Found a solution to my ear pain

Posted by emacsass @emacsass, Jun 7 7:50pm

Along with progressive normal deafness (I'm 87) , sometimes I would develop a painful earache, in my right ear, the side that I usually sleep on. At first, I treated it with heat, and it would go away. I suspected an infection, but the rapid decrease in the pain made me think otherwise. My answer: my right ear seems to be sensitive to just the right kind of pressure. So now when I recline on my right side, I make sure the pillow is smoothed out first –no little wrinkles to trigger the pain. It still happens, rarely, and I merely turn over to my left side for a while.

Ah, glad you found a solution to the problem…sore ear/s are no fun, take care. J.

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If the problem returns, you really should see your primary care provider, and possibly an ENT.

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Glad you were able to find a solution to this problem. The outer ear is mainly composed of cartilage. Pain can occur if it's irritated. I believe this is called auricular chondritis. Like other areas of the body that have cartilage, it can become irritated for a variety of reasons. It sounds as if pressure from your pillow was the culprit.

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@julieo4

Glad you were able to find a solution to this problem. The outer ear is mainly composed of cartilage. Pain can occur if it's irritated. I believe this is called auricular chondritis. Like other areas of the body that have cartilage, it can become irritated for a variety of reasons. It sounds as if pressure from your pillow was the culprit.

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Thanks. Now I have a diagnosis. I never liked gristle on meat, but now I see that I wear some all the time!

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@emacsass

Thanks. Now I have a diagnosis. I never liked gristle on meat, but now I see that I wear some all the time!

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LOL! Yep…we have both meat and gristle within us! 🙂

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