I have had a sore throat for the past week or so, and then have gradually started a cough that is becoming more constant, and then yesterday morning when I woke up I had a huge pain in my ear. Last night when trying to sleep there was a throbbing ache-type pain in my ear, which feels kind of like when I had ear infections as a kid, but I thought I could remember hearing adults don't have ear infections.. or are they just uncommon?
Maybe its not an infection.
I think I also have a fever, but the lymph nodes on my neck are not really that swollen.
I have final year university exams starting in less than a week and as a result of this cough and now the ear ache I haven't been getting much sleep.. at all.
I am taking cough medicine and also some garlic tablets and the throat tablets that numb the throat... but I would like something to make it go away sooner. My stomach muscles are all sore from coughing all the time. I just want to sleep, but there is too much study for me to do.
Thanks if any ideas on how to feel better.
Last edited by Greenoctopus18; 06-19-2004 at 07:24 PM.
if it is a virus, they won't give u antibiotics, they'll probably tell you to take gravol or something... but since you don't have dizziness or headaches (my friend had those, she had/s virus) so i guess it sounds like an ear infection i know how bad they hurt. also it is possible to get ear infections when your an adult, i've known ppl. it is just not as common
I am quite a bit older than you and I developed an ear infection just over the past four days. I waited for 2 days, had the doctor check and nothing looked abnormal. Yesterday, it was so bad I couldn't touch my ear or the side of my face. Doctor checked again the the ear was infected. Got antibiotics, took Sudafed and Flonase. Seems to be improving. It sounds like you went into either sinusitis, bronchitis, and an ear infection. Might be worthwhile to see a Doctor and get something to help, especially if you have exams. May clear you in 24-48 hours.
I saw the doctor a while ago and was told that there was fluid in the middle ear (if that sounds right?), but not enough to need antibiotics. It still feels a bit sore and deaf, but getting better. And my cough may even be getting slightly better as well.