After several months of pain, numbness, swelling and discomfort in my right ear, I was diagnosed with a middle ear infection. Prior to that, it was suggested by Facebook friends and even doctors to try over-the counter sinus remedies in addition to holding my nose closed while blowing, hoping that would pop or unclog the troublesome ear.
I went to the ER on a couple of occasions and of course, their remedy resulted in a 10-day supply of goodies for the pain I was having, if you know what I mean. I was also given Augmentin, an antibiotic that gave me diarrhea and the problem still wasn't solved. If there was an infection, I'm sure it was cured with the antibiotics but the fluid was still there, nagging at me, causing hearing loss or dullness of hearing in my right ear.
Everything sounded muffled to the point when family members stopped by, I told them to turn the light on when they come in so I can see that someone was in the house. Otherwise, I could not hear them come in. Very creepy at night if I didn't know if it were them. To take a step back, I was referred by the ER doctor to see an ear, nose , and throat doctor.
Long story short, I went there only to be told to come back in a month. Why? Couldn't the drainage procedure (myringotomy) be done there, considering I was in the right setting for it. Of course, I left with the instruction to use Flonase and Sudafed for the time being. At that point, I said enough is enough.
I contacted my primary care doctor ( which I should have done in the first place) who suggested a great ENT doctor. I went in and she performed the procedure with no problem. To feel the suction and sensation of fluid leave my middle ear and the relief of the pressure that was causing so much discomfort was like delivering a baby--such a relief!
Now I can hear clearly and was amazed to know how one clogged ear caused so much pain and discomfort in my entire head. I still don't know how this originated but I believe the onset was when I was released from the hospital last May from a severe lupus flare. My immune system was terribly weak, leaving myself open for other germs. My youngest son Kameron, who has autism, has not mastered the ability of covering his mouth when he coughs or sneezes. He sneezed in my face and I was never the same after that.
Thankfully, I'm totally relieved to hear out of my right ear again. God and lupus is once again teaching me to appreciate the everyday things like being able to hear, which most of us take for granted.
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