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Suffering from ear pain due to middle ear infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi are you a Medical Doctor
Doctor :   YES
User :   Hi I need a second opinion. 12 days ago I had a ear infection in the canal. I went to a ENT and he gave me Cipro/Dex drops. Today I still have pain. Yesterday I went back to my ENT and he said that my ears looked great and were clear. Me bottom molar teeth hurt and I still have a pain in my ear. I told the Doc this but he said give it 2 more weeks. I have like a burning pain in my ear and the top of my head. When I clench my teeth or push my chin to the left then I have this pressure like pain in my left ear. The ear pain always seems worse in the morning. I aslo have sometimes have this very mild pressure pain in my left eye. But the worst pain is in my molar teeth and head. I am dealing with alot of stress and have been on anxiety meds for 2 years. I am very worried that this may be a tumor pressing against something in my head. My ENT does not feel that I need a CT scan. Also I am a 26yr Male Please Help
Doctor :   let me readur query
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   the pain u have is a referred pain due to involvement of the nerve in themiddle ear
User :   so is this nerve pain due to a tumor pressing on it
Doctor :   its not a tumor
Doctor :   this is a common situation
Doctor :   due to infection in the ear, the inflmmation is irritating the nerve and this seems to be the pain in the areas it provindes innnervation
User :   The doc said the infection is gone - when will this nerve pain subside? does it cause tooth pain?
Doctor :   yes , it will defintely subside
Doctor :   the tooth ache is also due to a referred pain
Doctor :   the middle ear has a branch of the facial nnerve, which travels around the molar teeth of the upper jaw
Doctor :   so when that is inflammed , u will feel tooth ache
User :   I have been taking 800mg 2 times a day of ibuprofen for 5 days. It just does not seem to get better
User :   what else can I do - when do you expect the pain to subside\
Doctor :   yes
User :   how long yet
Doctor :   it will subside within aweek
Doctor :   u can take tylenol PM also for the pain along with ibuprofen
Doctor :   Do u take any other medicines ?
User :   zyrtec and lexapro
Doctor :   ok
User :   if this was a tumor , what other symptoms would there be?
Doctor :   severe headache, one sided deafness, tinnitus, dizziness, etc
Doctor :   depending on the site of tumor facial paralysis as well
User :   I do have a headache, some ringing in the left ear, and a bit of left eye pain
Doctor :   how long have u had them ? did it start with the infection ? or was it there before this started ?
User :   it started with the infection
Doctor :   then this is not a tumor at all
Doctor :   this is a part of inflammation due to infection
Doctor :   just relax and take the pain killers
Doctor :   u will be fine
Doctor :   being anxious, will increase your pain
Doctor :   since you know now that this is a short term and not a major issue
Doctor :   u can relax and rest
Doctor :   i hope u have followed my advice
User :   yes thank you
Doctor :   u r welcome
Doctor :   Do u have any other query ?
User :   no
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
Doctor :   bye for now, have a good day
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