• 15 days ago

    Ears Block when Fasting / Extreme Dieting plus Exercise

    I have noticed for years that when I severely reduce my calories (e.g. fasting or those silly extreme diets I've been on) and especially when I do exercise (e.g. walking) then my ears block up. It lasts for days and sometimes weeks. Once I went to the GP about it, but they didn't know. I don't have ear problems, nor excess wax and normally my ears are okay (they sometimes get blocked for hours and hours after swimming with water caught inside them - I think I've sorted that one by putting in soapy water to break the surface tension of the trapped water). It is just when I reduce the calories and also exercise; it's both ears. I think it might be something to do with pressure in the Eustachian tubes, but don't know why or how. When it happens I'm normally feeling weaker from lack of calories. Swallowing doesn't help. It will come back to normal when I eat again (after a while). I wondered: 1) is it harmful to me, i.e. does it matter?; 2) I am just curious to know what's happening. I'm guessing there's not much I can do to stop it (other than not fasting, but I do fast sometimes). I think it gets worse the longer I fast / restrict calories to less than I need a day. The reason I'm asking today is that I've just done a one day (of two) fast and I can feel that I'm on the brink of them blocking. I suspect that they will block when I go for a walk in a few minutes. Thank you.