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    Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is passed on to humans through tick bites. Symptoms include a circular rash, tiredness, fever, blurred vision and joint pain. Read more →

    Hello. I am 23 female. I have been having this problem for a few weeks now. I have been diagnosed with SLE lupus not sure if it's due to the condition or not but I have pains in my stomach everyday and I go to the toilet a few times when I do go its very painfull some times there is blood sometimes it's not. The pain is a very sharp knife like pain I am not constipated and afterwards when I'm finished I get a sharp shooting pain feels like I can't wall properly and I can't sit its lasts for around 15 mins then the pain starts to slow down. I am really embarrassed to see my gp what could it be?





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    Hi I'm Leon 13 this year , turning 14. I have a pain when I touch it penis in the right side. The pain is located at the neck(?) of my penis. Or a little lower. Please help, the pain is very annoying. I'm uncircumcised, foreskin has pulled back but not exposing all of my glans





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    Hi Leon. If this has been worrying you for a while then there are a few things it could be so I need you to be sensible and visit your Doctor. The doctor will be able to ask you a series of quick questions and work out what it is. Be very honest with your answers and don't worry. Let us know how you get on OK.

    My 9 year old son complained of pain and a white discharge when he peed, and complains of belly pain. Are these common symptoms of a UTI, or could there be another problem?





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    My 5 year old son suffers from severe stomach pain, its distressing for me to watch him in so much pain so it must be horrible to feel the pain all the time, I have took him to see doctors on many occasions and just keep been told he has gastroenteritis, I know this is not the case. He has had 9 operations since he was born, 3 of them were bowel surgery and lasted 8 hours each. Last time I took him to see a doctor he came to the conclusion that my son has adhesions and gave him medicine containing chloroform which is vile tasting and he won't take it. Can adhesions be removed? This is stopping him from having a normal life and is also affecting his school work.





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    I have had an anal fissure for about a year or so now. And it keeps getting worse. I thought it would heal on its own but it hasn't. And it cause a great deal of pain. I don't know what to do. I'm embarrassed to confront my parents about this. But the pain is becoming to much to handle. Im only 15, and there is a lot of blood everytime I use the bathroom... Why should I do?





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    Hi I have had the same, stupidly I wasn't drinking enough, became dehydrated which caused constipation. When I went it was so hard due to lack of fluids & tore me. The fissure didn't go away like I thought it would. I then avoided going to the loo as long as possible as it hurt so much. The Dr gave me some internal cream & muscle relaxant... Awful I know but it really helped! Not completely healed but I've also not used it as much as I should. Don't suffer as it creates a behavioural problem cycle- you need to poo- you hold it in for fear of pain- the poo gets bigger- you cant hold on- you tense your muscles with fear- your bum tears further & your in more pain. Just see the Dr they didn't examine me I just told symptoms & was given cream... It really is that easy!

    Just go see a doctor, you shouldn't be embaressed. If you actually read the article above it states that everyone gets them, even children. It also gives you other suggestions on how to treat them. Before I knew what it was I was also embaressed, until I told my friend and she told me she has had one and that everyone gets them. Just tell your parents, it's not like it it's an STD. :) Goodluck

    Hi, I'm 17, and I've looked around quite a lot online, but a lot of the symptoms don't seen revelant to me, such as pain when urinating, therefore nothing exactly describes my current 'conditon.' Neither flaccid nor erect can I pull my foreskin back over the bell-end, at best a little over half way (only at this point does it prove to cause any sort of pain whatsoever,) although, at times during masterbation I feel I could pull the foreskin back over the top, but having a feeling it might get stuck - in which case I'd need medical treatment. Me and my girlfriend are getting pretty serious now, starting to engage in sexual relations, but this is kinda knocking my confidence down, with it all, and I don't know whether it'll cause me any pain during sex.. I'm grateful for any advice :)





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    Hi Aaron. Take a step back. I wouldn't advise entering into any penetrative sexual relations until you are fully confident with the operation of your penis. It could indeed be painful. If your girlfriend loves you then she will understand and wait. You need to focus on stretching your foreskin at every opportunity so that you can pull it back over the bell-end and forward again. Do this always when you take a bath or shower and eventually it will move easily. At first it may be difficult to pull forward if you are erect. Just wait until it goes down and after a bit of fiddling you will get it forward again. Very unlikely that it will get stuck. Regarding pain when urinating...continue to monitor this. If it gets worse or the urine flow starts to reduce significantly. Go and see your Doctor. Hope this helps.

