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Postby sleland » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:36 pm

My ears are plugged every morning and often stay plugged all day. Is this just something I have to put up with? I do have allergies, but I take meds, use a prescription nasal spray, and use a Medi-pot morning and night. Any other suggestions?
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Postby Vicki » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:47 am

Did you talk to your sleep doc about it or your allergist? One of the reasons we have seen someone who cannot physically use a CPAP is because of anatomical problems with their ears. If you are using all the decongestants and still having ear problems, yo u need to speak to either your sleep doc, allergist or maybe an ENT.

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Postby CrohnieToo » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:02 am

DEFINITELY bring this issue up w/your doctors!!!!! Our hearing is too precious to lose! Talk to your sleep doctor, an ENT and your family doctor about it.
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Postby sleland » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:31 pm

I'm not sure which would be worse - going back to feeling the way I did before CPAP or losing my hearing!! You mentioned decongestants - I have not been using them - just allergy meds. I guess that will be my next step, then on do checking in with doctors. Thanks.
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Postby SleepyToo » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:36 pm

sleland, if you can (if you have insurance coverage, etc) I would check in with the docs first. You need to find out if there is an infection there, or if it is just some kind of reaction to the machine. If you are using a netipot every day, that should take care of things.
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Postby sleland » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:39 pm

I am very sure it is just the machine. No pain, no discharge. Started happening the day I started with the CPAP. But, yes, I am one of the fortunate ones with good insurance and I will be checking w/docs.
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Postby sleland » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:40 pm

And I know it's a Neti pot, not a Medi pot! Fingers too fast on the keyboard!
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Postby hme » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:45 pm

Vicki wrote:Did you talk to your sleep doc about it or your allergist? One of the reasons we have seen someone who cannot physically use a CPAP is because of anatomical problems with their ears. If you are using all the decongestants and still having ear problems, yo u need to speak to either your sleep doc, allergist or maybe an ENT.

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I agree with Vicki.

Ear problems can really be a reason for not being able to tolerate the use of xPAP. I would suggest you to consult an ENT with knowledge of SA and xPAP treatment.

Your symptoms indicate that you have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. This is a blockage of the tube from your nose to your middle ear, which means that you cannot "pop" your ears. This is the same feeling you can get when you are landing with an aircraft.

It is well known that xPAP treatment in some situations may cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.

There may be several reasons for this, including large turbinate’s, rhinitis and a deviated septum.

There is an immediate but temporary solution. You can get ear tubes in your eardrums, which will eliminate your symptoms right away. These will fall off automatically after approx. one year, but talk with your ENT about this opportunity.

If you suffer from dizziness, this can also be a symptom of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.

I would also suggest you to talk with your sleep doctor about your pressure range (6-16). It is a big range. A high pressure and your humidifier settings can also contribute greatly to your problems.
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