Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Ow.

Ear aches suck, in case you were wondering.

I have only had one in my entire life, when I was about 11, and it was awful. My grandmother swore that heated "sweet oil" dropped into my ear would make it better, and while it did temporarily relieve the pain, it didn't fix it.

Last night I noticed I had unbelievable sinus pressure, and my ear was throbbing. My equilibrium's been off and I've been pulling at my warm left ear since last night. Today I've gone through a half a box of kleenex blowing my nose to try to relieve the pressure.

This sucks.

Royally.

19 Comments:

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Wavery said...

Long familiar with earaches here, and I am so sorry.

 
At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Jenn said...

Oh God do they suck. I had chronic earaches as a kid and had surgery to try to help. They were so bad I couldn't open my mouth. You have my sympathies.

 
At 7:41 PM, Anonymous donna said...

Just popping in to de-lurk. I found you via Statia.

My ears get plugged up too, but I'm more likely to get the inner ear pressure that makes the world look like I'm on a merry-go-round. I *heart* Sudafed.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Robber Barren said...

Man, that sucks. I'm sorry. :(

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Just another Jenny said...

I'm a constant ear ache victom, the slightest wind does it. I feel bad for you, they are awful! Get some rest. I hope feel better.

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Shinny said...

I am sorry about the ear aches. So now you get my assvice to help you feel better. ;)
A couple drops of white vinegar in the infected ear and tilt your head for a minute after you put it in so it gets in the ear. Do that a couple times a day and see if it helps. Vinegar is an antibacterical and I have done this for myself and my son and it worked. Much better then having to take antibiotics.
Another thing that worked for my son when he was little, get an adjustment from the chiropractor. That has helped my husband's snoring drop down to a mild roar versus the frontend loader that used to sleep next to me. Aren't you glad I found your site? I know you were just waiting for me to send you my home remedies.
Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

 
At 11:20 AM, Anonymous wessel said...

Shanna, that is interesting about the vinegar. I'm learning all sorts of stuff about vinegar's healing powers (though I think it is apple cidar vinegar which is attributed to most "cures" and not white vinegar).

It sounds like you may have a sinus infection so you may want to see your doc. I would hate for you to rupture an eardrum.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Sunny Jenny said...

OUCH! Sometimes ibuprofen helps with the throbbing/swelling.

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Alexa said...

I hope you feel better soon, sweetie.

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous mm said...

Oh yikes. There's nothing worse than a sinus/ear infection. Feel better soon!

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Nancy said...

Ear aches SUCK! The last time I had one it was so bad that I had to go to the doctor. I was told NO Q-tips (as if I'm gonna listen) and no water in the ears for 3 weeks. I bought some funky ear plug things for swimmers that felt really strange, but it helped.

 
At 1:57 PM, Anonymous pixi said...

Oh how miserable. I hope it clears up quick.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Dee said...

Earaches suck! But do yourself a favor and immediately STOP blowing your nose. That can only make any ear infection worse, and often is the cause of an ear infection (or so says my doc). Apparently, if you have any bacteria in your sinuses (like a cold or flu, etc.), blowing your nose forces the bacteria into the eustachean (sp?) tube and into the ear, leading to an ear infection. And once you've got an ear infection, they're gonna want to dose you with a large amt of antibiotics to clear it up.

I just had a horrendous ear infection in December (I simply could NOT go without blowing my nose and it made me even worse off). I've been prone to ear infex since I was a kid and have always been advised not to blow my nose as it ups the risk for them. And if it does clog up and you can't hear out of that ear, be sure to ask your doc for a Medrol dose pack. It's a seven day course of steroids that will shrink the swelling down in your eustachean tube and restore your hearing. Worked like a charm for my husband :-)

Hope it clears up soon...I can think of fewer things that suck worse.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I hope you start to feel better soon!

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger Larisa said...

Yuck. I haven't had one in a long, long time, and I don't envy you in the slightest. Hoping you feel much better very soon.

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger JJ said...

I just perforated my eardrum, so you have my sympathies. Earaches totally suck.

I've stopped blowing my nose too. I'm driving everyone nuts with my sniffling, but blowing is way worse.

 
At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully the earache is gone by now (I'm a bit late in reading things these days) but you should really be seen by a doctor if you haven't already.

I didn't once. And woke in the middle of the night to a popping noise and blood pouring from my ear. Perforated/ruptured eardrums are NO fun!

 
At 10:01 PM, Blogger Vacant Uterus said...

Ugh, earaches are the pits. When I was younger, my mom used to mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and rubbing alcohol and pour it into my ear. The alcohol helps kill the germs and the vinegar helped restore the natural ph balance. Might be worth a try?

Whatever you do, I hope you feel better soon.

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger daysgoby said...

I hope you're busy and not still sick!
This has no medical value, but will help, I promise...

Lay your head in Michael's lap. Have him stroke your forehead, running his hand down the side of your head behind your ear to the end of your hair.
Bliss.
Feel better soon!

 

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