    My almost 3 year old son has been complaining of pain when urinating so I took him to the doctors and he said it is due to his foreskin being too tight. Apparently the worst case he has seen as he couldn't even see a hole. He has referred him for circumcision but that seems quite drastic to me as he hasn't had any infections etc. I understand doctors generally know what they are talking about but I don't want to put my baby under any unnecessary pain! Any thoughts?





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    There are creams and stretching methods which would be less extreme, especially as you say with no infections. There is a rare condition that affects my husband's family where they have little to no opening, my stepson was around 6 I think when he was circumcised, he had problems from birth, was getting infections and his foreskin ballooning with trapped urine. Circumcision was still the last option.

    I can see why you are worried and circumcision is drastic action. There seems to be an internet obsession with Phimosis and as long as he can pee, surely it's OK. Remember he has been peeing for nearly 3 years!!!! You could go for a second opinion? I am a firm believer in the value of warm baths. This softens all skin especially the foreskin and makes it easier to move. Try this and when washing him, gently trying to move the foreskin back a little. I doubt he'll notice what you are doing and it may help. As he gets older his foreskin will get plenty of exercise and will move easier. Good luck and take care.

    Hey I get tightness 50% of the time. I'm 15 so erections are frequent and happen in the most ridiculous places and when i do get and erection the foreskin tries to pull itself back but gets stuck half way and causes a bit of pain. I can't push it up back over the head of the penis so to reduce the pain I have to pull the foreskin all the way back over the penis which gives me a big bit of pain then just a little but the point is its still there. what makes this worse it the head of the penis starts rubbing against my briefs making either my penis sore and or making my erection last even longer giving pain. when my penis goes soft after pulling the foreskin back (as i have no idea how long my erection will last or when I'm going to get another) the skin stays back and because it is soft the penis head rubs against my briefs even more. As I still go to school I can't always push and pull the foreskin discreetly. please give me some advice that can sort this problem as I don't want to get circumcised many thanks





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    Hi Kai. Don't worry, you can sort this out without circumcision. Some foreskins, like yours automatically pull back on erection. What should happen is that when you go soft, the foreskin goes back forward. Yours doesn't because it is still a little bit tight. Persevere with more stretching exercises in the bath or shower and this will loosen it up, reducing the pain, subsequent rubbing and soreness. Also, when you do get an erection don't pull it back over the bell end to relieve it because it will stay there. Leave the foreskin where it stops naturally, grit your teeth and bear the pain for a bit. The erection should go down more quickly, allowing your foreskin to move forward by itself. Hope this helps...let us know how you get on.

    My 11 year old son has been suffering from stomach pain for the last few days but only told me last night. He said that it has him short for breath and the pain is quite sharp. He has woke this morning saying he feels sick and his tummy is still tender. I pressed on his tummy and it feels quite hard but he has been going to the toilet as normal. Can anyone offer any advice?





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    Hi periods are normal and every woman goes through the experience. Some women get very heavy sore periods, some women get very light ones it really just depends on your own body. I had a bit of pain, kind of similar to a sore tummy, like when it hurts after eating something bad though it also goes away pretty quickly. Mine always came the day before my period started-so i always knew it was coming :) If the pain is bad you can take some painkillers or, the best cure I have found is a warm bath followed by cuddling up in bed with a hot water bottle at your tummy. The heat helps relax the muscles and eases the pain. Always be prepared as well and make sure you have enough sanitary pads. Also make sure you change them every 4 hours. For nighttime get some with 'wings' as these will hold the pad steady so it doesn't move about while you sleep. I hope this helps. If you need anything else ask someone close to you.

