I have essentially had an ear infection since at least Feb. 1, although I think I started noticing ear pain a day or two before that and it wasn't officially diagnosed until Feb. 2.
I've done two rounds of antibiotics -- first a Z-pack and then Levaquin, which I just took my last dose of yesterday.
Then last night (late afternoon, early evening), when my ears have typically intensified in pain, it started feeling like my ears were exploding whenever I sneezed or blew my nose. And with year-round allergies, I do that more than the typical person even when I don't have a cold. (Which I don't right now.)
When I told Scott, my husband, about it, he asked if there was connective tissue in the ear canal and whether the ear pain could be linked to my underlying illness.
My first response was, "Nah!"
But now I'm wondering. Because essentially when they look in my ear, they tell me it's red and inflamed. Isn't that essentially the problem that's causing my other aches and pains? Although most of the places I hurt aren't as easy to look inside of as my ears.
I go back to the ENT tomorrow because he didn't want to just call in a new prescription of antibiotics for me without seeing what was going on in there. Although he just saw me last Friday and at that time declared I still had a double ear infection, although he said it looked mild at that time. (When I was diagnosed and had what I thought was excrutiating ear pain, the doctor I saw at urgent care said it was only a moderate infection. I sure hope I never have a severe one if that's what a moderate one feels like!)
Scott's theory would explain why two rounds of antibiotics haven't worked too well for me ... but I'm hoping it's just a "normal" ear infection and it's just my compromised immune system that's making it take longer to heal it up.
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