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Pain and Ringing in the Ear

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 7, 2009
  • 08:45 AM

About a year ago I was just siting on my bed, no sound, and then my right ear just started ringing very loud at a constant pitch and hasn't stopped at all or changed in the slightest. After that started I started getting stabbing pains in the inside of my ear, a feeling of fullness in the ear as if clogged by something, and pain if I touch the inside of the ear. So I went to a ear specialist and he took a very brief look at it, about 5 seconds with the light, said there was nothing wrong and sent my on my way. Since then Ive tried to learn more about it. It seems like the inside of my ear has swollen almost shut, and the pain and ringing has gotten worse by the month. Ive also noticed the produces no earwax also, very unlike my left ear so I thought maybe it was clogged with wax. Recently I went back to the ear specialist. He looked at my ear again very briefly, told me that my ear was indeed swollen, he then sent me to get my hearing checked, he then tells me my hearing in my right ear has gotten worse... then we go back to his office and he tells me he thinks nothing is wrong?? After that I go to my general doctor and he tells me something is indeed wrong with my ear, but he does not specialize in the matter and can not shed much light on the situation but gives me drugs to help me sleep with the ringing. So now here I am ear as bad as ever, and I cant afford to keep seeing people about it. If anyone has any suggestions Id love to hear..

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  • about a year ago i was just siting on my bed, no sound, and then my right ear just started ringing very loud at a constant pitch and hasn't stopped at all or changed in the slightest. After that started i started getting stabbing pains in the inside of my ear, a feeling of fullness in the ear as if clogged by something, and pain if i touch the inside of the ear. So i went to a ear specialist and he took a very brief look at it, about 5 seconds with the light, said there was nothing wrong and sent my on my way. Since then ive tried to learn more about it. It seems like the inside of my ear has swollen almost shut, and the pain and ringing has gotten worse by the month. Ive also noticed the produces no earwax also, very unlike my left ear so i thought maybe it was clogged with wax. Recently i went back to the ear specialist. He looked at my ear again very briefly, told me that my ear was indeed swollen, he then sent me to get my hearing checked, he then tells me my hearing in my right ear has gotten worse... Then we go back to his office and he tells me he thinks nothing is wrong?? After that i go to my general doctor and he tells me something is indeed wrong with my ear, but he does not specialize in the matter and can not shed much light on the situation but gives me drugs to help me sleep with the ringing. So now here i am ear as bad as ever, and i cant afford to keep seeing people about it. If anyone has any suggestions id love to hear..try checking with your dentist it may be tmj...i had the same problem and with a night guard it went away...ringing in the ear is the first sign of tmj and your ear gets clogged because your jaw is off and is pushing on your ear drum.
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  • GO TO A DIFFERENT EAR DOCTOR!!! That guy is a BOZO.Never make the assumption that the doctor "knows best". It should be expected and accepted that the process involves a few "wrong guesses". But NOT EVEN TRYING is not acceptable.Think of it this way: Misdiagnosis is not only common, it's a CENTRAL part to getting to the right diagnosis. If someone with a less common disease comes into the office, the first diagnosis will be for the MOST common disease with those symptoms. If that isn't right, they try the next disease, and so on until they figure it out. This means that it should be expected to try several things before solving the problem.A doctor who just has the attitude "ah, nothings wrong" is just not listening. Go somewhere else. Make sure the doctor takes you serious and at least tries to identify the most likely causes. For a doctor to hear your symptoms, and see swelling and then say "nothing's wrong" is just stupid beyond belief. You have a verifyable symptom to back up your complaint.So go to another specialist.
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