have had fluid behind my ear drum making it bulge & therefore hurt A LOT! went to doctor a week ago & given sudafed & menthol to steam with. no real progress as yet. have started getting a pain when i flex my jaw/chew on my right side (worse ear too) right at the hinge joint by my ear. Any help/advice appreciated. have had to take my first day off work today & feel rubbish! thanks
Since the symptoms are new, you could try and call your doctor and tell him. But just in case:
I feel your pain. My daughter used to always get earaches when she was smaller. They do have preparations at the drug store for ears. Since you've been to your doctor already and that didn't help, I would talk to your pharmacist and see what he/she recommends.
On my daughter, I used Dr. Scholl's ear cleaning fluid and warm it up. It would always work with her. She said it felt good too when we put it in. It comes with a dropper.
Alcohol is good for drying your ears too. Since you said you had fluid in your ear.
Try that and let me know how it works out for you. If it doesn't, try going to a ear, nose and throat doctor. They will take it much more seriously.
It sounds like it could be a TMJ disorder, which you would need to see an oral surgeon or someone who specializes in TMJ disorders. I just recently went to the oral surgeon for similar pain in my jaw & ears, thinking it was being caused by my wisdom teeth. The surgeon is removing my teeth in case it is part of the problem, but he suspects it could be TMJ. Just a suggestion. I know none of my regular doctors even thought about it because they are so focused on general health issues and didn't even think about an oral cause. Hope you feel better soon!
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