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leaann
08-20-2009, 07:31 AM
Let me start from the begenning and go from there, then I will ask my question....

When I was 15 years old I was struck in the head by lightening!!!:wideeyed:
It effected my right ear but not that bad...Slight hearing loss at that time... Over the years I have had very few problems with my ears until about 3 years ago I developed a ear ache went to the dr got meds, it went away... about a year after that went to the Dr for ear ache same ear got meds but dr said that my hearing was going down. no biggie at that time... This year develpoed ear ache again in feb went to the dr got meds didn't work and didn't go away... talked to the dr had test done hearing still decreasing...meds want make ear ache go away... sounds crazy to me....

It's not an ache that stays it comes and goes through out the day and sometimes it may not hurt for a couple of days... But there are times when it makes me want to cry and scream like last night and this morning. dr says not much can do at this time except keep putting drops in it and take pills...

I want it to stop not just keep doing and lets see what happens....

Does anyone have this type of issue with ear aches???

Dr thinks it is because of what happen when I was a kid... I didn't think so any more... At first I thought so but not now... I can understand the hearing loss being from that but not the pain not now...

Any guesses or takers on what it might be???

rob
08-20-2009, 08:59 AM
I've been dealing with a problem with my right ear for a few years now. Back in 1991 I had a hand grenade explode a few feet to my right, with only a small concrete curb between me and it. I lost some hearing in the right ear, and have had ringing in both ever since. When I was diagnosed with SLE I started having sensations like the volume of the world around me gets turned way down for a minute or two, and then goes back up. It's irritating, but not really painful, it just feels like there's pressure in the ears. With all the other tests and problems of late, I haven't really pursued the ear problem.

You got struck by lightning, wow, you are very lucky to be alive. As far as what's going on with your earache, I wouldn't even want to try to guess. Do you see an ear/hearing specialist?

Rob

abbasgirl
08-20-2009, 10:04 AM
Whoa... amazing. That you could walk away from the lightning strike and a grenade going off so close by... wow!

So sorry you're both having ear trouble. I can relate. But I've never been involved in an accident to cause mine...not that I can remember. Mine started when I was a kid. I had ear tubes during the seventies... archaic medicine that makes many new doctors who look in my ears make lots of interesting comments...the latest being asked what butcher operated on my ears.

I've had trouble with my ears, but most of it was while I was still young. After that I had no trouble except losing hearing. I think any damage to the ear drum can make hearing loss speed up as we age...however, there are other contributing factors we should always see a good doctor about to make sure it's normal...if that's considered normal.

Some years ago I had this nasty pain deep in my right ear that wouldn't go away. It felt like an earache I have never had in my life. It was bad. It took quite a while for my pcp at the time and myself to figure out what was going on. It's the weirdest thing. I had been painting with a roller...wall after wall... and it was a lot of exercise for my right arm, which is connected to the shoulder, neck, and up the head including deep in my ear. My arm and shoulder, even my neck didn't hurt. Just the ear. I was given some muscle relaxers to take each night and told to rest my arm. Sure enough, it cleared up. Some time later I was overworking that same arm again and the pain in my ear returned. Every time I used my right arm, my ear would hurt like heck! It wasn't always constant, just when I used my arm. I had the same prescription treatment, and I was relieved again after a couple weeks. I'm careful not to over work that arm ever since.

There are a lot of strange things that can happen with our ears. Make sure you're seeing a good ENT about it is the best advice I have. I know sometimes the jaw joints can be inflamed and can make the ear hurt also. So sorry you're in pain!

ButterflyRN
08-20-2009, 12:31 PM
Sorry to hear that you were struck by lightening! That's amazing that you survived!!

I can't relate to any hearing issues and don't really have any insight on why you continue to have these issues!

I hope others can help you with their experiences and you find some relief soon!

magistramarla
08-20-2009, 01:01 PM
I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease long before the AI dx. I am also gradually losing my hearing. Mine comes with ringing, strange sounds that no one else hears and balance problems. It's an inner ear problem, and a neurologist told me that it could also be a neurological problem, so I'm wondering if it is yet another symptom of AI.
Ask to see an otologist - they specialize in this sort of thing.
Marla

rob
08-20-2009, 02:05 PM
I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease long before the AI dx. I am also gradually losing my hearing. Mine comes with ringing, strange sounds that no one else hears and balance problems. It's an inner ear problem, and a neurologist told me that it could also be a neurological problem, so I'm wondering if it is yet another symptom of AI.
Ask to see an otologist - they specialize in this sort of thing.
Marla

America's first man in space, Alan Shepard, suffered from Meniere's disease. He was grounded after his historic first sub-orbital spaceflight aboard the Mercury Capsule "Freedom 7", and was barred from any further space missions including the Apollo Moon Missions. He had experimental surgery and was cleared for flight, and was the fifth person to walk on the Moon as commander of the Apollo 14 mission.

It's ironic that another aviation pioneer-Howard Hughes, who suffered from Non-Meniere's related hearing loss, has the Howard Hughes Institute in his name, which is a major research facility in the search for an effective treatment, and a possible cure for Meniere's.

Alan Shepard's battle with Meniere's was portrayed in detail in the excellent Tom Hanks HBO Series "From the Earth-to the Moon".

pandagirl
08-20-2009, 04:24 PM
I would get another opinion. Being in the dental field I always think along the lines that it could be jaw related. The TM joint can cause a lot of pain. Also, if you are a gum chewer...stop completely. Inflammation in the jaw muscles can cause severe ear pain. Do you clench your teeth throughout the day/night ?? Good luck to you.