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Ear Infection/Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Ear Infection/Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

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Posted by Karen Anzelc on July 21, 2000 at 14:04:02:

I developed a serious ear infection in 1993 after being in high altitute. I suffered with fluid and Eustachian Tube blockage for almost one year. I used antibiotics, nasal sprays, decongestants, steroid treatments, Advil for swelling and pain. I was sent to an ENT and had hearing tests and I was lucky that there is minimal, if any hearing loss. I suffered scarring in my tubes and now any time I go to a higher elevation I suffer tremendously. Being in an airplane is deadly to me. Last week I went to Vancouver and upon landing, my ears filled once again with fluid. I am back to where I was 7 years ago only with more pain. I am going to see an ENT again and ask about the possibility of tubes in my ears. I feel like a prisoner becuase I am scared to go in higher elevation and riding in an airplane is extremely painful. I have had enough of medications that don't work. My ears constantly crackle every time I swallow and sometimes I feel as if I am going to choke at night becuase the fullness sensation is too great. I am a 50 year old female. Has anyone had tubes put in as an adult and do they really help keep the Eustachian tubes open and relieved of any fluid? Are there many drawbacks to having this operation? Are there more pros than cons in having it done. What kind of procedure, how long, and is it done under a local anesthesia? Would appreciate anyone who can comment and share their misery. Thanks much.

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