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Clogged ear feeling after Myringotomy tubes surgery PLEASE HELP
Three days ago I had myringotomy surgery to put tubes in both of my ears. The reason for this was not because of any problems other than when I fly. My ENT assured me that it was a very simple proceedure with no recovery time. She said it was as easy as "getting your ears pierced."

Well, since that proceedure, my left ear has been fine. However the right ear feels extraordinarily clogged, as if there's cotton plugged inside of it or as if it needs to pop. I can hear my voice echo in my head and chewing is awful sounding. Even brusing my hair echos like crazy.

This started immediately after the surgery and I told the doctor about it (I even asked her if my ear was stuffed with cotton) and she told me that I was probably just hearing sounds better because of the tube and that "I'd get used to it." No way you can get used to this. I even waited in the waiting room to see if it would subside, and when it didn't, I asked a nurse who asked a different doctor who said that he guessed it was just the numbing drops and it should wear off within an hour.

Three days later, the problem is still there. There is some pain, but that's not the biggest issue...it's the clogged feeling and sound distortion. It's so annoying. And the doctors won't even talk to me...I keep getting passed to nurses who don't know anything.

Finally, I went yesterday to my GP and he said that I had a hematoma on my right ear. He was afraid to do anything because he didn't know what was going on behind the tube, maybe a clot?

And to make all of this worse, I got this proceedure done ONLY because I needed to fly in 7 days. I was assured that it would be no problem and make flying completely pain-free. Now I don't even know if I can go on my trip because I don't know if that tube is clogged or what. And no one will even SEE me at the place where I got the proceedure done (supposedly one of the best in the country). They didn't even schedule me for a follow-up appointment.

To say that I'm irritated and uncomfortable is putting it mildly. If anyone has ANY information or similar stories on this, please please please respond. I would be totally okay if I knew this was normal, but I can't find a description of this anywhere and I don't know what else to do.

PLEASE HELP!

Many thanks in advance.

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oh my gosh, I am having the same experience!  I am terrified and even have ringing in my ears.  I am going to another doc tomorrow to see if I can get the tubes removed.
Please let me know what happened to you!  Did this resolve?
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i feel like that all the time but i dont have tubes in my ear....i talked to docter's about it and they said that it is because i have water in my ear  and bad sinus but it go's away and comes back so i would give it a like 5 week's because that is what mine stays for and dont let any water get in your ears because they will feel alot more clogged if you do and if it wont go away i would try a law suit next....god luck to you and i hope you feel batter.........or you get a nice payday coming in...
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I am going through the same exact thing. It has been one week so far and right ear still feels "clogged". I am just wondering how this turned out for you.... please respond!
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wow, i got my pe tubes in also and a couple days later my left ear started getting clogged. I thought it would go away and it did but came back the next day or so. I went to the clinic to see if i had an infection or something and he told me i was fine that i didnt need any drops or anything. i didnt know what to say and hoped it get better so i left. now im just real frustrated that my left ear feels clogged and that i cant hear out if it clearly. this *****... can you give me a follow up on your story please i would appreciate it....p.s. I know it a old post sorry but i nead help...
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Did this go away, I am on day two and my ear feels clogged. Not as bad as yesterday but still there. WHat happened with you? Is this feeling normal. I thought I would be able to hear asap.
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Hi!!  Help me, too please!!!  I had a tube put in my left ear one year ago and though for the most part everything is fine, every now and then it feels like the tube is "loose" and a hear echos inside my head, I feel evry sensitive to sound and can almost feel the rumbles and vibrations of the noise as well (which is a real ***** while you're driving!) and if I press that small flap thing into my ear it SQUEAKS!!  It squeaks and others can hear it!!  WTF!!  PLease had this happened to anybody else?!?!?  
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same here awful! Had clogged feeling before tubes now tubes out still there. All noise echo's in my head mostly the sound of my own voice! Loud music, voices are a killler yet still clogged.
Seeing yet another specialist next week,
Anyone get answers or find relief?
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I am having the same thing.  So, I used my flonase and that helped. but it keeps clogging going to the doctors today.  I am glad I am not alone. Sounds like the norm.  UGGG!  
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I am 11 days post tube insertion for ETD following a bad sinus infection almost a year ago, went to my ENT for my post op visit....I feel worse then prior to surgery.  Clogged and pressure he looked in my ears did a hearing and ear pressure test....everything is "normal'...well maybe on paper but I feel like crap......he said maybe they are still healing and gave me a Medrol dose pack...............very upsetting... (I m 49 yo)
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I had a myringotomy procedure done 2 days ago after 46 years of chronic ear infections.  I also have enlarged adenoids.  My left is fine but my right ear feels really terrible.  Pain like what you get when you have a bad middle ear infection, even my mastoid bone is throbbing, also feels as though my ear is full of water????.  I may also be running a tempreture...time to go back to the hospital me thinks....has anyone had a similair experience??
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hi...did you heal your problem?...i have the same problem 1 day ago after the procedure...thanks
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anyone have any updates?  This seems to be pretty common after a myringotmy but no one has updated whether they are better or not.

I am going through this right now.  2 days post op but my ear was clogged on Sat night 3 days before surgery.  My reason for surgery was a turbinate reduction but the doc said he would go ahead and drain my ear as well.  It still feels the same without the added fluid in there.

I have had this happen to me twice.  When I was about 20 I had a myringotmy done and I remember being plugged for at least a week post incision.  The second time was in 2010 and my ear just clogged and stayed that way for about 5 weeks.  Our next step was a myringotmy but we never got there.  My ear finally went back to normal.

After reading these posts and my own experience I  have a feeling this happens and it just takes time for the plugging feeling to go away.