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    My two year old sucks her thumb and has done since before she was born (shown on scan pics). As much as it offers her comfort we have noticed that the MTP joint is now effected. The thumb can now bend 90 degrees more than a normal thumb. Is this something that needs addressing sooner rather than later? Will it cause future problems with the joint??





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    I was bitten by a tick while walking The West Highland Way. I believe it to be in the nymph stage. The tick was not engorged but around the bite was a red rash about 2-3" in circumference. The tick was removed(maybe the head was still in) and the area washed and treated with a topical antibiotic. The redness seemed to clear up leaving a small dark purple spot where I had been bitten. Symptoms were headaches and sore throat. As we were traveling I did not pay it much mind. Upon returning to Canada I noticed the area around the tick bite began to blister I went to a doctor who gave me doxycycline for 7 days. It was finally starting to clear. I have had a test for lymes done which came back negative although in the past couple of weeks after the antibiotics I have had joint pain and heart palpatations. I returned to my doc who does not seem to think I need any further treatment. I normally do not have headaches, joint pain or any heart problems. Any ideas what I should do from here? The symptoms seem to be subsiding but these came on after the antibiotics.





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    Curious to know how you got on. I suspect you may have caught recurring fever which is in the Lyme s disease family. It to is caught from tick bites.

    Hi! i've got a problem very similar to jacks if not the same! My foreskin is like its joint together and when erect i can't see the head. i'm 17 years old and i have never seen the head of my penis. i've gone all of these years thinking its normal, i mean i'm not in pain with it and i can urinate and masturbate fine. any ideas or solutions to suggest???





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    There is a huge amount of information on the internet about this. I would do some research. This link may help http://boysunderattack.com/penis.html Take care dude

    Precisely, if you have reached 17 and have no issues, why worry now? Well - most men can pull back their foreskins so perhaps it's time for you but do not force it OK. When you are in a bath or shower, the warm water will soften the foreskin. Try and pull it back a little bit and forward again. Do it when hard or soft, whichever seems to work. Always pull it forward again. Wash off any goo (smegma) that maybe lurking on your penis with water only. Keep up the stretching exercises for a few months and eventually you should see a difference. It will be worth it. Take care and good luck

    I am confused, got bitten in July, swelled up in August, suffering severe fatigue, joint and muscle pain, cramps, dry eyes, painful neck and wrists. Doctors said its nothing, finally got to see a private rheumatologist who suggested could be Lyme disease , he has now telephoned and says test shows I might have been exposed to the virus, ! Have I got it or not? Now being referred to hospital for infectious diseases, scared as I have been I'll for quite a while now, at the moment I can't go t work. Any advice?





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    Following on from my previous comment on 1/1/13. We ended up phoning NHS direct at 1am on 2/1/13 as my son's issue with his left leg worsed. He could not move, sit, stand or walk and was in a lot of pain. They advised us to go to out of hours GP. To cut long story short they were worried that he may have an infection in hip joint which would mean emergency surgery. Had Xrays and blood tests which were all clear. Had ultrasound which showed fluid on his hip. Alarm bells! Then had MRI scan under general anasthetic to see where fluid coming from and rule out infection. Lots of investigation from bone specialists etc, the outcome was this. He had 'benign reactive arthritis' which was brought on by his flu virus. Google it. It's quite common. A temporary thing that rights itself after a period of time. All to do with immune system. My son has fully recovered and is walking fine. Going for check up in few weeks. Hope this helps. Kelly.

