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    For the second time this year, I'm going to have brain surgery in order to get rid of my ear pain. Last time, which was about 5-ish months ago, they did a Nerve Decompression, which is basically putting a pillow around the nerve to protect it from being irritated by an artery that is bumping against it (which is what they think is causing the pain). For about the first two weeks, it had worked, but then the pain came back, and has now gotten worse than it was before. Now they're going to have to cut the nerve, see if that works. Unfortunately, it's really the only path I can take, because the doctors where I live are ridiculously adament about not prescribing narcotic pain medication when it's not required (like after surgery, and even then they barely give any); so I can't see if that can allow me to handle the pain or not. The surgery could cause numbness in my face, cause difficulty speaking, and/or difficulty swallowing. Thankfully, from the reports on the surgery that I've read, they know how to cut the nerve and not cause those as much, and when it does happen it seems to be temporary, the longest it has lasted in a patient being a year. Another upside is that the hospital I'm going to get this done at is reasonable and actually knows how to handle patient care. Although I have to fly out of state (they don't have the expertise or the equipment to do it here in Alaska), I at least get to fly comfortably both ways. Will be doing this in October, so when I get back I'll have no reason to be bored what with all the games I'll be getting. Will also get a few books for the trip down. Have my eyes on The Illiad and To Kill a Mocking Bird.
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    Well, I hope all goes well for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Nameless. View Post
    For the second time this year, I'm going to have brain surgery in order to get rid of my ear pain. Last time, which was about 5-ish months ago, they did a Nerve Decompression, which is basically putting a pillow around the nerve to protect it from being irritated by an artery that is bumping against it (which is what they think is causing the pain). For about the first two weeks, it had worked, but then the pain came back, and has now gotten worse than it was before. Now they're going to have to cut the nerve, see if that works. Unfortunately, it's really the only path I can take, because the doctors where I live are ridiculously adament about not prescribing narcotic pain medication when it's not required (like after surgery, and even then they barely give any); so I can't see if that can allow me to handle the pain or not. The surgery could cause numbness in my face, cause difficulty speaking, and/or difficulty swallowing. Thankfully, from the reports on the surgery that I've read, they know how to cut the nerve and not cause those as much, and when it does happen it seems to be temporary, the longest it has lasted in a patient being a year. Another upside is that the hospital I'm going to get this done at is reasonable and actually knows how to handle patient care. Although I have to fly out of state (they don't have the expertise or the equipment to do it here in Alaska), I at least get to fly comfortably both ways. Will be doing this in October, so when I get back I'll have no reason to be bored what with all the games I'll be getting. Will also get a few books for the trip down. Have my eyes on The Illiad and To Kill a Mocking Bird.
    Did you get a second opinion ? That would drive me nuts.

    Sounds a little too much for ear pain. Then again, they are closely connected.

    Really sorry to hear this. Keep us updated, hope it gets better.
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    Unfortunately, the surgery didn't work out as planned. Although the pain is no longer constant, and I rarely have any pain associated with eating, the ear pain persists. I finally have a doctor that's giving me what I need to handle it, but it still gets out of control almost every other day. On the plus side, I can sleep on my left side and not wake up super dizzy, but I'm not sure if it still can cause an increase in pain or increases the likeliness of me getting dizzy. I also have a super-sexy scar behind my left ear now, and everybody knows the ladies dig scars, especially ones with a story. Now I just have to wait and find out what the next step is.
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    sad to hear it didn't work the way it was supposed to...

    But some progress is better I suppose,

    how long do you have to wait to hear what the next step is???

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    Not sure. Local doctors still seeing if it can be controlled somehow before sending me back down to Seattle. Until then, I just sorta wait and see.
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