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Posted By : monty90 - 7/10/2017 9:00 PM
Hi guys, I am new to the forum, I stumbled across this forum after searching the internet for a few days, trying to find an answer to this horrible problem I'm having.

I have wore glasses for years now and I have never had this issue before, it started last week, before I start I have to say that I wear the lightest kind of glasses, titanium, rimless and extra thin lenses.

After taking a shower I put my glasses back on and was watching the television, I began to find myself having to keep moving the arm on the right side around as it felt uncomfortable behind my ear, I found myself doing this constantly all evening and they were perfectly fine before I had my shower.
Now for the past four days I have had constant discomfort and I have been bending the arm away from my head so it basically only just touches the bone behind my ear but what ever I do that bone is just so sensitive to touch, I have even wrapped a cushioned plaster near the end of the arm but I still have the same issue, I don't know why but that specific area just seems to have become sensitive to the slightest touch from my glasses and I don't know what to do about it.
It is making me miserable, agitated and depressed and I have already been off of work coping with another ailment so this is not helping at all.

The other side of my head is fine but on the right side I get this pain, sharp at times and other times hurting.

Here is a picture where I have circled the area roughly where it hurts and is sensitive, it is on a hard bone part VIEW IMAGE

Like I said, I have never had this issue in my life before and these glasses are so light and I have wore them for months with no problems, these glasses do bow around into the head bit but the issue is not the glasses I don't think, it is something wrong with that area behind my ear.

P.S. I tried my other pair of glasses which are heavier and a bit tight but they hurt that area too now, the funny thing is, I used to wear this heavier pair for 9 hours a day a few months ago with no problems and there is no lump behind the ear.

Post Edited (monty90) : 7/10/2017 9:13:20 PM (GMT-6)

Posted By : Lynnwood - 7/11/2017 8:45 AM
You probably have a pimple or something trying to form in just that spot - not yet well-formed enough to identify, but something brewing just under the skin there. I would suggest maybe use some antibiotic cream there, but otherwise leave it alone. It will either get better or get worse, in either case then the proper action will be clearer!

Posted By : (Seashell) - 7/11/2017 8:57 AM
My guesstimation is that you have a form of mastoiditis.

The mastoid the small bump/protuberance of bone behind the ear (the mastoid forms from the lower end of the temporal facial bone).

The mastoid bone can be the site of inflammation and/or bacterial infection due to its proximity to the warm and moist enclave of the sinuses. Infection is often due to an unresolved middle or inner ear infection.

Mastoiditis is treated with an appropriate wide-spectrum antibiotic. Intravenous antibiotic treatment is sometimes necessary to fully eradicate the bacterial load that finds its home in the nooks and crannies of the porous bone that is the mastoid.

You can Google "mastoiditis" to read and learn more about the condition and see if the profile matches with your symptoms. If you indeed have mastoiditis, you should be feeling more like yourself within 2-3 days of starting an antibiotic.

Do call your primary care provider ASAP. Mastoiditis is nothing to take lightly given its proximity to the cranial nerves and meninges. Early and aggressive use of antiobiotics is key.

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Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 7/11/2017 9:08:07 AM (GMT-6)

Posted By : monty90 - 7/11/2017 2:54 PM
Hey seashell, I thought it might be this but I have not had any infection unless symptomless? and every time I look up mastoiditis it's usually people complaining about pain and an inflamed lump near the bottom behind the ear, mine is on the top on that hard bony bit behind the ear I have been sneezing a few times but nothing much, I will go to the doctor about it as this is just weird.

Posted By : Chuckm50 - 7/24/2017 5:30 PM
I am having a similar problem after getting a pair of glasses getting new temples back from a place in Atlanta. I had not realized how tight they were until I started getting sharp pains in same place as you. I am now going e/o glasses but still getting intermittent sharp pains. Driving me crazy

Posted By : Italian Dutch - 8/18/2017 7:55 AM
This is my first post here, I hope you don't mind my poor English, but I have been having similar problems. For months I couldn't wear glasses. It seems in my case it was caused by an otitis externa. The pain of the infection radiated to the environment of the ear, also on top of the ear. And it was the same here, before shower I could wear the glasses but after that it started to hurt. Logical, the glands became swollen became swollen because of the shower and so the glasses started to feel very tight. It has taken me a long time to figure it out, because the infection in my case was not acute but chronic, still struggling with that, but it goes better. In the meantime I started to wear contacts.

Posted By : straydog - 8/18/2017 8:00 AM
Hi Italian Dutch & welcome to the forum. Very glad to read that you have found the cause of your pain. Unknown cause of pain is frustrating at its best. Many, many years ago I wore contacts & loved them. Now, I am much older & have such allergies they would not be as comfortable as they once were. I hope things continue to improve for you.

Take care.
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Posted By : Italian Dutch - 8/18/2017 8:07 AM
Thank you Susie. I'm sorry to hear about your allergies, I hope glasses don't cause any problems. Contacts are a solution in my case now, but because of dry eyes I have been trying night lenses. Not complete vision yet, because I just started, but reasonable.
Thanks again and I hope the topic starter, monty 90, will be able to wear glasses soon.

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