    I was born with CDH in both hips, as a baby i had been in the harness had 4 operations been on traction for 6 months and was in plaster cast for 2 years. I was under a surgen until the age if 18. How ever when i had my first child at 22 i started getting pains again so went to my gp and was refered to the same surgen who operated on me as a child. He then refered me to some one else who refered me to some one else who is now looking to opearate. He has contacted a surgen from canada who is a top specialist to ask more advice. My right hip is past it and at 25 i can have a hip replacement but it is not recomended as i will need another one in about ten years. I also have artritus caused by my hip condition, and because of my spine not being straight due to my hips i also now have a bad back and have just been for a mri scan at the nuro department. I take a high number of pain killers and anti inflametries every day i have restricted movement in my hip joint and i struggle with day to day things :( luckly my partner and family n friends are a real help. Both of my daughters have also been born with this too my youngest is in the pavlic harness but thank god her hip joints are forming and my eldest daughters hips only needed double nappies :D!





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    I am 50 and have had FM for a few years now. I am on strong pain relief meds but still in bad pain. I have been to pain clinic and they have been helpful. I suffer from tirdness all the time and the hardest point is that people say you look well but inside you are falling to pieces, with the pain When I try to walk its as though I am walking on broken glass I have the pain all over my body. Eventually I believe that there wil be a cure, but at the moment all they can do is try to help with the symptoms.

    I had scoliosis surgery on january 5th 2010 for a 68 degree thorasic curve.it all what smoothly and i am moastly back to my normal activities but, around 2 weeks after i got back home i had extreme pain in the bottom left of my stomach it felt like it was just behind the bone at the front. this was getting progresively worst and after a week my mum took me to the doctors and she said it may have been a cist or something ahd sent me home with ibroprofen, but even the maximum dose of paracetamol and iboprofen didnt help the pain at all so the day after we went back and the doctor advised us to go to a&e so we did. by this time i was doubling over in pain but they said at a&e that is was probablly muscle pain from the surgery and i was sent home with a course of codine which helped but when they ran out i was back to extreme pain but it wasnt all the time or as bad and over the next 4 months these times of pain got further and further apart, but reasently the pain has begun to get more frequent again, not as bad but i still have to lye down untill it subsides. Could this pain still be the pain of straightening out and if so how long will it last for because it is restricting me from doing somethings i want to get back to doing?





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    I had spinal fusion 24 years ago and sincethen when bending to put on shoes or with bad posture i get a piercing muscle knot under my left ribcage - i push it in with my hand (it almost feels like a hernia) andi stretch up (usually to the top of a door frame) breath slowly and very quickly the pain will softenand go away. Good luck

    My five year old keeps gettin pain on he's belly button I took him to the ER and they said the he's blood wrk was fine tht he has an abdominal pain but he keeps crying tht it hurts him so I went to he's regular doc nd he didn't prescribe anything for him I'm just so worried they said is not his pendix or anything but why does he keep crying I gave him tea soups Motrin pedialyte water,honey but the pain comes nd goes he wakes up every thirty min tht he has pain what can I do





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    My daughter was diagnosed with DDH at nine months. Her leg was out of the socket and the ball joint was not there. She spent 8 months in plaster then had a operation. Today she is 14 and 2 weeks ago we were told she as got a shallow hip problem and needs an high risk operation. we have been told that they need to brake her hip leaving a gap putting plates and pins to hold it together. Weve been told she can suffer with nerve damage and lots of other problems. Has anyone had this, we are trying to find out because we are not sure if this operation will help our daughter in the future and do we take that risk





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    I have had mouth ulcers for as long as I remember. I use oralmedic on mine just to cute the pain. It's sore to use but what a difference it makes to the pain afterwards. Its not cheap either but for me it's worth every penny to kill the pain for an extended period.

    I'm 13 and I'm starting to get sharp pains in my stomach . The pain is on and off also I feel like I'm going to be sick. I have been trying different "cures" to get rid of the pain and nothing has helped . Should I go to the doctors or should I sleep it off ( even though the pain has caused me lack of sleep and weakness )?





