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My stapedectomy was yesterday! My first real surgery, so I was nervous. When I woke up in recovery, I was SOOO dizzy. My ear did not hurt at first, but started to after a few minutes. The nurse was unsympathetic about the room spinning, but gave me something when I told her it was making me nauseous (gotta use the right language, I guess). Gave me something for the pain too, but I think it just made me sleep...i.e. shut up. Moved me to a room, where another nurse gave me phenergan shot for the nausea, some vicodin. Nausea went away, but pain didn't let up at all. (sidenote: I had ear infections OFTEN as a child, and even in college, and the pain feels a lot like that - sometimes more intense, sometimes bearable.) I finally realized that I could feel miserable at home, so I nibbled the graham cracker and sipped the sprite they gave me, used the bathroom, and checked out. The car ride home was horrible, but I could really tell that I could hear! I had my left ear done, and in the car I could hear my husband speaking quite well - he said he was talking pretty softly. That was good news - I can especially tell the hearing is better when I don't wear the hearing aid in the other ear.
When I got home I took two of the Vicodin my doc had prescribed and went to bed. Woke up about an hour later feeling almost good as new. I ate a little bit - more graham crackers, since I really didn't want to throw up. Doc gave me some dissolvable anti-nausea pills, so I took one of those, and that helped. The rest of the night I felt "great" - my ear felt better, and I could walk around slowly. I even talked to my mom on the phone - with my newly operated ear! It was a bit muffled, due to the gauze - and who knows what else - in my ear, but that was exciting! Before going to bed, I didn't take anything for pain...it was pretty mild, but my body felt a little sluggish, due to all the meds I had taken all day. Dropped off to sleep with no probs.

This morning, I probably should take some more Vic. Ear is hurting moderately, just above the bearable point. The doc also prescribed valium - what is that for? I am going to call and find out - the directions say take 3x a day, but that is a lot of valium, seems like. I would like to stay lucid, and I don't have any vertigo right now. Is the valium supposed to help with vertigo? If so, why doesn't it say "as needed"?

Good news: I was wakened this morning by the telephone! Laying on my right "good" ear, and heard the phone with my operated ear! It was loud too - the great significance of this is that, w/o my hearing aids, I never heard the phone ring in my house! I am taking it easy this week - my mom and sister are here to help with my 3 kids - and am going to enjoy whatever pampering I can get. Yesterday was fairly miserable, and I thought there was no way I would do it again on my right ear, but now I feel a lot better and think I can handle a little misery so both ears can hear this well! (I'm a teacher, so it will have to be next summer for the right ear.)

Sorry for rambling - it's cool to know someone else might read this that has had - or will soon have - these experiences. Can't wait to get through the next few weeks! My doc gave me good info, but is not a man of many words. If my ENT had not strongly recommended him (he does a LOT of these) and I hadn't found this board, I would have probably chickened out. So thanks!!:)

Shari
Hey Harly,

Keep being optimistic, and patient. It will pay off. I am over 30 days post-op and every now and then will get a little dizzy spell. Not bad, but definately there. It is mostly when i get up in the morning that i tend to notice it. It goes away almost as quickly as it comes though. Your hearing will come and go. It frustrated me, but then i found it it was all normal. Some people hear instantly and then have ups and downs, and some like me couldnt hear at all for a week or so then all of a sudden BAM ! I could!

I was just curious if there was anyone out there that had the procedure done with a local anesthetic as opposed to the General I am curious as to what the experience was like. Could you hear what was going on inside and did you have vertigo during the surgery etc?? I am curious because i am thinking about the left ear being done that way so i can avoid the nausea associated with the General anesthesia and also to reduce the risks as well...

I am having a hard time adjusting to sounds - i went to church sunday and the music was so painful i had to put in ear plugs. On average how long did it take some of you veteran members to adjust?

Mike
[QUOTE=Mike505;3667021]Hey Harly,

Keep being optimistic, and patient. It will pay off. I am over 30 days post-op and every now and then will get a little dizzy spell. Not bad, but definately there. It is mostly when i get up in the morning that i tend to notice it. It goes away almost as quickly as it comes though. Your hearing will come and go. It frustrated me, but then i found it it was all normal. Some people hear instantly and then have ups and downs, and some like me couldnt hear at all for a week or so then all of a sudden BAM ! I could!

I was just curious if there was anyone out there that had the procedure done with a local anesthetic as opposed to the General I am curious as to what the experience was like. Could you hear what was going on inside and did you have vertigo during the surgery etc?? I am curious because i am thinking about the left ear being done that way so i can avoid the nausea associated with the General anesthesia and also to reduce the risks as well...

I am having a hard time adjusting to sounds - i went to church sunday and the music was so painful i had to put in ear plugs. On average how long did it take some of you veteran members to adjust?

Mike[/QUOTE]


ok, I am almost at 3 weeks, hearing is coming along. I can definitely hear better than i could before the surgery, and actually i can hear better now without my hearing aid , than I could before with the aid.
This dizziness and nausea are gone. It still seems a little clouded in the ear, but much better. I was getting depressed after the first few days. I wondered if I would spend the rest of my life sick and dizzy.
My surgery was done with a local and not general anesthetic. I could feel no pain, but i felt hot and cold. At some point it felt like they were drilling. kind of like when the dentist drills hard on a numb tooth, you do not feel pain but know they are drilling--you can feel the vibrations. I talked with them a few times, they ask how I was doing, but for the most part I don't remember much. i would want to do it with the local again. no sore throat etc.

Bottom line for the first two weeks, i was unsure if I did the right thing. Now I am doing much better and I am glad i went through with it. My hear test is Aug 16 or there about I'll let you all now how it goes.
harly





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