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    #16
    One of the best quotes I ever heard was-
    "Worrying is like paying interest on a debt you might not owe."

    I have often wished that I could live out that advice. I will pray that you find peace as you wait and that you will have strength to cope with whatever comes your way (hopefully all good, but God helps us through all things).
    Pete Hanlin, ABOM
    Vice President Professional Services
    Essilor of America

    http://linkedin.com/in/pete-hanlin-72a3a74

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      #17
      JennyP,
      My thought's and prayers.Take care.

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        #18
        Jenny P......

        [pong]GOOD LUCK[/pong]
        Last edited by ioconnell; 04-05-2002, 11:21 AM.

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          #19
          Thanks again, all! (Love that green bear, io!)
          I have some good news and some frustrating news from my ENT doctor today. Maybe one of you has or has a family member or friend with the symptoms I have been experiencing.
          First, the doc has ruled out any type of brain tumor. (YEA!)
          and Second, he now thinks I probably don't have meniere's ...that's the good news.

          But the frustrating news is that he doesnt know what is wrong with me.... he plans to treat me with medications on a rotating basis... try one, if it doesnt work, try the second one, till we find something that controls my symptoms.
          The symptoms are: feeling of ear fullness/fluttering and discomfort of one ear; frequent & spontaneous episodes of dizziness, brain fog and brain lag; and constant low level tinnitus. These symptoms have been steadily increasing over the last 2 years. Recently my hearing was retested, and thankfully I havent had any definable loss. I have also had frequent migraines for years, but have had these under control.
          Blood pressure has always been good. Blood work is within normal tolerances. No new stresses in my business or family life.
          I was really thinking, after about 6 weeks of online research, that my symptoms were indicative of a form of Meniere's, but I guess that if this is all due to an allergy, that would be the best outcome, if I can treat it, or avoid the offender!

          The doctor has put me on a nasal spray, Astelin (azelastine HCl), in case this is due to allergies, I guess.

          So, if any of you have an understanding or experience of anything like this, I would appreciate additional thoughts! Please post to my email if you like, and again, my deepest appreciation for all of your prayers!
          jP
          sigpic "The Good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb". ~ Lonestar

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            #20
            My sister does extensive research in many medical fields and her husband is a doctor. I emailed her your symptoms and this was her response:

            I'll send this on to Tom (her husband), but she very well could have allergies. They aren't
            nice -- like having a cold or ear infections for months. And if something is
            inflamed in her ear, she could be dizzy. She doesn't have a pinched nerve in
            her neck, does she? There was a woman diver who had something like a pinched
            nerve way up in the base of neck -- made her dizzy. Not a good thing for a
            diver! Another thing to think about? Does she still have her wisdom teeth? any
            sore teeth or infections? And releated to that is TMJ, where your jaw doesn't
            track normally and you can hear it cracking and popping. I have that, and one
            ear feels full, hearing gets muffled -- uncomfortable around and in the ear
            and not always along the jaw line.

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              #21
              Night Train said:
              And releated to that is TMJ, where your jaw doesn't
              track normally and you can hear it cracking and popping. I have that, and one ear feels full, hearing gets muffled -- uncomfortable around and in the ear and not always along the jaw line.

              Jenny,
              I had TMJ. until I got braces when I was 25 and it corrected my bite, and the symptoms went away and can attest to the ear feelings.

              The allergy thing is a good route, too. I have allergy problems and always have that full feeling in my ears. I have learned to live with it. Allergies, my doctor has told me can also effect the inner ear. So I think this may be a good avenue to check! Find a good allergist. And even if you have never had allergy problems before they can come on later in life!

              Good luck Jenny!
              ~Cindy

              "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." -Catherine Aird-

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                #22
                Jenny, my mom has been sick for several months with your exact symptoms. She is seeing an ENT doc here next wk. Speaking of allergies...I have severe allergies and it does sound like a possibility. Mine are in full force right now. They do make me feel horrible and head full can't finish a thought due to brain fog. Eyes feel like they are going to pop out of the socket...oh yea it is fun. I have been to different docs for several things and no help. The problem they sent me to for the ultrasound was for a stomach problem which has been going on for several years now which has stumped the entire med community here. I was actually hoping for the gallstone dx since at least they could do sx and it would be over. The meds do help but not enough. I am praying for you Jenny. I really do know how it feels to feel horrible and have the doc say well we don't know what it is. Sometimes that is worse...hang in there and try not to let it get to you. I know how hard it is but try hard.


