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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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Suggest treatment for severe middle ear infection

Yes. I lived a pretty healthy life and still try to. Gymnastics from the age of 4 until I was 20 years of age. Field hockey, track, swimming competitively year-round from the age of 2 until 21. At the age of 13 I went into a neighbor s pool twice that summer and I had developed a severe middle ear infection twice that summer say in 1972., which was treated with ear drops. My mother said never again in his pool, he doesn t balance the ph level. After that summer I always noticed if I dove into say 8 to 10 feet of water I had an excruciating pain deep in the ear where the middle ear infection was. I always suffered sinus problems as a child and still do. When the temperature drops from say 40 or 50 degrees to 20 degress I had chronic bronchitis and chest colds after chest colds. I also started to develop on the back ear bone it would become inflamed and would bulge out like the size of a golf ball and very sensitive to touch. Until one night I went to bed with a wet head and a fan blowing cold air on me. The next morning I had an earache, my balance was way off, and I noticed I had trouble hearing. Went to an ear doctor, prescribed drops for the ear. I noticed my energy level was sluggish and I could see and feel my clothes slowly fitting tighter little by little. And after that bought I also noticed when it would rain outside my right ear would ache. Now after say 18 years, 150 pounds added on to a small frame I still get around. However five years after the first incident with the fan, one hot summer night I took a very cold shower went to bed again with a wet head. The temp in the hotel room was set at 50 degrees. Next morning the pain unreal in the ear! So I went to an ENT with a very bad head cold and I couldn t hear a thing out of my ear. My ENT took one look in my nose and said you need rhinoplastie. Had the surgery, within 7 weeks my face began to swell in the cold weather and I had a full blowout major sinus problem. Went back he widened my one nostril. Two weeks later congestion unbelievable. After seeing what happened he said he had no explanation, but suspected it was something that may be in my nervous system causing the inflammation. Shortly after I then started to develop neurological phantom pains, hot sensations in my legs and I had dental issues with phantom pains in my teeth, getting teeth pulled was the only relief. Prior to this I never had dental issues, I always go and still go every six months for cleanings. The dentist diagnosed me as having trigeminal neuralgia. The pain was excruciating to the point of being suicidal. Within two to three months after that I developed a major depression disorder, and this was so out of character for me. Spent time in the hospital for depression and labeled with major depressive mode disorder reoccurring . My psych doctor stocked me with a reasonable cocktail of two to three antidepressants as well as sleeping medication. I could not sleep, I was only sleeping 3 hours a night, and so uncharacteristic of me. I couldn t sleep at all anymore. I saw a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia at the very moment when the pain had traveled down my neck to the back of my neck and I could not turn my head, it was then while in his office he said something is hitting your nervous system and that facial nerve blocks would not be recommended for the tooth pain . At that point and he strongly advised me not to have anything altered in my nervous system, but for whatever reason, my neck was locked. It felt like an electrical shock constantly on my tongue bouncing all over my lips and tongue. So now fast forward from 1995 to 2017. That is the major break down of what happened. Now I can tell you what has been happening to me in the last five years, but now within this last year all these symptoms have taken a turn and I can pinpoint a lot of my symptoms now. So if there is any consolation, you just reviewed the lengthy part, now it now thin out. Do you want me to continue? I can finish this real quick with what has happened this past year and say in the last five years with my symptoms being exacerbated especially in this last year. Did I forget to mention to you I am a type A personality? As if you didn t know.
Fri, 2 Nov 2018
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Consult an ENT specialist and get evaluated.
Nothing much to worry as the symptoms will settle wire proper antibiotic therapy.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Shinas Hussain,
General & Family Physician
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