This sucks, can't practice. Got an ear infection, I think

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  1. Wound_Up

    Wound_Up Senior Stratmaster

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    Man this sucks. Haven't been able to practice in a week or more due to what I believe is an ear infection. I first noticed it while playing guitar. I'd hit a high note and hear "crackling" in my ear. It's happened before but last time, it was just a dog hair touching my ear drum basically. Unfortunately it's not that this time.

    Its actually gotten so it's pretty uncomfortable if I practice and hit any halfway "high" notes. I would've been to the doctor already except I go back for my 2nd covid shot on Thursday and I didn't want them to prescribe me steroids for the infection and it somehow mess with the vaccine. So I'll likely go on Friday morning as long as I feel OK.

    This sucks not being able to practice. I have no idea how I got an ear infection. First one I ever remember having, TBH.
     
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    Only thing dumber than asking a guitar forum for medical advice is for a non-physician guitar playing musician to play doctor.

    Trust your doctor. Heaven forbid that the vaccine aggravate a condition, making it worse than is otherwise might become, by withholding potentially vital information.

    Three things are true: Evidence indicates that the timelines for vaccination are flexible, and that efficacy of a single does is rather substantial, and, that there may in fact be some newly developing evidence to suggest a benefit, heretofore unknown, in mixing up the doses (pfizer and moderna) ...(which of course matters not but thought I'd throw it out to ease a troubled mind...so to speak)

    Now then, ask me why I lost the hearing in my right ear and live with the joys of tinnitus in stereo...go ahead...ask...
    but do so loudly because...
    tinnitus.

    A reaction to a medication and a f**king physician who ignored his patient and the f**king warning printed on the f**king medication...
     
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    I've had similar experiences before. I believed for many years I was having repeated ear infections. My lazy Dr. would just give me antibiotics, I'd be ok for a bit and then have ear issues again.

    A better Dr finally looked in my nose & throat. Turns out that my ear issues are actually a chronic sinus issue. The sinus issue comes with swelling that puts pressure on the ear canal causing partial distortion of certain frequencies.

    Of course this is me and I'm not a Dr. so you certainly do need to see your Dr.
     
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  4. Wound_Up

    Wound_Up Senior Stratmaster

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    OK but I wasn't asking for advice or anything. Only telling about my issue. I don't plan on withholding any info from the doctors, either? Ya lost me on that one.

    I also have tinnitus and have had it for as long as I can remember.

    Funny you say that. Though I'm no doctor, I'm 99% sure this is sinus related, as well.
     
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    Got a bass?
     
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    Then there is a sorta ambiguity to what ya said...
    Your words, not mine. Forgive me for picking up on...paraphrasing...
    'You'd a been to the doc already except...so you'll wait until after the shot so that...'
    Had you simply said you had some annoying stuff going on with your ear...nuff said.
    Your ears, do what ya do.

    My Tinnitus was caused by the same thing that caused full on absolute never going away deafness in my right ear.
    A reaction to an antibiotic called Vanomycin.

    A reaction that warranted a caution in the medication literature. A caution I shared with the physician...

    In my case the physician blew me off and the results were sorta not pleasant. Your post is similar but for ...

    But you're right. None of my business. Good luck.
     
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    See yer doc.
     
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    Oxymoron = So I'll likely go on Friday morning as long as I feel OK.
     
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    Yup, see your doctor! I had an ear infection a couple of months ago I didn't identify (high pain tolerance) until it cranked my tinnitus up to ~9:confused:.

    Even after treatment, my tinnitus is much more noticeable...ENT says "time for hearing aids":(. Apparently, the hearing aids mask some of the tinnitus for some folks---added benefit, Mrs won't have to repeat herself:whistling:.
     
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    Due to allergies, I have constant sinus drainage issues which tend to clog up my eustachian tubes. In season when they get bad, two things have helped me. One is a decongestant with phedrine like Alegra-D or Sudaphed-D. The diphedrine is the only thing that totally dries me out. Unfortunately, it also makes me jumpy and interferes with sleep if I take it too late in the day. You have to get it from the pharmacist due to to the speed in it. Mucinex also seems to help some, tough it's really for chest congestion. Ear wax may also be at play. Isn't it great getting old!
     
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    I had one so bad 20 years ago, first I thought it was swimmer’s ear, but it was so bad my jaw was not moving on that side, and I had a horrible sore throat, fever, etc.Antibiotics and drops cleared it up in no time!

    Get to the doc asap ( as if you dont know that already!), and I’m sure you’ll be fine!
     
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    I agree it sucks being benched - I'm having tendonitis issues with my elbow and am having to hold off on playing at home - going from playing every day to having to stop myself whenever I want to pick up one of my guitars SUCKS, but it was getting to the point that doing literally anything with my right arm hurting - couldn't even pour myself a cup of coffee.
     
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    From the covid shot... I thought that was pretty clear. Sorry. Apparently I should've been a little more clear throughout the post. Sorry about that too, you guys. I get long-winded sometimes and get sidetracked from the original point, making what I'm getting at unclear. Or TMI(too much info)

    I have constant sinus issues due to stupidity and too much cocaine usage from 18 to 28 yrs old. 12 yrs later and it's still just as bad as ever. I literally have congestion every single day. Have to clear out my sinuses at least once/day. Sometimes more or I can't breathe. I'm pretty sure that's what's contributed to this, even though I'm not a doctor. I think that's also what reaggravated my hernia, TBH.
     
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    No need to apologize, I knew what you was talking about.
     
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    Hey ToneRanger, I went through similar a similar situation. Finally broke down and went to an elbow specialist, figuring I was going to need surgery. He prescribed physical therapy. 13 sessions of hard work (it was uncomfortable) brought that elbow all the way back to where it was 30 years ago, I was amazed. I still have to wear the aircast if I'm doing a lot of hard gripping type labor, but PT really can make a huge difference. If you have insurance that covers it, go see an orthopaedist.
     
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    Don't mean to sidetrack this thread but- Wound up, have you tried the Netti pot? Good old saline. It's also possible that your congestion is environmental. In my case, it's severe dust mite allergies. I run high quality HEPA air filters. No carpet or drapes, only leather upholstery, etc. When I go to visit to visit my mom, it's really bad- major congestion, headaches. Diet can also affect congestion. Lot's of possibilities to consider.
     
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    Find a good ENT.
     
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    I've wondered about that, too. I have constant congestion and headaches, too. I have 2 dogs that live indoors, also. So I'm sure that doesnt help. Whatever the case, I'm going to the doc in the next few days. I appreciate you guys letting me share this. I'd have gone to the doctor already if I wasn't getting vaccinated tomorrow.

    TBH, I should've gone to an ENT long before this just, based on how bad my sinus issues are but I hate doctors and hospitals. Should've done something about the headaches before now, too.

    Anyways. Thanks yall. I know I said I wasn't looking for advice but I still appreciate and will consider all of the advice and suggestions. Thank you!
     
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    Get XYZAL.
    It is an antihistamine that works absolutely fantastic.
    I am also allergic to house dust and one of these a day or whenever I am having problems makes me immune to all allergies within 10 minuities.
    Available at Walmart over the counter no prescription.
    Try it!
     
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