oh i hate ear infections! i had one about 2 weeks ago - i had come down with a respiratory infection about 3 days earlier, then one morning i woke up around 4am with stabbing pain in my ear - the infection had spread (i didn't even know it could do that!). it was blocked for a few days but the antibiotic ear drops really cleared it up. i had a horrible one last year where the pain got worse and worse over around 3 hours while i was at work until it was so bad i thought my eardrum was going to burst. had to wait ages to see a doctor, then i was given painkillers, ear drops and antibiotics - the painkillers knocked me out for 2 days but they certainly helped the pain!