Oh, my aching ears!
March 15, 2010 10:55 AM Subscribe
Have you undergone myringotomy
and placement of tympanostomy tubes as an adult? Was it helpful?
I have a long history of ear problems, going back to childhood. I had chronic, extraordinarily painful ear infections, which lead to the placement of 5 (five!) sets of typanostomy tubes over the course of about 4 years. I also had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was 5. Eventually, I seemed to outgrow the infections, and made it through probably 20 years with minimal problems. I do have some minor hearing loss due to the thickening and scarring of my eardrums from the chronic infections and frequent surgeries.
But now, I'm dealing with chronic congestion in my middle ear, which sometimes leads to infection, but even when we clear the infection, the congestion remains. I'm currently on a course of real Sudafed and generic Flonase. However, if that doesn't help (and we'll probably give it at least 8 more weeks), there's the possibility of yet another set of tubes.
Since I was a small child, the previous procedures were done under general anesthesia. Apparently, it's an office procedure for adults. I'm a little leary about this - I *hate* having my ears messed with!
So, if you've had this done as an adult, I'd love to know about your experiences, be they good, bad, or indifferent.