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auntieCtheM

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Labyrinthitis
« on: November 30, 2014, 01:16:04 AM »
Does anyone else have this?  I've just been diagnosed although I have had the symptoms for a long time.  In the past the GP has also said that I need my ears cleaned out.  She suggested that I pour warm olive oil into both ears for two weeks and it will come out on its own.

Well I found I could not pour anything into my ears, so left it.

Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the inner ear with symptoms of nausea, giddyiness, woozy head. 

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2014, 10:09:02 AM »
Community health services can clear out your ears if you can't do it yourself - get your GP to either do it or refer you to a local health centre/ hospital.  Pouring things into your own ears isn't all that easy, plenty of people can't do it. >hugs<

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2014, 10:21:03 AM »
Auntie, try Earol Olive Oil Spray 10ml.

You can buy it from Boots or online.  It costs approximately 4.99 but will last for ages.

Spraying your ear is much easier than pouring oil into your ear:

http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-up-Ear-Congestion-With-Olive-Oil

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2014, 10:48:03 PM »
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Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the inner ear with symptoms of nausea, giddyiness, woozy head.

I don't want to worry you but these are also symptoms for Menieres Disease especially when you had the symptoms for a long time.

It would be good if you could persuade you GP to get you an appointment with and ENT  consultant because they can do other tests like a pressure test to help work out what is going on.

I have not heard of olive oil being used for Labyrinthitis  but maybe there is ear wax that is increase the pressure in your inner ear.

If you have a perforated eardrum then dont put any liquid in there it will seriously hurt.

auntieCtheM

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2014, 11:05:29 PM »
Sorry I was not clear enough.  I have the inner ear infection, so the Dr thinks, and also have ear wax bunging up both ears.

I did not know there was a spray I could use for the wax.  Why don't Gp's tell you such a simple thing.  >doh<  This has been going on for many months.

Anyway I have booked an appointment with the nurse to talk things over.  I'm not sure if de-waxing, by any method, is going to cause more problems if I do have an inner ear infection.  Oh I could not bear earache on top of all the other aches.  I will ask about the spray too, that may well be the solution.

I do not think I have Menieres Disease because it is a nagging, irritating, chronic problem rather than a severe one.  I do not have attacks as such, the symptoms are with me all the time.  In the hierarchy of my own pain and symptoms this one is but a minor struggle.  It would be good if it were not there though.  Nurses appointment is one day next week - I just cannot remember which day.

Perforated ear drum - oo er!

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2014, 11:10:43 PM »
GPs, on the whole, are not good with the practicalities of treatments, yours may not even know about the Earol spray!

auntieCtheM

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2014, 12:39:19 AM »
I read Yvette's suggested reading above and it says do not use household olive oil but get some specialist stuff as it will not be contaminated with anything.  My Gp told me to use warmed household olive oil.  My inclination is to get the specialist stuff as it is going inside me.

Watch out for trigger.
I do not trust this Gp.  Before now she has told me to halve the dosage of anti-d's if the side effects become intolerable.  I have at least twice found that this makes me suicidal; really bad news.  Once it happened when I was on holiday on my own, in the caravan in the middle of nowhere.  Not a load of fun.  I mentioned this to a psychiatrist and she said that I should not have been told to halve the dosage by the Gp.  Gp has also not told me that a drug I was trying should not be taken with one I was already on.  So now I always look things up, or ask the pharmacist.  In the current situation I plan to ask the nurse.  My hearing is too precious to be mucked about with.

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2014, 12:59:42 AM »
 >bighugs<

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2014, 04:34:35 AM »
I had a flare up of eczema in the inner ear for almost a year. During that time I needed antibiotic drops on a few occasions to clear up infection. It was really painful. On one occasion my GP had to visit me at home as I was too unwell to travel, the ear drum had swollen so much it was completely closed up and the pain and pressure was the worst pain I have ever had including a cesearian with an ineffective epidural. He prescribed me tramadol 100mg which was so needed so you have my sympathy. That year came to an end eventually, I used only gentle hair products and tried to keep my ears from getting wet anyway and I tried to resist all urges to itch inside the ear because rubbing the inflamed skin would spark an infection. Once the inner ear was calm enough and free from infection I had my ears syringed, infections alone can cause an increase in wax production. I thought I was stuck with that for life as the GP said it was eczema, something I have never had anywhere else before or after that either but though it was a horrible painful year it did all go away. I never had dizziness or similar though so yours maybe completely different. Hugs though, ear pain is awful. If there is an infection, antibiotic drops are good.

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2014, 06:34:50 PM »
"infections alone can cause an increase in wax production"

That is interesting.  I'll ask the nurse if that is what has happened to me.

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2014, 04:25:35 PM »
So, I've been to the nurse.  She does not think I have labyrinthitis, just waxed-up ears.  She told me to go to the chemist and get ear drops as she has found that spray is not as effective.  I have made an appointment to go back to the nurse in a weeks time for a syringe.  I wish I had gone to the nurse earlier.

The chemist told me to put 5 drops in each ear a day.  I am dreading this a bit, as I hate messing about with myself, but needs must.

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2014, 04:29:38 PM »
Well, that's good news Auntie.  It sounds like you haven't got anything too serious going on, and let's hope that the drops aren't quite as horrible as you expect.

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2014, 04:34:21 PM »
Thank you DD.  I've started a thread called 'my Gp and I' because I need to explode about my Gp.

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2014, 05:48:10 PM »
Waxy ears are unpleasant, but at least they're easily remedied  >hugs<

If it's just pure pharmaceutical grade olive oil drops you're using, try warming the bottle up a bit by immersing it in a bowl of hot-ish water for a few minutes before applying the drops. Cold drops can be a bit of a shock to the system.   

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Re: Labyrinthitis
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2014, 07:01:43 PM »
Good tip, thank you. >tah<