Anyone Had a Nasal Endoscopy Before?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Karl28, Apr 29, 2015.

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    1. Karl28
      Wishful

      Karl28 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 bad since 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music via headphones
      So alot of my tinnitus problems comes from problems with my eustachian tubes being blocked.

      Lately it's gotten alot worse with all this crunching and crackling when I swallow which makes the tinnitus worse due to the fullness and my doctor suggested going to an ENT specialist and having Eustachian Tube Endoscopy done so the ENT guy can have a look up there with a camera and see whats happening.

      But I just had to check it out on youtube first and it looks fucking terrifying.

      Has anyone had this done before with a camera up your nose to check your sinus and tubes etc..

      I worry the procedure would some how make my tinnitus worse.

      I know it's not like they are shoving a camera down your ear but going through the back of your nose instead but it still really scares me.
       
    2. Codaz

      Codaz Member

      I had a camera up my nose to check my sinuses like the picture below. Yes it is painful, and I only did it because it was necessary to rule a sinus infection out. I even had a CT scan of my sinuses. Nothing found, all normal.

      But I have the crunching and cracking too, and all ENT's say it's fine, it's normal. I don't believe them.

      endoscopy.jpg
       
    3. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      I had it done twice and I wouldn't say it was painful, more weird!
      ENT used numbing spray so I didn't feel much at all.
       
    4. Geo

      Geo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2012
      My ent diagnosed me with sinusitis.. Because my ears always crackle everytime i breath in or open my mouth and nose always feels stuffy even tho nothing is in it.. He gave me like a washing with liquids in my nose with like 3 different kinds of medicines that shit felt so weird and made me almost choke on it.. Didnt really do anything.. But he never ran a camera up there..
       
    5. Geo

      Geo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2012
      @Codaz that crackling came about after i got T he said its not connected but i call BS ,it is, i never had sinus problems before T..
       
    6. Kopesy
      Balanced

      Kopesy Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      19/09/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma'?' (Unknown)
      I've had the camera up the nose & did it right then & there. Used some sort of numbing spray, left it a few moments to take effect & took a look. Not painful at all my friend (y)
       
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    7. kasart
      No Mood

      kasart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unspecified
      @Karl28: There are people out there who do this as a hobby using a live snake through a nostril, coming out the mouth. Nice eh? Watching this before an endoscopy video may help make it appear half as bad. ;)
      Request the Dr. to use a numbing spray (as Kopesy suggested) to work in a few minutes beforehand, which helps. Specific tinnitus sounds you described - mainly crackling sounds does indicate eustachian tube dysfunction. Sinusitis is often overused for T diagnoses. Have you tried a Netti pot? Hopefully, it's a simple resolution to your T.
       
    8. Karl28
      Wishful

      Karl28 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 bad since 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music via headphones
      Yeah I've thought about taking a netipot but I'm worried I might get water trapped in my middle ear and that would make the tinnitus so much worse.
      My nose isn't blocked though.
       
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    9. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I had this done to check my eustachian tube opening.
      The lidocaine solution used for this procedure actually triggered my t 18 months ago. Had a menstrual migraine at the time, so might have been the combination of this with the anesthetic and anxiety.
      They don't go that far in, as the eustachian tube openings are pretty close up the nose. And with the anesthetic, no actual pain is felt.
      Turns out that for me, it was a redundant test anyway. As I was clear on the tympanometry that they had already performed.
      Imagine getting t on a test that was not needed in the first place. Grrrr.
       
    10. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      Mmm. I've had this done twice. It is totally harmless and does not hurt.
       
    11. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I've had this done at least twice. It's not especially pleasant, but it's fairly fast, not actually painful, and had zero impact on my ears.
       
    12. Richard Wallace
      Thinking

      Richard Wallace Member

      Location:
      Minnesota
      Hi Karl28, I saw an ENT who did that last year. He sprayed some type of numbing agent up inside my nose and then proceeded with the endoscopy. I personally didn't feel much of any discomfort and watched it on a TV- like monitor and could see what my nose/sinuses looked like inside....... Rich
       
    13. Codaz

      Codaz Member

      I tried with a syringe to spray some water into my nose and then move my head to the side. It reaches the eustachian tube and then the cracking stops for some minutes. But I think it's sticky and won't come off with just some water.
       
    14. michaelturek1993

      michaelturek1993 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      staphylococcus aureus
      Ive had this numbing spray with endoscopic procedures done a few times and now having realised that it has permanently changed the way i project my voice .The same stuff can be inside cocaine so be careful .
      Its totally unnecessary doctors have no clue what they are playing with . It feels as though it numb's your nose permanantly and i have not recovered ever fully . Has anyone else had a similar experience ?
       

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