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About 5 years ago, swimming in the pool with my friend, I got accidentally kicked in the ear. All of the water went straight in. Ever since then, it's been hurting from time to time. I also can't swim deeper than 5 feet or so without pain. But it was always tolerable. I also often heard that pulse noise in my ear.
About a week ago, that ear hurt a lot and felt weird, and I heard that pulse noise again, but I ignored it.
For the past 2 days, I've been coughing and sneezing and feeling very flu-ish. It also hurts my spine a LOT every time I sneeze. In the morning, I couldn't open my left eye at all. I went back to sleep, and when I woke up again it was fine. Today, I went to the infermary on campus. The doctor, after listening to what I had to say and checking me up, told me that I have an ear infection.
She also prescribed me Azithromycin tablets.
Here are my questions:
- Do I really just have an ear infection with all of those symptoms?
- I'm 19 and I still can't swallow pills unless they're tiny. I took the pill, bit it into 3 pieces and swallowed them individually. Will it still work?
Thank you very for taking the time to read (and possibly answer) this.
EDIT: I should also mention that my back slightly hurts, but I don't know if it's my spine of muscles. My neck is also somewhat uncomfortable, but I wouldn't really call it pain. I'm sort of sleepy, too.
I'm a bit of a hypochondriac and am terribly scared of having meningitis, even though I had a shot before college. So... It's definately not meningitis, right? :'(