I had an earache and soreness on the side of my head for a few days. The discomfort turned into annoying then into pain. Over the counter stuff was not helping and it finally got so annoying that I went in to see my primary care doctor.
I've been long accused of being a tough, unfeeling bastard. This is something I wear if not with pride at least with an understanding that I can face anything and walk away better off. Most people would crumble. I've also been known in my youth as the dude that can take a full on fist to the face and not have it phase me too badly. I've got scars and a deviated septum to show as proof of that, I even worked and ran for a full day on a broken ankle not realizing the sprain was a break. My dear, sweet doctor, a wonderful older woman I've talked about here before after examining me was a little bit freaked out; to her credit she knows me and understands I am a bit "special" so when I come in I get to hand her something interesting. Turns out I've been walking around with a ruptured eardrum for at least a few days, maybe a week. Not sure what I did; rupturing an eardrum is something that normally takes a bit of trauma. $500 in drugs later and the headache is gone, now working on ear infections and other nasty stuff that took up residence inside the skull. Once the infection is gone I should heal.
I asked the doc if it was normal for someone to have a ruptured eardrum and not notice it. She replied that most of the cases she has seen are ambulatory due to head trauma, fist fights, sonic overpressures etc.
I went home and inspected bedding for blood, and looked to see if there were other signs of something bad happening. Nothing. So add in spontaneously rupturing eardrums to the lovely data set of my not-quite-rotting corpse. And now I am out $500 that I needed to do house repairs and an appliance fix.