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G-Forces and Ear problems

Unread post by paulw » Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:53 pm

I haven't been able to do more than 3 aero sorties this whole year. Last was in March and this due to what I originally though was a cold not going away (maybe just started as a cold).

It appears now that it could be more than a common cold. Been to the doctor (DAME). Got all kinds of medicine. He referred me to an ENT Specialist.

Seems like a blocked Eustachian tubes problem which cause an imbalance and problems equalising.
Problem probably ear infection.
One of the solutions to give the Eustachian tubes chance to heal seems to be grommets in the eardrums to help equalise the pressure in middle ear.

My question here rather than the Med Threads is how does this effect aerobatic flying if you have such ops done?

Are there alternative solutions?

Anyone else who had/have the same problem?


See these two threads.

viewtopic.php?f=170&t=72048

viewtopic.php?f=170&t=163747
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Re: G-Forces and Ear problems

Unread post by Rooster » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:46 pm

Hello Paul.
I had a disease called Minierre's Disease, or Labarynthitis.

It felt like a cold and blocked up head all the time, and periodic dizzy spells. Permanent sea sickness.
This was due to the fluid build-up in the vestibular tubes and eventual busting of the lining in the tubes which would cause the sensory hairs to move in the direction of the burst. Felt like someone would grab my head and throw it to the ground :(

Long story short - I am healed, flying and can do aeros and enjoy myself with a full life! :D

I am not saying that this is what you have! I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
I have learned a few things about my ears and what to eat and what to leave out.
Contact me if you wish.
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Re: G-Forces and Ear problems

Unread post by paulw » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:22 pm

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Re: G-Forces and Ear problems

Unread post by rare bird » Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:24 pm

I am not a medical doctor. The only advice I can give from personal experience of sinus problems is: try not to become impatient!
I personally prefer a conservative approach - particularly if an operation is not reversible!
There is a good facio-max surgeon in Durbanville - Dr Grotepas - (I think he is OupaG on this forum) I would value his opinion.

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