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06:21 pm: Not Dizzy
ETA 11:54pm: my email service is back up - if I don't respond to something sent earlier, please resend.

I woke up partway through the night because my left foot was trying to turn upside down. When sitting on the side of the bed forcing it into place didn't work, I took some more flexeril. While I was sitting again, waiting for the flexeril to work, I yawned and my ear Popped! like with pressure change and I stopped being dizzy. Very odd, I've never been dizzy from lack of pressure change before. And it isn't as if I've actually changed pressure, either.

I slept a little longer because of the flexeril (and will nap after this because I'm sleepy even though I ate) and then went to the grocery. One of the Giant's new logo coupons gave me a dollar off a rotissary chicken and I decided to go for it. My final bill was $44 with $23 of it from OTC meds -- the glucosamine was on buy one, get one free, and I needed more Systane.

Spirit has been repeatedly disembowelling Mr. Gator today, much more than usual, and Shiva has tried to grab her a couple of times. They better come sleep quietly while I nap!

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From:geekosaur
Date:September 16th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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Your inner ear quite possibly did change pressure; I get that a lot because of various nasal/sinus defects. But for more normal people, it can mean you have an ear infection, since that's the usual reason something would be blocking the drainage tube.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 16th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
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Well, my eustachian tube on that ear has been swollen shut for years (autoimmune) and I haven't had this dizziness with it. I'd expect the dizziness to happen if the tube had just swollen shut, but I guess it could happen if it opened. The ear is getting slightly dead again every so often today, but I can pull the outside of the ear out and it will go away for a while. Think I should still try to convince a doctor it's an ear infection?
From:geekosaur
Date:September 16th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
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Seems likely; you get that not when the eustachian tube closes, but when air or fluid builds up behind it to the point of putting pressure on the semicircular canals. Tugging the ear can temporarily relieve the pressure.

"Slightly dead" along with this definitely argues for fluid in the ear, as it means the eardrum is unable to respond due to the outward pressure on it. Ear infection is quite likely.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 16th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
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All righty then, I'll see about getting a same-day appointment early in the morning. I was going to stay home tomorrow and now I get to convince a doctor that if my ear is not red and swollen, I still have an ear infection. Hmph.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 16th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad you're not dizzy anymore.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 16th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Doris!
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From:capemaynuts
Date:September 16th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
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It might not be a raging infection causing the problem, but rather an enclosed cyst that is pressing against your inner ear. You wouldn't have any redness and swelling on the outside of the ear.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 16th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
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Hmmm, I wonder how they'd treat that. I don't really want my ear drum cut open if it doesn't need to be. I'll ask about that tomorrow. Thanks, Ida!
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