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Old 10-18-2006, 01:50 PM   #1
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What to expect at ENT appointment

Tomorrow I go for an ENT appointment. I've been having problems with my ears for years now and with my sinuses for the past year. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect or what it might be?

Seven years ago, I had a boil on one of my ears. A physician's assistant lanced it, put a wick in and allowed it to drain into my ear. I developed an ear infection in that ear. A regular doctor told me I had swimmer's ear. Two days and a 104 degree fever later, I went to an ENT who told me I had a regular ear infection and cellulitis (sp) in my face. Since then, I've had major trouble with my ears.

They drain all the time. I know this is disgusting, but I'll wake up in the mornings with dried pus on my pillow. My ears have a bad odor to them, too. This is gross, too, but I've had my DH smell my ears and he can smell it, too, so it isn't just me. They also itch all the time, constantly. Since the first incident seven years ago, I've had three or four ear infections a year. My primary care doctor has not referred me to an ENT. Any idea what this could be? I'm really getting sick of it, which is why I decided to make the appointment with the ENT.

Last year, at this time, I had a major sinus infection and ear infection. I didn't have any insurance, so I went to an urgent care clinic. The physician's assistant said my sinuses were the worst he had ever seen and said I should see an ENT. I didn't go, even after my insurance went into affect. Dumb me. Anyway, it seems like I always have a sinus headache and pressure. Sometimes, my nose is clogged and others it isn't. I've seen my primary care doctor since seeing the physician's assistant for the sinus infections, and he just keeps prescribing antibiotics and a decongestant.

I really am at my wit's end. Do they do tubes for adults? What can I expect tomorrow?

 
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Re: What to expect at ENT appointment

Going to the ENT sounds like an excellent choice.

"I've been having problems with my ears for years now and with my sinuses for the past year. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect or what it might be?"

Have you been to an allergist? Do you by chance have allergies, which continually cause you to produce ear fluid and sinus mucus and drainage? Allergies are the main source behind sinus/ear trouble.... with secondary infections stemming off of viral ones being the next.... third structural enlarged adnoids or tonsils can cause fluid to get trapped and infected as well.


"Seven years ago, I had a boil on one of my ears. A physician's assistant lanced it, put a wick in and allowed it to drain into my ear. I developed an ear infection in that ear. A regular doctor told me I had swimmer's ear. Two days and a 104 degree fever later, I went to an ENT who told me I had a regular ear infection and cellulitis (sp) in my face. Since then, I've had major trouble with my ears."Not

Chronic ear infections can be the result of a non-cleared infection becomming medication resistant and then hanging in there... but mine were always the result of secondary infections or allergy spawned. But year round allergies and a kid in day care has kept me on anti-biotics 9 months out of the year. But i just had my finally clear it all out surgery yesterday. I am hopeful that this will take care of a lot of my reoccuring problems.


"They drain all the time. I know this is disgusting, but I'll wake up in the mornings with dried pus on my pillow. My ears have a bad odor to them, too. This is gross, too, but I've had my DH smell my ears and he can smell it, too, so it isn't just me. They also itch all the time, constantly."

Has your GP even bothered to culture this? It may be fungal based versus bacterial. These infections are rarer, but require special medication to get better.

"Since the first incident seven years ago, I've had three or four ear infections a year. My primary care doctor has not referred me to an ENT."

Not good practice in my opinion. I prefer a GP that knows when to pass me off to a specialist, but my GP is an internal Medicine/pharmacologist and perfect for my needs. I also have my sleep apnea/cardiologist, ENT, and allergist /immunologist.

" I had a major sinus infection and ear infection. I didn't have any insurance, so I went to an urgent care clinic. The physician's assistant said my sinuses were the worst he had ever seen and said I should see an ENT. I didn't go, even after my insurance went into affect. Dumb me. Anyway, it seems like I always have a sinus headache and pressure. Sometimes, my nose is clogged and others it isn't. I've seen my primary care doctor since seeing the physician's assistant for the sinus infections, and he just keeps prescribing antibiotics and a decongestant."

Alright The ENT will help you. Make sure you take a copy of your records with you. The ENT needs to see you have chronic sinusitus and ear infections. Read my ppost on compiled tosillectomy tips, it details the procedure I just went through. First they will look in your throat and ears, do x-rays and a CT scan to determine your sinus structure, probably do an audiological exam as well.

A good ENT will try all non-surgical means before surgery unless the problem is due to a structural anomalie... deviated septum, etc.

Chronic ear fluid with out enlarged tonsils or adnoids... ear tubes, yes they do it in adults.

Enlarged adnoids and tonsils... T&A (tonsillectomy and adnoidectomy).

Enflamed membraines due to allergies, no other structural issues... turboplasty


"I really am at my wit's end. Do they do tubes for adults? What can I expect tomorrow?"

Relax take a deep breathe and listen to your ENT, they are going to want to help you, and will listen to you. Tell them your fears and ask for their help, and trust in their ability to get to the base of the problem. If you have to have surgery think positive. A couple of weeks of discomfort, for future improved quality of health. Best Wishes and Luck to you and I will be keeping my eyes open for new posts. I hope this was of help to you.

Respectfully Yours,
MG

 
Old 10-19-2006, 08:23 PM   #3
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Re: What to expect at ENT appointment

Thanks so much for your help. I posted an update above. I believe I do probably have allergies, but I've never been tested for them. I really like the ENT I went to today.

 
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Re: What to expect at ENT appointment

Say to help fight the cause as well as the symptom's you should get your self checked out by an allergist as well.

Sincerely, MG

 
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