Pay no attention, I'm just going insane

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Pay no attention, I'm just going insane
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Wed, 03-27-2013 - 2:02pm

I had to go to the walk in clinic again last night.  The pressure in my ear seemed to be worse and I couldn't hear anything on that side except the pounding of my heartbeat.  I intended to call my doctor this morning, but then, about 9 last night the ear and the area around it started to hurt. Taking Advil did nothing so I checked, saw the clinic was open late and went in. Tom drove me because he was worried I was too upset to drive. I was upset, but I could have driven. But it was nice to have him along anyway :-)

The doctor there checked my ear and said it was just as bad as before, so she prescribed a stronger antibiotic.  I hope it works soon, because if it doesn't work by tomorrow night, I'm supposed to call my regular doc on Friday.... I'm supposed to go to Colleen's on Friday. So far (only 2 pills taken) it's the same as ever.  I don't know whether to call C tonight and warn her I may not be able to make it or wait till tomorrow when I'll know for sure, but it might be harder for them to make other arrangements. I could probably still go - I'm not really sick, just nuts, but if it started hurting at C's, I don't know where I'd go or what I'd do. And the doc last night kind of scared me with talk of ruptured ear drums, so I probably wouldn't want to wait it out all weekend.

I also hope the antibiotic works and my head clears because if it doesn't I'll probably have to get tubes in my ears! I'd never heard of adults having to get that operation, but Deb N said (in the private FB group) her husband's friend had that done as an adult. All I know is, if it would help stop the pressure and the pounding, and give me back my hearing they can do it! Heck, about now, if they said they'd stick a needle in my ear to stop this, I'd say "go ahead"!

keep your fingers crossed for me that the new med works, that my ear unclogs, and that my hearing returns by tomorrow night!


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Sun, 03-31-2013 - 4:33pm

Hi Mom_Julsie, and thanks for de-lurking to reply.  I've still got the pounding head and think it's going to be permanent until I can get something like tubes done. I've tried 3 kinds of antibiotics, decongestant and Nasonex and all that has happened is the Nasonex made me sick (and, no, yogurt didn't help at all, except to give me something to throw up) .  So I quit the nasal spray (I hate them anyway - they always give me nosebleeds after awhile) and plan to go on my own and try an allergy decongestant medicine I can get OTC.  Someone said it worked for her, and doctors have done nothing for me, so I'll give it a try.  I have an appointment with my ENT for an exam and hearing test (that'll be a joke, lol) on the 9th. I suppose I can wait till then. I'm almost getting used to muffled hearing and the sound of my heart Frown.  I'm leery of having the tubes put in right in the office, though. I think I'd rather be put under, even if I have to wait longer.  I'll see what the ENT says and decide with him what is best.  And you may think your son was old to have tubes put in at 15, but that's nothing to me. Ever hear of anyone having it done at 61?  ....Me either, lol. 


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Sat, 03-30-2013 - 10:52pm

Hello,

I don't normally lurk around here, but your discussion headline sounded interesting so I read it.  Coindentally, my son suffered with the same thing you have.  He had to have tubes put in when he was 13 and again when he was 15.  He had many ear infections, made it so he couldn't hear.  I thought it was the weirdest thing too, I thought we're were done with that when he was a little kid.  NOPE!  Our ENT did it right there in the clinic with only a numbing medication in the ear.  (I think he did, this was a while ago)  You could tell it still hurt like a son of a gun by the look on my son's face, but he did not want to have to be put under and he wanted relief now!  I trusted this ENT as he did T & A's and tubes on all three of my sons, along with sinus surgery on my youngest.  Anyhow, I'm just saying it maybe doesn't have to be a surgery where you have to wait to be scheduled.  It hurt a lot, but, if you want relief sooner than it's faster than scheduling surgery.  So, I'm not giving medical advice here, just saying this is something they might suggest and I'm just telling you we did it this way so it's not unusual.  Hope you are feeling better!

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Thu, 03-28-2013 - 9:32am

I'll call, but if there's nothing she can do today, I'm no better off than before.

Yes, the walk in clinic doctor mentioned ear tubes because I have a history of ear infections. I've never had one this bad though, and never had one that blocked up the whole side of my head before.  If tubes would stop this, I'm all for them, but unless they can put them in today, they won't do me any good. I need relief NOW, not somewhere down the road, after I've seen my doc and probably an ENT and a time for the surgery is set and who knows what else. By then they'll have to get me out of the psych ward to do it!


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Thu, 03-28-2013 - 9:26am

Even if I don't go to C's, I'd have company here. I told my niece her son and husband could stay here Saturday night after going to a baseball game in Milwaukee and I hate to back out of that now. At least at Colleen's I'll be alone and won't have to carry on a conversation with anyone or think of something to feed anyone but me and the pets.  I'm not in much pain, just going nuts with this constant pounding in my ear.


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Thu, 03-28-2013 - 5:05am

ann, that is just awful....  I have had a ruptured ear drum.  the pain is awful, but doesn't sound like yours.   it came on as I stuck that Qtip into my ear,,, (duh) and it made the whole side of my face and jaw go numb.......  and yes painful..  ANYWAY,  I'd call your regular doctor today and tell him the antibiotics are not working and let him handle it....  did the ER dr tell you that you might need tubes in the ears?      Is there anything going on with your teeth on that side?   Hoping again that your pain is much less,,, I'd tell colleen now though, so she can make plan B.   UR right, you don't want to go there with an earache......  (())

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Thu, 03-28-2013 - 12:45am

Ann..That sounds really scary and painful and awful!! Saying a prayer for you that your ear feels lots better by morning. I hope you do get to go to Colleen's, but if it isn't better, I don't think you should go. Let us know.

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