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Offline Carolyn

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Stinging behind ear
« on: 14/06/2006 03:47:01 »
I've been feeling something like a pin ***** or a bee sting behind my left ear.  It just started today, but it's happened at least a dozen times.  Has this happened to anyone else?  Does anyone know what it could be?


 

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Re: Stinging behind ear
« Reply #1 on: 14/06/2006 16:53:14 »
If there is no external cause, (e.g. insect bite or other injury), then this sensation is paresthesia.
I recall that your father has diabetes Carolyn; paresthesia can be a symptom of diabetes.
Your father will probably have the apparatus to test whether your blood sugar level is within normal range,
 (this will save on doctor's bills).

Early signs of diabetes are insatiable thirst, frequent urination, fatigue.

http://www.answers.com/topic/paresthesia

PS
 I see from your profile that you are losing weight without trying, despite "eating nonstop",
 this is also consistent with diabetes:-


" Common symptoms of both major types of diabetes
Fatigue: In diabetes, the body is inefficient and sometimes unable to use glucose for fuel. The body switches over to metabolizing fat, partially or completely, as a fuel source. This process requires the body to use more energy. The end result is feeling fatigued or constantly tired.

Unexplained weight loss: People with diabetes are unable to process many of the calories in the foods they eat. Thus, they may lose weight even though they eat an apparently appropriate or even excessive amount of food. Losing sugar and water in the urine and the accompanying dehydration also contributes to weight loss.

Excessive thirst (polydipsia): A person with diabetes develops high blood sugar levels. The body tries to counteract this by sending a signal to the brain to dilute the blood, which translates into thirst. The body encourages more water consumption to dilute the high blood sugar back to normal levels and to compensate for the water lost by excessive urination.

Excessive urination (polyuria): Another way the body tries to get rid of the extra sugar in the blood is to excrete it in the urine. This can also lead to dehydration because excreting the sugar carries a large amount of water out of the body along with it.

Excessive eating (polyphagia): If the body is able, it will secrete more insulin in order to try to deal with the excessive blood sugar levels. Also the body is resistant to the action of insulin in type 2 diabetes. One of the functions of insulin is to stimulate hunger. Therefore, higher insulin levels lead to increased hunger and eating. Despite increased caloric intake, the person may gain very little weight and may even lose weight. "

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/diabetes/page3_em.htm


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Re: Stinging behind ear
« Reply #2 on: 14/06/2006 18:39:06 »
Thanks for the info Robert.  I do have all of the above symptoms except the unexplained weight loss (wishful thinking).  My husband also has Type 2 diabetes and has a glucose monitor.  I'll check it when he gets home.  I was actually worried about Bells Palsy, which my Dad also had, but diabetes seems more likely. I'll let you know what I find out, if anything.  Thanks.

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Re: Stinging behind ear
« Reply #3 on: 15/06/2006 19:24:02 »
I checked my blood sugar this morning before I ate or drank anything and it was 105.  I checked again right before I had lunch and it was 93.
 

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Re: Stinging behind ear
« Reply #4 on: 16/06/2006 05:25:50 »
My goodness... this freaked me out Carolyn, here in Oz we must measure our BSL's in a different format to you, for if you had a BSL of 105 on our scale you would most certainly be dead!  When my mother was diagnosed her BSL was 23-ish (I think), and she has rarely been above 16 in the 26 years since.  A good BSL reading here in Oz is around 4.5-7, making me ask the question, why is BSL measurement not a universal (perhaps I should say global) standard?  Anyone know?  Obviously your scale is in mg/dl... I have no idea what our scale is in, and can't find it with good ol' google.  your scale seems to make perfect sense, and is metric, so I don't understand why we aren't using the same scale... Muchly confused...

Edit:   OK after much searching I evetually found it - we measure ours in mmol/l, so that at least answers the question of our format, but one still wonders why BSL measurement is not standard.


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« Last Edit: 16/06/2006 05:33:31 by kittykat »
 

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Re: Stinging behind ear
« Reply #5 on: 19/06/2006 15:06:59 »
quote:
Originally posted by kittykat

OK after much searching I evetually found it -
 we measure ours in mmol/l



http://www.onlineconversion.com/blood_sugar.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_sugar
 

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Re: Stinging behind ear
« Reply #6 on: 19/06/2006 15:10:31 »
quote:
Originally posted by Carolyn

I checked my blood sugar this morning before I ate or drank anything and it was 105.  I checked again right before I had lunch and it was 93.



Good news, you blood sugar is perfectly normal.

As for the pain behind your ear, have you recently started wearing new spectacles, (or sunglasses) ?.
 

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Re: Stinging behind ear
« Reply #7 on: 20/06/2006 05:39:17 »
thanks for those links Robert - very helpful indeed. [8D]

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