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Board: Hearing Disorders 12-18-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

I agree with RobTN. I needed a good seven days to completely feel normal again, mostly due to the general anesthesia. I think that going on a retreat three days after a stapedectomy is not a good...
Board: Hearing Disorders 12-16-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

Don't worry, you're not even 2 weeks post-surgery! I wasn't allowed to get a hearing test until three months after the operation, and even then, the doctor told me my hearing would continue to...
Board: Hearing Disorders 05-30-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

The success rate for stapedectomies is over 95%, so yes, AFAIK, everyone got their hearing back, or at least their conductive (bone) loss. As you know, the surgery does nothing for nerve-related...
Board: Hearing Disorders 05-30-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

I've read lots of comments from people that they initially had GREAT hearing immediately after the surgery, and then lost it during the recovery period. I have to assume that that is due to the...
Board: Hearing Disorders 05-29-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

It's perfectly normal. There are blood clots in your middle ear next to your eardrum from the surgery, plus other bodily fluids. Your hearing is fluctuating as these clots and fluids go up and...
Board: Pain Management 05-04-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Fantine
Re: Non-codeine pain relief

I asked my surgeon about NSAIDs, and she vetoed them because of they increase bleeding. I will ask her about Tramadol. Thank you!
Board: Pain Management 05-03-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Fantine
Re: Non-codeine pain relief

Thank you for your detailed response. My PCP doesn't think that I have sleep apnea. I'm going to see the surgeon at least twice before the procedure, and I will be sure to discuss this with her. ...
Board: Pain Management 05-03-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Fantine
Non-codeine pain relief

I've taken codeine, in the form of Tylenol 3, twice in my life, and both times, the medication made me so sleepy that I could not lift my head off the pillow. It also affected my breathing. I'm...
Board: Hearing Disorders 11-01-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,818
Posted By Fantine
Re: Second Stapedectomy Report 8/12/13

I don't know about an MRI, but my surgeon sent me for a CT scan after he suspected otosclerosis. The radiology report said there was no evidence of otosclerosis, but the surgeon called me a few days...
Board: Hearing Disorders 11-01-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,818
Posted By Fantine
Re: Second Stapedectomy Report 8/12/13

I know that with otosclerosis, the general consensus is that the bone gap should be at least 20-25 dB before you are a candidate for a stapedectomy. My surgeon closed a 30 dB bone gap in my left ear...
Board: Hearing Disorders 11-01-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Fantine
Re: Second stapedectomy (10/22)

Surgeon was able to remove most of the packing from the right ear yesterday, using a scrapper and then suction (oh, boy, that's loud!). A little piece was stuck, and he said to leave it alone for...
Board: Hearing Disorders 10-30-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Fantine
Re: Second stapedectomy (10/22)

Almost exactly on schedule, my right ear started "popping" on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and I'm starting to regain hearing again, especially lower frequencies. :) Drove in the car today...
Board: Hearing Disorders 10-24-2013, 07:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 911
Posted By Fantine
Re: stapedotomy -how long time before hearing good again?

If you're starting to hear echoes in your ear, then your hearing is starting to come back. Your brain has to adjust to hearing noises from that ear again, so please be patient and try not to worry...
Board: Hearing Disorders 10-24-2013, 07:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By Fantine
Re: otosclerosis

The ENT has to look for what's called the "bone gap", which is the difference in hearing between air conduction and bone conduction (which means that the audiologist has to perform both tests). If...
Board: Hearing Disorders 10-23-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Fantine
Second stapedectomy (10/22)

So, I bit the bullet and had the same surgeon who operated successfully on my left ear operate on the right ear yesterday. I had a much harder time with nausea and recovering from the general...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-15-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

Yes, the drumming is your heartbeat. You're hearing the blood through the veins in your head. It should go away gradually as your brain gets used to hearing things again. Good luck!
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-15-2013, 06:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By Fantine
Re: Post stapedectomy hearing loss...

