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Could your neck hurt when you have an inner ear infection?

Could your neck hurt when you have an inner ear infection?

Yes: Most likely because the ear hurts you are holding your neck in a funny position to decrease pain or maximize hearing. Massage can help as can craniosacral therapy, chinese medicine....And Motrin etc. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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The sides and middle of my neck hurt when pushed. It also hurts when swallowing just a tad bit. What could this be? Linked to ear infections?

The sides and middle of my neck hurt when pushed. It also hurts when swallowing just a tad bit. What could this be? Linked to ear infections?

Earache: Yes the pain is linked to ear infections. You may have a condition known as eustacian tube dysfunction. See an ENT specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a double ear infection. What could cause this? Also, My neck isn't stiff but it hurts a little. Is that typical with an ear infection?

I have a double ear infection. What could cause this? Also, My neck isn't stiff but it hurts a little. Is that typical with an ear infection?

Mgt: I would suggest completing a course of antibiotics. If you have a fever, please see your PCP.
Sometimes more than one course of antibiotics is needed.
For your neck pain, it may be referred pain, but if it worsens please consult your physician. ...Read more

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Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Red?: What does he/she mean "red"? No diagnosis? Might be a TMJ disorder. I'd have an oral surgeon look at you. If TMJ, see a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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Spot where I check my pulse on right side of neck hurts when I touch it. Sometimes movement hurts this area of the neck too. And small ear infection.

Spot where I check my pulse on right side of neck hurts when I touch it. Sometimes movement hurts this area of the neck too. And small ear infection.

Neck pain: The most common reason is spasm of the muscles of the neck due to injury or sleeping the wrong way. It should not be anything to worry about ...Read more

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A lump on under my jaw, my ear feels like I have a ear infection but I don't all on my left side of neck, hurts but I don't have strep I got tested?

A lump on under my jaw, my ear feels like I have a ear infection but I don't all on my left side of neck, hurts but I don't have strep I got tested?

Infection: You still have an infection...And it could be viral or bacterial. A negative strep is nice but sometimes it cannot be found on the tonsils if it is in the lymph node itself. Your ear hurts because the pain is referred up the eustachian tube to your ear fro your throat. Homeopathic pulsatilla may help as may gargling with salt water. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics if it is persistent. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat & its hard to swallow. Now I have ear pain radiating down my neck & it hurts to turn my head. Ear infection?

I have a sore throat & its hard to swallow. Now I have ear pain radiating down my neck & it hurts to turn my head. Ear infection?

Sore throat or ear?: Could be an ear infection or a tonsillitis? pharyngitis. In a situation like this it is important to have it evaluated as quickly as possible as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Inner ear infection? Throat, ear, and jaw are very sore. Feel like I'm losing my voice. Ear hurts more every time I swallow. Neck hurts. Cough. Glands feel swollen. Very tired. Sneezing. Chest hurts.

Inner ear infection? Throat, ear, and jaw are very sore. Feel like I'm losing my voice. Ear hurts more every time I swallow. Neck hurts. Cough. Glands feel swollen. Very tired. Sneezing. Chest hurts.

Ear infection: May have an ear infection-viral or bacterial. Viral infections can last up to 10 days and symptom treatment and time are your best allies. Watch for clear secretions that change colors after symptoms have been present for a week or so and are accompanied by new onset fever or any other symptoms that concern you to decide if you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Neck X-ray normal. Neck pain that hurts my head and in my ears. No ear infection. What could be issue?

Neck X-ray normal. Neck pain that hurts my head and in my ears. No ear infection. What could be issue?

Probably jaw joint: It sounds as if your jaw joint is having some problems. Do you clench or grind your teeth? Do you like chewy and crunchy foods? Do you chew gum? If so, you need to go on a soft diet, take anti-inflammatories as needed and use ice on the areas that bothers you 3 to 4 times a day for 20 minutes at a time. You should also discuss this with your dentist. ...Read more

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I have a lot of clear mucus coming down throat hurts but I feel very dizzy could it be a middle ear infection?

I have a lot of clear mucus coming down throat hurts but I feel very dizzy could it be a middle ear infection?

Maybe: But it could also be from a viral cold, a sinus infection, allergy drainage in addition to an ear infection dizziness can come from increased middle ear pressure pushing the fluid in the inner ear. Post nasal drainage can come from all the above and irritate the opening of the eustachian tubes. If the eustachian tubes are inflamed then they won't vent the pressure and will give you dizziness. ...Read more

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I am having pain in my right ear and throat. Every time I swallow it hurts really bad. I also have chills. Is this an ear infection or a virus?

I am having pain in my right ear and throat. Every time I swallow it hurts really bad. I also have chills. Is this an ear infection or a virus?

Viral ; or bacterial: A viral infection can produce sore throat and fever. The ear pain can be related to the viral infection with fluid collecting in ear or superimposed bacterial infection. You should be checked by physician looking into your ears and at your throat. ...Read more

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I had strep throat one week ago and the doctor gave me penicillin. I'm fine now but now my right ear hurts really bad. Can this be an ear infection?

I had strep throat one week ago and the doctor gave me penicillin. I'm fine now but now my right ear hurts really bad. Can this be an ear infection?

