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Posted : June 16, 2008
Hey. I went on my first dive holiday back in Nov, after doing all the open water training. The deepest i went was 18m and that was the first time my left ear started to hurt. I just put it down to an equilising issue. As the week went on the depths i got to were less and less and the pain get worse. I was clearing them, they were popping but I still had the pain, even out of the water. After a couple of weeks being back the pain moved from below my ear to behind it and is still bad now. I have been to my GP twice and I have been told there is nothing wrong and to take decongestant. Done that and it has not helped. Flying hurts now which it never did before as does driving up or down hills!!! I realise its some kind of pressure effect but I would like to get rid of the pain and to be able to dive!

Any suggestions?


Posted : June 16, 2008
That's a long time to be having this sort of pain. I presume you didn't have any problems like this before you went diving. Any congestion should have cleared up by now. My suggestion would be to see an ENT specialist next as you really need someone to have a look around the passages and rule out any obstruction that's causing gas trapping. In the meantime you could try the nasal steroid sprays (such as Flixonase or Beconase, available over the counter), to see if they give you any relief.
Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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