If anyone that previously posted has updates I would love to see them.
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even i'm facing the same problem...did ur problem got solved....if yes,please help me with the procedure.
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Even im facing the same problem,is there anyone whose problem got solved,if yes please help me with the procedure.
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Yep, same here.  I had this done without tubes to drain some fluid behind my left eardrum, and now it feels really clogged and I am having a tough time hearing from that ear.  I am almost two weeks post op.  If I had known this would happen, I would not have done it!!!!  I am very worried!!
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Hi i had done myringotomy last night and the doctor removed the tube after an hour. it makes me think that the fluid wasnt a lot on the time he did the procedure.

This morning when i wake up, i feel my left ear is not hearing as normal as it used to. I thought i will get my hearing back to normal asap. Im still on meds antibiotics and eardrops.

Im feeling a bit of disappointed and regretting of doing this just be. I wanna get rid of the fluid right away. I went to other ENT and was told to wait for it drain naturally. :(
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Maybe too late for some of you, but I might have a solution for you!!!  

I am 62 years old and had a bad case of the zombie flu that lasted weeks. After a month of steroid nasal sprays, steroid packs and steroid injections, my ears were still clogged, so I opted to have tubes put in with the promise of immediate relief.  No so in my case.  2 days after the procedure, I had such pressure inside my head that I couldn't sleep for hearing my heartbeat so loudly.  I couldn't hear hardly at all out of 1 ear, and only slightly out of the other.  The ENT said my ears looked perfect.  Beautiful.  Nothing wrong with my ears.  I went home feeling like I was crazy and resumed the Mucinex and Dymista nasal spray with some relief  after a couple days, but still couldn't hear well.

I went back to the doc for my 2-week post-op and had another hearing test.  My left eardrum wasn't moving at all and I still had moderate hearing loss.  The doc was baffled, as he could see right through my tube and said there was absolutely no crust blocking the tube and no fluid behind the eardrum.  So this is what he did.....

First he gave me a methylprednisone injection to boost my healing.  He told me to go back on the Dymista steroid nasal spray and to put 4 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in my ear twice a day for 2 weeks.  He said  it was possible that I had a crusty plug built up inside the Eustacion tube that he couldn't see and that the hydrogen peroxide might dissolve it.

Boy was he right!!!!  After the 2nd HP treatment, I finally felt it drain down into my jaw/gland (kinda didn't feel so great, but not bad) and by the next day my ear was unclogged!  I used the drops for a few days after that and stopped.  Haven't had a problem since.  I love that my doc didn't give up trying to figure it out, as I was almost convinced I must have had a tumor.  

  
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I am 63 and I am 6 days post op . I am experiencing the same identical symptoms. Had a ruptered eardrum 2 wks. Ago and could not get congestion to clear up. I fly weekly and have been off work for over 2 wks. And was desperate to get back. My ENT suggested the tubes which I jumped at before doing my research. (Big mistake) . I always have a little ear problems while flying even when I am well and I thought this would solve the problem. Now I am regretting doing this as I have the stopped up feeling and major hearing loss in one ear and partly in the other. I have had ear problems all my life when congested. My old school pediatrician when I was young always had me use the hydrogen peroxide regimen with a ruptured eardrum to keep eustacian tubes clear. I thought about doing this for the last week and it only makes sense . Mentioned it to the doctor and he said no. I tried it about an hour ago and it seems to be unclogged. Only did one side to see if I would end up with a "train wreck". I will follow with other side if all is ok. I was just wondering how yours ended up. Please respond. Thank you Elco1240
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I had a really bad sinus infection for about two weeks with lots of nasal congestion, and sinus pressure. I went to the doc and they gave me a steroid shot, along with a Z pack.. A week later I started to get sporadic stabbing pain in my ear(very painful) that would subside within a few seconds. My sinus pressure was better at this point but not 100%, so I started taking Mucinex D, and, Afrin Sinus spray but my left ear started to feel clogged. I could hear an echo when I walked, talked, ate, it drove me crazy so I started every  home remedy I could find. Nasal flushes, peroxide, warm towel, olive oil, Valsalva maneuver -nothing worked. I took Tylenol and went to bed, four hours later I woke up in excruciating pain and my ear felt completely closed off. I went to the Urgent care in the middle of the night and was told that I had a really bad ear infection and was sent home with Amoxicillin 1000mg every 8 hours for 10 days and RX Ibuprofen 600mg. I took this for five days and felt no relief, if anything if felt worse. The pain wasnt so bad but the clogging was driving me insane. I scheduled an appt with an ENT who again stated that my infection was bad, the pressure of the fluid was starting to change the shape of my eardrum which could result in hearing loss if not corrected soon. He did a series of scopes, hearing test, and decided to give me a steroid shot, prescribed Bactrim 800/160 mg twice daily for 14 days, and Ciprofloxacin Otic 0.2% drops twice daily. He performed a Myringotomy without tubes and this literally had me in tears, between the needle Anesthesia, and the vacuuming suction noise, it was horrible. I usually tolerant pain relatively well but this was painful for me. And to top it off I got NO relief. I couldnt believe that I subjected myself to this procedure and got nothing except a blow hole in my ear. Now if I try the Valsalva maneuver it comes right out the incision. At this point I guess I have to wait it out and hope this regiment works out, maybe 3rd times a charm. I will keep you posted.
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I had my tube put in today(12-14-15) I have the clog feeling and echo when I talk. Is there any help for this?
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I dont have tubes. I used to about 4 years ago. My ear is killing me too! I feel like my whole ear is clogged up and my voice echoes!! This has been happening for 3 days now what do I do?
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I'm having the same problem. My ENT doctor said It will heal. I was told my ear drums are swollen. I just had the surgery done today. You probably have swollen ear drums. Give it some time.
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