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Has anyone else had Xmas lurgy?

paulkebab

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I haven't listened to anything for nigh on 3 weeks now due to some lurgy that has decided to put my ears in a permanent vacuum. They have started to pop the last couple of days but soon disappear back into the void, completely frustrating and annoying. Damn. :)
 

McRibbons

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I feel your pain....

I’ve been ill since Boxing Day and my left ear feels like it is full of water leaving me semi-deaf.....
 

MajorFubar

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Yes. Just about on the mend with it, loads gone down with it in my office over the past few weeks, plus my brother and sister, one of my twins, but strangely not Mrs Fubar.
 

MajorFubar

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McRibbons said:
I feel your pain....

I’ve been ill since Boxing Day and my left ear feels like it is full of water leaving me semi-deaf.....
I get that as well, usually every time I get a cold for the past ten years. It's caused by a blocked eustachian tube. And when others have reported the same, it's also nearly always their left ear not their right, for some reason.
 

Gray

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McRibbons said:
I feel your pain....

I’ve been ill since Boxing Day and my left ear feels like it is full of water leaving me semi-deaf.....
Flu hit me Boxing Day and it's my left ear too that's still blocked - really is like listening with a tweeter disconnected.

Been out today and bought some Sodium Bicarbonate eardrops, which I used prior to my biggest ever 'upgrade' of an ear syringe some years ago.

You could use olive oil, but you'll find (5%) Sodium Bicarbonate 10mL for around £2-£4, might be worth a go.
 

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Yep, flu got me on Christmas Eve and it wiped me out completely until the 29th. I'm still not fully over it. Terrible cough...
 

Gray

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Gazzip said:
Yep, flu got me on Christmas Eve and it wiped me out completely until the 29th. I'm still not fully over it. Terrible cough...
At night, when you can't breathe without coughing, drives you mad.

Latest research is said to prove that the effect of flu is worse for males. Certainly been long-lasting this time.
 

Gazzip

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Gray said:
Gazzip said:
Yep, flu got me on Christmas Eve and it wiped me out completely until the 29th. I'm still not fully over it. Terrible cough...
At night, when you can't breathe without coughing, drives you mad.

Latest research is said to prove that the effect of flu is worse for males. Certainly been long-lasting this time.
We didn't need research to tell us that... *biggrin*
 

MajorFubar

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Gray said:
Been out today and bought some Sodium Bicarbonate eardrops, which I used prior to my biggest ever 'upgrade' of an ear syringe some years ago.

You could use olive oil, but you'll find (5%) Sodium Bicarbonate 10mL for around £2-£4, might be worth a go.
Unfortunately that really won't work, though it shouldn't do any harm either. The fluid build up is behind your ear drum in your middle ear, caused by the eustachian tube being blocked which leads from your middle ear and vents to the back of your throat. Nasal sprays can help. It should clear in its own time (two weeks is common for me). If it doesn't, best to see a doctor.
 

radiorog

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Yep, came down with big Xmas Eve. Prob lowered immune system after works night out a couple of days earlier, and almost everyone at work getting something. Luckily wasn't too bad. Just headaches and nausea, bit snotty at start. Had to go to work with it too over Xmas. Was fatigued too. 90% better now. Wooley head feeling and yes, ears a little congested, but not blocked. Seems to have been a big one this year all over the UK.
 

paulkebab

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in the 80's when red and asian were doing the rounds together. That was not a good time and I can honestly appreciate why it kills people. This time it was the dreaded cough with extremely sore throat version..and no ears! Man-flu is real as testosterone weakens a males' immune system. At least I'm not alone, not that that gives me any pleasure whatsoever. The only plus is I've got so much beer wine and spirits to get through I might end up with something worse..cheers everyone!
 

jonathanRD

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I have no sense of taste or smell due to operations on my nose to manage a long-term issue with nasal polyps.

On the bright side whlst everyone else at home and in work is affected, I rarely pick up any type of cold or flu.

Lucky me *unknw*
 

insider9

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MajorFubar said:
McRibbons said:
I feel your pain....