If you just had your stapedectomy a week ago, it sounds like a little early to worry about not being able to hear, as your ear canal probably has both blood clots and the packing in it, which block...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-15-2013, 05:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

Everything that you've been experiencing sounds completely normal to me. Some people seem to hear soft sounds immediately after the operation, but that goes away as blood clots form in your ear and...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-15-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,795
Posted By Fantine
Re: Stapedectomy Surgery Report

Everything that you've been experiencing sound completely normal to me. Some people seem to hear soft sounds immediately after the operation, but that goes away as blood clots form in your ear and...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-15-2013, 05:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,818
Posted By Fantine
Re: Second Stapedectomy Report 8/12/13

The left ear stapedectomy was very successful, and I know have normal/borderline hearing in that ear. Don't downplay how bad dry mouth is. If it's severe, you get cavity after cavity after cavity...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-12-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By Fantine
Re: Upcoming Ear Surgery. Feeling nervous.

My hearing is pretty much stable these last three years. The left ear, which has the stapes prosthetic, has normal/borderline hearing, while the right ear, which has not been operated on, has a...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-12-2013, 06:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,818
Posted By Fantine
Re: Second Stapedectomy Report 8/12/13

I would get the second surgery done in a heartbeat if I wasn't so concerned about the mouth dryness issue. Nobody seems to know WHAT is causing the dryness, whether it's an autoimmune disorder or...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-11-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,818
Posted By Fantine
Re: Second Stapedectomy Report 8/12/13

mspgh,
I had a stapedectomy in my left ear in April 2011. I have delayed getting the second stapedectomy because I started to experience mouth dryness after the first surgery. My surgeon conserved...
Board: Hearing Disorders 09-11-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By Fantine
Re: Upcoming Ear Surgery. Feeling nervous.

mspgh,
I haven't posted here in awhile, but I couldn't agree with you more about finding a surgeon who has done MANY stapedectomies. Thankfully, most general ENTs will now refer you to a specialist...
Board: Inner Ear Disorders 06-19-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,290
Posted By Fantine
Re: Question about vestibular neuritis and anxiety

I just don't know the answer to that question, but I would think that vestibular therapy would help you to adapt. Is there a reason why you haven't followed through with the therapy?
Board: Inner Ear Disorders 06-19-2013, 12:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,290
Posted By Fantine
Re: Question about vestibular neuritis and anxiety

"I have some questions:
1. What other medication can I take to help my dizziness & anxiety.
2. How to speed up the recovery? I am sick for 7 months.
3. Can my anxiety come from this vestibular...
Board: Inner Ear Disorders 06-19-2013, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,701
Posted By Fantine
Re: Constant Dizziness with bouts of Severe Vertigo?

BUMP. I have been diagnosed with BPPV, and also have a constant sense of wooziness and imbalance. I have been told by a local neurotologist who specializes in vertigo and dizziness that the BPPV is...
Board: Dizziness / Vertigo 06-19-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Posted By Fantine
Re: Vestibular Nerve Damage 45%

While I haven't started therapy yet (my first appointment is scheduled for July 3), everything I've read said that you can feel worse at first during therapy, because you're going to be putting...
Board: Dizziness / Vertigo 06-18-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,196
Posted By Fantine
Re: Terrible vertigo and dizziness, where do I go from here??

Glad to hear it. Let us know what you find out, OK?
Board: Dizziness / Vertigo 06-17-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,971
Posted By Fantine
Re: Can anyone explain why cycling helps?

I'm sorry to hear that this is such a long, drawn-out process. Based on what I know, you should have an MD or audiologist perform a Dix-Hallpike test which puts your head in specific positions and...
Board: Dizziness / Vertigo 06-17-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,971
Posted By Fantine
Re: Can anyone explain why cycling helps?

I assume that your doctors have ruled out Meniere's and BPPV?
Board: Dizziness / Vertigo 06-17-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,971
Posted By Fantine
Re: Can anyone explain why cycling helps?

Well, maybe when you're cycling, your brain is occupied with maintaining your balance and rejects whatever stimulus is causing the vertigo. On an escalator, you and your brain at rest, not working...
Board: Dizziness / Vertigo 06-16-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,196
Posted By Fantine
Re: Terrible vertigo and dizziness, where do I go from here??

