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Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 00:26:48

Ok, not really.

My ear is killing me. I can feel/hear fluid sloshing around inside there. I just can't get comfortable in bed and it feels like my ear is about to pop.

Any advice?

Currently waiting for my current dose of paracetamol to wear off so I can take cocodamol.

Haven't had an ear infection since I was a child. This is sooooo painful!!! I'm convinced it's infected!!

Fluffsnuts Fri 19-Aug-16 00:28:38

Hot compress.

kitnkaboodle Fri 19-Aug-16 00:29:09

Don't pop it!!shock You might find that your eardrum bursts naturally soon. Not as bad as it sounds. It will be a relief and will heal. Dont introduce a foreign unsterile object there ...

PaperdollCartoon Fri 19-Aug-16 00:30:51

Does it hurt at all in your neck/throat/jaw? Ear infections tend to run all along that area. Book a doctors appointment first thing, catching them early with antibiotics is the best thing, they'll kick in quickly.

I've had a shit load of ear infections over the years!

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 00:36:04

I know the last time a doctor looked in my ears they said my eardrum was scarred from all the perforations as a child. I can help thinking/worrying its so scarred up and tough now that it won't pop.

I really want it to just pop and release this pressure!!

Will try a hot compress now.

Which position is it best to sleep in? On the ear itself? To encourage drainage?

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 00:36:43

•can't help

kitnkaboodle Fri 19-Aug-16 00:42:18

I guess maybe sleep on your back propped up - will still drain that way without putting pressure on it. Hope you get to sleep. Now I'm dying to know if it bursts!!

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 00:42:36

Ouch ouch ouch!!!!

Kidsrulethishouse Fri 19-Aug-16 00:42:57

Heat will ease that pain, also anti inflammatories can be taken with paracetamol/cocodamol x

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 00:44:12

Ok will try that. DP is now in spare room as I'm fidgeting too much.

I got water in my ear swimming a few weeks ago. It's never really felt right since.

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 00:44:58

Ok going to dose up in 15 mins.

What about sudafed?!!

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 00:46:31

I'm constantly fantasising about it popping!

Have tried holding my nose and swallowing. Not brave enough to blow....

DanceWithThePoets Fri 19-Aug-16 01:01:02

Stick the tips of your index fingers (gently, and not too far) into both ears.

Lift your fingertips upwards, and hold for a second.

From here, push your fingertips backwards towards the back of your skull.


Then yawn more.

Deep, exaggerated yawns.

Your ears will pop.

YourNewspaperIsShit Fri 19-Aug-16 07:51:35

Hot salt water on a flannel as a compress and press firmly, good luck

YourNewspaperIsShit Fri 19-Aug-16 07:52:52

Sorry not salt water salt wrapped up in the flannel itself that didn't read back very well blush The thick granule kind like sea salt

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 08:05:05

Thank you! I made it through the night thanks to cocodamol!

My ear crackled a bit at one point and virtually all the pain went away. It's cracklings every now and then this morning but definitely not as painful.

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 08:06:38

Nothing coming out of my ear though. Must admit I expected a bit of an explosion of ear pus. But nothing to show for my agony at all!!

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Aug-16 15:00:42

Gradually building up pressure and pain again. Back on the cocodamol and ibuprofen.

NHS site says ear infections can settle themselves in 2-3 days so I'm waiting till Monday before seeing anyone about it.

It's a bloody horrible pain though..

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