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Have ear pain. Eardrum is fine. Taking antibiotics. No change. Advice?

I have been having right ear pain for about two months now. This pain is pretty constant rating it at about a 5 on a scale of 1-10. At times, it feels like it is on fire. Also, I have wondered if there is something in my ear; it often feels like something is crawling around. I went to an outpatient clinic. The D.O. there said my eardrum looked okay. She did say that it looked as if I had a broken blood vessel in the canal. She prescribed me some numbing ear drops and an antibiotic in case of a middle ear infection . It has been three weeks since that visit, and it is still not better. In fact, it is worse.
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Thanks for writing to H.C.M. for your query.

I have gone through your query and as you said you are having painn in your right ear for about last two months. You have consulted your GP who after examining your ear said that your ear is O.K. this indicates that you are having reffered otagia. Reffered otalgia means your ear is O.K. but you have pain due to diseases of other organs and this pain is felt due to same sensory nerve supply of affected organ and ear.

These are the organs giving reffered pain to ear-

(a) Teeth-- Posterior teeth many times gives reffered pain to ear.

(b) Tongue-- posterior part of tongue (base of tongue) if have ulcerative pathology usually gieves reffered pain to ear of same side.

(c) Tonsils- some times pain of acute tonsillitis is observed as pain in ear.

(d) Eustachian tube when got infected and blocked will give rise to pain in ear.

(e) Jaw joint- Temporomandibular joint when gets inflammed may give rise to pain in ear.

Therefore thorough examination of above said organs will disclose the real fact for your pain in ear , once the reality comes in view management will be streamline.

I hope above guidelines will help you.

With regards.
Answered: Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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