Another update for anyone who is following my progress… I had the myringotomy (hole in eardrum) two weeks ago today. Right after the procedure and the entire next day I felt great, dizzy-wise. However, as the ENT warned could happen, the tinnitus in that ear has increased along with a muffled-hearing sensation and horrible clogged-ear sensation. These effects have been difficult to get used to, to say the least. I must say I am quite surprised that the clogged-ear sensation has increased so much. I had really expected this to go away after the myringotomy since the pressure in the middle ear should be equalized with that in the external ear canal. (I read online accounts by others with eustachian tube dysfunction complaining of the same clogged ear/muffled hearing sensation with a myringotomy or ear tubes (PE/grommets). Not sure why that is.)
The third day, I experienced MAJOR fatigue (as I always have immediately proceeding an increase in dizziness), and then the dizziness was worse for a couple days before settling down to a more mild state of dizziness. A week ago, however, I fell while walking the dog and slammed down into a concrete sidewalk. (The dog started running after another dog, and I held onto the leash a little too long!) I ended up in the emergency room since my left knee, in particular, was swollen massively. (I ruptured the bursa, which is the fluid-filled sac inside the knee.) They gave me a shot of Toridol, which is a very potent anti-inflammatory, and I really didn’t feel too bad the rest of the day.
The next day, however, I woke up with the most horrendous pain in the neck I’ve ever experienced. I had my regular point-tenderness on the left side, but magnified 20 times. For the first time in my life, I couldn’t turn my head to the left at all. A couple days later, the massive fatigue returned for two days along with another huge increase in the dizziness. It’s been bad ever since.
I really can’t say that the hole in my eardrum helped my dizziness at all. (The two days of improvement was probably just a coincidence. It’s hard to say…) However, there is no doubt that I am now terribly worse since re-injuring my neck falling last week. I am so sad, and I feel I can’t catch a break. What I’ve always described to people as “rocking” and “bobbing” is really disequilibrium. When I walk, I feel like I’m drunk and feel as if I’m being jerked around. As many of you know, it’s horrible.
It should take about a month, if all goes well, for the eardrum to heal on its own. I’m glad I tried it, because I can now rule this out as a solution. I am quite concerned about the increase in my symptoms since my fall. At this point, I just want to get back to my baseline state of horrible.
I have an appointment coming up for another injection in my spine (both sides of C1 and left side of C2 and a left 3rd occipital nerve block). I am so miserable right now.