When I have an attack it is an excruciating (sp?) in my jaw and ear, I get it on my left side. That's how it starts, then the pain migrates along the jaw line under my lower teeth. Sometimes it spreads thru my cheek and up over my eyebrow. I hurts just to smile much less talk or eat. For 3 wks. or so I lived on soggy cheerios, jello, toast dunked in tea and things like that. My pcp did my diagnosis, gave me naproxin and elavil. Didn't really help much. What seemed to help more was alternating between hot and cold packs. The only good thing that has come out of it was it made me more aware of how often I clench my teeth, I try not to do that anymore. There is no way to tell, as far as I know, what causes it or when another attack might happen. Usually if I start to get that pain in my ear I get out the hot pack and lay on that and that seems to stop it before it gets too bad.
Hope this helps.
Thank you so much for getting back to me, Gamma. I have it on the left side and sometimes it travels up behind my eye and down by my ear and jaw. I have been going to P/T for my shoulder and knees. They go btw heat and ice, so I will try the ice (I always use heat on anything that hurts).
I also noticed your suffer w/ Tinnitus. I had a problem yrs ago w/ my ears feeling full of air. I had it every day for about 3 yrs. I spoke and heard as if under water, really weird. Have you ever had that sensation? I get it once in awhile now.
Hope you have a pain free evening. God bless. Alice.
Yes, I do quite often experience sounding like I am under water, my pcp told me to apply a little peroxide with a qtip just at the opening of my ear and that will draw the moisture out of the ear canal. I was surprised, but it really does work, I have to do that every 2 or 3 days.
The tinnitus drives my nuts sometimes because it will sometimes get louder than normal. It used to be that both ears rang at the same pitch, but not any longer and that is really annoying to say the least. I sleep with a fan at night to help cover up the ringing. It seems to run in my family. My grandmother had it, my sister has it so bad that it has caused her to go completely deaf in one ear and I'm not far behind her. As far as I know they haven't come up with a cure or even any relief for tinnitus, sure wish they would. I've had it so long that I can't remember not having it.
I have never heard the tip about using peroxide, but I'm definitely going to try it! Thanks! I seem to always have moisture in my ears. I have enough trouble hearing without that.