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Severe deep stabbing Ear Pain

  • Posted By: michelleannb
  • March 7, 2007
  • 05:06 AM

Dr says it's an ear infection. It still hurts even on my 5th day of 875 mg's of amoxill twice a day. I am beginning to wonder if it really is an infection. I had a little accident about a year and a half ago. We were driving down a residential street and i was in the front passener seat and all windows were up in the van (good thing) But all of a sudden my window blew out. it forced alot of pressure in my ear and glass ended up cutting the back of my ear. Anyway, we still aren't sure what EXACTLY happened but we thinking the lawn mower across the street threw a rock into my window (In which case good thing the window was up or i wouldn't be here today.) We never did find the culprit rock nor did the ***k across the street come over to see if we were ok. he just kept mowing.:mad: Anywho, my ear ached for days and i couldn't hear well out of it for several hours afterward. Had dr check to see if glass or other debris got blown into it, never found anything, I have had trouble with it ever since. i think it's the air pressure that caused the pain.. i don't know but man it feels like someone suddenly is stabbing my eardrum with a blade or pencil OUCH! It has gotten worse in the past week. It's in my right ear, no other symptoms, no fever, or ringing or fullness in the ear just intermittent stabbing pain. what can this be? please does anyone have any answers for me?? could it be related to the accident a year and half ago?
thanks in advance!!
michelle

