Re: glue ear in an adult?
I hit a wrong button and it separated my post. Have you had a decrease in hearing ability? I've learned that you cannot always trust the first doctor that you go to. You need to get that fluid out of your ear. The glue ear is thick fluid that if left in there hardens and deafness is the result. It damages the bones in the middle ear. I'll tell you my story so that you can let me know what you think. It started with a sinus infection. I could feel drainage coming down my throat making it scratchy and inflammed. Went to clinic. Was given Augmentin and told to take it for 10 days. On the 8th day my left ear closed up on me. Went back to clinic and was told that I have an ear infection. This is not uncommon after an upper respiratory infection. I wasn't concerned too much at the time and thought that the medicine would take care of it. They gave me Omnicef which is suppose to be good for an ear infection. Took that for 10 days. Had no improvement. Went back to clinic. They told me that I had otitis media with effusion. Gave me more Omnicef but told me that it probably wouldn't work and referred me to an ent. Well the Omnicef didn't work. Got in to see an ent finally more that a week later. She says, I can see that you have had an ear infection and tells me to use flonase for a month and use it longer if I have to. My ear is really aggravating me but I wait and follow instructions. A month goes by and still the same, no improvement. I go back to the ent and explain this. She gives me a test where I go in a booth and put this earplug like thing in my ear canal. She looks at the test and says, you don't have any fluid in your ear. I don't agree because I'm still feeling the same since I had the infection but I don't argue or disagree with her. She says these things take time. She also says, "Keep it in perspective, you don't have a tumor and your not deaf". When she said that I thought she was making light of my concerns and my complaint that something was wrong was being ignored. I left and said that I would never go back. I went back to the clinic where I first had gone and they looked at my ear again and said that they saw bubbles under my eardrum. That is an indication of fluid. I had to wait over another week (which I shouldn't have) and got in to see another ent. He tries to put me off for another 10 days! Tells me to take this other steroid nose spray and to take the antibiotics. I didn't agree since I had already done this same thing for 7 weeks and it didn't work. I leave disappointed. Meanwhile I'm having alot of pressure in my ear and I'm feeling off balance. I just can't stand it any longer and make an emergency call to him Saturday morning. He tells me to come into the office on Monday, no need for an appointment. I get there first thing when they open. He does the myringotomy. I did have fluid present but it wasn't glue ear. I'm hoping I can make a full recovery but I'm terrified and scared to death that the fluid will return since I have heard of this happening. That other doctor would have let me go on suffering. I was going crazy. After about a month I was starting to have psychological problems from it. I was actually wishing for death if it wasn't going to go away so that I could get some relief. I've never had mental issues in my life and have never been suicidal. I wasn't suicidal, but I was so tortured from this fluid that if it wasn't going to go away that I would rather be dead. I'm just absolutely terrified that the fluid will come back in a few days because my eustachian tube isn't functioning properly. This has psychologically scarred me just from the shear length of time that I have suffered. I think that when I went to the first ent that I should have been given the option of having my ear drained at that point. If that would have happened, it would have saved me an immense amount of suffering. A tube would have been a welcome relief. He didn't put a tube in my ear for drainage so that concerns me as well. I'm going to keep praying to God that he will heal me and allow me to make a full recovery from this. This certainly has taught me humility and empathy for others since this has happened to me. If I recover, I'm going to thank God everyday for my ears working properly. I pray that this will happen. I don't attend any church and I'm not overly religious or anything so by my saying this, that should be some kind of indication of how much I have been suffering. I don't know how your feeling about your condition but I will say a prayer for you that you get the help that you need and that you make a full recovery.