So, here I am still on this migraine journey or the journey of not knowing the cause. My main concern is left sided ear pain and dizziness, and also feeling as though my eyes are not working well together.
This started about 1 year ago. I started getting ear aches that felt like a pounding throbbing ear headache which would subside with Ibuprofen. I also started feeling very off-balance and later developed BPPV in my right ear which was treated with the Epley. Although the BPPV went away, to this day, I am still combating ear pain. I went to see Hain and everything was pretty much ruled out except he saw some slight nystagmus which was under 3 seconds. He thought it was some minor imbalance from the BPPV but nothing major. He also noticed I had a retracted left eardrum and suggested maybe I had some fluid in there.
I’ve later visited audiologists and ENTs who say I have a slightly retracted ear drum. In addition, I’ve developed a clicking or broken speakerphone sound in my left ear (and a little in my right) that only occurs after louder or higher frequency sounds. Audiologist thought maybe there was some dysfunction of the tubes… but who knows.
Before this all started I had a long drawn out cold and cough but also was under a lot of stress. Working long hours at the laptop in bad posture with little breaks, minimal sleep and not the best diet (chocolate binging). Hain also suggested my neck was at play because I had some cervical nystagmus only turning head to the left — so maybe my mystery ear pain is being caused by my neck?I notice if I keep my neck in a awkward position for too long I get major fleeting tinnitus. I also have been feeling a little better since seeing a physiotherapist.
In the midst of this, trying to find the reason for all my symptoms, or reasons, I have discovered I have bruxism. Specifically, clenching.
It’s just so bizarre that these symptoms all started literally overnight.