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Fuggit.

I just slept five hours with my 'bad ear' to the pillow. Now I'm awake and it's only gotten worse. My left eardrum seems to have turned 180 degrees so my left ear now hears nothing from the outside, but everything from the inside, mostly a dull hummmmmmmm and a soft throbbing in synch with my heartbeat. Every time when I yawn my eardrum makes a crackling noise like crumpling up a newspaper-page, with a few added stings of pain for effect.

Any hope I had of this being minor and curable with some sleep has been shot to hell. I'm not gonna clean the ear with water, for fear of there being a perforation in said eardrum. You don't want water on the inside, especially not if it just passed a truckload of bacteria on the way. I hope I can last until 8am when the doc is open for business again. Otherwise it's the 24-hour medical station in the next village, but they charge bigtime.

Fuggit.

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ionotter
Jan. 1st, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Well, you can do a few things to help make it easier to treat.

#1 is to control the pain and inflammation. 800mg of non-asprin pain reliever, every 6 hours. Panadol or ibuprofen will be fine, but be careful with NSAIDs. Be sure to eat something before you take it.

This will help with the pain, yes, but it will also control fever.

You *can* wash the ear out, but you should use a solution of alcohol and boric acid, and don't let it settle in the ear canal for the reasons you described, but I don't think your eardrum is perforated. If it were, it would whistle when you breathe. The alcohol will dry the moisture and kill bacteria, and the boric acid will leave a protective barrier that will dessicate and destroy any leftover bacteria.

This should hold you until you can see your doctor.

What you're hearing is the opening and closing of the Eustachian tube, that goes from your sinus cavity to your inner ear. It's there to equalize internal air pressure with external, which is why your ears pop when you chew or wiggle your jaw. Divers learn to control the action voluntarily, but it sounds as though yours is a bit clogged.

Oh, and for future reference? DON'T sleep on the ear. That not only irritates the muscles and ear canal, but it also holds anything nasty INSIDE your ear.
rob_d
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the help, doc. Boric acid and alcohol are not in my standard med cabinet so that one's out. As for painkillers: what we have in house is 500mg paracetamol tablets and 200mg Ibuprofen. So what you're saying is that I'd better chug four of those Ibu's? Regardless, I'm running over to the pharmacy first thing tomorrow to stock up on 800mg tablets.
Lastly: here I was, thinking that gravity would do its part. Sleeping with bad ear down would allow for anything to seep down and into the pillow. I guess I was mistaken?
damanique
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
:(

Hang in there, hon... *hugs you tight*
rob_d
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
I will, babe. I hope to be in better shape by friday, or at the very least saturday. I made a few promises to the guys at the LAN that I'd hate to break. Health comes first though.

*hugs back* Be sure to take your fruits and vitamins the next couple of days in case you caught my bug. :(
damanique
Jan. 1st, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
*stuffs you with 800 mg of ibuprofen* No commenting, go to bed! Doctor's orders! ^^

If I caught your bug it's already too late - there's a bazillion viruses capable of causing sinus infections and they mutate, so you can never be quite immune enough and only sticking it out and making it bearable helps.

However, I think your resistance may have been weakened by all the hard working and running around you've been doing, both at work and at home. You've got to give yourself a break sometimes! ^^ When I finished my internship last year I was sick with the stomach flu for a week, purely from stress...

*takes a vitamin pill or two just in case*

Either way, health does come first, so don't worry about anything else for now. *huggles*
damanique
Jan. 1st, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
P.S. my mom's medicine: slaolie. Apparently if you pour it into your ear (advisable that someone else does this), it helps against infection. (Yeah, okay..)
caniche
Jan. 1st, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Ear infections suck... I am amazed you can sleep on that ear, when I had one it was so painful I could not rest my head on that side! (I got that infection from swimming in dirty water or something)
skunktaur
Jan. 1st, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I had that a few months back.
It's basically yer average blockage... do you use q-tips a lot?

What they're most likely to give you is a solution that smells like vinegar. It's slightly oily. Put a few drops in your ear three times a day for a few days and then you go back, after which they flush out the clog.
jonesybunny
Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Well, like I said, I hope you feel better soon.

If there's anything I can help with, let me know.
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