I saw my chiropractor today and it went OK. He checked my neck which seemed to be doing pretty well. Adjusted my upper back which has been bothering me (muscle craps in side when rotating). We talked about the tympanometry(sp?) test that came back with less than desirable results last week. We briefly ran down the symptoms I’ve been having, and I reminded him of a few things we talked about when I had first sought him out for treatment about 2 years ago. I joked with him that if I could cut out the right lower part of my head and ear I’d feel fine, and we got a good laugh out of that.
He then proceeded to do a procedure on my ear where he actually adjusts it… I was apprehensive, but it actually seems to have made some difference. It didn’t hurt at ALL, and it definitely felt less stressed afterwards. He also showed me how to massage that part of my ear/jawline to encourage things to drain correctly.
Unfortunately, there was no “miracle” and my ear still doesn’t feel the same when I try to plug, or open them (I feel way less change in the right ear than the left - like the lower part isn’t moving or something). I am going back Wednesday to check on things, so we’ll see what happens. The only strange thing is that my right eyebrow has started “twitching” - I’m sure that is a result of the other muscles on that side of my face not being accustomed to my ear being more “open”.
My vertigo threatened to hit today once, but thankfully it was very brief and passing and it didn’t really hit me. I haven’t had an attack of vertigo since before I took my antibiotics for the ear infections a couple weeks ago, so I’m holding my breath to see if/when I get another. I’m definitely going to keep track of them now that I’m not just trying to ignore it all/deal with it on my own. No lasting nausea today - just a VERY slight brief episode (can’t even remember what I was doing - just that it was mid-morning). Another good thing - I was able to take my shower and not get dizzy when closing my eyes while I was washing my hair and leaning slightly backwards… I’m always afraid of that and therefore usually avoid showers preferring baths, but that’s hard on my neck when trying to wash my hair! LOL (I can never win! )
I’m a little frustrated with myself that I didn’t mention MAV or MM to the Chiropractor at all - I wasn’t sure whether to bring it up or not and really wanted to see what he said before my offering any info. like that. I will try to mention it on Wednesday though - if not, I’m sure I’ll discuss it with him depending on what my Primary Care Doc says on Wed. and what the audiologist and ENT says next week.
I know this doesn’t paint a complete picture of all that’s going on - I’m sure I’ll post more in the days to come as I have these appointments, and as I read more posts here. I have a fasting cholesterol blood test tomorrow morning and must start my 12 hour fast in a little bit, so I’m going to go grab something to eat and something to drink before that. I’m glad tomorrow is an “easy” day with just a quick blood draw - I honestly prefer staying home especially when going to the doctor is so stressful for me… I just get really anxious even if it’s for nothing major, and even if I WANT to see the doctor! LOL
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate being able to come here and post about this - I think it’s helping me to stay positive that this time through the “doctor tour” I might find some more definitive answers and hopefully not too much bad news.
Link to my 1st post/thread: http://mvertigo.cloudapp.net/t/hello-newbie-here/6121