01/07/2010 - Questions and Answers

I have been suffering from an earache for months.

By: June Chen, MD

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I have been suffering from an earache for months. The doctor has given me 3 different antibiotics (arithomicin, bactin, and cipro) with no change in my condition. Now my neck and head are in terrible pain. He sent me to an endocrinologist because I am also a hysterectomy patient (I have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and I needed to check my hormone levels. I was shocked to hear that I had a cyst on my thyroid and I had high testosterone levels. Should I be concerned? What should I do to proceed from here because I am so tired of aching?

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It certainly sounds like you have many things going on, and only your personal physician can advise you as to whether they are all related. Your personal physician can also examine you and help you to coordinate your health care needs, especially if you need to seek specialist care.

It is possible that your high testosterone levels are related to your polycystic ovary syndrome. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have low levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SBHG), a protein that binds to testosterone as it circulates through the bloodstream. Testosterone that is bound to SBHG is not biologically active. However, if you have low SBHG, more testosterone can enter your cells.

As you know, there are many possible causes of thyroid cysts and perhaps your endocrinologist can advise you on whether or not additional studies need to be done in order to characterize your cyst. And, perhaps, an otolaryngologist, or ear/nose/throat specialist can assist you with your persistent earache.

 

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Created on: 01/07/2010
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I've recently been experiencing seemingly endless ear aches too, and have been obsessively searching through the internet looking for information. I keep finding people commenting on how they've had an earache for months, years, that will not go away. They've been to ENT's who have told them there is nothing wrong with them etc. Naturally, this only got me more worked up. Then it occurred to me that teeth grinding is a common cause for ear aches, and being that all of us are relentlessly searching for a method to alleviate ours, thinking about it non-stop, we also are exerting a relatively high amount of stress on ourselves in the process (a main reason for teeth grinding.) Furthermore I think it is reasonable to investigate whether or not this is in fact the cause. I realize that you posted this a long time ago, so hopefully your circumstances have been bettered already!