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Posted by
Jamie on August 17, 2001 at 18:34:36:

I wonder if you can help.

I have been suffering with this for over 5 years now initially caused by consecutive ear infections, perforated eardrum eventually leading to labrynthitis.

I have seen numerous specialists, had lots of tests/scans to rule things out but have just been continually told the same thing "we can't find anything wrong with you and so there is nothing we can do".

I have a set of balance excercises that were given to me about 4 years ago that help speed up the healing process when I have an attack but as my right ear (this is always the problem ear) is so scarred, I am continually suffering with it causing dizziness a lot of the time. Whenever I have a cold or the flu, it will always affect my ear and make me feel dizzy plus I am constantly getting ear infections. I take so many antibiotics from the doctor that I feel that they are just not working anymore. My right ear also produces a lot of wax and again, this is very difficult to clear as putting anything in my ear aggravates the dizziness.

I eat healthily, take vitamins, excercise regularly so why won't this problem go away ? I have also seen an osteopath and had allergy tests but with no luck. As I said, this dates back over 5 yrs now and and I am increasingly unable to live a normal life with this problem.

Hope you can help.

Jamie



Re: Labrynthitis

Posted by jt on August 19, 2001 at 08:37:48:

In Reply to: Labrynthitis posted by Jamie on August 17, 2001 at 18:34:36:

i have had( and still have) ear problems, i have tinnitus ( ear ringing) constantly and i get dizzy sometimes.but i am a lot better- from what i understand your vertigo is from inflammation of the labyrinth. 1) try ear candeling to get the wax out 2) sometimes enzymes while take away the inflammation( wobenzyme brand is the best)3) ginko biloba extract has helped me alot 4) try your hardest not to get ear infections.and if you get one stay away from antibitoics, try massive vitamin c and colloidal silver instead. sometimes a plain decongestant( not antihistimine) can reduce swelling in the ear area.

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Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 19, 2001 at 08:51:07:

In Reply to: Labrynthitis posted by Jamie on August 17, 2001 at 18:34:36:

Hi, Jamie.

As much structural damage as you must have I do not think you can ever be perfectly normal. The scarring alone will prevent your eustacian tube from ever functioning normally. HOWEVER, all structures in the body have a LOT of reserves so it is possible that you can still get normal function out of this system---DOING EXACTLY WHAT WOULD HAVE RESOLVED THE PROBLEM BEFORE ALL OF THE DAMAGE AND EXACTLY WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE FOR AT LEAST REASONABLE FUNCTION!

The first thing you have to do is TOTALLY eliminate any trace of dairy & wheat from your diet. Statistically, this will resolve more than 95% of cases like yours. There is a less than 5% chance that you are reacting to soy, eggs, peanuts, or etc., but the first thing to do is the most likely. You have to read every lable carefully and not eat out unless you can trust the waiter & cook to understand that you are desperately sensitive to both these substances. They can then suggest safe things on the menu OR specifically construct the recipes so that there is no trace of either in what you order.

Within a month, you should have no more infections---the first thing that has to happen to reverse this.

Next, you have to address the LGS that has been caused by all of the antibiotics. It will not help to do this until you no longer need any antibiotics.

THEN, let us know how you are doing and we can direct you, step by step out of the hole that the allopathic paradigm has dug for you.

Walt



Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in ear.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 19, 2001 at 08:51:51:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Walt Stoll on August 19, 2001 at 08:51:07:

NMI

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Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Jamie on August 20, 2001 at 13:19:14:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Walt Stoll on August 19, 2001 at 08:51:07:

Thank you Walt for your advice.

I would just like to point out that wheat and dairy products did not show significantly on my 2 allergy tests I had (about a year apart). The main one was caffeine and I cut that out of my intake a year or so ago as I know that can help stress also. Do you really think it simply something I am eating or drinking that is aggravating my ear so much ? I did go through a stage of it being relatively ok for a good 6 months but it has been almost continuous over the last 2 months. As the antibiotics either do not do anything or start to work then as soon as I finish the course, it gets worse - the GP has now given me a spray called Otomize. I have generally found that drops/sprays just make me feel worse. It makes my ear throb and the majority of the time makes me feel more dizzy as any liquid in my ear usually causes this.

Do you agree with the other person's comments that increasing my vitamin C intake and maybe ginko biloba would improve things.

Thanks again

Jamie

P.S. What is ear candelling as another person suggested this as as soon as I even attempt to remove any wax from around the outside of my ear canal it makes me feel dizzy again. Basically - I cannot put anything in or around my ear for fear of upsetting the balance.




Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 21, 2001 at 09:53:21:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Jamie on August 20, 2001 at 13:19:14:

Hi, Jamie.

I will bet that you went to a conventional allergtist for those tests, too. Read the archives about allergy and especially about MCS (Clinical Ecology) and you will see that 95% of all hypersensitivities are missed by conventional allergy testing.

