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I am 57 years old and have had a perforated eardrum since I was 4 yrs old. My first mastoid operation was age 16, 1965, but still continued to have ear infections and discharge throughout the years, although I never had earache as such, although I have to say the mastoid operation was extremely painful for many days after the operation. Seven years ago on the recommendation of my ENT specialist I underwent another mastoid operation , again a very painful experience, and swore I would never have another operation. Since then I have still experienced infections and discharge. About 4 weeks ago I had yet another ear infection this time I experienced some earache which is unusual, as I did not have an appointment due at the hospital (I usually have a 6 month check up) I saw my GP who prescribed antiboitics it still didnt clear, so returned to my GP who gave me another course of antibiotics which I have just finished taking two days ago. The discharge is still there. I have an appointment to see the specialist in two weeks time, although I must say, I do not find this very helpful as I never see the same doctor. I don't realy know why I am writing this but I am just so fed up with the whole thing and and absolutely terrified about having another mastoid operation. I just don't understand why in this day and age there is no apparent 'cure' for this dreadful ailment.
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