Frustrated and Confused, ENT Problems

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Hello, so thursday lst week had a dr's app and told him my symptons (all on one side, gland near my ear is grape sized and tender, hearing loss, severe headaches at the back of my head and near the one side, tired, congested nose, one side of my throat/tonsil area is massive and I am having issues swallowing because of it). Dr thought it was a peritonsillar abscess so referred me to ENT clinic at a & e. ENT specialist looked at my mouth, checked if it was an absess using a needle but discovered it wasn't and gave me two sets of antibiotics (augmentin and metronidazole) and I thought this would fix it.

It is now tuesday, I have all the same symptoms PLUS severe sharp ear pain, further increased hearing loss, gland is the same size, and headaches are worse. Don't know what to do because I can't focus in lessons and really affecting me. Dr said if any further problems or it hadn't changed, go back to a&e ENT and they will help. Should I go to a&e? And any ideas on what this could be?? Really bothering me and I really hope someone replies as this took me ages to type out smile

I haven't finished the antibiotics yet (but I intend to obviously) but it hasn't worked so far and unsure how long I can stand being like this.

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    Also so have ringing noises/screeching noises in my ears, forgot to include this. smile

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    Hi i would ring the ENT clinic were you were seen and tell them how it is now and ask if you should go back i would also ask if they will do a CT & MRI scan with contrast this is the only way they can see properly whats going on. its strange with ENT problems i could never work out were all the pain was coming from if it was headaches,ear,jaw,sinus,throat even thought at times it was my eyes.my glands also swell which can be a saliva gland problem. if you look up swollen saliva gland symptoms it may be that also sinusitus is similar your ENT doctor can advise on this they can easily check your throat by small scope camera ( they numb your throat and pass a tiny tube with camera down to look its not painfull at all) also they can look at thyroid glands on an ultrasoud. hope this helps any further info you need just ask. if it gets alot worse i would go straight back to A&E

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      Thank you so much for replying!! I will look up the symptoms of the illnesses you have said and check if they match up. I was seen at a & e because they have an ENT clinic there so I think i'll have to go to a & e as they don't have a number specifically for the ENT clinic I don't think.

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    Dear Amelia please know that ear problems sometimes long even we can imagine. I have ear problem since 2015 but it is different kind of problems, not like yours. Don't be afraid. Please first of all finnish to take antibiotics and the main think to be strong psicologically. The stress is always affects and we have always bad effects. So, calm down and your problem will gone soon...

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    Hi Amelia if you are really in pain or very fearful then phone the ENT or go back. Even if they just tell you to stick to the antibiotics, they may give you a pain killer or reassure you that this is not unusual. After a few visits if you are not improving then I would seek a second opinion. Good luck!!
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    Amelia...do go back to A/E. It sounds like an abcess but as the symptoms are worsening it needs checking on. You may need different antibiotics. Never ignore an infection like this. You have had it since last Thursday and should not wait any longer.
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    Amelia;

     

    While your symptoms are different from mine from over a year ago, I have to agree with those that have written you back with support an guidance.  Take all the antibiotics you have been given as your doctor directed.  It helps rule out a baterial infections as different antibiotics work with different strains of bacterial infections.

    A suggestion would be to also use an antiseptic mouth wash to gargle with.  Some have even used a diluted peroxide solution to gargle with.  This may help with an infection in your mouth or glands that may have a fluid build up of toxins in your mouth.  (of course, just gargle with the mouthwash or diluted peroxide sollution, don't swallow it).

    If the symptoms are getting worse, call the office with your ENT,  Yes, I am sure they can give you pain killers to help with the pain.  Regarding where the pain is coming from, that can be a problem all by itself.  It could be as simple as an ear ache, to a tooth ache, a pinched nerve, sinus related.  Believe me, it is not simple, but a doctor is going to be your best bet for that.  If you feel you are not getting anywhere with your ENT.  Whether an individual, or a group of ENT in a clinic.  You may have to seek out a different ENT or GROUP if you are not getting answers.

    While I am here with support for you, to help with a direction to attempt when you are at a brick wall, or to give you an idea to try.  I hope this helps.  Sounds like you already have a great group giving you great input and support.

     

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