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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:08 PM
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My left ear is stopped up and driving me crazy!
I've tried everything. When it first started, I could pop it by wiggling my finger in my ear and stretching my jaw. Then it started taking longer. I have tried washing it out really good, didn't work. Someone suggested hydrogen peroxide and Q-tips. I just tried that. It is still stopped up. I would go ahead and scream but it would just echo in my head and drive me even more crazy. What can I do?
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:10 PM
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1. Chew gum
otherwise wait for the elevation to change
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:10 PM
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2. There you are!
Someone's been lookin for you.

Take a hot shower.

ALSO DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Ooops sorry - stupid caps lock...
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:20 PM
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9. did the shower
I'm drinking Diet Coke instead of water. Is that OK? And why were you screaming at me with the caps lock?
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:27 PM
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18. I wansn't screaming
I just hit the key and was too lazy to go back and fix it.

No the diet coke won't work as well as the water. I don't want to get too technical but trust me, the more water you drink the easier it'll be to clear that congestion up.
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:28 PM
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19. I was just playing with you on the caps
I'll try the nasty city water and see if that helps. Why can't water taste like Dr. Pepper and have no calories?
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:11 PM
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3. I bet your right ear is ringing
Have you seen the post asking for your whereabouts? Did you escape the basement?
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:20 PM
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11. yes, I saw the post
and just recently escaped the basement. I may attempt to break back in and re-tie myself up for tonight though.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:11 PM
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4. I have a similar issue
tiny hole in the drum. The only thing that helps me is keep it totally dry - no swimming, no peroxide and careful in the shower.
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:12 PM
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5. Don't ignore it, go see an ENT
I had the same problem as you, ignored it mostly, ended up w/permanent hearing loss via Menieres Disease - not fun.

Go directly to an ENT, if possible.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:13 PM
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6. sinus problems?
if it lasts for several days an ear doctor might be a good idea. You could have an ear infection. I used to get those when I was a kid. ugh
Have you taken any sinus medicine to dry it up? Tylenol allergy sinus or sudafed might help. Or maybe its not serious and it will go away in a few hours?
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:21 PM
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13. maybe thats it
alergies have been killing me these past few days. I'll try some allergy medicine. Thanks.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:13 PM
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7. Both of my ears have been clogged going on 7 days now
Worst. Cold. Ever.

Just wait until they start popping every time you swallow.
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:15 PM
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8. Go to Walgreens and buy a wax removal kit.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:20 PM
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10. It could be trauma to the middle ear...
Get it checked by an ENT.
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DebinTx Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:23 PM
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16. Ear wax may be packed up against the ear drum
if it is, any liquid sitting between the two will become infected. Go see your doctor.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:21 PM
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12. Hey, you wanna fill me in on what happened with you?
I saw your post in ATA. I looked around a bit and found a thread where you got heated about people bashing Mormons. Is that why you asked for your acount to be shut off? I, for one, am glad you're still here. :loveya:
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:22 PM
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14. thanks.. I'll PM you some info
I don't wanna rehash it all here.
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:22 PM
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15. If you can't take an airplane
get yourself to the nearest skyscraper and go up and down the express elevator repeatedly. You probably do need a ENT but in the interim that may help to relieve the pressure. In the future, because ear infections tend to be chronic, (I had them for years) Mullein oil and one twenty minute acupuncture session healed mine for good.

Good luck.
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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:25 PM
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17. wax buildup?
Edited on Tue Dec-07-04 02:26 PM by Malva Zebrina
If you have any pain I suggest a visit tot he doctor. It happened to me once and it does make one nuts--sounds like one is in an echo chamber. I used an over the counter ear wax removal system- and after using it for a week, I gently irrigated with warm water and a drop of dish detergent using the little baby syringe that came with the kit and it worked. The wax that came out from the irrigation was evident.
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