I recently (2-3 weeks ago) developed a cauliflower ear from wrestling. I attempted to drain it myself with a syringe and it did not work immediately. The first try pulled out a small amount of blood and then I went in again, but forgot to push the syringe plunger back in.
Afterwards (about 30-60 seconds) after the first attempt, I immediately felt faint and for the next hour and a half was fighting faintness and dizziness until I eventually went to sleep.
Essentially since that day I have regular spells of dizziness or faintness once, twice, or even three times a day. I generally feel light headed and fatigued. I also get random spells of irregular heart beats, sometimes racing, sometimes just off beat, and today I even felt a good tingling in my entire left part of my body. All this concerns me and I will get checked out, but I wanted to see if there was a chance of air entering in through my ear and into my blood stream, despite the fact that I was pulling out and not pushing in with the needle. Could this really be a cause after 2-3 weeks?
A lot has been going on since then (I immigrated to a new country, am completing my Masters thesis, looking for work, learning new languages, etc...) that stresses me out greatly, so I know that these are possible factors but I wanted to know what were the chances of an embolism somewhere in my body.
Could stress be the cause? I also suffered a concussion a couple of months ago and never took the time I was told to rest.
Yes, I know - I am a bad patient.