So why write about these ailments, especially when my pinched nerve is still an issue? Here's the thing: the ringing mostly went away after the trip to Europe. The question is why? Still had plenty of alcohol, caffeine and, unfortunately, sodium. Allergens hadn't changed at all, plus I was only gone for a week. What DID happen then? Well, I took 3 flights. It wasn't the airline food though. I think it was the pressure changes, at least 12 of them during the week, that caused my ears to pop repeatedly and, I think, reduced my ringing. It reminded me of one of my first doctor visits to an ENT at Northwestern who said I should reduce my sodium intake and try popping my ears by holding my nose and blowing through it. It's really something that I can't do very well unfortunately.
This morning on the way to getting coffee, after having this revelation, I thought I should try to clear my ears using the doctor's method (which works when I scuba by the way) and had near disastrous results. I stopped, held my nose, blew and everything got really dizzy for a few seconds. I wobbled, but managed to keep my balance. I quickly decided that is NOT the way to go.
When I go up elevators, my ears do indeed pop, so I'm thinking it's something I should incorporate into a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. One of my clients is on the 31st floor and I'm going there in the next two days, so I'm going to see if my ears pop. If they do, I'm going to just head down there, ride the elevator a few times and leave. Odd? Yes. But if it works, I'll be written about in medical journals!!