For the last week and a half now I’ve been having some odd issues with my ears. It started with some itching inside the canal, and some very mild “popping” sensation (as if I was transitioning up and down a mountain side). It was random, in-consistent, and I mostly ignored it.
Monday night and into Tuesday morning, every time I swallowed my right ear would suddenly pop very painfully. ALL NIGHT.
Called my doctor’s office Tuesday morning and told them I thought I might have an ear infection, when could they fit me in?
*sigh* a few years ago now the office (which includes a fairly large number of doctors of all kinds of specialties) was bought out by one of the hospitals in the area, and ever since they’ve been making slow changes. A large number of which are mandated by law, so its not all the hospital’s fault. But its resulted in more and more doctors and nurses leaving the practice.
Its finally hit a critical point. I know its back to school time, which means lots of kids into the doctors for that last “before school” thing, and that “first week of school cold” and what not. But calling Tuesday morning to try to get in with a possible ear infection, and the earliest they could fit me in was Friday morning.
I was frustrated, but before I could decide it was bad enough to hit the urgent care the problems with my right ear mostly faded and it went back to the inconsistent itching and mild popping. So I dealt with it till Friday.
I will say they got me in on time. My ears showed no signs of infection, and no wax build up (which I don’t normally have issues with but I’d thought might be the possible other cause). After some discussion she said that she thought it was likely a side effect of my environmental allergies. Its not a normal side effect for me, but it is for some people, and we’ve had an odd enough weather year that things could be different this year.
So, a new (prescription) allergy med, and some (non-antibotic) ear drops to help relieve the discomfort. If it continues after a week on the new drug, or if I continue to have more of the really bad painfull popping I’m to call for another appointment, at which point they’ll likely refer me to an Ears, Nose, Throat specialist.
The new med is Xyzal, generic name levocetirizine. It has all the standard warnings about “may cause drowsiness”, and don’t operate machinery till you know how it affects you and what not, and then in big huge letters it says:
TAKE IN THE EVENING
So yes, its going to cause drowsiness…..oh goody.
Took my first dose at 7pm last night (Friday night).
Its now almost 8pm Saturday, and I’m FINALLY coming out of the drug haze. As long as I kept moving today I didn’t feel to bad, but as soon as I stopped for any reason my body tried to crash.
I’m off to go take my 2nd dose. If you don’t hear from me this week its because I slept through it all……I can’t decide if I’m hoping this fixes my ears (cause I don’t want to deal with the doctor and drug runaround thats going to happen if it doesn’t), or if I’m hoping it doesn’t work so that I can stop taking it!