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mygrljes
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   Posted 9/1/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
For the past week I have barely been able to hear out of my left ear. This has happened before after a really bad sinus infection, my ear became completely clogged by wax. I used similasan wax remover and it cleaned out all the wax.
 
This time, however, I didn't even have a cold. I used the similasan again, and everything came out clear. It hurts, but not real bad; more annoying than anything. I go to see my doctor on wednesday, but I was just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this.
 
Robin
 
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   Posted 9/1/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Robin, This does sound very annoying and I hope your doctor can help and also I hope he can tell you what to do the next time this happens. I've always been afraid to put anything in my ear but I'm sure the wax remover you're using was prescribed by your doc. Good luck and hang in there till Wednesday. I've never experienced anything at all like this but you do have my sympathy.

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   Posted 9/1/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Robin, I hope your doc can give you some answers. I've never had that happen, but it is possible for lupus to attack pretty much any part of your body. Since you have some pain, it's possible it could be an ear infection with fluid build up affecting your hearing. My son had trouble hearing when he used to get fluid build up in his ears. Let us know what your doc says.
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mygrljes
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   Posted 9/1/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Pat, hippi

I will keep you guys updated.

Yes, Pat, my doctor told me about the similasan the last time this happened. It is actually homeopathic so you can buy otc.
Robin
 
dix: lupus sle Jan. '99, hypo-thyroid Mar. '06
rx: pred. 5mg/day, plaquenil 200mg/day, levothyroxine .112mg/day, premarin .45mg/day, methotrexate 7.5mg/week, folic acid 1mg/day
 
 
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okie
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   Posted 9/1/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey robin, at least your doctor can take a look in your ears. Maybe it has to do with your glands? which could be lupus related. I noticed the some times when i take hydrocodone it cloggs my ears and causes an aches feeling.
Let us know
 
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/1/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robin,

Do you have sjogren's ? I do get some pain in my ear with the swelling in the glands (I think its from the sjogren's) . . . but I've never had hearing loss from it. Glad you will be seeing the dr soon.

Will be watching for your updates.

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mygrljes
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Rosie,

I do show some signs of sjogrens, but have never been officially diagnosed. The only good thing about this is that if I go to sleep on my right side, I don't here any of the traffic noises outside my bedroom window at night. Sure makes falling asleep easier. ;)
Robin
 
dix: lupus sle Jan. '99, hypo-thyroid Mar. '06
rx: pred. 5mg/day, plaquenil 200mg/day, levothyroxine .112mg/day, premarin .45mg/day, methotrexate 7.5mg/week, folic acid 1mg/day
 
 
Also a wife and mother of three.


mygrljes
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   Posted 9/3/2008 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Will be heading to the doctor this morning. I will update when I get home.

Robin
 
dix: lupus sle Jan. '99, hypo-thyroid Mar. '06
rx: pred. 5mg/day, plaquenil 200mg/day, levothyroxine .112mg/day, premarin .45mg/day, methotrexate 7.5mg/week, folic acid 1mg/day
 
 
Also a wife and mother of three.


mygrljes
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   Posted 9/3/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, I'm back from the doctor. It turned out to be a massive build up of wax in my ear. The chunk of wax the nurse pulled out was the size of a dried up date. As soon as she pulled it a wave of sound literally flooded my ear and cried "I can hear!" Turns out there was a small build up in my right ear as well. My left ear is so raw right now. My doctor wants me to put 50/50 drops of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in my ear for a couple days to keep from getting an infection. He says my ears must like to make wax, because I don't stick anything in them without a doctor telling me to first. I wonder if it has anything to do with the lupus.

Thank you all again for your responses.
Robin
 
dix: lupus sle Jan. '99, hypo-thyroid Mar. '06
rx: pred. 5mg/day, plaquenil 200mg/day, levothyroxine .112mg/day, premarin .45mg/day, methotrexate 7.5mg/week, folic acid 1mg/day
 
 
Also a wife and mother of three.


Tá mé breá
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   Posted 9/3/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
omg that had to hurt coming out! blah. I'm glad that was all it was though. hope you still get to sleep well!
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Roberts
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   Posted 9/14/2008 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm having similar symptoms as the OP stated. Although I had a major cold..I did get over it but for some reason my ear feels like it's blocked. My gf suggested using Hydrogen Peroxide as an anti-dote but I'm on the fence about using that stuff. The weird part is, it does not hurt and it only hurts a little bit if you put pressure on it.

Would that Similan (sp?) work?

mygrljes
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   Posted 9/14/2008 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Roberts,

First of all, welcome. We are all glad you found us.

If the blockage is not bad, the similasan will dissolve the wax and it will just drain out. It has worked for me and my kids in the past very well. I buy it at Walgreens.

When the doctors clean your ear out for you, they flush it with a 50/50 warm water/hydrogen peroxide solution. I would not recommend doing this yourself as they use a syringe to squirt it into your ear. You could easily damage your ear that way.

I hope I've been helpful, and that your ear feels better soon.
Robin
 
dix: lupus sle Jan. '99, hypo-thyroid Mar. '06
rx: pred. 5mg/day, plaquenil 200mg/day, levothyroxine .112mg/day, premarin .45mg/day, methotrexate 7.5mg/week, folic acid 1mg/day
 
 
Also a wife and mother of three.

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