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Thu, Jan 3 6:03pm · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Thanks denben for your post. It does stand to reason that some of our ear problems may be from not getting enough blood flow. My painful ear seems plastered to my head when I get up in the morning. And I’ve noticed that the upper cartilage in that ear is much softer than the one I don’t sleep on.

Dec 30, 2018 · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Hi Anniemaggie……I have been part of this group for quite sometime. Are the ear drops that you use a prescription? Periodically I look for ear drops at the store, but never find any. I have tried a few suggestions that seem to work for some of you, but nothing is working for me. I did get a diagnosis of Chondrodermatitis (CNH) caused from laying on my right side too much, and I do get a pressure sore on my ear. When the sore gets really intolerable, I resort to my very uncomfortable pillow with a hole in the middle. The Sore heals in a few weeks, then I can’t resist sleeping on my very soft reg. pillow to get some more restful sleep. After several weeks, I get the sore again. For other reasons I can only sleep on my right side…..so this is a vicious painful circle. I am 80 years old now, so I know I won’t have many more years to tolerate this problem. Sorry this is a long post.

Nov 26, 2018 · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Hi Ellie…..I was diagnosed with your exact ear problem by my Dermatologist. I also found the pillows with a hole in the middle, too hard and uncomfortable. I actually had this painful outer ear several years before getting the nodule, which has made it worse. I have used some steriod cream on the nodule when it gets really sore & extremely painful. When that gets better, I have used many things from Vaseline to recently avocado oil. I definitely will now get some aloe Vera gel. Can you say what brand yours is, that might be purchased anywhere? I have always used a VERY soft pillow and am using it again, and try to punch a hole for my ear, that relives some of the pressure and do this a few times during the night. I hope the aloe Vera gel works for me! Thank you for your posting.

Jun 3, 2017 · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Thank you @justin for your reply. Yes, it is confusing, as the post right under yours that says 16 mins ago, is a post that has a date Mar 31. Oh, well, I’ll just try and not understand it and just know that the order of post are confusing. 🙂

Jun 2, 2017 · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

@hopeful thank you for your reply. I am having a bit of trouble understanding the order of the posts. They seem to be rather mixed in the dates and times they are written. What do I need to do to correctly read the posts in order? Thanks for any help with this.
I see that many here are finding some relief with putting icy-hot etc. on before going to sleep. If there is any leasion at all on the ear, wouldn’t that cause a lot of burning? I imagine most of us would be willing to try most everything. :-).

Jun 2, 2017 · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

This is my first time to post here so I may not be doing it correctly. I was diagnosed with Chondrodermatitis Nodularis helicis. my outer right ear extremely painful!!
Here is a link that tells all about it. It is also referred to as Winklers disease. http://www.dermnetnz.org/lesions/chondrodermatitis.html. As far as I know there is no cure. I don’t have but a very small leasion when it gets really irritated. My doctor said stay off that ear when sleeping! Sad for me because if I sleep on my left side, I get dizzy. So that only leaves sleeping on my back. So I ordered a pillow called “Pillow with a hole in the middle”…..but I didn’t like it because it was too uncomfortable because it was too hard and hurt my neck. But the hole did give relief for my ear. Then I tried sleeping for two months with my arm folded under my head, no pressure on my ear, but I’m now having headaches.
My standard size pillow is Very soft and I can punch a hole and put my ear there and that gives a little relief, until the pillow starts fiilling in the hole. So it is nights of fluffing my pillow and making a hole for my ear. My doctor said the outer cartilage of my ear is inflamed, so I guess that is why some anti-inflammatory pills would help…..but as someone said they can be bad for your stomach. I will stop here, I am very sorry that some of you have this condition, I know how much we all long for a good nights sleep!