I am sorry that you are experiencing this reaction to the flu shot and hope that you feel better soon!
There can be side effects to the vaccine as seen in this Overview, such as "cold-like symptoms, including sniffles, headache , runny nose, sore throat , cough , and body aches for a day or two after getting the flu shot. In some cases, you may also experience a low-grade fever." If you experience irregular trouble breathing, please do not hesitate to call your doctor.
The flu vaccine is especially important to those with asthma and you can read about HERE . Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
I'm sorry for all that you have been through, but happy to hear that the tubes are giving you some relief!
According to our WebMD Ear Infection Overview , "In recent years, scientists have identified the characteristics of people most likely to suffer recurrent middle ear infections." Among the list is, "people with poor or damaged immune systems or chronic respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis and asthma."
If you use a Primatene Mist inhaler, the FDA is stressing that you seek a doctor immediately because, "The Primatene Mist inhaler is going away on Dec. 31, and prescription inhalers are the only alternative to the over-the-counter asthma drug ."
According to the WebMD News Article , "The problem with Primatene is that it contains chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs, which deplete the Earth's ozone layer. Environmental treaties signed by the U.S. banned products that emit CFCs. Most of these products already are gone. But medicines got a special extension."
I'm sorry that you are both experiencing these awful chest pains and hope that you will check out this Chest Pain Overview . According to the article, chest pain can stem from a number of problems, such as increasing activity/exercise, upper respiratory infections, GERD, and the list goes on...
If your doctor cannot determine that anything is wrong and you are still suffering through this pain, please seek a second opinion. You are worth it!
I definitely understand this annoying discomfort with your ears popping and the internal hearing that you describe. It's driven me crazy in the past and I'm sorry that you are dealing with this concern.
Here is a great overview that you may want to look at on Blocked Eustachian Tubes that explains the connection of your middle ear to the back of your throat. It states that, "Swelling from a cold, allergies , or a sinus infection can keep the eustachian tubes from opening. This leads to pressure changes." Check out the symptoms and treatments, then please see your doctor for a professional examination. Hopefully, he/she can diagnose your concerns and help you find relief as soon as possible.