It's comforting to read others out there have similar, yet often different problems.
My problem started 18 mos ago ...right on the heals of an upper respiratory infection that lasted several weeks. I have been to numerous ENT', Nuerologist, dentist, oral surgeon, chiropractor, head of the ENT Dept at Ohio State, and now a pain specialist. I've had an MRI (clear) and a CT (clear) along with scan of the TM joint (clear)
My pain is a dull, usually settles in the lower cartilage area of my left ear, yet can move around. When it leaves one spot, it moves to another spot. It's totally frustrating and Im at wits end and it has completely modified the way I live my life.
I can get relief by laying down. I can sleep w/ no problem. When I first wake up in the morning it's quite tolerable. But the longer Im in a vertical position...the pain creeps up. I can also get relief by applying pressure to my ear lobe. Sometimes I tape it back w/ a band aid and that helps. Sometimes I wear a head band around my ear air to give myself a break. I've also found that chewing food or gum minimizes the pain... I probably drink more than I should...because honestly it helps...!
I dont have ringing in my ears. I dont have fullness. I dont have vertigo... My hearing doesnt seem affected.
If anyone has any ideas (because I think all the doctors and professionals are out of thoughts)...I would appreciate it. I can be reached at NWCOLSGUY@columbus.rr.com
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