middle ear infection
A few years ago I was prescribed a drug that I never had heard of before called Ultram (generic version tramadol hydrocloride) for lower back pain. I had my back at work and was taking some of the narcotic drugs for several months when I noticed that I started becoming a dependent on them. I consulted my physician and informed him that I was worried about becoming addicted to these and to see if he knew another medication that so dependency forming. He suggested to me Ultram and gave me some basic background on it. In simple terms, he explained to me that Ultram was not habit forming and contained no narcotics in it. He stated that the drug worked by increasing the level of serotinin in the bloodstream thereby lessening the feelings of pain in the body.
So, I thought what the hell, let’s give it a shot…I mean it is not addictive so what is the harm, right? My physician wrote me out a scipt for 90 pills and told me to take one pill three times daily for pain. When I first started using the drug it really did not seem to do too much at all for my lower back pain. I continued to take the medication though untilt my next followup visit to my doctor’s about a month later. I informed him that the Utlram was not really giving me any relief from the pain and It hardly felt like the pill was at all effective. He increased my doage to 2 pills 4 times daily and wrote me a script for 180 pills. I explained to him that I did not like the idea of taking that many pills every day for a prolonged period of time. (I had been having this pain for approximately 6 months now). He again convinced me that the drug was not addictive and was actually much superior for me to be on than the narcotics I was on before.
After starting the 2 pills 4X daily routine, I started to get some good relief from the back pain. Now, do not get me wrong, I had to continously take the pills every 6 hours or the pain would come right back but the 2 pills would definitely help relieve all of the when I was in pain. So I pretty much kept up this routine for approximately another 6 months or so when I started to do some physical therapy with another doctor. The physical therapy seemed to be really helping so I started to lessen my intake of the ultram when the nightmare really started.
Let me just say that I have never been sicker any time in my life than when I went to go off this drug. At first I just stopped taking it all together but I felt so sick that I had forced myself to actually take a few to stop feeling so damn awful. I had the worst nasueas stomach when I would try and go cold turkey in a given day and would constantly be gagging as if I was going to throwup any minute. Another thing was that I could not sleep whatsoever and constantly had an aching feeling in my arms and legs. Evidently ultram has a tendency to your sleep rythyms and my body had become dependent on having them in my system to fall asleep. There is nothing worse than feeling like death and then not being able even to sleep it off. After trying to go cold turkey several times over a few weeks, I decided the only way I was going to get off of these things was to gradually lessen my dose and ween myself off of them. It ended up taking me about a good month where I could go a day without having to take any. I would still feel down and fatigued all day and usually the next day afterwards but I was just glad to not be taking these anymore. It really took me about a month and half before I could really that I was completely through with these pills.
It has now been several years since I was using Ultram and I can honestly say, it was the worst thing I have ever been through with trying to stop taking these. I should also mention that I had a long conversation with my doctor and really laid him out about not knowing enough about this drug before putting people on it. Funny thing was he actually acted surprised until I showed him several articles in medical journals that I had researched over the past few months. They all claimed just how addicitve ultram can be with several researchers saying it was more addictive than most narcotics. Anyway, I am with a new physician these days and knock on wood I had any back pain for almost 4 years now. I am confident enough now to realize the next time I am in pain, I am going to research any drug I get proscribed first before taking—-I think I have learned my lesson.
Ear Infections and Ache – Causes and Home remedies Ear Infection and Ache
Ear infections are a very common complaint and can affect adults as well as children. Otitis media (infection of the middle ear) affects the area behind the ear drum. A build-up of fluid and pus behind the ear drum leads to raised pressure in the ear, pain and loss of hearing. An ear ache is most commonly caused by trapped moisture in the inner ear and by minor injury to the ear canal. Swimming, bathing, allergies, or even cleaning your ear with a cotton-tipped swab can lead to discomfort, bacterial growth, and infection in the ear.
In many cases, ear infections recur after conventional treatment and may become chronic and difficult to get rid of. Recurring ear infections may also lead to permanent hearing loss if not treated properly. More than three out of four children have had at least one ear infection by the time they reach 3 years of age.
Causes of Ear Infection and Ache
The seriousness of ear infections cause severe ear ache. If the infection is not treated, this may develop to hearing loss. Ear infections can also be serious if they spread to the other systems inside the head. The air inside a healthy middle ear has the same atmospheric pressure with the outside of the ear. This equalization allows free vibration. Yawning may produce equalization when there is an imbalance in pressure if the eustachian tube sends a tiny air bubble to precisely equalize air pressure. The eustachian tube connects the back of the nose to the ear. It is important for ear pressure to be equalized to the outside of the ear. An unequal pressure may cause slight ear aches.
A middle ear infection can be very serious because of the severe ear ache and hearing loss that it can cause. Otitis media is also serious because the infection can spread to nearby areas of the ear, especially the mastoid, and may cause damage if not treated.
Home Remedies for Ear Infection and Ache
*Natural remedies can effectively reduce the pain, inflammation, throbbing and discomfort of ear infections and treat the underlying causes without the side-effects and lowered immune functioning so common with antibiotic use.
*If your earache has rises in altitude then just chew gum or yawn. This will contract the muscles and open the Eustachian tubes.
*Make a mixture by adding 1 tablespoon of almond carrier oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of chamomile oil and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil. Warm this mixture and add 2 drops thrice a day to the infected ear.
*Put a cup of salt in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and dump it on some small cotton bag or socks. Keep this close to the ear; it will reduce the pain and swelling caused due to infection.
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