It's been seven months of weirdness, but there has been some slight improvement with my situation. I am on 150 mgs. of Lyrica. I got a sore throat and my doctor (GP) put me on an antibiotic and strangely, the ear pain improved a little. I also had an MRI and it showed some mild inflamation in in my Mastoid. What is very intresting to me is that I have pain in front of my ear and one of you here (Fluterby???) mentioned that there is a gland there that can become inflamed with Sjorgen's Syndrome. I gently asked two ENTs, and a Neurologist about this area and all three said NO, don't understand why in the world that area would hurt, but, honestly, IT DOES! If I lay on it at night...WATCH OUT! IT HURTS! My ENT was on vacation and I saw his partner yesterday and he was bordering on rude. HE said that the mastoid inflamation could be anything...possibly an old ear infection. He said the area in front of my ear that hurts doesn't make sense to him. He said that my ear hurts less 'cause the antibiotic my gp put me on for the sore throat has something in it that helps with inflamation. Then he practically kicked me out of the room. He phoned in Augmentin, but said not to take it if I notice continue improvement with my ear pain....never addresses the pain in front of my ear. I also have a swollen gland in my EYE...same side. I see the rheumatologist at the very end of Novemember and pray to God that he knows something. Where in the world do I find someone who is an expert on Sjorgen's Syndrome? These guys seem to know NOTHING AND I"M NOT EXAGGERATING. To make matters worse, I have terrible side pain at the moment. I have had mild pelvic floor disfunction in the past, but an x-ray showed I have a few kidney stones on the right side...couldn't be worse...cause my right kidney is atrophied and scarred. It has been painful. Just when the ear pain is getting a little better (with the exception of the area on the front side of my face/in front of the right ear and a little in the ear and a little in the mastoid). This has been tough...but I am tougher. Any thoughts? Any knowledge of Sjorgen's? Any help would be appreciated. How and at this point, with the LACK of knowledge around this town, I'm hesitant to go to the dentist EVER in my area and would even consider flying somewhere, certainly for any major work. HELP!