“Full” Ears

I have fluid in my ears.  This is a recent event that began happening a couple of months ago.  I ignored it until it really started bothering me. Sometimes it tickles.  Sometimes it hurts.  Sometimes I walk around tilting by head side-to-side impersonating a liquid wave paperweight.

The allergist recommended Benadryl for several days to see if it improves.  It’s borderline for me to take, but I gave it a shot.  As a result, I would get headaches an hour after ingesting, and I’d be out like a light after that.  I couldn’t take it during the day.

I have been switched to Claritin, starting today, which is the same thing my 17-year-old is on.  I have to take it for 1-2 weeks, no headsets unless necessary, and – this one threw me for a loop – I must keep my diet clean, because it may be an autoimmune response to MSG or something else I’m eating.

Nowhere did I see this listed on any MSG site, but the allergist is familiar with MSG reactions, even though it is not an allergy,  so I’m going with him.  When we factor in my knees “clicking” as I go up the stairs or getting up from the floor, the odds of it being autoimmune go up.

I fully acknowledge that I let my diet and exercise go down the tubes over the past couple of years.  I used to do three miles a day on my treadmill.  Now, I have to find my treadmill.  I’m pretty sure it’s behind me somewhere.  It likes to glare at me when I eat ice cream. I’ve put on a lot of weight, and now I am obviously paying the price for it.

If the Claritin and being extra careful on food doesn’t work, then I will be referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor for testing to see if my ears are draining properly or if it could be Autoimmune Ear Disease (aka we have no idea why it’s happening).  If we can’t find a cause and solution, the odds of me losing my hearing are high.  I guess it’s a good thing I used to be an ASL interpreter?  Hopefully, it won’t come to that.

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