I started to have this extreme ear pain about 4 years ago! I would wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain on my right ear. I couldn't touch my ear, yawn or move my jaw without the pain in my right ear! I have not gone to the doctor but have kept a journal of when this happens. It's usually when it's rainy or damp out side. Like my sinuses are draining to the right ear. and it goes to my ear when I lay down. It seems to go away about 15 to 30 minutes after I get up and start my day. I thought I was going crazy.