ear ache for a year??? Watch

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The problem:
My ears have hurt constantly every day for a year. The pain varies between an annoying painful 6/10 to an agonising & crying 9.5/10. The pain varies without any noticeable trigger most of the time but hot and cold seems to have an effect - the pain will vary even without variation in temperature however.

Other symptoms:
I often feel dizzy, particularly when standing up
I find it very difficult to hear people when there is background noise, not sure if this is related but it's next to impossible for me to communicate in a semi-crowded bar even without music playing.

What I've tried:
I've taken a decongestant nose spray for about 2 months without improvement
I took sudafed decongestant tablets - a whole pack, no improvement
I took anti-allergy tablets for 2 weeks with no improvement
I took 3 courses of antibiotics, no improvement
I tried wearing a hat outside which helps stop the pain escalating too much in the wind but the pain persisted
I take co-codamol 30/500 which helps reduce the severity of the pain for a little while
Paracetamol and ibuprofen taken alone do nothing
Olive oil in my ears didn't help
I breathed in steam 3 times a day for two weeks without any improvement



So yeah, I've tried a lot and I'm still in a lot of pain, is there anything else I can try?
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Have you tried going to the doctors?
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Anonymous #1
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Have you tried going to the doctors?
Yes I did. That's where I got the antibiotics and prescription painkillers (the latter I had to literally beg for) from.

I went through a period of seeing a doctor at least twice a week for about 2 months to try and get them to do something. All they did was the antibiotics, then "try inhaling steam/putting oil in your ears". Not helpful.
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You really need to go back to your GP again and explain everything to him.
If he can't help you then he should be able to refer you to a specialist at hospital who hopefully can help...
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(Original post by Solid.Snake)
You really need to go back to your GP again and explain everything to him.
If he can't help you then he should be able to refer you to a specialist at hospital who hopefully can help...
Over the 20times or so I repeatedly saw the doctor, he basically told me it was nothing and I'm being stupid. It didn't matter how much pain I told him I was in or the fact I couldn't do any of my uni work because it hurt so much, he didn't give a damn. With this in mind I'd prefer to solve this myself rather than get told I'm wasting doctor's time over this again.


Does anyone know anything else I could do at home which might help?
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Over the 20times or so I repeatedly saw the doctor, he basically told me it was nothing and I'm being stupid. It didn't matter how much pain I told him I was in or the fact I couldn't do any of my uni work because it hurt so much, he didn't give a damn. With this in mind I'd prefer to solve this myself rather than get told I'm wasting doctor's time over this again.


Does anyone know anything else I could do at home which might help?
Try seeing a different doctor or maybe paying a visit to A&E at hospital to get it checked out depending on how painful it is...

If it is very painful then i wouldn't just try to ignore it as it might be something serious or a sign of an underlying issue. If your current doctor isn't helpful, try to get it checked out by another doctor or healthcare professional.

I hope things get better for you
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Also, do not be tempted to carry out any home remedies and such that you've read about from any random website online.
You could end up doing more harm than good and make things worse for yourself.
You need to see a healthcare professional, someone with more knowledge, expertise and who can physically diagnose your problem and offer you specific medical advice.
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Don't try to do anything at home, if there is a problem with your ears you'll make it worse. If it bothers you that much, maybe go to a specialist, possibly private. Is this the same GP you keep going back to? Because a different GP should take you more seriously, it's ridiculous that there haven't been investigations into this if you've been 20 times.
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The last few days things have really taken a turn for the worst. The pain is constantly 9.5/10, maybe even 10. I spent all day in bed. I feel incredibly dizzy, nauseous and I've thrown up a bunch of times. The co-codamol is doing nothing to help anymore. I don't know what to do now, I really think there's something seriously wrong but NHS doctors refused to take me seriously.
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