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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Acid Reflux / GERD Board Index

I have been suffering with what I believe to be Eustachian tube dysfunction for a few months now. Nothing has officially been confirmed with any doctors as clinically speaking, I’m fine. Sigh. Symptoms include, fullness feeling in ears and constant need to “pop” them, mild sinus pain and pressure, headaches, fatigue and vertigo (or a feeling of “floating” or being “off”). Treatment has included 2 rounds of antibiotics, 3 rounds of 10 mg Prednisone (cortisone, which seems to greatly help my symptoms) and I recently went to have adult ventilation tubes put in my ears. Sadly, I still have symptoms. I’m so frustrated, as “learning to live” with these symptoms (as the doctors are so quick to tell me) is not an option for me. The vertigo is debilitating and brings my mild anxiety problems to a new level.

Recently, I have noticed I have been belching a lot. Gassy. Trouble clearing my throat… I feel like I have mucus stuck back there all the time. Cough. Mild heartburn occasionally. Sometimes foods taste funny. I feel a slight improvement with all symptoms when I take an antacid.

And today I read up on LPR. I am wondering if the Eustachian tube dysfunction is being CAUSED by acid reflux? I never even thought the two could be related until now.

Has anyone else had any ear/sinus symptoms with stomach acid problems? If so, what has been your experience or solution? I’m desperate to fix this as I am 45 years old, very active and miss my life. At lunch, I’m going to go to the store and get some Nexium for a few weeks and see if that improves anything.

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