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Old 16th Apr 2024, 17:20
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Pain in one ear

A pain in one ear which becomes significantly more intense when taking antibiotics. Any suggestions as to what it might be ?
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Old 16th Apr 2024, 18:09
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It is the other ear.
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Old 16th Apr 2024, 18:13
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That would be a pain in the neck then
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Been a pilot since 1982. Have flown twice since with a “sore” ear. Both times were a situation in which I needed to have somebody come and get get me because I had no idea which way was up.

sit home

have a hot gin and a Contac if you live someplace where such is legal

for gods sake, don’t try to fly
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Any suggestions as to what it might be ?

I'd suggest it's a really good reason to see an Otolaryngologist.

Likely worst case - ruptured eardrum, which I expect is a pain that is exquisite and very distracting.
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Do you think, just maybe a Doctor should be your first port of call rather than a pilot rumour network?
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I have spent forty years investigating and consulted many doctors without any clear diagnosis. The correlation with antibiotics is a more recent observation which seems worth following up, but any connection is more likely to be apparent from experience rather than medical knowledge.
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Are you taking antibiotics very often ? If so, that is quite concerning.

If I get a cold* or whatever, I don't take prescriptions, I take daily vitamins and minerals. The human immune system can fight most common ailments, as long as it has access to a ready supply of 'raw materials' to build millions of fighting cells to attack the infection.

* Colds are not caused by bacteria, so antibiotics are of no use in that particular case.
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Dont worry about the antibiotics. It took thirty years to notice the connection.
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Well if you have been going to doctors about this for 40 years without any resolution, then that is very concerning, on many levels.

I assume that all the normal checks and investigations have been carried out, and that you have been to specialists, but nobody has found anything ?

So perhaps you have a blood vessel or a tumour pressing on a nerve or something. No idea why antibiotics would make that worse.

Have you had an MRI scan ?
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MRI scan is next on the to do list. Obviously symptoms which were once very worrying become less worrying with the passage of time.

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