I have been fighting ear pain for 4 or 5 years. Every doc I have gone to says "I see nothing." There IS something! It is like 3 or 4 on the pain level. Then, 2 years ago, just when I had an appointment with an ENT, I started a painful white patch along the side of my tongue. He did two biopsies on my tongue. (If you can avoid that never have it done!!!) Basically he said it was inconclusive. Its a fungus of some sort. (I think candidiasis) He gave me some swish and spit(Nystatin) and 4 fluconazole. They help, but it NEVER goes away. I went searching for another Doc The ID doc , takes one step towards me and looks in my mouth. ""Oh! You just need to take ibuprofen for 10 days and give it time to heal" Im sorry but I walkout on him. I have figured the tongue, throat, ear thing are all related. This ENT of course want to do a hearing test. Well, I have a hearing aid for one ear. (Different ENT I get flustered with them) The first thing this doc says when he comes is is, "Well, looks like you need hearing aids" as he rubs his hands together greedily. LOL I told him I wasn't there to talk about that. He said he was going to call in some fluconazole but then the next day the medical assistant called and said he changed his mind. HA!!!!! He was just to chicken to say no to my face. You know what? My PC gave me 2 weeks worth till my appointment. You know what else? My hearing is getting better. I used to have to look and see if my oxygen concentrator was on and I HEARD it yesterday!
I guess, short story long, I am still battling this. I am hoping my PC will help. He is the one that send me to the ID. But that was before I was told it is a fungus. That's another thing Im worried about. I don't think there is any way I can follow the diet for it