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Ear drainage when using CPAP
I'm sorry - I'm not trying to be gross, but does anybody know if there's any connection between using CPAP and mild ear drainage?

It happens to me sometimes, but only since I started CPAP therapy just over a month ago.
This morning I woke up on my left side and I could feel liquid trying to run out of my left ear. Not a lot, but enough to feel like when water drains out of your ear hours after swimming, and tickles. There was no liquid on the pillow or anything, but my ear canal felt wet. Where would this be coming from? Pretty sure the sinuses and Eustachian tube are on the other side of the ear drum.

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04-25-2016 11:19 PM
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RE: Ear drainage when using CPAP
you should bring this up with your doctor - it should not be happening. yes there is an eardrum between e.tubes and external canal! I have heard of (and experienced) cpap exacerbating ear pressure issues, but this is more than that.

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04-26-2016 01:10 AM
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RE: Ear drainage when using CPAP
(04-25-2016 11:19 PM)toniko Wrote:  I'm sorry - I'm not trying to be gross, but does anybody know if there's any connection between using CPAP and mild ear drainage?

It happens to me sometimes, but only since I started CPAP therapy just over a month ago.
This morning I woke up on my left side and I could feel liquid trying to run out of my left ear. Not a lot, but enough to feel like when water drains out of your ear hours after swimming, and tickles. There was no liquid on the pillow or anything, but my ear canal felt wet. Where would this be coming from? Pretty sure the sinuses and Eustachian tube are on the other side of the ear drum.

Let me know if you find out anything. I have had this problem for years, comes and goes with the seasons. Usually involves a buildup of fluid behind the eardrum. Has led to inner ear infections. Some will say this can't happen, but, it does.
04-26-2016 05:51 AM
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RE: Ear drainage when using CPAP
(04-25-2016 11:19 PM)toniko Wrote:  I'm sorry - I'm not trying to be gross, but does anybody know if there's any connection between using CPAP and mild ear drainage?

It happens to me sometimes, but only since I started CPAP therapy just over a month ago.
This morning I woke up on my left side and I could feel liquid trying to run out of my left ear. Not a lot, but enough to feel like when water drains out of your ear hours after swimming, and tickles. There was no liquid on the pillow or anything, but my ear canal felt wet. Where would this be coming from? Pretty sure the sinuses and Eustachian tube are on the other side of the ear drum.

What you describe sounds like ear wax draining. It normally does not drain like that but if you spend a lot of the night on one side with that ear against the pillow, the ear canal heats up and the wax liquefies and starts to drain. I am not sure why you think the drainage is from your middle ear but there would have to be hole in your eardrum. You might have your doc (or a nurse) check your eardrum just to be sure.

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04-26-2016 01:20 PM
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RE: Ear drainage when using CPAP
(04-26-2016 01:20 PM)PaytonA Wrote:  
(04-25-2016 11:19 PM)toniko Wrote:  I'm sorry - I'm not trying to be gross, but does anybody know if there's any connection between using CPAP and mild ear drainage?

It happens to me sometimes, but only since I started CPAP therapy just over a month ago.
This morning I woke up on my left side and I could feel liquid trying to run out of my left ear. Not a lot, but enough to feel like when water drains out of your ear hours after swimming, and tickles. There was no liquid on the pillow or anything, but my ear canal felt wet. Where would this be coming from? Pretty sure the sinuses and Eustachian tube are on the other side of the ear drum.

What you describe sounds like ear wax draining. It normally does not drain like that but if you spend a lot of the night on one side with that ear against the pillow, the ear canal heats up and the wax liquefies and starts to drain. I am not sure why you think the drainage is from your middle ear but there would have to be hole in your eardrum. You might have your doc (or a nurse) check your eardrum just to be sure.

Best Regards,

PaytonA

Thank you for the answers, everyone.
Actually, this here sounds like it may be the issue I'm having. I don't really believe it's coming from the inner ear, but it felt like a lot of liquid to be just wax to me, so I was worried about where it might be coming from. I've had a perforated ear drum before and it really hurt, and there was blood, but this is nothing like that, and there is no pain.
It must just be "melted" ear wax.... I will talk to my doctor about it anyway though, when I see her next. Just to cover all bases.

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04-26-2016 01:38 PM
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RE: Ear drainage when using CPAP
Toniko Wrote:Thank you for the answers, everyone.
Actually, this here sounds like it may be the issue I'm having. I don't really believe it's coming from the inner ear, but it felt like a lot of liquid to be just wax to me, so I was worried about where it might be coming from. I've had a perforated ear drum before and it really hurt, and there was blood, but this is nothing like that, and there is no pain.
It must just be "melted" ear wax.... I will talk to my doctor about it anyway though, when I see her next. Just to cover all bases.

Hello - that sounds like a good idea. And if is not wax then you might want to ask for a referral to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist. I understand that non-wax fluid leaking from an ear should be checked out properly, particularly if you've had a perforated ear drum in the past.
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