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Intermittent ear pain, disappears with drinking plenty of water, on potassium and magnesium supplements. What else can be done?

Hello, I have suffered from ear pain on and off during the day for the past 4 years. It seems to get quickly better or it will disappear when drinking several cups of water. I do take potassium and magnesium everyday; without that the ear pain is worse. I have been examined and nothing was found. I am 51 and have been in menopause for several years. Any advise what to do besides what I am doing already?
Asked On : Sat, 14 Jul 2012
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Hello. Welcome to hcm
Based on the description,your condition is called eustachian tube dysfunction. Here your tube which connects throat to ear is not opening normally. As air is also needed for ear to function,you are having these symptoms and it is getting relieved by drinking water. Here when you drink water,the tube opens and you have relief from symptoms. Can be left alone by managing by repeated swallowing or taking decongestants.
Potassium or magnesium has no effect on your condition nor medically advisable unless you have deficiency. Potassium levels have to be maintained at particular level as increase or decrease are dangerous. Consult your doctor for lab investigations and proper management
All the best
Answered: Sat, 14 Jul 2012
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