Sorry to hear about this problem. Fluid behind the ear drum can be a common problem, and can add quite a bit of misery to life. There is often cracking and popping that are heard in the ear, and the rest of the time there is a vague stuffiness that can make it difficult to focus on the other things in life. I am also sorry to hear that your problem didn't improve with afrin or an anti-histamine, both of which are excellent starting suggestions by your primary care doctor
. Also appropriate was his or her referral of you to an ear nose and throat surgeon
specialist (AKA ENT or otolaryngologist
). Unfortunately, the delay may be near intolerable, but it will hopefully be worth it. There are many things that can cause this fluid buildup, and your surgeon may feel the need to examine multiple areas of your head and neck to be sure nothing more serious is causing the problem than routine eustachian tube dysfunction. Fortunately, treatment may be a possibility even while you are in the office, but you will need to discuss this with your surgeon at that time. Please speak with your doctor.