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mftdude

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I hope someone can assist me or refer me to someone who can help. I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease by the local ENT (MD) and there is no treatment. He said he saw no fluid, but two NPs see fluid whenever they look. My right ear hearing works a bit on and off, and I have fluid behind the eardrum; I feel pressure to varying degrees and vertigo on and off. Over the past 18 months, I have gotten other consults and treatment with antihistamines, sprays and antibiotics.

However, another ENT I consulted on my last couples of days in Athens, Greece told me I have instead "Eustachian tube dysfunction." He declined to treat me as I was returning home in a pressurized airliner in the next 36 hours. Plus, he said all ENT doctors in America should know the Muncie Technique or Modified Muncie Technique as he was sure the tonsillectomy I had at age 3 caused blockage or adhesions of the Eustachian tube, over time, based on the history from childhood I gave. The Greek doctor added that the "Muncie Technique' was from a USA Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and he had actually learned it in California..

I called ENTs (DO and MD) across NC and each doctor office denied their doctor knew it or performed it. I am sure I may have missed some. Can anyone identify any ENT in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia who performs this Muncie Technique? Help! I am a counselor, age 63, and I depend on accurate hearing ... as well, conflict with my family crops up due to my hearing deficit. Advise me if you can! Feel free to ask any questions that will clarify issues.
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janeygirl

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Hi: I do not know much about Meniere's or anything else but I have learned, this year, about ear pressure. For a month after a flight, I thought I had water in my ears. I went to my husband's audiologist and she said oh simple, anytime you are flying or driving up and down hills or in the air yawn and/or GENTLY hold your nose closed and kind of blow and it will help clear the tubes. Our ears are very very sensitive to pressure. No one ever told me and it was a hearing aid specialist. I don't know if that will help or not but remember, VERY gentle.

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mftdude

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Thanks for the advice. Tried that  Valsalva maneuver many moons ago, but I have determined via doctor friends in Greece and two local Nurse Practitioners that my problem is more than likely the build up of fluid in my ear is from adhesions in Eustachian tube(s). The fluid now, over time, is like thick syrup that cannot drain. Unless I can find a D.O. or M.D. or a special therapist that can do the non-evasive Muncie Technique, I must have surgery. Dr. Stavros in Greece thinks my problem may exist due to my body's reactions to tonsillectomy I had prior to age 3 (1955) as I had terrible earaches till I was in late teens. This may be also the reason behind my Sleep Apnea. Still can find no ENT that admits knowing the Muncie or Modified Muncie.

Nasal sprays, antihistamines, and antibiotics have not helped. Problem is Eustachian tube blockage. Allopathic doctors only know pills. I wish I could find a trained Osteopathic physician who uses the hands to diagnose and treat! Do you know any physician who knows how to "Muncie" (using gloved finger to break adhesions) near North Carolina? Please help!

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bergie

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 "Eustachian Tube Dysfunction" after sinus infection- I've seen a few ENTs "Did nothing", but ran across one in San Diego Dr. Brain Weeks-yesterday I had sinus surgery and Eustachian tube dilation-I feel a lot better and hopeful the procedure worked. He is one of two ENTs on Earth that perform the procedure. Just passing info along in the hopes it helps someone Good Luck PS He's the best and people from all over the world go see him 85% success rate
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mftdude

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Have been actively seeking ENTs and D.O.s who can do Muncie Technique. Up to a couple of weeks ago, everyone denied even knowing of it. A M.D. called the technique "Osteopathic Voodoo." and suggested I continue to take antihistamines and steroids to clear any adhesions.  

Found a D.O. who when she saw the Muncie Diagram, said it made sense ... and she could do it. I will drive 2 hours up the road to get treatment manipulation and to allow my practitioner wife watch and learn the techniques used. If all goes well, I will reveal the D.O.'s name and contact, as well as my wife's data. Hopefully, I, as well as many others, will benefit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You will hear from me next time from NM. [smile]
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bergie

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Good luck in NM-would like hear what you find out-I had Eustachian Tube dilation-basically they inflate a balloon in the Eustachian tube, Currently only two doctor perform the procedure-Dr Poe in NY and Dr Weeks in San Diego, Mike
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