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Date: 6/26/12 8:40 PM

I just had one today on one ear and I'm dismayed because that ear now has such a feeling of "fullness" or "thickness" more than it was before. (I've got lots of seasonal type allergies and that was a contributing factor to the fluid in the ears.) I guess I'll call my ENT doctor tomorrow, plus I'm seeing my allergist in a couple weeks where I can discuss it, but just wondered if anyone else had had that surgery and if my reaction was in the norm (or not...).

(P.S. As an aside - wow was it painful when the anesthetic was put on the ear drum. Just a bit on a cotton swab but oh my, awful - childbirth was easier than that. That was a total surprise to me!)
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Date: 6/26/12 9:16 PM

I haven't had this surgery done, but my ears suffer horribly during alergy season so I can imagine how dismayed you feel with the ear you had worked on seeming to be worse than ever.

Although you should still ask your doctor to be sure, my guess would be that what you are feeling is swelling and irritation from having the proceeedure done and that it will begin to clear up on its own very soon.
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Date: 6/26/12 10:08 PM

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Although you should still ask your doctor to be sure, my guess would be that what you are feeling is swelling and irritation from having the proceeedure done and that it will begin to clear up on its own very soon.

Thank you. You know, I kind of wondered if it might even possibly be that - - localized swelling, as it somewhat feels like it. It would seem very logical, considering...it can't be "normal" for a poor little eardrum to be numbed then have an incision then have a tube stuck in it. So, we'll see.

As an aside...I see that you're in NV...but still have allergies. Oh well, I had (erroneously, I see), thought that if one lived in AZ, NV, etc. (dry, desert-like) that one wouldn't have seasonal allergies. (I'm in the northeast.) But I'm glad I know now! I'm seeing my allergist soon, and I'm going to be asking him what is a good place to live for minimal allergies.
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Date: 6/26/12 11:10 PM

I haven't had it done but my son and daughter did. they also had ear presure. ear achs colds tonsillitis.
My son had tubes put in three time. my daughter only once.
They do work there way out.
It you like to swim put in ear plugs.
Hope you feel better soon.

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Date: 6/27/12 0:37 AM

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I haven't had it done but my son and daughter did. they also had ear presure. ear achs colds tonsillitis.

My son had tubes put in three time. my daughter only once.

They do work there way out.

It you like to swim put in ear plugs.

Hope you feel better soon.

Thank you so much Skae. (And I do swim at the Y...I just bought some ear plugs today.) (Though oddly enough, the tiny print says not for children with ear tubes...I'm not a child, but still wondered...so I will be asking my doctor all about that, too.) I think it will work out fine with time - - I just need to exercise patience and keep calm about it all.
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Date: 6/27/12 3:51 AM

Both my daughters had tubes, one twice, one only once. They both had specially fitted ear plugs made from a mold in order to go swimming.
Ask your ENT about this- he will know. HTH- Mary

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Date: 6/27/12 10:26 AM

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As an aside...I see that you're in NV...but still have allergies. Oh well, I had (erroneously, I see), thought that if one lived in AZ, NV, etc. (dry, desert-like) that one wouldn't have seasonal allergies. (I'm in the northeast.) But I'm glad I know now! I'm seeing my allergist soon, and I'm going to be asking him what is a good place to live for minimal allergies.


I guess it all depends on what you are allergic to. The most common allergens for people here in Las Vegas is olive trees, mulberry trees and ragweed. Its the olive tree pollen that gets to me. Years ago a law was passed here that the fruiting varieties of olives and mulberries could not be planted, partially because of the high allergen rate and partially because of the mess they make. Living in the newer neighborhoods offers some relief to people with those allergies. Unfortunately, I live in a 60 year old neighborhood and apparently the fruiting variety of those 2 trees were quite popular. Every time the wind blows while the olive trees are pollinating it gets to me bad. Thankfully the pollen season only lasts for about 6 weeks. Ragweed is a problem here year round, but really gets bad towards the end of July. Not a whole lot of places to hide if thats what you are allergic to. If you are allergic to dust, then any city in the desert is a bad place to live!

Hope your ear feels better soon!
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Date: 6/27/12 10:41 AM

Oh goodness, one of my allergies is dust. Wow, what a narrow squeak. I've even spoken of a move to that locale in the past with my husband. Well, that's good to know! That's really interesting about the fruiting variety of olive and mulberry trees, versus the non-fruiting. I hadn't considered that, as where I live the pollen is coming from trees that don't produce fruit (like pine, oak, maple). I'm planning to get allergy shots because everyone I know who takes them, has really gotten de-sensitized to the pollens and has been able to handle allergy season without itchiness and sneezing and allergy relief meds. But thank you for the heads up about dust. I think it'd be better for me not to "encourage" it with so much of the allergen.
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Date: 6/27/12 10:41 AM

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Both my daughters had tubes, one twice, one only once. They both had specially fitted ear plugs made from a mold in order to go swimming.

Ask your ENT about this- he will know. HTH- Mary

I will ask him about that, thank you!
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Date: 6/27/12 10:44 AM

Well, my ears are a little less "full" or "thick" feeling today, and when I called the office, the nurse told me that feeling is normal as there's internal swelling and it will take about four days to go down; plus sounds could sound different than normal (yes, I notice that, too). You'd think they'd have told me that, hmm? Well, now I know, better late than never.
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