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    I'm the same age and I've got the same problem and I've missed loads of time off school and I've been to the doctors severel times and they are reffuring me to hospital in april it could be a bactarial infection so go to your gp as soon as possible

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    hello my son is autistic and hes been getting pain in his tummy in the centre of the upper part near the ribs . the pain comes really sharp and lasts for a week where he cant stand up or sit dwn . allso to is teacher tells me he prods at his anal region all the time . when he sits on the chair he has one foot on the chair with his knees tucked under his chin rasing his buttock of the chair could you plz help me l have been going hospitals for his pain hes been on so many medication but nothing take the pain away even the hospital doctors all laugh at my son . my son cant talk so its really hard . could you give me some numbers of specialist who could see him plz help me





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    Look up Nourishing Traditions and Naturally Wells. Both are .co.uk. May I suggest some dietary changes. I am pained to hear of your son's discomfort and your worry. I trust you will endeavour to look up these web sites. Regards and all the best....

    i'm 26 and i too have this problem, i've had 2 ops to try to put it right and still i have alot of pain which has stopped me doing simple things like riding a bike.....i had my son checked for it too and thankfully he didn't have it......i do however think it's stupid that doctors wait untill me and other like me have to wait until we're in so much pain before they will do anything and most of the time all they do is give crappy pain killers that don't even work!





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    I'm a 14 year old girl, and I have been dealing with sharp, tearing pain when making BMs, accompanied by bright red blood, for nearly a year. I'm normally very shy, so I have a hard time asking for help with anything or saying something embarrassing. It's becoming too much, the pain, everything. I want help with it but I can't find the courage to tell my parents. Normally I stay in the bathroom for 30 minutes to nearly an hour for a BM, just because of the pain. Please help me, I really want this to be fixed.





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    I was diagnosed with hip dysphasia at 37 and had two hip replacements 3 years ago. My 9 year old daughter has now developed groin pain and has been diagnosed with hip dysphasia She is constantly in pain and is becoming depressed. Consultant has offered acetabularplasty which i believe is a fairly big invasive procedure and we are going for a 2nd opinion soon. The consultant also said he believed the procedure would be hugely beneficial in elevating the pain and that bryony could go on and lead a normal life without the need for more surgery later. However the testimonials of other hip patients contradict this. I am so unsure of where to go from here but it is killing me seeing my beautiful little girl in pain. Any advise would be greatly appreciated





