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Ear pain after flu/cold.

I have recently recovered from the flu, though still have some sinuses. Today I was sitting with my laptop with my head bent down for about 2-3 hours. (Yes, I realize this is never good!) 15 minutes after getting up and heading off to bed I began to have pain in both ears which gradually increased in severity to the point where I couldn't sleep. Also, the very lower-back part of my jaw seemed to slightly hurt too (not as much as the ears) and made a couple very small 'pops' when I bit down a few times. (I read about this having ties with ear pain) So I am thinking this pain is either due to sitting in that position for so long rather than the sinus/mucus. Opinions? Anyway, I went ahead and took an advil with some sudafed (sudafed which doesn't contain acetaminophen). The pain has lessened down but slight pressure in my ears remain. I never have chronic ear pain. It's very rare for me to get ear pain at all and I've not had it for a while. The only time I've had it is when I had some ear infections in the past after a very severe flu or cold. This one wasn't nearly as bad (only lasted 2-3 days) and the pain in my ears only started after I sat in that position for nearly 3 hours. Any suggestions, tips or diagnosis would be appreciated. Don't worry, I won't sue you or anything if you're wrong. Just want some opinions. :p Cheers!
Asked On : Mon, 12 Apr 2010
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ENT Specialist 's  Response

The above answer to your query is absolutely true. But the main cause is your sinusitis. As the secretions are getting collected in the sinuses there is heaviness in the head also feeling dizzy. You need to take steam inhalations, drink plenty of warm water as well try taking mucolytic (such as Ambroxyl/ Bromhexine) along with sudafed and saline nasal drops. Drink plenty of water so that it keeps your nasal mucosa hydrated. Any more doubts you are welcome. If the symptoms does not subside with in 3-4days you need to take antibiotics.

Dr. Naveen Kumar
Answered: Thu, 20 Jan 2011
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  Anonymous's Response

Hi.. If you want a medical explanation, then here it goes.. The ear is connected to the throat by a tube referred to as eustachian tube.. The ear invaribly gets affected with persistent infections of the nose, throat resulting in collection of the fluid in the middle ear, a condition referred to as serous otitis media.. This probably would be the cause for your ear pain.. The condition may have been precipitated by your position but that is not the only factor why this happens..You would need to see a doctor if the pain persists or if you develop fever (serous otitis media can get infected if not treated adequately and may need antibiotics... Hope you have understood ...

Answered: Sat, 17 Apr 2010
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