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My situation is something I cannot find anything about anywhere online and I find that odd. I have made the distinction after much self-experimentation and journaling of activities over time that when I have acid reflux come up my left ear experiences a burning sensation. I can adjust the level of burning or pass it fast by blowing out of my mouth as fast as I can when the reflux hits and comes up. I theorize that there is some kind of open passageway from my throat to my left ear (the eustachian tube perhaps?) that is allowing the acid reflux to flow up into it causing my left ear to burn. There are also some other interesting factors here to consider.

After my teeth had settled for years as an adult I returned to the orthodontist for recorrection of my teeth. The rear most molar on the upper left of my jaw was impacted coming in a downward slant pushing against the side of the tooth in front of it. The orthodontics fixed this and the tooth eventually came down about 80% of the way, but I am wondering if after all those years in its impacted position after it came down what filled the void that it moved from? Could there be an opening from my jaw in that area letting acid reflux into my left ear?

Other more likely scenario. I know for a fact for years I have blown my nose extremely too hard (been told so by specialist; I have since corrected it, but may be too late). One time I was very sick and could not get better so I started journaling my activities while I was sick to find out what I was doing that may be keeping me from getting better and what was causing my ear pain to come back from time to time. Apparently the ear pain was caused just as soon as or a few moments after I'd blow my nose and with my chronic sinusitus I had to blow it very hard. In any case I opted to stop blowing my nose altogether in order to get well and instead opted for q-tip cleaning and irrigation of the nose to get the junk out. Well as soon as I stopped blowing my nose the pain subsided and I started getting well after I hadn't been making any progress for a full 2 weeks. I do notice that when I blow my nose even today and even though I do so much less forceful I experience the pain in my left ear. I can also wiggle my jaw from side to side at times to alleviate the pain but it only helps mildly so. I have had a few ear infections in my life and mostly in the left ear. The specialist says that the eardrum on that side is thinner than the right side and even shows some scar tissue and subsequently I ALWAYS experience much more sensitivity in my left ear than my right so much so that I sometimes need an ear plug for my left ear only at certain events or when people are listening to TV at a certain level.

To give you an idea of how hard I used to blow my nose up until about 4 years ago (I am 31 now) because no one ever really told or showed me different and I never felt I was doing self-damage I have floaters in my right eye which I believe are from blowing my nose too hard all those years as well as air will leak out of my right eye inner corner when I blow my nose if I do not squint. LOL - From all that I'm describing it sounds like I'm in really bad shape, but I live with this stuff daily and I manage it as if it is normal everyday routine stuff though of course it would be great if I didn't have to. The acid reflux is daily, food seems to come up at times, but I am also not sure if the food ever went down (some parts of it) because I have a constant nasal drip that I believe is the cause of the refluxing.... in that my esophagus thinks that the mucus is actually food constantly draining down and I do mean constantly. Not only do I believe the mucus is keeping parts of food from going down, but I believe the mucus itself gets stuck (stretching from my top throat to stomach) in my air/throat passageway often which always causes me to choke if I'm not careful and causes the esophagus/stomach opening to remain open for much longer periods during each day/night than when I'm actually eating or drinking. These are all theories from observing myself very closely over time. I actually believe if I could get rid of my sinus drainage I would be rid of my acid reflux cause it seems that when I am clear sinus-wise (which is not often) that my reflux is nearly gone.

In any case aside from what I've written here I would like to know if there is anyone else who has burning ear sensations when they reflux and if there is anything that can be done about it? Is it possible my eustachian tube is lodged open all the time? Is it possible my left eardrum is slightly "Open" all the time allowing air pressure to never get right in my eardrum hence allowing reflux to go UP the eustachian tube when it burps up? I know all of this may seem and sound crazy, but I assure you I'm not making blind statements without true patterns that I've learned from by carefully observing myself. Thank you for reading and for your time.

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