I just went through thorough testing for CSF leak, as it was suspected that I was suffering from it. The easiest way to know is to collect some of the fluid and have a doctor test it. I've also heard that it tastes salty. If it is thick, it is probably just mucus. Try laying on your stomach with your head hanging over the side of the bed. If it drips like a faucet, it might be CSF, but if not, you are probably fine. Also, if you had a CSF leak, you'd have very bad headaches when standing up. Best option is to see a neurosurgeon to be 100% certain.View Thread
About 6 weeks ago (3/3/2013) I took a hard hit to the top of my head, with much of the force going down my neck and spine. I experienced normal concussion symptoms for a few weeks, which have mostly subsided. However, the day after hitting my head, I woke up with a pair of plugged ears. I didn't have pain or cold/allergy symptoms - just the plugged ears and some dizziness/headaches/difficulty reading and concentrating (which I attributed to the concussion).
My plugged ears subsided for a few days, and then came back again, and since then, I've been battling with them for about 5 weeks. Some days they are barely noticable, and some days they are in full force. Not much pain, but also having other sinus symptoms, such as some occasional slight pressure on the nose/forehead, some sinus clicking noises when speaking (ears/back of the nose 'popping' on hard consonant sounds), ear crackling when swallowing, noise sensitivity that comes and goes, and a sensation of liquid or mucus behind the nose (which is often unproductive). I've also been coughing up small amounts of whitish-yellow mucus for about 3 and a half weeks. I had a chest x-ray which showed no considerable infection.
I can *pop* them by opening my E. tubes (which I can do at will without yawning or swallowing), but they will repressurize over time, either imediately or in a few minutes. I find that my symtpoms dissipate at rest, particularly when laying down, and become more pronounced when standing, moving about, talking, or eating.
I went to an ENT who suspected CSF leakage - I have since had a CT and two MRIs with a neurosurgeon which have ruled that diagnosis out, based on the fact that he couldn't see any fluid in the scans, there was no skull fracture, and I don't have the classic symtpoms (debilitating headache, nose/ear fluid leaks).
I guess my question is - could the head trauma be connected to my ear issues? I haven't seen a chiropractor or had a neck x-ray, but my brain scans all came back looking fine. I am going back to see my ENT today to get the results of my sinus CT, which I am fearful will come back clean. The only other thing that I can think of is that about three weeks prior to my head injury, I had been doing lots of air travel (two cross-pacific flights and two continental flights in the US), but had no ear issues during the flights whatsoever.