good luck celeste. let me know if it works.
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Reasearched info on auricular CHONDRITIS. That is NOT my condition. If you Look at pics of ppl w that condition u will notice they're talking about all the cartilage in outer area of ear and will c total redness of ear. That condition sounds serious w danger of losing cartilage. It is not something u can have for 20 some yrs without serious consequences. My pain is behind ear where ear connects w skull. But perhaps thats what u have. I doubt it though. Didn't u say you had it forever? PA's have habit of giving ppl diagnoses when it shd b dr that does it. U SHD discuss w ur dr. Pillow is great idea. I'll research. Thanx
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Have not gotten any answers. However since i wrote the initial info re the pain my left ear has miraculously "healed" itself. Pain is gone. Right ear however has gotten worse. Now right ear pain starts when i lay down and touch it. Even without laying on it. So I'm very careful not to lay on it. Here's some insight. Was at new ENT doc's office for unrelated issue. He had drawing of outer ear on wall. Back side of ear. Right where i have pain it showed some elongated different areas. Asked him what it is. Told him about my pain and how it crackles when i rub there while i have pain. He said it is cartilage. And sometimes that can get inflamed. And crackling is cartilage breaking up. First dr to say this. And I've had number of tests. No answer on cause however. Or any treatment. We'll prob have it til we die. Celeste i have tested various things to do for pain relief. I used to get up out of bed when i accidentally slept on an ear and wake up with excruciating pain. I'd stay up about 5 min and it would b gone. Funny being upright took pain away. Now i stay in bed and start rubbing area. Gently at first because it is so painful. Then start rubbing more forcefully, i hear the crackling, and the pain goes away very quickly. U might want to try. ENT dr said very high thread pillowcases will keep pain away. I'm doubtful. Have not purchased yet but will in near future. I'll try anything.
I have had this for at least 25 yrs. I'm 75 myself. See no total relief in sight. Then again my left ear is fine now. Go figure. Sorry i couldn't give u better news. Try the rubbing. It really works.
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@celesteh77 mentioned you in extreme outer ear pain on Tue, Jan 29
@ellienewfan I read your post from Feb 4, 2013. I am 81 years of age and have had the same pain as you for 20 years. All your symptoms are exactly the same as mine. In the past 6 years, since your post, have you gotten anyone to tell you what to do for the pain. Has it ever improved. Thank you for responding…
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thanks, @upartist. i am definitely going to try the elevation. although i do elevate my upper body due to acid reflux problems, i can see that i probably should try raising the bed.. also read your thoughts about kinesio-taping. not sure i understand it, but will keep in mind. and research. perhaps discuss with my doctor. if i should get any relief by raising the bed itself, i will let everyone know.
at least i’m not alone in this. no redness, no swelling, etc. Doctors i saw (ear, nose, throat doc.; my own internist; had exrays and MRI) looked at me funny when i tried to explain my situation. thanks @bearylynn,i also have been bunching up a pillow so there is least amount of touching my ear. i seem to be able to somewhat lay on my left side, but my right cannot abide it. in fact if i even lay on right side even without anything touching my ear, i’ll still get it.terrible pain. i am currently 72, and think that perhaps i’ll never get rid of this and must suffer with this for rest of my life.