Conventional allergy testing are worse than nothing since they 19 times out of 20 reassure the person that hypersensitivity is not their problem when it is. THEN, the person spends thousands more dollars and years of their lives being sick still looking.

Walt

Let us know what you learn.



Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Jamie on August 30, 2001 at 13:19:35:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Walt Stoll on August 21, 2001 at 09:53:21:

Thanks again for your comments Walt.

Yes the allergy test was from a high street health food shop and they just pointed out that I am not definitely allergic to these things but there is a good chance that they may be making me feeling unwell. Apart from me cutting out caffeine a year or so ago, my diet has remained the same since I have had the ear problems. Although it has been a general problem since 1996, the problem has been almost continuous for the last 2 months. I just wanted to clarify that you think that my diet could be affecting (it obviously didnt cause it) my ear problems and there may be a marked improvement if I exclude wheat and dairy products from my diet.

One last thing - my right ear produces ever such a lot of wax and when it is in the canal and near the eardrum it causes dizziness also. Is this normal and is there any way I can reduce this as it is very difficult to clear it as putting anything in my ear just makes things worse.

Thanks again

Jamie



Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 01, 2001 at 09:03:45:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Jamie on August 30, 2001 at 13:19:35:

Thanks, Jamie.

The only way to be sure about the diet affecting the ear is to do the total elimination of dairy and wheat for about 3 months and see what happens.

The wax in the external canal is a separate issue and, if wax actually touches the ear drum it can cause dizziness.

There are simple ways to take care of that problem that are available over the counter at your pharmacy. Ear wax softening drops and a rubber syringe to syringe out the softened wax a couple of days later (directions included). With you, I would do this about once a month until this problem is a thing of the past. THEN about once every 3 months.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Jamie on September 03, 2001 at 14:40:33:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Walt Stoll on September 01, 2001 at 09:03:45:

Sorry to be a pain Walt.

I have been using a couple of drops of Olive Oil in my ear for the last few days. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be having much effect as it still feels blocked so I will try sodium bicarbonate.

Anwyay, I have concerns about having it syringed due to my history. Amongst the several tests I have had done over the years, I have had water pumped into both ears (not sure what this is called) and both times this made me feel extremely dizzy and nauseas (admittedly I know it is supposed to). Maybe syringing is the only way the wax will be dispersed, I am just worried after what happened during these water tests.

Thanks for all your advice.

Jamie



Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 05, 2001 at 08:49:47:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Jamie on September 03, 2001 at 14:40:33:

Hi, Jamie.

EVERYONE will get dizzy with syringing the ear IF the water temperature is not at least body temperature.
The only contraindication to syringing is if the eardrum has been ruptured and has not healed.

Hope this helps.

Walt



Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Jamie on September 12, 2001 at 18:18:59:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Walt Stoll on September 05, 2001 at 08:49:47:

Hi Walt

Just to say that I went to see my ENT specialist and explained that my right ear was still a big problem (especially over the last 6 months). I told him that I get lots of ear infections (symptoms being ear throbbing, painful and dizziness)and excess wax in my ear causing dizziness. This means lots of trips to the doctor, antibiotics (that somestimes work sometimes dont), drops, sprays etc. I pointed out that I eat healthily, take vitamins and exercise.

Anwyay, the specialist did a hearing test that came out normal and both ears the same level of hearing(even though I have never been able to hear as good out of my right as my left ear)plus he cleaned the wax out of my ear using a little hoover-like invention as he said drops do not do the job properly.

Here is the frustrating bit - he said he doesnt agree with the GP that all these problems are ear infections, ear infections would not make me feel dizzy (even with my history) and wax in the ear would not make me feel dizzy. The upshot was he told me that the next time I feel dizzy and/or my ear does not feel right, I should go along and see a specialist straight away so they can look in my ear. Also said Serc tablets may help (tried before and didnt help) and reducing salt intake may help.

It feels as if they think I am making it up Walt. They have done hearing tests, mri scans, water tests amongst others and all is clear. Surely if my inner ear is scarred and does not function properly, I will be prone to ear problems and they could/would make me feel unswell ?

I am cutting down on my wheat/diary intake as you said, is one of the two more harmful than the other for ear problems ?

As I type this and since he cleaned my ear of wax, my ear is throbbing and i feel uncomfortably dizzy. I am sorry to keep putting posts on Walt I just feel like Im at the end of my tether as the problem goes back 5 and a half years now.

Thanks in advance.

Jamie



Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 14, 2001 at 10:12:57:

In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis (Archive in dairy.) posted by Jamie on September 12, 2001 at 18:18:59:

Hi, Jamie.

Allopathic physicians are not taught to look for functional problems only structural (VERY far advanced functional problems).

Cutting down on your wheat and dairy will teach you nothing. it takes total elimnination to find out if this is a cause of your problem.

Since the docs can find no structural problem this proves the nature of your problem is functional. They are waiting until any idiot can make the diagnosis-->once your problem is bad enough to show structural changes.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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