I’ve had outer ear pain for about 20+ years. I’ve tried bunching the foam chip pillow and rolling up a cloth to place at the front of my ear in order to lie on my side without pain. I’ve had the blood on my pillow in the morning, which my doctor adamantly stated that it couldn’t possibly have come from my ear. I even tried to make my own doughnut pillow that I could place on the side of my head so that my ear wouldn’t touch anything when lying down. It’s so frustrating to never get any answers about these problems. But my experience of getting no answers for the origins of my pain go back more than 40 years. I had unexplained pain in multiple areas of my body since I was about 10 years old. In recent years, because there never seemed to be anything “wrong” with me, my doctor finally diagnosed me with Fibromyalga. I have many pressure points that pain when I lie on them including my hips, neck, shoulders, knees, ears, and the heels of my feet. Not sure if anyone else who have left comments here have other pressure areas but Fibromyalga might be responsible for the ear pain. I also suffer from muscle spasms in my lower legs and feet that usually hit at night, another symptom of Fibro.
However, even with the diagnosis, there is no solution to the pain. I’ve always been a believer that if you get to the root of a problem, you can find a solution, but there just doesn’t seem to be one for this constant aggravating pain.