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CafJax posted:
Hi, I should give my history first I guess. I have had chronic ear infections and problems since I was a baby...I am now 26. I have had tubes in my ears on 8 occassions in my life, the last surgery being when I was 23. For the past year, I have had excessive leakage from my right ear, 7 months ago it changed to blood and has been mostly blood since then. It bleeds enough to where I have to change pillow cases almost daily. 6 months ago I went to the doctor because of a severe headache that led to neck pain and shoulder pain and I could not move my head or move without vomiting, I can't describe the magnitude of the pain I was in. My ear was bleeding as well, he said I did not have an ear infection, but the doc thought that I could have meningitis. I was sent to the ER and the doctor there said I did not have an ear infection either. The ER doctor said I had the flu and sent me home. I have seen a doctor one more time about my ear bleeding and again, they said i do not have an ear infection. On several occasssions in the past 6 months the following has occurred: Headache for several days with neck and should blade pain, it feels like the pain goes up my spine to my head. This lasts for several days. Blood starts draining from my right ear around this same time. The pain goes away after a few days and the bloody ear continues for several days after. I should also note, my ear does not hurt...it does not feel like ear infection pain or an ear ache and from my ear experience, I'm very familiar with ear infection and ear ache pain. All doctors that I have seen said "well, the tube must be doing it's job" and it's just draining. I understand the "job" of a tube and the draining function involved...but for some reason I don't think 7 months of bleeding from the ear is "normal draining". Maybe I'm wrong. Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you so much for your time! I posted under the ear doctor as well, but I thought since this has been connected to my headaches I would try here as well. Cortney
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somebodyhealme responded:
If I was in your shoes I think I'd want a second opinion. If another doctor feels this is all normal, fine, but I'd want someone else to look things over just to be on the safe side.
 
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auras_at_noon2 responded:
Cortney-- follow your instincts and seek more help. It must be very disconerting to have the headache and blood from your ear!!! There is a doc for you--keep looking. Good luck and I shall be thinking of you. (Can your parents assist you in making these connections?) :sad:
 
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CafJax responded:
Thank you for your response! I think I'm going to seek a second opinion...sadly, the worst part isn't the pain and blood, but the not knowing what the heck is going on and wondering why it's happening. Thanks again, take care!
 
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CafJax responded:
Thank you so much for your concern and response....It's nice to know someone will be thinking of me!!! I need to find a good ears, nose, and throat doctor ...my problem is, I moved away from my hometown and away from the ENT I had since I was a baby. 25 years with one doctor is a long time. I previously saw one and was very uncomfortable with him. So, I guess I have a new search ahead. Thanks again and take care!!
 
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walksalone05 responded:
This is a tough one, and I'm thinking the same thing, get another dr who might know more about what's going on. I'm thinking that a lot of your headaches could be cuased by problems with your neck and maybe spine. Have you ever seen a chiro,or a pain spec? You can get cortisone shots in your neck, that might curb some of them. However, I'm having trouble figuring out why your ears are bleeding at the same time. It doesn't sound normal for migraines,but you never know. Did they ever figure out why your ears were constantly infected as a child? Could your ent find anything?
 
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CafJax responded:
Hi, thanks for your reply! I have not seen a chiropractor or a pain specialist...I guess I just always chopped it up to being related to something with my ear since it would bleed at the same time. I've been reading up on why the two could be connected, I've read the worse case scenerio being a tumor (a few different types)...the tumors often occur in patients who have had a long history of ear infections, especially ones left untreated. I've also read where it can occur if you have a hemorage (I can't spell) or something like that located in your ear. That could leave a bloody sac that needs to be removed and could be causing pressure in the mean time....but it's something very minor and treatable. A reason for my ear infections has never been found. When i was an infant, during regular check ups and scheduled baby shots they would always discover that i had an ear infection...my mom never knew because for some reason i never fussed or cried or pulled on my ears...which is what babies will do when their ears hurt...and I didn't run a fever...which I still don't to this day when I have ear infections. I didn't fuss so I had a lot of ear infections that went untreated and weren't discovered until some time had passed. Needless to say i have a TON of scar tissue in my ears now and am very hard of hearing. I'm scheduling an appointment with an ENT next week...hopefully I'll have some answers then. Thanks for your help....take care!!!
 
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Indie_CooperGuzmanRN responded:
Hi Cortney and welcome. Are you seeing an Ears, Nose, Throat specialist? Or an ear specialist? I agree that bleeding from the ears as you describe is not a normal occurrance and it seems further evaluation is definitely warranted. Keep me posted. Indie
 
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sarvxyz responded:
Hi, After reading your discussion, I decided to share my brother son's issue. He is 15 years old and living in India. Recently his right ear started bleeding weekly atleast twice. It wets his shoulder part of his shirt. We have been showing to many doctors and ENT specialists and got no useful treatement. Doctors have been giving all powerful antibiotics to him and still the problem is not solved. All kinds of tests (CT-Scan, blood tests etc.) are performed and all results says fine. But still his ear is bleeding. We don't know what to do? Could you please suggest us what can be done to cure? Any suggestions ? We are depending only on GOD as of now......! If anyone knows, please help me in what kind of tests/treatement needs to be given?
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Sarvxyz, I encourage you to start a new discussion (rather than replying to an old one where you post may be missed) on our Ear, Nose and Throat board. Dr. Moser may have some thoughts for you. Click on the link I provided here to get to that board and, once you're there, click on the orange Start Discussion button and go from there. :-)


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