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Anyone had a mastoid infection?
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How did it make you feel?

What made you feel better?

By chance on a CTscan we found this on my dad who has dementia. He is on antibiotics - but is very not himself. I'm just trying to understand what he might be feeling and anything that might help him while the drugs are working.
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Re: Anyone had a mastoid infection? [Moonrocket] [ In reply to ]
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I have never heard of it so I just looked it up. Like you dad needs another problem? Sorry to read what you are going through. My dad died of dementia back in '91. I didn't deal with the entire slow death scenario well and that screwed me up for a while. If you get a chance and can talk to a therapist please do it. I wish I had. Good luck.

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Re: Anyone had a mastoid infection? [Moonrocket] [ In reply to ]
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They used to occur in chronic ear infections etc but almost never anymore so I'd be surprised if anyone less than 70 could tell you how it feels. The mastoid bone is kind of porous like very hard sponge if I remember my anatomy. So if there is an infection if it is producing gas or otherwise expanding I think it can be quite painful. If he is upset likely secondary to pain. In which case pain meds would be the best thing. If he really isn't coping well an ENT surgeon would be the most helpful person. Many years ago they used to open up the cavity and let it drain into the ear I think but antibiotics were not as good hopefully antibiotics take care of it. Sorry about your dad.

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Re: Anyone had a mastoid infection? [Moonrocket] [ In reply to ]
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My had this in 1920 before there were antibiotics. He was 6 and missed most of his first grade and had to repeat the grade so it must have been pretty bad. He also had a mastoidectomy where they remove mastoid boney area. Of course this is very rare today with antibiotics.

So probably not very helpful your dad, but it must have made people pretty sick at one time before antibiotics.
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Re: Anyone had a mastoid infection? [len] [ In reply to ]
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len wrote:
They used to occur in chronic ear infections etc but almost never anymore so I'd be surprised if anyone less than 70 could tell you how it feels. The mastoid bone is kind of porous like very hard sponge if I remember my anatomy. So if there is an infection if it is producing gas or otherwise expanding I think it can be quite painful. If he is upset likely secondary to pain. In which case pain meds would be the best thing. If he really isn't coping well an ENT surgeon would be the most helpful person. Many years ago they used to open up the cavity and let it drain into the ear I think but antibiotics were not as good hopefully antibiotics take care of it. Sorry about your dad.

Thank you

He lost his balance and has all over weakness and his blood pressure is all over the place from alarming high to low. He is dizzy and more confused than normal. Based on that they did the CT to look for stroke or brain bleed and found his mastoid full of fluid. He was in the ER for a different reason earlier in the week (peeing blood). So his health over all is pretty poor - but he still tells a joke and laughs at them so he is in good spirits. He says he's not in any pain. But I had to get him a wheelchair today. I was just hoping for some first hand experience with this as I had never heard of it. It sounds like there is a small probability rather than an infection a mass of some type could be causing it too.
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