Severe ear ache/head pain and vertigo

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Hello,

This discussion site is new to me but as my son (He's 11 years) is experiencing a lot of pain in both ears (GP confirmed glue ear but that cleared and inflamed nose few weeks ago).  But strong ear pain and sinus pain in head and eye (was very photophobic too).  Now continues to have bad ear/head pain and keeps him awake at night plus bad vertigo on standing and needs support to walk now.  It just been going on since symptoms commenced 2 months ago.  He is so distraught and we finally been for CT scan today.  I know people can wait a lot longer but because its quite serious to be getting ear pain for so long, and on reading about Labyrinthitis and other medical conditions, none seem to be stating that ear pain is predominant.  I keep taking or talking to GPs who do not reassure and no painkillers help.  Can anyone throw any light on this, or had this please? There may be a delay in waiting for the scan results.  If he sneezes or yawns he says it feels like his eardrums will burst.  He has had ear infections/problems in past but nothing like this.

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    I think you will have to wait for c.t scan results.     We can suggest but it can mislead you and like me you go over it until you convince yourself of wrong diagnosis . I did this so just hold on a little more ..it's very stressful I know. C.t scan will help you have peace of mind soon.   
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    Sadly doctors are very tentative in giving any reassurance nowadays due to the fact that everyone is so afraid of being sued. Lawyers have a lot to answer for.
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    I had operation last Monday. ... They cleared out blood clot from ear infection maybe from old infection ... ??  Which I ignored.  .  Umm. It felt like I had a elastic band all around my head ..  Couldn't walk anywhere without pain in head getting worse.   But now no pain !!    They took out problem and put Gromit in.    Packed it and ok. But if you have  old infections then you will have this pain build up ....   They were worried it was a tumour but hey that was not the case . Just gunk.        Gunk needs to be cleared out otherwise head pains ..we are all finely tuned smile.      
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      Hello again,

      Funny earlier you came into my head few times. Well maybe not so funny as I kept wondering what your view really could be.  I'm sorry to hear you  had to have an operation and go through what sounds like a real ordeal with ear infections.  Sounds scary that they found a blood clot.  What I want to tell you is that my son's CT scan came back with clear results (I rang and chased our doctor for results and surprised he could access them straight away on his PC).  This is good news in one way, but my son is still reeling round in pain and is so dizzy walking he cannot put one foot in front of other, although sitting/laying down he is not dIizzy.  The doctor thinks there is nothing wrong, and says that we should be more positive.  I am baffled.  We are trying to be positive, and i get my son to walk but now he keeps falling over.  It's interesting what you say about old infections, and he's had many in his life already. Is there any other light you could throw our way?  Would be grateful.

      I hope you recover fully and don't have any repercussions,  (I know what burst eardrums are like and they are bad enough without anything else!) L.

       

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    Hi Linda.      Maybe meniares ?    sure you already have thought of that .        Glad c.t clear.             I have had a roller coaster few months but now my head feels ok.  Operation to clear infection and blood clot has worked plus Gromit .   I hope you find solution soon.         It must be stressful.   So sorry for you and your son. ... Have you tried Chinese acupuncture ?             Look forward to the time when no more sickness very soon.    
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