I know, I know... if you have to ask, go see a doctor. Well, I did go see a doctor today, but I'm not sure about what I was told.
Two weeks ago, I caught a horrendous cold form some of my students at school. I had all the congestion, cough, slight fever on the first day but eventually it cleared up on its own. About the time that it started to clear up, though, I could feel my ears gettings stuffy and I felt as though I always needed to pop them.
Then on Saturday I had this INTENSE pain in my ear... it was so bad I could feel it in my throat and neck. The pain lasted for about five minutes and then went away. For about a half an hour after it went away, my ear felt very hot and others said it was red and warm to the touch. This same thing happened several times over the last few days (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). I went to the doctor today and told her about this pain but I wasn't having an "attack" at the time. She looked in my ear and saw some fluid build up, and noticed that my tonsil on that side is very swollen. She said it didn't look infected so she just gave me a nasal spray and sent me on my way.
Has anybody every experienced something like this before? I was in so much pain during one class that I actually had tears running down my face. It doesn't feel like a normal infection but I'm not sure what else it could be.
I have a problem with fluid buildup on my ears sometimes...the doctor says it's allergies. I don't get an infection really, but I end up with a lot of fluid and sometimes some really bad pain. Do you have allergies?
I would try taking some Mucinex or something along those lines. The doctor gave me medicine with guaifenesin in it last time, which I think is the ingredient in Mucinex. You have to take it consistently for a few days, but it helps.
My husband's eardrum ruptured once after a sinus infection, and it sounded like that: pain and then a popping or something. You should really get it checked out just in case. Those quick no-appointment doctor's offices are pretty cheap and convenient.
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katdog42, you might try calling back the same office and asking for Auralgam (aka A&B Otic), which are numbing drops that numb the eardrum. It is a topical anesthetic that people often forget about, but it works like magic on the pain. (Some physicians think they are OTC, but they aren't -- at least, not as of a year ago.)
The pain is from the stretch on the eardrum, not the infection.
Sometimes people don't want to prescribe it if the eardrum may be ruptured, but your ears were just checked, and the pain would go away once the rupture occurred anyway.
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Thanks for the advice, CT. The doctor who saw me was willing to call in a prescription and it definitely helped me sleep last night.
Today, though, fever's up (between 102 and 103) my head is pounding and nothing seems to help the pain in my ear. I don't want to keep calling the doctor... I've been once, called twice and seen somebody at another clinic. I don't know if I should keep bugging them or if I should just wait and see if it will clear up. Suggestions??? Am I just a hypochondriac driving my (new) doctor nuts?
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