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A 31-year-old female asked:

Should i be concerned? i have tmj/cold sudden symptoms: i feel like i was kicked in the base of the skull, headache, numb shoulders, sharp ear pain

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Pascolini
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Get checked out: The neck pain and stiffness is something i wouldn't ignore. Meningitis has those symptoms and they definitely could be caused by an inner ear infection. You should go to a hospital because things could deteriorate quickly.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Yes: Tmj can be the cause of (as well as being a symptom from a cause from, ) neck, shoulder, and back pain. It sounds like you have a neck misalignment at the cervical 1-2 area. Try to find a doctor or physical therapist that routinely does osteopathic manual manipulation for treatment (maybe a cranio-sacral release, etc)..
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: Vague but i would not hesitate to get into a doctor to provide a thorough history and exam. Could be sinus, could be tmj/tmd or both. Don't wait for it to get worse. Get evaluated.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Sudden?: If symptoms are acute, unlikely TMJ. You may have a serious viral or bacterial infection. See MD ASAP.
Last updated Mar 25, 2015

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