First, with all due respect to your friend who was a gp overseas, I would not depend on an email diagnosis . . . your friend is relying on what you are telling him/her, has not seen a blood work up, and has not looked at other contributing factors . . . I have had several severe ear infections and vertigo is an issue . . . so, right now, either return to your doctor and discuss the diagnosis and what you can expect and what you can do and if the ear infection has resolved itself, then ask your doctor what the next steps are . . . sometimes we focus too much on a disease . . .just this a.m. I woke up with a sore throat and sinus congestion and for a split second, I knew that I was on my way to pneumonia . . .thankfully, I am able to manage my anxiety at this point and right now it is an infection without a doubt , , , if it gets worse or does not clear up in another 48 hours, I will go to a doctor and find out what I need to do . . . anxiety, at least for me, does not like informed decision making . . . anxiety prefers an open playground to romp around in and once we read symptoms of a disease, regardless of how general those symptoms are, those of us with anxiety usually will take the worst case scenario without checking into it . . . .
So, get to a doctor and discuss what is going on once again . . . if it is an ear infection, find out all the info you can on what to do, how to prevent it in the future and if it is not an ear infection and nothing else, then perhaps some counseling would help get you started on managing the signals that anxiety sends to your body and how they appear as symptoms . . . what you are experiencing is not at all uncommon and it is so good of you to come and share your experiences so please come back and let us know how you are doing . . .take care, kc