I am a single 54 year old blue collar male living in Sydney, Australia. Please pardon me for barging into your forum like this and starting a thread immediately , but I am terribly worried about my hearing.
For the last several years I suffered tinnitus, sensitivity to noise, and a feeling of fullness and running in the ears. I have spent a fortune on ear cleaning products thinking the problem was wax in my outer ear.
About 2 weeks ago I contracted a bacterial infection in my right middle ear as a result of my cleaning. I finally saw a GP about 6 days ago and was prescribed Aphamox 500. I took 4 a day instead of 3 a day (one every 6 hours). Over the last week, I have become increasing confused and unable to think, dizzy. I am nauseous, have a sinusy headache as well as a tenderness/ache at the base of my skull.The arthritis I suffered over the 20 years is worse than ever. I actually feel if I i twist my joints I'll probably damage the joint permanently.
I been to see about 5 GPs over the last 6 days. I been refered to an Ear Nose and throat specialist but I cannot get an appointment till the 10th of January next year. I have been prescribed Ciprofloxacin and have taken 2 of the twenty tablets. I have decided to stop taking these because I seriously believe they will do my body too much harm. I have serious concerns about the quality of care that is default public health in Australia.
I been under a unprecedented amount of stress over the last 6 months. This started when my father diagnosed with Vascular dementia and became his carer. He died about 10 weeks ago. I have pretty well fallen in a heap since then. I started smoking and drinking coffee again. I am socially isolated and miss having my father to care for. I feel guilty for the way he died on the floor of a heart attack alone while I was asleep and the outbursts of rage i misdirected at him in his final weeks. I'd set myself up for about 5 years of caring for my 79 year old father. On one hand I wanted to run away back to my care free and stress free life living in a boat on Sydney harbour and on the other it felt good to be doing my duty and not having myself as the my focus of attention. I stopped work about 3 weeks ago for 19 weeks holiday. I have so much do with packing and getting my father's affairs sorted, which is not helping thing, especially as i'm ignoring it.
I need some help, in Sydney, on-line or overseas maybe. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. I have no concerns about expense given my hearing may be at stake.