                Steph

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                  #23
                  My sisters husband the Doctor wrote back:

                  Allergies are good first thought. Maybe a viral infection of the part of the ear that regulates balance but that seems less likely given the duration of symptoms. Tom

                  But its probably worth mentioning....he is a forensic pathologist....he cuts up dead people.

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                    #24
                    Jenny

                    All of us pray that you will be all right. Just remember that when there are bumps in the road your friends are here to help you over them.

                    Jerry
                    The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground

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                      #25
                      Its me again!
                      Several of you had questions:
                      "She doesn't have a pinched nerve in
                      her neck, does she? " ~~havent had that checked yet...

                      "Does she still have her wisdom teeth? any sore teeth or infections? " ~~ upper impacted wisdom teeth were removed about 25 years ago, lower ones removed about same time; and last dental checkup with x-rays (about 4 weeks ago) looked good....

                      "And related to that is TMJ, where your jaw doesn't track normally and you can hear it cracking and popping. I have that, and one ear feels full, hearing gets muffled -- uncomfortable around and in the ear and not always along the jaw line." ~~ dentist does a TMJ spot check each visit...I do clinch my teeth at night...is that related to TMJ? I can crack my jaw sometimes!

                      "Allergies, my doctor has told me can also effect the inner ear. So I think this may be a good avenue to check! Find a good allergist. And even if you have never had allergy problems before they can come on later in life!" ~~ well, I definitely want to be checked for allergies,...if this new medicine (or another) works well... fine! But I want to try to avoid whatever I am sensitive to, so I am making an appointment with my daughter's allergist (daughter is allergic to latex).

                      "Jenny, my mom has been sick for several months with your exact symptoms. She is seeing an ENT doc here next wk." ~~ Stephanie, I hope she sees a sympathetic ENT. And gosh, I hope she has good insurance. I just saw the bill for my evaluation and the tests they had to run to check the inner ear and balance structures. I knew the MRI would be expensive, but the other tests are pretty $$$ too. Best wishes to your mom too! I can give you some web sites to answer "dizzy" questions she might be having!

                      and finally:
                      "...he is a forensic pathologist...he cuts up dead people." ~~ oh cool! no kidding....well, really! That was one of the areas I was considering back in my college days....shudda stayed in school!!
                      ~~ thanks again everyone! ~~jP
                      sigpic "The Good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb". ~ Lonestar

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                        #26
                        Jenny, here's the TMJ symptoms



                        It does seem you have a few! I had the headaches and the popping, but since my braces-no problems!
                        ~Cindy

                        "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." -Catherine Aird-

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                          #27
                          Yea Jenny would LOVE your "dizzy" websites!! LOL!! Yes mom knows how expensive her docs are...they will make you have to stand in line for food-stamps!! It is really ashame that healthcare has become so expensive that you can't hardly afford to be sick. I remember how much the CT Scan was I can only imagine how much an MRI is. I do hope you get to feeling better. See you in a few wks!! I already have reservations so I am definately coming!!


                          Steph

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                            #28
                            Sorry to hear that you're having problems. What's wrong? Perhaps we too could put our collective heads together and help you out if at all possible. After spending a good number of days this year at the hospital with my wife I sure hate to hear that you're having troubles as well.

                            Sorry to hear that.. I have passed through this time. I have spent months with my brother in hospital. He had an mri and CT scans. so I can understand your pain.
                            May god give you the strength in this situation

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by johnwhite1 View Post
                              Sorry to hear that you're having problems. What's wrong? Perhaps we too could put our collective heads together and help you out if at all possible. After spending a good number of days this year at the hospital with my wife I sure hate to hear that you're having troubles as well.

                              Sorry to hear that.. I have passed through this time. I have spent months with my brother in hospital. He had an mri and CT scans. so I can understand your pain.
                              May god give you the strength in this situation
                              After 22 years, Im sure things have been ironed out.

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