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Extreme outer ear pain: What can it be?

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) | Last Active: Aug 8, 2023 | Replies (402)

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Hi Ellen. If your ear pain is caused by vascular pooling, it's possible that elevating the head of your bed might provide some relief. Raise the frame 4 to 6 inches so the entire bed is at an angle, to allow for your whole body to be evenly stretched out while you sleep (not just your head or upper body). It is quite comfortable and easy to do. Bricks, wood blocks, or even old books work nicely. Also try a medium softness to soft pillow to take the pressure off the peripheral ear area. The other item you could include in positioning your head might include a McKensie roll. It's a soft neck bolster that doesn't impede circulation like firmer bolsters tend to do. Good luck.
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This makes sense! I had 2 bulging neck discs last summer and went through PT. So, I have pinched nerve pain. I started having this weird ear pain when sleeping on my side. It feels like when your arm or legs fall asleep and then you have that bad pain, except it's in your ears! It started on one side for me, now it happens on both! I am going to try my Mackenzie pillow. I know it isn't an infection. Vascular pooling makes more sense. Thanks for your response😁