last Friday I was "diagnosed" with an ear infection (viral + bacterial) at one of these urgent care centers frequented by folks like me who don't have their own doctor. I recall a similar diagnosis the last time I visted a doctor, sometime last year-ish.
But this time there is even more radiant pain, down thru the jaw and gums on the left side, especially when eating cold, or crunchy, or pully foods. I've been taking ibuprophen for the pain.
Minor cold week of 3/3/13
3/8/13 diagnoesed with ear infection. Antibiotics thru 3/12/13.
Pain getting worse from 3/10 - 3/13. Then getting better now
ENT today said there was no sign of infection. Presure test passed with flying colors. Tonsiles looked good. I have no headaches, nor neck ache. No stuffy nose. Just this dull as if there is a filbert nut in my ear canal and radiant sharp pain thru the gums sometimes - like I could induce it if I swish my mouth out with water. IDK, it'll keep fading I'm sure, but it seemed to perplex the Doc. I didn't go as far as to ask "So, you think maybe I never had an Ear infeciton", but he clearly indicated there was no signs of it now. Yet, the feeling is about the same.
As with last year, to my best recolleciton, it starts with a small cold (get the fever blister), that goes away immediately like 98% of my colds. But the lower left gums feel sensitive to cold/hot. Then the pain starts to go to the ear which after a couple of days begins to feel full. Like "on lock down", as if my ear tubes were cinched up. Playing Doc, which I often do since its cheaper than going, I deduced "The ears are full, putting more presure on all the connected areas, like the jaw/gums..so its all tender." Well when ENT said there was no excessive fluid in the ear, that shot my theory.
Earlier, with the ibuprohen in the car, I decided to wait out this last bout of pain. It subsided in about the same time it takes the meds to work. So, whatever the cause, maybe it's going away.
He said give it another week and then see an oral surgeon, then perhaps a nuerologist. No thank you!
One day I'll do a well visit to an internist, but for now, this was a start. Pretty painless except when he stabbed my ear to get out a bit of wax.
ps. I dont think it's TMJ.
There is really no question here. I just knew you all cared about me in a special way!. I might be able to paste this in a more medically minded forum one day, but I dont frequent them.