I think that you need to insist that you get referred to an ENT. The Epley maneuver should be done by an ENT or an audiologist, rather than the patient. Point out to the MD that you have to be...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 01-23-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By Fantine
Re: Generic Evoxac

Well, the only thing I can think of is that your health insurance plan doesn't give you cheaper prices for generic medication. Maybe you can call your plan?
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 01-18-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By Fantine
Re: Generic Evoxac

Express Scripts, which used to be Medco. It's the mail order pharmacy that my health insurance plan uses. Kroger's must be trying to get rid of the brand name version. Did you specifically ask for...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 01-11-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 733
Posted By Fantine
Re: Hello and Lip biopsy Post Treatment

I don't know the answer to your question about Evoxac, but, based on what I know about how Evoxac works, I THINK that it only operates to stimulate the salivary glands and would not impact the...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 01-11-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 733
Posted By Fantine
Re: Hello and Lip biopsy Post Treatment

I don't know the answer to your question about Evoxac, but, based on what I know about how Evoxac works, I THINK that it only operates to stimulate the salivary glands and would not impact the...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 01-11-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By Fantine
Re: Help with lab results

I recall hearing that "au" means arbitrary units, while "u" just means units. So, I don't think that you can compare "u/ml" to "au/ml" as they're probably NOT the same. Maybe call your doctor's...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 11-29-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 774
Posted By Fantine
Re: What tests are there to check for sjogren's?

I would definitely talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for Evoxac. Many people find that it helps them with dry mouth and also dry eyes.
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 11-29-2012, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 774
Posted By Fantine
Re: What tests are there to check for sjogren's?

You can ask your internist or a rheumatologist to do some blood tests. I think that most typically, they would test for RF, ANA, and SSA and SSA for Sjogrens. The trouble is that some people (like...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 11-28-2012, 01:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By Fantine
Generic Evoxac

I just wanted to let everyone know that I went to renew my Evoxac today, and it was finally available as a generic. My three-month supply was $15. :)
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-24-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,371
Posted By Fantine
Re: I think the Target brand Zantac was making my reflux worse

Personally, I have only used Zantac and Protonix 40 mg, and I haven't experimented with other drugs. As for the generics, my doctor told me that there can real differences in the inactive...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-24-2012, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,371
Posted By Fantine
Re: I think the Target brand Zantac was making my reflux worse

Lots of people would agree with you that there are significant differences among various generic medications. CVS must be buying a different generic than Target. Ask the pharmacist at CVS which...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 10-12-2012, 05:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,470
Posted By Fantine
Re: Having Sjogrens without positive labs?

The doctor may have said sicca syndrome, which means dry mouth/eyes. My rheumatologist won't do a lip biopsy unless there is some medical need to confirm Sjogrens as opposed to some other disease. ...
Board: Hearing Disorders 08-18-2012, 03:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,706
Posted By Fantine
Re: Hypercompliant Ear with Otosclerosis??

Nope. The first ENT I spoke to did say that my audiogram indicated that I had a bone gap, which is why he sent me for the first CT scan. But the radiologist's report eliminated both otosclerosis...
Board: Hearing Disorders 08-17-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,706
Posted By Fantine
Re: Hypercompliant Ear with Otosclerosis??

I have bilateral otosclerosis which was not properly diagnosed for over 10 years. I had two CTs scans fives year apart, and both times, the radiologists missed the otosclerosis. It was only a very...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 07-29-2012, 06:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 745
Posted By Fantine
Re: hair quality

If you're a woman who is post-menopausal, then hormonal changes are likely to be the cause of changes in hair quality (and quantity) more than any auto-immune condition. Lots of women in their 50s...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 07-20-2012, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,281
Posted By Fantine
Re: I think i have sjorens

My rheumatologist told me that she doesn't do lip biopsies unless there is a need to eliminate another disease as the source of dryness. She says that you're supposed to treat symptoms, so unless...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 07-16-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,044
Posted By Fantine
Re: Hearing loss and loud ringing in ear!

I've had tinnitus for over a decade. In almost all cases, it is due to damage to the auditory nerve and/or the hair cells in your inner ear, such as exposure to excessively loud music or other...
Board: Hearing Disorders 06-27-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,223
Posted By Fantine
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