Man. This is depressing. Still on meds for a sinus infection that brought on a really painful reverse block the other day. Never had it before so I didn't know what I had to do during a reverse block. You're supposed to do something like lower yourself a bit and wiggle your jaw. Whatever you do, don't equalize by blowing your nose as it could worsen your situation. Painful as heck, couldn't think straight at the time. It's possible to rupture your ear drum while ascending but it's rare. Usually the problems equalizing occur while descending. A warning to all divers, even so-called seasoned ones.