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Weird Ear Change (Latest symptom in long story)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 21, 2009
  • 02:09 PM

Hello to all, I hope someone out there can help me!

I woke up one morning last week to find that my left ear has shrunk in size! It's now about 1/4" shorter than my right ear, and appears smaller overall than the right ear. Needless to say I found this to be very shocking, but have been unable to find anything similar to this after days of internet searches! I'm completely at a loss to explain it, and it's been about 5 days since I noticed it, with no change.

To give more details, Ive been having problems for months now with a sensation of pressure on the left side of my face, from my left nostril, across my cheek, into my ear, and down the side of my neck. Unfortunately, I'm currently unemployed with no insurance, so my options for medical care are very limited!

I did go to my doctor 2 weeks ago because I just couldn't stand the sensations anymore, and I had a full Head and Sinus CT scan done. It came back negative, with the exception of showing a sinus infection. I also had a mild reaction to the CT dye that lasted about 5 days. (mild hives and itching) The doctor gave me Amoxicillan for the sinus infection, which i've completed, and the pressure sensations are almost gone.

But...I just can't figure out what's caused my ear to shrink! Do you think it could be a reaction to either the CT dye, or the Amoxicillan? And if so, why has my ear not returned to normal size? I finished the amoxicillan 3 days ago! And... due to my employment status, I really can't afford another round of tests from the doctor! (Spent $ 1200.00 dollars on the CT scan and bloodwork.)

I know i'm grasping at straws here, but thought I'd reach out to the community before I run back to the doctor, and continue maxing out my credit card! :-)
Thanks to any and all that respond!! :-)

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