Ear (gray matter in there?) Okay.. Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kimba4318, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    Hi friends - I posted a week or so ago about this lump behind my left ear... I gather that it is a lymph node adn now there is another one right next to it (like a double bump)I read here that it can be a cluster of lymph nodes. Set me at ease... now ...

    My question.. The doc did the old "ohhhh - ahhhhhh - hmmmm" when she felt it (this was when there was only one). She treated mem AGAIN for another sinus infection (was treated 2 weeks prior mind you). She said,while looking in my ears (a few times) that she sees "Gray Matter" in there. Now, I assumed everyone has "Gray Matter"... so she looked confused (not a good feeling when you go to HER already confused, and handed me another ABX.

    Now the past few days I am getting this sharp knife pain in the same ear that has the "bumps" behind it. It hurts terribly bad. If I knew what it felt like to pop and ear drum, I would say.... The stabbing off and on pain would feel like that.

    Any thoughts on this delimma (sp) - so frustrated! It is very, very painful. Gives me the chills up and down my spine.

    SOrry so long
  2. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    Hi Kim, Doesn't sound like you're having much fun. about a month ago my daughter (she's 7) was complaining of a sore ear while sick with a cold. I treated her pain, but a few days later it was oozing....nothing yucky, just like liquid ear wax. We put cottonn in it for a few days and pain subsided soon after it burst. I assume her ear drum burst. At the time I did alot of looking on Mayo clinic and gave alot of great info on treating ear infection with antibiotics and letting it heal on its own. I watched her carefully and was prepared to take her to doc, but seemed to heal great on its own with no hearing loss. She was in alot of pain though for awhile, but I gave her tylenol with codiene.
  3. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    I will get it checked out soon. The only thing I found on Gray matter was "brain" hmmmm maybe my brain is mad at me and leaving my head... thru my ear I suppose.


    Ohhhhhh - hope it stops soon - ouch!
  4. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    Thank you too georgiac. I just heard about a CVS minute clinic. My NP only spends about 5 minutes with me. I heard you can go to this "MINUTE" thing at the actual pharmacy and only pay $20.00.... my copay is $30.00 so this is great and they spend 15 minutes with you. May be a cheap way to get another opinion. Maybe they won't say "ohhhhh ahhhhh", etc..

    I may give it shot today - cause it is still there. Maybe a simple ear infection, however I find it strange that I just finished a second round of ZPACK ABX. Seems like that would have cleared an ear infection.

    Thanks for your help. I will see what I can find out today.

  5. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    Look up Mastoiditis on healthatoz

    If this description sounds like your symptoms, I'd make an appointment with an ENT specialist.
  6. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    joyfully - Thank you ver much. Just looked it up ... Yes that sounds about right. I wonder if my "out to lunch" PCP will go ahead and write me a referral for an ENT. I will ask them now.

    I knew I could find help here. Thank you VERY MUCH!
  7. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    I had a node behind my ear and it started rapidly growing after a couple of days,then a sore developed on my right forehead.The doctor had to confirm with another dr and.found there is a muscle in that area.Antivirus medication stopped it from getting too severe.Linda
  8. MelaC

    MelaC New Member

    HI kimba nice to see you still have a sense of humour it always helps. Well I have had loads of surgeries on my ears. A number for mastoiditis and there never was any grey matter there. I would see an ENT pronto. If it is mastoiditis it needs to be treated as soon as possible as it can proof to be very dangerous.

    I hope you get sorted soon.
  9. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    Gray is the normal color of the tympanic membrane (ear drum) with no sign of infection -- if that helps any.

    It sounds like it is time for an ENT.

    Good luck,

    Karen :)
  10. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    georgiac, Linda, Mela & Karen -
    Thank you for the info... I have had severe pain that had developed on that same side, in my ear and neck and face (only on side where swollen lymph nodes are).

    It seems to feel worse at night for whatever reason... the other night I could not take it anymore and went to a nighttime doctors office. He said my ear canal is "twisted" and it is hard to see in there. He did see a whole bunch of gooky fluid in that ear. Gave me Guafenissin (sp). Said to drink lots of fuids.

    The weird thing was - he started to list off antibiotics he was going to put me on.. every on, except Cipro, I said I had a reaction to. He finally said, "hmmm, well you DO NOT need antibiotics this time" I thought that was so weird after he had rattled off all of the ones that he wanted to try. I looked at his notes and he had listed every one of them and then just crossed them out & said to drink lots of water and take the Guai. Weird, Huh?

    I did get a phone call the next day from that center and they said that is not a firm diagnosis and still need to follow up with my PCP. Very frustrating.

    I will see how the Guai drains the fluid, do you all still think I should push to see and ENT or just wait it out?

    THank you for your advice and concern - Very MUCH appreciated.
  11. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    Good grief -- I bet you are more than a little frustrated and I can see why. If it were me and I had insurance I would see an ENT.

    Either way I would follow up with my PCP.

    I am just taking a wild guess here but it sounds like the ear canal is twisted because of the swollen lymph nodes pressing against it -- hey it makes sense to me but then I am not a physician...LOL

    Kim I really hope you feel better soon -- I know you must be in so much pain.

    Tonight before you go to bed pour about a cup or so of salt in a clean sock and heat in the microwave (just a few minutes not too hot) lay with your ear on it.

    This with help to draw the fluid out and help with the pain too. My sister told me about this and I read it somewhere as well.

    Feel better,

    Karen :)
  12. maineweezie

    maineweezie New Member

    Hi Kim,

    What's going on with you sounds very much like what I've been going thru.Behand my ear has been swollen for a month or so. My doctor checked it then and made a coment about watching it as I've so many other issues going on that we're trying to get better. Yesterday morning I woke up with both ears draining a yucky fluid. Back to the doctors again for more checking. Seems it's finally show it's head as a viral issue behind the ear drum.It's not comfy for sure but the meds for my back and such keep it from really screaming which is more than they do for my back. The ear cannel and behind the ear are even larger than they had been. She's got me on an antiviral ear drop. Might be a week or two but this is supposed to take care of the whole mess. Might want to have this checked too. Maineweezie
  13. MelaC

    MelaC New Member

    Hi kjfms I personally believe you should see an ENT. I have grown up with ear problems from a very young age. If there is one thing I learn't its dont mess around as it is way too close to the brain and if not treatedpromptly and properly one can wind up with serious complications.

    I really hope you get sorted and feel better real soon.
  14. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    requested and ENT appt.... may take weeks, bit I did request it.
    The little salt/rice bags, what a great idea! I will try that.
    Hugs again
  15. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    I was just wonder how you are doing? I hope you are feeling a little better.

    Did the warm salt socks help?

    Take care,

    Karen :)

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