my fair share of blocked Eustachian tubes and sinus infections. Every time I did, I suffered a pain in my ear or a tenderness and any tinnitus was a ringing sound which was quiet enough to ignore or mask. I have no pain in my ears this time.
I have followed the prescription for the last 5 days and have noticed that there has been absoloutley no change and in fact, the noise is as loud as ever. I am apprehensive about returning to my GP as I did not appreciate his condescending tone.
Has anybody suffered similar symptoms or can give me an answer as to what this might be? At the very least point me in the right direction. Thanks for any help or advice you can give me.