My left ear losing cartilage, plugged up, left lymph nodes side of neck red.

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cured4real?
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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi--
I have always had trouble with sunglasses due to "crooked ears" one higher than the other.  But on looking I noticed my left ear sagging slightly. On feeling it it feels like I'm losing cartilage in it. Also, I've had the plugging up and hearing loss tentatively thought to be minears. And the glands are bad, though most removed on that side, some still there. Any ideas on why this is happening? The other ear is okay.  Are there connectivetissue diseases that attack the cartilage of the ear? Thanks in advance for any helpyou can give.
Love, Marji
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids


crazykitty
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   Posted 9/12/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marj,

Sometimes I will have that plugged up feeling in my ears. For me that usually means I have
fluid in my inner ear. Allergies causes my sinuses to drain, and I get swollen glands.

You asked if there are any connective tissue diseases that can attack cartlidge.

I notice that you have a Sjorens-Lupus condition. Lupus can affect any tissue, skin, cartlidge,
bone, nerves, blood and organs. I would point it out to your doctor.

Take Care

Robin
 
 MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia
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Barbara Lee
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   Posted 9/12/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marji:

I'm sorry to hear that you're having issues with you ear. Usually when I get that full feeling in my ear, it normally means I've got water in there like Robin said. I'm not sure about any other diseases that affect the cartilage in you ears. If you start having pain I'd call the doctor right away. If it's not to painful I'd wait till Monday and give your Doctor office. I wish you the best and looking forward to hearing how the ear is fixed.

Love,
Barb
dx fibro, SLE, glaucoma, cateracts, bells palsy, depression, migraine headaches, gastreopaersis, chronic anemia, RA,MDS (Blood Cancer). Tons of meds.


cured4real?
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   Posted 9/12/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Barb and Robin! The ENT wants me to run to this hearng and balance test place the minute it acts up, but I can't do that most of the time, just drop everything and go, and often don't feel like going anywhere when it acts up but I probably need to try to do it. Besides its like 100 bucks and the air in my ear makes me sick.

I got to go back to the ENT again about the cartilage I think and we need to investigate possible biopsies or other tests because its so hard to catch it. He thinks its an autoimmune problem and says he needs to document it to get it treated, but since I already see a rheumy, maybe he can help. It itches too. I have a real problem with infections in the hollow encapsulated areas in my neck because I was stabbed in the head ages ago during a home invasion and it got all infected. So I get pockets of infection, andthey sometimes haveto cut me open and clean itout. The problemis the area. My ENT is also an excellent plastic and head and neck surgeon, so we may be at a point where I needto do something. Antibiotics dont work in these areas because there is too little bloodflow. They are areas that aren't mant to be compromised.

Thanks so much for your kind replies. Its been going on too long, and the cartilage thing now is really freaking me out.

I hope you both are doing okay. I hate this kinda crap, on top of all the rest. Yuo both know it better than I, its just like Forrest's box of chocolates. My brain is in gumpville now, but thats another issue...
Love, Marji
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids


crazykitty
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   Posted 9/13/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Marj, you have been through alot. I hope the docs can determine what is going on and
do what is necessary to help you. You are a strong woman and my prayers are with you.
Continue to take one day at a time.

Hugs

Robin
 
 MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia
 MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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