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I am still having ear pain in my left ear. Ive been on 3 different types of antibiotics and the pain has came and went in the past 3 months. starting off dull and sore and now getting sharp. The most recent doctor looked at my ear and asked if it hurts and said its got fluid in it, never said it was infected but I think so. First of all can you have ear pain for so long and it NOT be infected? (I was diagnosed with acute sinutitis). And second of all, do I need stronger antibiotics or could this be a viral thing that antibiotics can't cure that can get better on its own. Thirdly, i'm still worried about the infection spreading to my brain since I've had it for 3 months. I just want answers.
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Re: Ear infection won't go away. Tried 3 antibiotics. Been 3 months.
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 11:42:02 AM »
In March of 2012 my right ear began to feel weird and I got up from the table at Starbucks and I
could not keep my balance and I felt like I was floating (Sunday night). Monday morning I got up out of bed and
my right ear hurt and I could not keep my balance. I had to hold the walls to walk for a time. I got nervous and
called my ENT and he saw me that morning. He said I had a pretty bad middle ear infection and put me on
antibiotics and punctured my ear to let fluid out. I felt OK for a week or so, then the ear pain started again.
I went back to my ENT and he punctured my ear again and put me on steroids. I got better in the next few weeks,
but my ear was ringing off and on for months. They also did a hearing test on me which was fine. He said ear infections
can be tough to get rid of. My ear infection started with Laryngitis. By the way my ear still feels odd sometimes and
it has been over a year. My ENT and regular physician can find no problems with it.
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Re: Ear infection won't go away. Tried 3 antibiotics. Been 3 months.
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 12:15:14 PM »
I'm sorry you had to go through that for such a long time, that really sucks. That's good to know that they can't find a problem with it now though. I thought this last round of antibiotics cured mine because it stopped hurting while I was on them, then eventually started hurting even more than before. It's really starting to scare me.
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Re: Ear infection won't go away. Tried 3 antibiotics. Been 3 months.
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 01:05:20 PM »
I had a sinus/ear infection in December and again in January and I still have issues with that ear to this day.  It can be persistent, I guess.
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Re: Ear infection won't go away. Tried 3 antibiotics. Been 3 months.
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 03:39:58 PM »
My left ear has felt odd for the past six months now. Its hard to describe the feeling but it just feels weird. Kind of full, crackly, pressured and so betimes I get sharp pain in it. When I swallow, I feel it in that ear. My doctor has looked at it numerous times and she tells me that its not infected but does have fluid in it. The fluid keeps coming back every time I sleep with my head positioned a certain way. Thing is that I have never had ear problems before. I do have TMJ.

Its obvious your ear is conflicting with your sinusitis. Ears are connected to our throats and noses, hence ENT specialists. So anything that is affecting your nose or throat, will affect your ear. Ear infections are hard to get rid and you might want to ask your doctor if he could change be your antibiotic so it goes directly into the ear, as in drops. Oral antibiotics have been known to not work very well in clearing up ear infections because very little of it actually reaches your ear after it goes all over your body.

I would nit be concerned about an ear infection reaching your brain. If your a healthy adult, the chances of that happening are 0 to 1. By the way, if the infection is that bad, you would be in a hospital by now. You just don't wake up one morning with an ear infection all the way in your brain. A lot of other stuff happens before it gets to that level. The only thing dangerous about ear infections is the potential of hearing loss in the very young. That's why you should always have a babies or child's ear infection looked at but as for an adult, only in a few rare cases does it need intervention, like if its making you dizzy, because it clears up on its own, its just very slow and persistent.

People over use antibiotics in this country. It seems like they want to give you an antibiotic for just about anything, even when its not necessary. Just remember to ask your doctor for the drops, not the oral one.
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Re: Ear infection won't go away. Tried 3 antibiotics. Been 3 months.
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2013, 08:12:48 PM »
Thank you so so much for that answer JunoX. That is very comforting to hear, I know that's somethig I should know on my own, but I let myself get so worried about it. It is nice to hear a reasonable answer to calm me down, so thank you. I'm glad I would at least have a warning before it got that bad. So far I haven't had a fever or even dizziness. Just the sharp pain, and general weird feeling of my ear. Like you said, it feels weird when I swallow or move my jaw around and just feels all stuffy and stopped up. Thankfully my doctor I go to said that I can call back for a different prescription if the previous one doesn't work, so tomorrow i'm going to ask for some antibiotic ear drops. Thanks again!
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Re: Ear infection won't go away. Tried 3 antibiotics. Been 3 months.
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 08:36:44 PM »
Hi Bev,

I've had clogged ears and dull pain off & on since the early part of last month. I've been on two different antibiotics and steroids. It has helped but not 100%. I also use nasonex. The last time I went to the Drs; she said I had a little fluid in my ear. From everything I've read fluid in the ears can be a pesky, irritating and depressing problem. I do believe that anxiety makes things worse. I'll be going to an ENT but not soon enough. Take care. I just wanted to let you know that your not alone.

Lee~
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Re: Ear infection won't go away. Tried 3 antibiotics. Been 3 months.
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2013, 08:56:16 PM »
Thank you so much! I'm sorry you're having the same problem! It's no fun at all, it's so annoying. I'm glad i'm not the only one though. I'll try the nasonex. Thanks again.
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