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    combatmedicvet posted:
    I had outer ear pain all day.....HAD ....after reading the post and suggestion to lightly tug on the ear in different directions almost instantly alleviated the .....severe pain.
    Then I thought to myself how did I perhaps "dislocate the cartilage today?? then it dawned on my I had a bandana on and some of the material was behind my ear AND I had my sunglasses on. that extra pressure or thickness of the bandana must have dislocated the cartilage leading to pressure applied to some sort of neuro vascular structure..

    Btw when the pain was alleviated it felt like a sleeping limb having sensation returning.
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    You may have had nerve compression. The is an impressive array of sensory nerves in this area, so your little physical therapy manuever may have released some compression. I don't think your cartilage was dislocated, but since you are better...and cured really doesn't matter. We have a saying in medicine: Gone is Good.

    Thank you for sharing your experience, however, I caution others who are having outer ear pain that this treatment does not work for everyone....or for every outer ear condition that causes the same or similar pain.

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