I do not have an ear infection or sinus infection (per doctor, and no they have no idea, and until Jan 1, I do NOT have insurance to go further with testing). There is such pressure behind my ear drum, it feels as if it is full of fluid, yet nothing ever drains. I can breathe normally through my nasal passages. I have been suffering with this since August 2013; it has not gotten worse or better. I can relieve some of it through severe sinus congestion OTC meds and antihistamine. What could be the underlying cause? Any other suggestions for a more permanent solution?
I suffered from the same problem for many years until I could finally see an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor.) Sometimes your regular doctor may not perform the same tests as the ENT will. I discovered that my ear just did not drain properly and I ended up with a permanent tube in my ear which provided me with excellent relief. You might end up with a different diagnosis however.
Before I went to the ENT, I would use Mucinex D and Meclizine (non drowsy dramamine) to get some relief from the pressure.
Have you been to the dentist? Sometimes a toothache can feel like an earache.
This can also be an allergic reaction.
I know that you mentioned you did not have insurance, but I hope you did find a diagnosis and treatment that worked for you. You should always pursue pain with your doctor. Please feel free to send an update!
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I can relate. Your symptoms are very similiar to mine. We just now got our insurance (after THREE months of incomptence!). My cheeks and jaw now hurt. I get headaches as well. No drainage and I too can breathe through my nose just fine. I have had chronic sinus inflamation for two years now. But this tops the cake. One possibility that I can come up with is that we just moved from our house of 20 years to this airtight apartment (in winter...little ventilation). We bought new furniture and I believe the carpet is new. I have a high sensitivity to formaldehyde that I had forgotten about. I'm wondering if that has something to do with it. I ordered an expensive filter to help with air quality. (There goes that bedroom t.v. I was hoping for!)
I'm scheduled to see an E.N.T. for the first time this friday. I'll let you know how it goes.
Your post is nearly a month old. How are you doing? Any changes? Have you been able to see a doctor? Please keep us posted.
I go through the same thing often, but it is from TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders). Common symptoms of TMD include toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitis). I suggest going and seeing a dentist first, you can buy a moldable mouth grip at a local drugstore, mine has helped alot. I felt like I watch clenching my jaw to ease the discomfort, it felt like my throat and ears were conjested, when what was really happening is the mustcles became tense making it feel swollen. Take a look at the following URL, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders
I sure hope it helps, and hope you feel better soon. God bless