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How long is it going to take for the steroids to work?

Asked by Dutchess_III (42494points) April 27th, 2015

I went to the Dr. complaining of dizziness. She checked, said I had water behind my ear. She prescribed steroids and antibiotics. Today is Monday. I started taking them last Friday evening.

I’m still so damn dizzy. I almost fell into the wall a bit ago. It’s scary as hell when I’m driving, too.

How long till they kick in and do you have any other suggestions that could help me?

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chyna's avatar

Probably a week. Stop driving.

janbb's avatar

I agree – don’t drive. But you might ask the doctor about an anti-motion sickness prescription as well.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Do you also have eye twitching? If yes then while you’re waiting for the meds to work why not try the Epley maneuver . (Lots of examples on line.)
It is easily performed in bed or on the floor. You only need a pillow. And it is free!

janbb's avatar

^^ Why not look at the link? It is quite clear.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m afraid it’s spam. Why would I have eye twitching?

Dutchess_III's avatar

OIC. OK, I will try it. Thanks.

LuckyGuy's avatar

The link I attached above is a youtube video. It is fine. Or you can just look up the Epley maneuver. It actually works – if that is your problem. It does not hurt to try it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sorry, I just couldn’t make the connection between my eyes twitching and fluid in the ear! I’ll try it in a bit, my eye isn’t twitching. I wonder if putting mineral oil in my ears might help?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The infection is between your throat and your ear. I have had a Eustachian tube inflamed and infection in my middle ear, ruptured my ear drum.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t think it’s infected. It doesn’t hurt anyway.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Dutchess_III What kind of doctor made the fluid in the ear diagnosis? Was it an ENT specialist?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

It’s the inflammation that blocks the the tube and builds up pressure. Steroids should start to work with a day or two.
If you are on antibiotics, the Dr. must think you have an infection.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, I went in complaining of coughing up phlegm that’s streaked all nasty yellow. I wasn’t sure if it’s just a result have having quit smoking 6.5 weeks ago, or it it could be an infection.

The ear thing was a separate issue. Actually, the diagnosis was made by a nurse practitioner., @Adirondackwannabe.

Plus I have an injured ulnar nerve that hurts like hell, so I’m on Meloxicam for that. I’m a mess.

Buttonstc's avatar

Are these steroid ear drops or are they little Presnisone pills?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Prednisone pills.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Follow the instructions for taking Prednisone !

Buttonstc's avatar

Oral Prednisone usually takes around 24–48 hrs. to work (at least in my personal experience) but sometimes my Doc had to increase the dosage for a few days until the antibiotics kicked in at full strength.

Call your Dr. and see what she says. My personal criteria for whether to call the Dr. were that if there was even the slightest improvement after two days, I would let it be.

But if there was no improvement or getting worse after 48 hrs. I would call and leave ii up to Dr’s judgement.

But my Dr. preferred that so that things didn’t get out of hand. Your Dr. might do things differently but a phone call couldn’t hurt.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think it’s a bit better now (after 4 days, 5 if you include the first day..)

Buttonstc's avatar

That’s good to hear. Hopefully it will just continue to get better, even if gradually.

Hang in there. :)

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