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sharp pain behind my ear?

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Dr. Mark Moran
Pain Management 19 years experience
Ear pain: Does it radiate? Only one side? Any facial symptoms? If just behind left ear, could be ear infection, nerve pain as it is usually sharp, TMJ problem , or even trigrminal nerve problem. Try rest, if progresses, seek eval.

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A 48-year-old female asked:

I have been having a sharp pain off and behind my left ear on top?

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Dr. Mila Sorkin
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TMJ: You could be suffering from TMJ disorder.
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What is sharp pain behind the left ear?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Directly behind?: There are a set of lymph nodes that drain the scalp and the outer ear.... Or it could be an ear infection, or a scrape, or an ingrown hair... Have someone look at it to be sure.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Sharp come and go pain behind ears mainly right ear?

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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 40 years experience
I'm not sure, but...: The mastoid bones are directly behind the ears and could become inflamed/infected from severe ear infections. Sometimes they even had to be removed, although this was much more of a problem in the past. There are also lymph nodes in the area behind ears and back of scalp. They can swell from infection, insect bites, and other causes. They could then cause pain.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

What could a sharp pain on the head behind the ear indicate ?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Several options: If the sharp pain is triggered by touching or wind blowing on the area it might be a neuralgia of the occipital or upper cervical nerves. If it just happens without an inciting event and is very brief then it may be difficult to elucidate a cause. Sometimes it can be from muscle spasms in the area. If the pain becomes more constant or ear symptoms develop then see ent.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Sharp pain behind left ear when turning head right?

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Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Pain: This sounds like a muscular pain, possibly in the sternocleidomastoid muscle. I would try anti-inflammatories and warm compresses. If that does not help, see your doctor.

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