I would be very interested to see if the acupuncture helps, since medical science has very little left to offer, unfortunately. You may still need those medications, too.
One more shoulder surgery later this year, but my surgeon left the practice. I have to find another one! I plan on doing a very thorough search for the best in the area, even if I have to change insurance plans to get it covered.View Thread
Yes, misdiagnosis is always possible. Incidentally, a Z-pack isn't the treatment for Strep....it is only half the dose you need, so it doens't surprise me that it didn't help. Erythromycin is fine if you are taking the proper dosage for the proper amount of time.
Of course, if you have mono or another viral infection, no antibiotic will help.View Thread
Medications can only do so much, so there is nothing wrong with trying some unconventional therapy, like the acupuncture. Try and get your insurance company to pay for it, if you can (they tend not to do it). You didn't mention anything about nausea/vomiting, so perhaps that is gone. I wish that I had some profound wisdom or some new, earth-shattering therapy to share with you, but I don't. For me, I have been busy (too busy, in fact). Thanks for checking in...View Thread
Your son should not need to be sedated to remove a wax impaction, especially now that it has softened from the Debrox. The medical provider may still need to use a curette to remove the wax if the warm water lavage doesn't do it. I have never met a wax impaction that I couldn't remove, but one has to be very careful -- the ear canal is super-sensitive if you scratch it. You will need to mentallly prepare him, but no Xanax.
Not every medical provider is skilled at the fine art of wax removal, so you can always ask to see an expert (an ENT) to do this common task.
His hearing is likely compromised because the Debrox has softened the wax, which is good. It may come right out this time.
Stop letting him use Q-tips and don't you do it either. Q-tips are the main cause of wax impactions.View Thread
Allergy to yeast? That is really a new one for me, so I am a bit surprised by your ENT assumption that this is your underlying problem. I will be very interested in your response from the diet. I hope it helps.....View Thread
Those three tiny ear bones in your middle ear (the area on the other side of your eardrum) have muscles (the stapedial and tensor tympani muscle) that are attached to them. Like any muscle, they can go into spasm and rapidly twitch (myoclonus). When this happens in the ear, it will cause the eardrum to vibrate like a drum, resulting in a clicking or even a machine-like sound. The muscles in the throat and palate (the tensor veli palatini muscle) can also be contributory.
Myoclonus, assuming this is what you have, is not an easy problem to fix. Surgery is sometimes performed to cut those muscles, or the muscle-paralyzing botulism toxin (Botox) is injected into them in an effort to correct more serious cases. An ENT sub-specialist (a neurotologist) is the best person to evaluate and manage this difficult-to-treat disorder.
Your problem has been investigated quite thoroughly. I am impressed. Quite often, even after an extensive diagnostic work-up, a cause is never really found, so this is why your doctors are trying various treatments (treatments and medications, incidentally, that we do not use in the U.S.). Finding an effective treatment is really your mission right now, so be prepared for many trials of various modalities.
I am sorry that I cannot offer you any more profound insight over the Internet, but I do wish you the very best.
You have a beautiful country...my first visit to France was last year. I hope to return many more times.....View Thread
It depends on the ingredients of the lozenge and how much aspirate you got in your lungs. It would be best to call your medical provider -- someone who knows your medical history -- for some patient-specific advice in this matter.View Thread