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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Maggs | 2004/09/22

Q.

Headaches and hearing/ears

Message:
I'm sure by now you've had it with questions about headaches? Well, I think mine might be unique, as up to now none of the doctors who examined me can tell me exactly what's wrong. Do you think it's "ipekonders" (not that I know what that mean either, but ouma used to say that...)?

Here's my story: I've always had problems with my right ear since I can remember: continuous infections, using anti biotics, operations and lately an implant (2002) of titanium, as my bones kept disintegrating due to the infections. Since then, more infections, as there is now a little hole where the water which gets in, lay and rot...this I try to avoid with everything I can, obviously. My mom wore two hearing aids, only since she was in her late 70's, due to the calcification of her bones. There's no other history of osteoperoses in our family - even my parents - they were both healthy - dad lived until he was 86 and mom passed on last month while she was still 82. I've seen a brain specialist, I've had numerous brain scans, also the most expensive ones and nothing can be found wrong in my brain as such, except that my sinusess are often getting blocked, but for this, I also take preventative medicine. The pain in my head, can it be from calcification of my bones in my ears or what is it? Currently I'm going through a divorce, but the headaches I've been getting for the last 4 years or so. It's continuous, it's like 2 minutes there, 5 minutes gone, 2 minutes there etc. This starts when I open my eyes in the morning and ends when I go to sleep at night.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Maggs

I don't think that any type of pain is something that we should just ignore, it is always an indication of some sort of malfunction or problem. I can definitely help you with the meaning of the word "ipekonders". I am from an Afrikaanse background and my Ouma used to say the same thing. The word Hypocondria refers to a make-believe illness and that is not what you have.

I can see that you have had a long and very involved history with your ears and your health. There are several possibilities for the headaches; stress, sinus, emotional trauma, diet, allergies and thousands of other possibilities. It is important to have it seen to and i think a good place to start will be with your General Practitioner. Take all your results of previous scans and tests with you and start eliminating possibilities. He or she will be able to refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary.

You need to get to the root of this.
Good luck
Izabelle Pieterse

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