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What is the cause of outer ear pain when sleeping on your side?

What is the cause of outer ear pain when sleeping on your side?

Outer ear pain: You may have otitis external.Have your doctor examine your ears. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes outer ear pain when laying on it?

What causes outer ear pain when laying on it?

Rule out infection: Many things can cause outer ear pain. It is important to make sure there is no outer ear infection by seeing your family doctor or ear, nose and throat doc. Absent infection, small inflammatory, benign lesions can be painful. Lastly, some individuals will have sensitive outer ears becausee there is little fat (cushioning). If that is the case, finding the appropriate pillow can help. ...Read more

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What causes ear pain from sleeping on ear?

What causes ear pain from sleeping on ear?

Ear pain: When you sleep on your ear through the night, you can end up reducing the blood supply and disrupting the sensory nerves, leading to pain or soreness. ...Read more

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What causes severe ear pain when I am sleeping ?

Rule out dental pain: I recently answered this question. But I am happy to repeat my suggestion. There are many structures at the side of the face. The ear is only one. The jaw joint, the jaw muscles, teeth, nerves and blood vessels are located at the side of the face but people always assume that pain at the side of the face is coming from the ear. If there is no hearing loss, think of dental or jaw muscles. ...Read more

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Really bad ear pain from sleeping on it. Any solution?

Really bad ear pain from sleeping on it. Any solution?

TMD: Sleeping on the ear should make you suspicious of inflammation of the jaw joint. It is remarkable that most people do not think of the jaw and jaw muscles as a source of pain. I tell my patients to think of their ear as being on top of their heads, and then ask them what their complaint is. Only then do they realize that at the side of the face is the jaw joint, the jaw muscles and the teeth. ...Read more

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If I usually sleep through flights, is there anyway to prevent the problems I have with ear pain on these long flights?

If I usually sleep through flights, is there anyway to prevent the problems I have with ear pain on these long flights?

Awaken for landing: The ear issue on flights occurs when the pressurized plane begins to descend to ground level. Air was pushed out of your middle ear space at high altitude balancing the altitude change on your system. As you return to ground level, you need to be awake to yawn, chew gum or otherwise straighten your eustacian tube so air can re-enter your middle ear & equalize the changing pressure.Pain should stop. ...Read more

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Sharp Inner ear pain primarily right side wake me up, goes up to head. Never happened before. Wear headphone to sleep every night never had problem. ?

Sharp Inner ear pain primarily right side wake me up, goes up to head. Never happened before. Wear headphone to sleep every night never had problem. ?

?: I have several questions. This could be an infection in the ear canal, but without further information cannot answer accurately. You should see your PCP or if you prefer a Virtual Consult. healthtap.com/DrJones Concierge Keycode YVCZAZ. ...Read more

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Will sleep medication help alleviate my ear pain? I can't seem to get rid of it.

Will sleep medication help alleviate my ear pain? I can't seem to get rid of it.

Probably not: Long standing and/or severe ear pain should be evaluated. See your primary doctor or local ENT as a first step for treatment. Sleeping medicine will only cover the problem, whatever that may be. Best wishes. ...Read more

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