Erm.. so this sounds silly but this morning I was cleaning my ears, as you do, with cotton buds. I put a cotton bud in my right ear, and at that point my 2 year old niece smacked into me, causing the whole cotton bud to be smashed into my earhole. It was the most excruciating pain I've ever felt, I cried out of pain for the first time in years. It took me about 10 minutes to get it out (at this point I was practically having a panic attack) and ever since, It's been soooo painful My entire jaw and ear hurts, every time i yawn or burp or gulp or breathe heavily (which I've been doing all day- Thanks lungs!), It hurts so badly. Should I go to the doctors? I've taken two 500mg paracetamol twice and it seems to help a bit.