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Ear pain when lying on side in bed

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  • Posted By: MattyMatty
  • October 12, 2008
  • 02:47 PM

I've been to see EN&T doctors and even had an MRI scan but no-one can solve my problem!! For several years I've had pain in my left (inside) ear which comes when lying on my side in bed. It starts as general discomfort (a feeling of 'fullness') and then becomes full-on pain. I even have to 'dig' a hole to support my ear in my pillow! It always means I have to turn over, restricting the positions I can lie in in bed. The doc has checked for ear wax, everything, really. No hearing problems or tinitis. But I do tend to very easily get earache in the same ear when it's cold outside e.g. walking. And if I think about it, there's always a feeling that there's something 'inside' my ear.

Any clues? Would a memory foam pillow help - or would that make matters worse (because unable to 'dig' hole for my ear)?

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