i know you're not doctors - just seeking anyone with similiar experience and/or speculation:
March 2008 - went to optometrist because of left eye pain similiar to having smoke blown in my eye..but was deeper than surface pain. minor inflammation found on surface cells - was given steroid drops but didn't use them.
May 2008 - went back to optometrist. left eye pain had "suddenly" become deep, piercing-stabbing-aching & extremely sensitive to light. no damage found; steroid drops were instantaneous pain relief but never lasting.
June 2008 - started up summer neck PT stretches (winter hurts too much) (eye didn't hurt "as bad"). day 3-4, left ear clogged up during one of the stretches. week 1, started having minor ear pain. worried that the "clogging" would create an infection (sinus?), started irrigating sinuses with warm salt water. quit doing PT stretches; seemed to be aggravating ear, shoulder, neck.
July 2008 - left ear & eye pain developed into "severe & deep", (wanted to go to ER) went to primary care doc. - suspected allergies + active ear infection. (completely deaf but odd richoting sounds inside head with LOUD tinninitus) given antibiotics, allergy med, nasal antihistamine, ear drops for pain, more steroids for eye.
August - Sept 2008 - 38 days after "all of the above" meds - repeatedly prescribed & taken - developed severe episodes of left sided: head pain, deep ear pain, eye pain, cheek pain, eye socket pain, lower jaw then upper jaw pain, lower then upper molar pain, roof of mouth pain, shingles pain. lasted 20 minutes every 2-3 hours. doc said, "neuropathy". gave me 45+ days of new antibiotic + Lyrica.
here's the issue now:
the severe episodes went away after 3 days and before i started "new treatment". the first 7 days of the "new antibiotic", i was to take TWO pills daily; afterwards, only ONE daily. the TWO pills seemed to keep everything calmed down. i'm on day FOUR of one pill...and the eye pain is like smoke in my eye again, the ear is clogging off & on - with occasional sharp pain.
can anyone relate to all of this? it feels like it's been going on forever - and now starting up again. i *can* hear now - so antibiotics seem to fix "some" of it but just not all of it - nor does it stay away.
the neck stretches aggravate everything...including my RIGHT SIDE arm/shoulder.
thanks in advance.