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  • I have been having the same issue, but mine also hurts in my throat (where my glands are) it started yesterday out of the blue and comes and goes throughout the day for no apparent reason. i have not had any issues or been in any accidents. but the pain is awful and brings tears to my eyes.does anyone know what the cause of this can be.
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  • went back to the dr and she reports that i probably have nerve damage due to the pressure blast and that i have a deep viral infection in my ear. my ears look fine. I also ended up with a bad case of vertigo. i couldn't even sit up without falling over like a rag doll. It was awful but all is better now!michelle
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  • Michelle,So what did the dr. do for you the last time you were there? what was precribed?
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  • she gave me meclazine for the dizzyness which is gone now but the pain is back with a vegence. she said it's nerve damage and i will have to live with it. i am taking 800 mg of ibuprophen for the pain. I have tried drops and tylenol nothing else seems to be helping!michelle
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  • May sound strange but try a Chiropractor. I have had mystery pains in the ears due to TMJ and other pains everywhere depending upon what I have been doing physically etc...My chiropractor has worked miracles when MDs said 'pain killers' and PT only. Best of luck!
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    • September 24, 2008
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  • I have been having the same issue, but mine also hurts in my throat (where my glands are) it started yesterday out of the blue and comes and goes throughout the day for no apparent reason. i have not had any issues or been in any accidents. but the pain is awful and brings tears to my eyes.does anyone know what the cause of this can be.This sounds like glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Mine starts again every two years or so and I've gotten relief with traditional chinese medicine, accupuncture and prescribed herbs. The first time was the worst, with screaming pain, felt like an icepick attached to a jackhammer in my ear. Often starts with a tickle in the throat. My medical doctor referred me to an accupuncturist (in Oakland's Chinatown). She said it was likely caused by the chicken pox virus attaching itself to the nerve.
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  • This sounds like glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Mine starts again every two years or so and I've gotten relief with traditional chinese medicine, accupuncture and prescribed herbs. The first time was the worst, with screaming pain, felt like an icepick attached to a jackhammer in my ear. Often starts with a tickle in the throat. My medical doctor referred me to an accupuncturist (in Oakland's Chinatown). She said it was likely caused by the chicken pox virus attaching itself to the nerve.I suffered with glossopharyngeal neuralgia problems for 3 years before I was diagnosed. Nerves and blood vessels rubbing together. Mine was very severe. If wind blew even near my left ear i would be miserable. Water was no friend neither. I had 3 head surgeries before I found any relief. Was on a medication tegratol (sp?) for awhile which kinda worked before I was diagnosed.
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  • It sounds like you have Acute or Chronic mastoiditis. did your doctor perform a ct scan. this will determine if the bone behind ear in infected. it can be quite serious if left untreated. get a second opinion and google this...you have some of the symptoms - even the virtigo! good luck!
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    • August 11, 2010
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  • It sounds like you have Acute or Chronic mastoiditis. did your doctor perform a ct scan. this will determine if the bone behind ear in infected. it can be quite serious if left untreated. get a second opinion and google this...you have some of the symptoms - even the virtigo! good luck!I constantly have pain in my right ear. It all started though when I was a little kid like 13 or 14 years old my stepdad poured boiling peroxide into my right ear, and not sure exactly why he did that. I tried to get in the military after high school which was in 1992, but failed the hearing test miserably. They sent me to the military doctor who said it looks like I had a "tumor" behind my eardrum and told me to go get it removed then I should be able to pass the hearing test. I went to doctor after doctor and ent after ent, and they all kept saying I have a "ear infection and tinitus." Tinitus is ringing in the ear. In December of 2004 my ear was draining everyday then on Christmas Eve the right side of my face started hurting so bad I had to go to the er where they told me the same ole thing. I have an infection and tinitus. They gave me a prescription and a referal to see another ent and the day before I went to see the ent in January my right ear started bleeding. The next day my ear was still bleeding and the ent took a closer look and guess what he found. Viola, he found a "tumor" which is called CHOLESTEATOMA. I had it removed in April of 2005 but I am still having pain almost everyday along with dizziness. My new doctor thinks it is nerve damage but not sure. All I know is my ear hurts most days and some of those days it hurts really bad. I cannot even hold a job because of all the times I have had to call in sick because of the pain in the past and am trying to get on SSI. Not sure what else to do, but I think I probably just have to live with this which totally sucks.
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    • November 23, 2010
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  • OMG.. I had the worst stabbing pain in my ear and throat this morning and went on some blogs and people talked about Chiropractors and I starting massaging the back of my neck and putting pressure on certain spots that were sore and the pain instantly went away.. so for a quick fix, try this..I wouldn't haven't gotten through the day if I didn't try it
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    • November 23, 2010
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  • Wow I thought I was the only one. 12 yrs ago I had a severe ear infection, so much pain if someone had given me a gun I don't know if I'd be here today. Worse than natural childbirth! anyways, the pain went away for a few months, then came back only not as horrible, but still miserable pain. So since then I cannot sleep on the right side, or I'll be in agony all the next day. Can't wear a winter hat over that ear or I'll have pain within minutes. Been to the doctor a few times when it gets real bad, they always look and say there's no infection, and then look at me like I'm making it up!!!! I always thought maybe it was a tumor, esp. as my energy has went so south the past few yrs. 12 yrs ago also diagnosed with chronic fatigue so I guess who knows. Now seeing all the possibilities I'm starting to think it may have been better not to have started looking this up LOL. Still glad to have found this place though.
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  • i constantly have pain in my right ear. It all started though when i was a little kid like 13 or 14 years old my stepdad poured boiling peroxide into my right ear, and not sure exactly why he did that. I tried to get in the military after high school which was in 1992, but failed the hearing test miserably. They sent me to the military doctor who said it looks like i had a "tumor" behind my eardrum and told me to go get it removed then i should be able to pass the hearing test. I went to doctor after doctor and ent after ent, and they all kept saying i have a "ear infection and tinitus." tinitus is ringing in the ear. In december of 2004 my ear was draining everyday then on christmas eve the right side of my face started hurting so bad i had to go to the er where they told me the same ole thing. I have an infection and tinitus. They gave me a prescription and a referal to see another ent and the day before i went to see the ent in january my right ear started bleeding. The next day my ear was still bleeding and the ent took a closer look and guess what he found. Viola, he found a "tumor" which is called cholesteatoma. I had it removed in april of 2005 but i am still having pain almost everyday along with dizziness. My new doctor thinks it is nerve damage but not sure. All i know is my ear hurts most days and some of those days it hurts really bad. I cannot even hold a job because of all the times i have had to call in sick because of the pain in the past and am trying to get on ssi. Not sure what else to do, but i think i probably just have to live with this which totally sucks.omg; someone who finally understands what im talking about; its like dejavu; thnk u for your post; i thought i was groing krazy cuz nobody understood my pain!
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  • Fatigue and right ear pain. Led me to a neurologist and MRI which showed lesions on my brain causing nerve damage which is diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis. I still have the darn piercing ear pain!!!! I saw an earlier post about a chiropractor, so I'm off to see if that will work for me.
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  • I have been having severe pain in my ear for some time...it stopped for about 3 weeks but now it's back...it hurts so bad that it brings tears to my eyes....I can't stand the pain...it feels like someone is stabbing me in the ear...then after that hurts for a while, it feels like my tongue swells a little bit and that starts throbbing as well...I've been to the Doctor numerous times and they just tell me it's an inner ear infection....or some sort of condition which causes the nerve AROUND my ear to be enflammed...???...I haven't found anything else on that...I just want this pain to go away..the weird thing is that it only bothers me at certain times of the day...2pm and 9pm...strange, right? I just want it to stop...it really does hurt more than my labor pains....I would trade them in a heartbeat! Any ideas? help!
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  • I have been having severe pain in my ear for some time...it stopped for about 3 weeks but now it's back...it hurts so bad that it brings tears to my eyes....I can't stand the pain...it feels like someone is stabbing me in the ear...then after that hurts for a while, it feels like my tongue swells a little bit and that starts throbbing as well...I've been to the Doctor numerous times and they just tell me it's an inner ear infection....or some sort of condition which causes the nerve AROUND my ear to be enflammed...???...I haven't found anything else on that...I just want this pain to go away..the weird thing is that it only bothers me at certain times of the day...2pm and 9pm...strange, right? I just want it to stop...it really does hurt more than my labor pains....I would trade them in a heartbeat! Any ideas? help!Consider the possibility of glossopharyngeal neuralgia. A very low dose of neurontin helped me with that.
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