 

I’ve been ill since Boxing Day and my left ear feels like it is full of water leaving me semi-deaf.....
I get that as well, usually every time I get a cold for the past ten years. It's caused by a blocked eustachian tube. And when others have reported the same, it's also nearly always their left ear not their right, for some reason.
I've been struggling with my right ear for a while now. Luckily nasal drops I have are working. Been told by 3 doctors it may be allergy but not buying it. It all started after I had my nose broken the last time.
 
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I’ve got this condition called hyper audio-philia at the moment, hyper meaning high. it makes me view hi Fi as being better when it gets more expensive. There is also an alternate form of the condition called hypo audio-philia, hypo meaning low. We can geuss what that is.
 

MajorFubar

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insider9 said:
I've been struggling with my right ear for a while now. Luckily nasal drops I have are working. Been told by 3 doctors it may be allergy but not buying it. It all started after I had my nose broken the last time.
Almost certainly linked. The nasal drops must be helping to keep the passageways flushed.

Most GP's are clueless about Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD). When I first visted my GP in 2005 with what I now know (from my own research) is ETD, he peered down my ears with an otoscope, shrugged his head and said perhaps you're just going deaf, you're not as young as you once were. I was 35!

I don't even try to start fixing the problem until my cold is fully gone and my head feels otherwise clear. Then a mixture of using a nasal spray + pinching my nose while swallowing water several times a day helps to flush the blockage out within a couple of weeks.
 

insider9

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I didn't know the term EDT. Thank you Major. What I've noticed is when blockage occurs it triggers my tinnitus which normally doesn't bother me that much. Luckily the problem isn't so much hearing but it's the strange pressure in my head and it's so annoying. And you're quite right any cold seems a much bigger issue than ever before.
 

DougK

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QuestForThe13thNote said:
I’ve got this condition called hyper audio-philia at the moment, hyper meaning high. it makes me view hi Fi as being better when it gets more expensive. There is also an alternate form of the condition called hypo audio-philia, hypo meaning low. We can geuss what that is.
I've definitely got hypo-audiophilia... it's not so bad as ignorance can sometimes be a virtue and save you a bucket load of wonga to boot.
 

Gray

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MajorFubar said:
Gray said:
Been out today and bought some Sodium Bicarbonate eardrops, which I used prior to my biggest ever 'upgrade' of an ear syringe some years ago.

You could use olive oil, but you'll find (5%) Sodium Bicarbonate 10mL for around £2-£4, might be worth a go.
Unfortunately that really won't work, though it shouldn't do any harm either. The fluid build up is behind your ear drum in your middle ear, caused by the eustachian tube being blocked which leads from your middle ear and vents to the back of your throat. Nasal sprays can help. It should clear in its own time (two weeks is common for me). If it doesn't, best to see a doctor.
I reckon you could be right, but I'm hoping for the miraculous, 'just syringed' effect. How miraculous? 'Break my Stride' by Matthew Wilder, was a fantastically detailed, pleasure to listen to on Radio 2.
 

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No thank God" I've had it a couple of times over Christmas and it's a real downer

Australian Flu is doing the rounds at the moment so even a jab prob won't stop it... not happy enough thrashing us at cricket but have to send that over to us too!

Get well soon all

Mac

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McRibbons

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Gray said:
McRibbons said:
I feel your pain....

I’ve been ill since Boxing Day and my left ear feels like it is full of water leaving me semi-deaf.....
Im

Flu hit me Boxing Day and it's my left ear too that's still blocked - really is like listening with a tweeter disconnected.

Been out today and bought some Sodium Bicarbonate eardrops, which I used prior to my biggest ever 'upgrade' of an ear syringe some years ago.

You could use olive oil, but you'll find (5%) Sodium Bicarbonate 10mL for around £2-£4, might be worth a go.
I’m gonna try the bicarbonate later.... of all things I’ve found Jack Daniels takes my mind off it temporarily :)
 

Electro

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It got me quite suddenly on Christmas Eve and floored me for seven days.

I could not eat anything at all for 4 days, the cough was horrendous combined with a chest infection, high temperature and diarrhoea.

I also suffered mild halucinations, nightmares and a strange sensation of my head being being full of totally pointless and really frustrating thoughts, I would guess a high temperature was the cause of this.

I still feel a bit drained now and the only food I can really enjoy is porridge oats !
 

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