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    My daughter was checked prior to leaving hospital at 3 days old & they said that I should have her x-rayed at 3 months old as her hip test showec a sign of dislocation.the health visitor did the Barlow test at 3 months old & said no xray necessary & everything was ok.This was back in 1999.My daughter began walking at 14 months old & I noticed she tended to drag her left leg.It was when she was in the bath I noticed her creases were not equal & my gut instinct was to take her to the GP.I had to convince the GP I was not a neurotic new mum & eventually he referred her for an x-ray & low & behold her hip ball joint had not fully formed ,it looked tiny & her socket joint was shallow .At about 18 months old she had the frog hip spica op, I am not too sure if it was a closed reduction or if any surgery was involved as when the hip spica came off after 3 months ,there didn't seem to be any scar,I think it might have been manipulation of the hip to get it in place. Then another Hip spica with her legs in the A frame with the broom handle near her feet was done,a further 3 months in that.That was a nightmare getting her in & out of the car,I had to buy a twin pram & extend my career break for at least 6 months during all of this ,as the nurseries just did not have the equipment to accomodate her! I had to make my own adaptations to the car seat straps & a lot of the normal functions & play were in a baby nest & beanbags.i have to say her upper body strength was phenomenal & she managed to walk in the A frame hip spica ,even up & down the stairs! she just took it all in her stride ,well hypothetically anyway. After the hip spica was removed ,the specialist said her hip joint had improved when he did the follow up xray at about 24 months old. So I returned to work.She had developed a funny gait with her knees in a knock knee's position & her feet turned in & she tended to walk on the insides of her feet ,so I took her for follow up tests at about 5 & 7. I was not happy with the follow up checks as they did not even x-ray her! All I was told was,all children walk like that & I should be happy that she could walk & she would grow out of it. Friends told me I should demand a second opinion as clearly she could not be considered "normal" with the way she was walking. She has a tendency to fall over & it has affected her in school on sports day & in PE, she never gets picked for any teams ,because of her lack of speed etc. So at 11 years old I tok her again to the GP & this time I showed them her shoes, which were severly worn down on the insides ,basically if you put the shoes on the floor & look at the heels there is a valley in the shape of an upside down v ,between the two.So we had to wait 5 months to see a paedeiatric orthopeadic specialist & this week she did get an xray which showed her thigh bone as twisted in , & she has intoeing & flat feet .no wonder she was complaining of pains in her knees on walks as I was trying to train her into walking with her feet straight! The specialist said Never do that ,as her knnes could collapse! There is nothing much they can do & the specialist joked & said , unless you want me to break her legs & reset them ! Orthotic insoles wont be of much help, as her problem is from the upper limb ,her twisted thighs & not just her arches in her feet.On top of this she has hypermobility in her legs & can twist her leg at a 90 degree angle from a sitting position , she can do some strange thing with her feet ,turning her feet in a position you would put shoes in a box, one foot pointing forwards & the other one in the opposite direction. I am just worried that her condition will cause the early onset of osteoarthiritis & I am at a loss as to what I can do next . i could kick myself for putting my faith in the health visitor in the first place ,when clearly they were not qualified to do their job! If I had known sooner, maybe this could have all been rectified with a pevlik harness.





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    I'm having the same sort of problem with my 6 year old son. For a couple of months he was complaining that his legs hurt at bedtime and at first i thought he was just doing it to stay up later! I eventually took him to the doctor just to put his mind at rest. He was diagnosed with hypermobility. He has been fitted with insoles due to the state of his feet. He has the same problem with running etc and lack of speed. The annoying thing is there's nothing they can really do for him. He suffers pain in his feet, legs and hips but they can only try and manage the condition, not cure it.

    my 2 year old daughter has recently been complaining of pain in her inner thigh bones. the first time she done this she got syuck on the floor because the pain was so bad that she couldnt move her legs. i had to lift her up n rub her leg for a little whil before she would even stand on it. it seems to be that the bones are suddenly becoming really stiff, like the bone is locking somehow. i have been thinking about going to the doctor but it seems to ease off and then return again. she is only 2 so wouldnt think that she should be experiencing pain in her bones. what could this be?





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    my daughter has scoliosis they say that her curve is not at a point where they will operate but the pain she has is bad her back her ribs and also suffers with very bad headaches we were told that her headaches have nothing to do with it but am wondering if something is pressing on a nerve that is causing headaches has anyone else suffered with headaches if not anyone have any ideas for pain relief as she takes far to many painkillers she is waiting to have an mri scan as she seems in pain all the time and they want to make sure that there is nothing else wrong with her spine.





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    I am a teenager (classed as a kid) and earlier in July of this year I began to experience pain from my right ear. A while into it the pain became unbearable...I lost hours upon hours of sleep, and I ended up taken ibuprofen after 3 days. It began leaking as I slept and I would wake up with patches of yellowy liquid on my pillowcase. I found it really hard to hear and it was constantly popping and writhing in pain. I was told by my Nan that it was a clog up of wax, but I didn't go to the doctor.She also told me I may have to have it syringed out...however, it disappeared! It stopped leaking and i began to get my hearing back without any more pain! It's completely fine now! I don't know what it was, but it was gone within 8 days.





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    I think you may have water in your ear not sure where though there wre to main places behind the eardrum or in the canal of the ear. It's very painful if nit treated i suggest you go see a doctor they should give you spray which goes into your ear.

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