Can blocked ears lead to vertigo and lightheadedness?
17 hours ago
Need ear evaluation.
I am a physician associated with Department of Ear, Nose and Throat for few years. I'll take this opportunity to answer your question.
At the outset, vertigo without nausea/vomiting is less likely from neurological causes. That being said it is important to get brain imaged. It will make sure we don't miss out any intracranial causes. I read you are planned for an MRI scan very soon. Please go ahead with it.
Lightheadedness/imbalance, vertigo, blocked right ear and sensation of fluid in the ear are typical of a middle ear condition. An inflammatory condition of middle ear or a blocked eustachian tube is usually cause.
Unfortunately, without an opportunity to examine the ear thoroughly and without hearing tests, I cannot make a clear judgement.
Therefore in this circumstance, if the brain scan proves nothing abnormal, I will hear to an ENT doctor for clinical examination as well as hearing tests.
In the meanwhile, I will suggest you try steam inhalation. Meclizine available as Antivert tablets thrice daily will reduce the sensation of imbalance.
You can get this prescribed by a doctor. I will also recommend the use of a cold and flu drug. It will add to the treatment of middle ear inflammation.
I wrote this reply after a curbside consultation with ENT surgeon here. If you need clarifications, please feel free to ask.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Otitis Media - Chronic / Serous
Blocked ear, vertigo, imbalance and fluid sensation are classical presentations of middle ear inflammation that we call otitis media - either serous otitis or acute/chronic otitis.
However, besides middle ear inflammation, the cyst that was reported may also be contributing to your symptoms. I would also ask for an ENT referral.
That being said, yes the main focus will be on the pituitary gland.
It should be explored further by your neurologist. I will wait until the second scan of Pituitary is complete and then we can discuss further.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr Prasad, General & Family Physician
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