Mastoiditis I am 57 years old and have had a perforated ear...

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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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    The reason I am now looking up mastoid on the internet is because my daughter is experiencing ear problems. She had a gromet inserted last December and saw the specialist last month who said everything was fine although she was still experiencing whooshing noises. She has at the moment a very angry infection the ear is weeping badly but like yourself has no pain I actually had a mastoidectomy in 1978 I was 16. I had experienced ear problems like my daughter and yourself I agree the post op pain was bad and I wouldnt like to have to experience that again I have been left with low hearing in the ear and as long as I dont get the ear wet I very rare experience discharge. I only hope my daughter at 12 does not have to go through the same as I did its just her symptoms are so similar. I hope you dont have to go through another op and hope all goes well with you.

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    My son is awaiting a mastoidectomy he is nine. I dont know anything about the pain and the after effects of this opp. Or even how long he wil be in hospital.

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    I too had a mastoidectemy 30 odd years ago. 30 years going back at least every 6 months for cleaning under the microscope. I now have to have a mastiod review and tymplsty operation on 18/9/06. Not looking forward to it but lets see how it goes. Yes it is painfull post-op but this time I will demand painkillers immedietly, the last one I did not receive them for about 10 hours, when I finally got ther it almost disapeared.

    Ask me any questions Jennie and I will try to answer

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    I would just like some idea of what my sons ear will look like post op. and also how long will he be in hospital and will he be able to go swimming?

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    My hubby had a modified mastoidectomy a few years ago. The pain wasn't too bad but I did have to keep dressing the wound.

    But he had a return of the infection about 5 years after and had a 2nd operation that was fairly nasty. Ended up with a wound infection etc etc. I won't go into details but there can't be manuy women who have held their husband's ear in place while the doctors reattached it!

    But the good news is he is fine. No paralysis. No pain. OK, infrequent ear infections with very smelly discharge and he is deaf on that side but otherwise he is fine.

    It is quite a scary experience as they had to take his ear almost entirely off but the scar is remarkably tidy and you can only see it when he has his hair cut.

    He doesn't go swimming and avoids getting water in his ear. The infections are easy to spot as they smell BAD!!!

    Lelly xx

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    Im very much concerned with your situation. What kind of operation you had on your mastoid?
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