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Mastoiditis - Infection not gone?

  • Posted By: CJC Mom
  • November 13, 2006
  • 02:37 PM

Four years ago my son (age 11) needed emergency surgery for a mastoid infection that went down his neck and into his sinuses. This was despite the fact that he was on strong antibiotics. He never seemed to recover from this infection. He had an MRI post-surgery 3 weeks. The MD said "there is nothing wrong with him". Although after I obtained his medical records, 3 years later he indeed had a sinus infection. This infection went untreated for 3 years. He also complained of a sore throat almost constantly since the surgery. He was tested for strep at least 15 times and came back negative. Finally, 3 doctors later he had his tonsils removed. There were VERY infected. This was January 06. Since then, he has complained of headaches, sore throat, fatigue, deep ear pain, hearing loss (which has been documented by an audiologist), naseau and his nose bleeds a lot. On November 10, 2006 he had another CT scan. The doctor again said that "there is no medical evidence of an infection or recurring cholesteatoma". I am at the end of my rope. I've lost 4 jobs due to recurring medical problems because this poor kid never feels well. ANY suggestions?

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  • Has he been tested for an immune deficiency by an allergist/immunologist? He may be unable to make anti-bodies towards the 23 strains of strep. Have them look at his IgG subclasses. As a chronic infection sufferer, I just went through that. Didn't have any antibodies but they were able to mount antibodies by giving me a vaccination - other people need further treatment. I hope they looked into this! Does he have any iritability, depression, OCD? - also can occur with multiple strep infections. Immune deficiencies are usually genetic. I didn't even know about them (besides AIDS) until recently. Good Luck! My children have weird infection problems too, but I was unable to pass them any antibodies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 06:32 PM
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  • Please check out this website www.candidafree.net and read about candida. Often sinus infections are fungal in nature, and a course of antibiotics will make the symptoms worse, not better. Have your son do this test: first thing in am, spit into a glass of water and if you observe strings coming down or sandy sediment at bottom of glass he could have a candida overload. Candida can cause all kinds of symptoms, but Western doctors still do not agree that this is a huge problem...I have suffered as well and doctors had no anwers for me...after taking a candida cleanse my symptoms have improved. Please check out the website and look for Dr. William Crook's book the Candida Connection. Hope this helps.
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
    • 06:41 PM
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