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What causes pain and discomfort in the ear with drainage?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: been having ear tubes since I was 8. am now 42. now got fluid and heart beat noise with pounding noise. considerable pain. negative pressure. I have a benign granuloma in mastoid. now getting browny grey discharge.
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Cholesteatoma

Detailed Answer:
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I am sorry to hear that you are having pain and discomfort in your ear with drainage. This sounds like you have a chronic infection in the ear and it maybe a cholesteatoma. This requires surgery because of the aggressive growth of the infection and tumor. I would recommend that you see your ENT specialist.

While waiting for surgery I would recommend that you try using a nasal decongestant that may help reduce the pressure in your ears. I recommend afrin nasal spray for 3 days or pseudoefedrine for 5-7 days. You should probably call your medical provider and ask for some pain medication like tramadol or hydrocodone.

I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ronald Schubert (1 hour later)
is there anything I can take to stop the heart beat pounding noise in ear. many thanks
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Use the decongestant

Detailed Answer:
The decongestant can help reduce the pressure in the ear and hence the pounding you hear. If that does not work then I recommend using white noise while sleeping. This is using a sound machine or a radio to distract the brain from listening to the pounding and listen to the music or white noise instead.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes pain and discomfort in the ear with drainage?

Brief Answer: Cholesteatoma Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns I am sorry to hear that you are having pain and discomfort in your ear with drainage. This sounds like you have a chronic infection in the ear and it maybe a cholesteatoma. This requires surgery because of the aggressive growth of the infection and tumor. I would recommend that you see your ENT specialist. While waiting for surgery I would recommend that you try using a nasal decongestant that may help reduce the pressure in your ears. I recommend afrin nasal spray for 3 days or pseudoefedrine for 5-7 days. You should probably call your medical provider and ask for some pain medication like tramadol or hydrocodone. I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions