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    For a couple months now, I've been able to feel anything I eat or drink in my left ear, and it'll sometimes cause pain (mostly when food is crunchy and/or spicy, or if a liquid is carbonated). I know that feeling pain from your throat in the ear(s) is somewhat normal, but this is something different. Just wondering if anyone has ever had this sort of thing happen to them or anyone they know, or if they've heard of anything like this and remembers what it was called.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Nameless. View Post
    I know that feeling pain from your throat in the ear(s) is somewhat normal...
    It..is?

    I've never had this happen nor have I ever heard of such a thing. That sounds really weird, man. I'd get that shit checked out ASAP. If it were me, I would have done it the first time I ever noticed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .writer View Post
    It..is?
    Well, maybe not the norm, but it happens more often than not.

    I've been going to ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) for about 4 years for extreme ear pain, and they have yet to find out what's causing it. Over the years, it's been getting worse and worse. Sometime in January, my left ear started hurting when I drank anything. A few weeks later, it started hurting when I ate as well. Haven't found anything yet that really explains it, and the doctors have yet to figure it out. Was hoping that someone on here may have either experienced something similar or heard of something similar.
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    What type of tests has the ENT done?

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    They've looked in my ear, throat, and nose. They did an MRI a year ago, but all they found was that I have a Deviated Nasal Septum (the cartilage that seperates your nostrils), though they don't think that's causing anything. They've sent me to Neurology and Dental to see if anything in those areas was the source of the problem; Dental determined it was nothing they could solve, and Neurology just gave me anti-convulsants for some reason. Other than that,not much has been done. The only things ENT can think of are Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (the tube that helps your ears regulate pressure don't work right) and sensitivity caused by having ear tubes put in my ears since I was a kid (can't really describe what those do, so look it up if you're curious), but neither of those explain much of anything and are basically being used as placeholders until they figure out what's actually causing all this calamity.
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    Every so often it hurts like holy hell in my ears when I swallow anything (no jokes!) but it's normally when I'm getting a cold or something. It's almost like the feeling you get in them on a plane but every time I swallow.

    My eardrum burst in my right ear when I was around 7 but the doctors say it had no long term effects. Only in the last few years has it started causing me problems, I have to be very careful when going under water or even in the shower because water stays in my ear for days but then sometimes it has absolutely no effect.

    My ears are really sensitive, if some with a high voice shouts near me then my ears feel like they're going to explode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Nameless. View Post
    I've been able to feel anything I eat or drink in my left ear
    Stop eating shit with your ear, dummy. It goes in your mouth.

    This sounds crazy, honestly. Is temperature a factor? Like does hot or cold foods cause a variance in the discomfort you experience?

    Is it when you're swallowing or chewing?
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    It doesn't matter if the food or liquid is hot or cold. Usually it just happens when I swallow, the pain happens right around where your mouth ends and your throat begins and travels from there to my ear. Only hurts when I chew if my ears are spiking (it'll feel like a tube with spikes all around it is expanding inside my ear, behind the eardrum).

    Thing that annoys me about the doctors I'm seeing is that they're telling me to do yoga, excercise, and get a job in order to reduce my ear pain. What's ironic is that if I do exercise, it irritates my ears. I've tried yoga and all sorts of relaxation techniques, and that does nothing. As for the job, sure I'm looking, but it's not like getting a job will suddenly cure any and all ailments.
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    Are you overweight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Nameless. View Post
    It doesn't matter if the food or liquid is hot or cold. Usually it just happens when I swallow, the pain happens right around where your mouth ends and your throat begins and travels from there to my ear. Only hurts when I chew if my ears are spiking (it'll feel like a tube with spikes all around it is expanding inside my ear, behind the eardrum).

    Thing that annoys me about the doctors I'm seeing is that they're telling me to do yoga, excercise, and get a job in order to reduce my ear pain. What's ironic is that if I do exercise, it irritates my ears. I've tried yoga and all sorts of relaxation techniques, and that does nothing. As for the job, sure I'm looking, but it's not like getting a job will suddenly cure any and all ailments.

    how any doctors have you seen? would hate to think you have a ruptured eardrum, but maybe its just a mild infection? mabe you should get an mri or a ct to rule out any skull fracture.
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    I've had the same/similar displeasure with my ear/throat before. But it was only temporarily, like it would go away within a couple of hours. I would suggest seeing a doctor but you have already. Stumped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OME6A View Post
    Are you overweight?
    Slightly. Last weight was 330-ish, but I look like I weigh in the mid-200's (ideal weight is probably 250). Before anyone says anything, I'm not a Fatty McFat-fat that doesn't exercise at all. I walk most anywhere I can, and as far as my build I have a somewhat big belly, but I'm no rolly-polly (think Zack Gallifinakas minus the awesome beard).

    As for how many doctors I've seen for this, I'll say around 10. I've seen 3 or 4 ENT doctors, 2 General Practice people, a Dentist, and a Neurologist. That's not counting the doctors I've seen in the ER. I know I don't have a ruptured eardrum, and as far as an infection, there's no drainage and the antibiotics I've been given haven't done anything. Have had one of the case-managers in ENT send off an e-mail to my primary ENT guy asking if he's heard of anything like this, so hopefully he'll have an answer either in the next few days or when I see him on the 10th to get ear tubes put into my ears again (hopefully it'll at least reduce the pain and stop my being able to feel what I swallow in my left ear). I'm not surprised that most of the replies on here are basically, "I'm perplexed. Go see a doctor." Just hoping for that 1 in a million chance that someone will happen upon this thread and know exactly what's going on.
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    Your doctor is right on with thinking it's a problem with the Eustachian tube. Obviously, I'm not a clinician (but well on my way!) but your Eustachian tube is likely to blame for that. Chronic sinus infections or even allergies could cause your tube to become swollen more often than not which could create a feeling of pressure or discomfort that you've described. What kind of tubes were place in your ears as a kid and why did they have to do that? We're you abnormally prone to infections?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Pre View Post
    What kind of tubes were place in your ears as a kid and why did they have to do that? We're you abnormally prone to infections?
    I've needed ear tubes since I was about 4 months old (when they tested my hearing, my left ear flat-lined and my right ear barely registered). To the best of my knowledge, I've always had T-Tubes (they're shaped like a "T" so that they stay in for 2-4 years). The last time I had tubes put in was 5 months ago in December, but they fell out in January. I don't know why they fell out so quickly, though. Every time before, I've had to go into the OR to get the tubes put in, but last time the doctor put them in while I was in the clinic, but I don't know if he put in T-Tubes or not. As for infections, I don't know if I'm prone to ear or sinus infections or not. Often times it'll feel like my ears are draining, but nothing ever comes out so I don't know if they are or not. I had a sinus infection back in August of last year, but I don't know if that was the first one or not. Last ear infection with drainage was a long time ago. Sometimes I can feel something draining into the back of my throat, but I don't know what it is. I know that my eustachian tubes are fucked up. If I try to pop my ears to relieve pressure by blowing out through my nose while holding it closed, it will sometimes change the way I hear things with my left ear (will make things louder, duller, or echo), but I can never pop my ears. Don't know what any of that means other than confirming that my ears are really fucked up.
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Anyone ever hear of this sort of thing?