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Intense ear ache while sleeping

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  • Posted By: dee1402
  • December 15, 2010
  • 10:26 PM

Some nights I wake up with a really bad, sharp pain in my ear, always on the side I'm lying on. It's been suggested to me that I am bending the pinna while I sleep but that’s definitely not it as I often wake up with my hand under my head so I can feel that it's not bent. The pain is in the ear canal and if I move my head the pain stabs terribly. I have to very slowly roll over and the pain dissipates over time. I've never had an actual ear infection. I had all four wisdom teeth removed and I've had internal work done on my nasal cartilage (sinus infection once or twice a year) and I've had my tongue pierced for four years (no lumps or callouses).

Thank you.

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  • I get this every night too - i find it's better if i don't sleep on a pillow. Ive had earaches all my life tho, my eardrum burst when i was a kid. can't remember the last time i've had my ears checked tho so am curious to hear what others say...
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    • December 17, 2010
    • 08:47 AM
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  • I have also had intense pain in my ears depending on which one I am laying on, my pain is not stabbing, more like an intense ache, not only inside but around the outside of the ear as well, I have to use a tempurpedic pillow all the time and only very rarely do I have this problem now, would love to know what it is.
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  • I also suffer from this would love to know what it is. I now also get the same intense pain when I am chewing :(
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