Maybe, maybe not: It may just be fluid trapped behind a swollen eustachian tube. If it is an ear infection, plain penicillin may not be an effective drug to fix it. A followup with your doc may be necessary to sort this out. ...Read more

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Sore throat stuffy/runny nose bad cough now my ears hurt they feel clogged do I have a ear infection or is this apart of a cold I am 35weeks pregnant?

Sore throat stuffy/runny nose bad cough now my ears hurt they feel clogged do I have a ear infection or is this apart of a cold I am 35weeks pregnant?

Better see your MD: Could still be a viral infection, but if you have all your upper airways and ears hurting, you would better seek medical advice, take care ...Read more

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Can ringing in your ear or middle ear infection cause your throat and jaw line to hurt without having any painor discomfort in your ears?

Sometimes: Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can be one of many symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. Other symptoms can include jaw pain, jaw joint popping when opening, headaches in the temple or back of the neck area, tenderness around the TMJ and ear area. A highly trained dentist in this area can help determine if all are related. If not, a ENT physician would be the one to see. ...Read more

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I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

Swollen lymph nodes: When infections drain they drain to the closest lymph system which takes debris and bacteria out of the system. The neck has the closest lymph nodes to the ears. ...Read more

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Can ear infection pain travel to neck and shoulder?

Can ear infection pain travel to neck and shoulder?

Yes: Ear pain can be VERY SEVERE! It can travel to neck, shoulder as well jaw and make sleeping, eating and thinking appropriately very difficult. If having ear pain u shd see ur doctor ASAP. It in doubt regarding some other diagnosis u shd see the doctor right away as well esp if u r worried about heart conditions. ...Read more

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Pain under ear and neck. Outter ear feels hot. Is it ear infection?

Pain: You may have swimmer's ear. Or otitis externa. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause neck soreness?

Ear infections: People generally refer to middle ear infections as "ear infections." outer ear infections are also fairly common. When an infection is present infected fluids travel by lymph vessels until they get to lymph nodes in the neck. These lymph nodes can become tender/sore causing neck soreness. Most of the time neck soreness is not present with ear infections. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a ear infection/ mastoiditis. Now I have a red line going down my neck. Is this normal?

I am recovering from a ear infection/ mastoiditis. Now I have a red line going down my neck. Is this normal?

Worrisome: Any time you see a red line highlighting skin it suggests there is infection extending in that area. I would suggest you schedule a visit with your treating doc as soon as practical. ...Read more

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I believe I have an ear infection, I feel it on the right side of my neck and also under my left armpit is discomfort. Is that normal?

I believe I have an ear infection, I feel it on the right side of my neck and also under my left armpit is discomfort. Is that normal?

Not normal: You may or may not have ear infection but your symptoms on right side neck and left armpit discomfort do not suggest only ear infection. You need to be examined by doctor (ear exam: also neck and lt armpit exam;) then he will give his opinion and treatment accordingly. ...Read more

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Could walking in cold air cause an ear infection? I have pain in the r ear & going into neck. Last dr visit she said I had fluid in r ear a week ago.

Could walking in cold air cause an ear infection? I have pain in the r ear & going into neck. Last dr visit she said I had fluid in r ear a week ago.

No: Middle ear infections are caused by germs that enter through the drainage tube connecting that space to the throat. Not cold air. If there is already some fluid, it could become infected in a few hours or never. ...Read more

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Does ear infection cause facial & neck swelling?

Possibly: A bad infection can lead to this. That is why you should be seen by a doctor and treated. ...Read more

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My gf has a possible ear infection, back of neck and general area below the ear is painful. What should we do?

My gf has a possible ear infection, back of neck and general area below the ear is painful. What should we do?

ER: That does not sound like an ear infection. Pain in the neck and/or behind the ear is unusual for an ear infection. If she is having pain in the ear with those symptoms, the infection is beyond its normal bounds and she needs to be seen by a local ENT or in the er. ...Read more

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Lump behind ear, numbness in neck. Is it from an ear infection? I don't get ear infections.

Lump behind ear, numbness in neck. Is it from an ear infection? I don't get ear infections.

See physician: Lump behind ear with numbness in neck is unlikely from ear infection without a history of previous ear infection. Should have this examined in near future. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

Not directly: The swollen lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection and the otitis may have followed. I don't believe that the otitis itself caused swollen lymph nodes in the neck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an inner ear infection and the pain only be a mild burning sensation in ear and neck? Going on 5 days and the pain is the same.

Sure: Certain low grade infections, including viruses the body may be trying to fight off, may produce mild symptoms that last for several days. ...Read more

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Severe ear pain, the pin feels like it's he middle of my ear and the pain goes down my neck.  Is it just a normal ear infection?  

Ear infections can: Be quite painful and have pain radiating to your neck. You definitely should see your doctor so this can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection over two months ago, I experince dizziness daily and now neck pain and headaches what can I do?

I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection over two months ago, I experince dizziness daily and now neck pain and headaches what can I do?

Ear infection: Inner infection can cause dizziness, there are instances where people develop meningitis after an ear infection causing headache, it is advisable to go see doctor to find out the cause of the headache specially if it is a daily headache ...Read more

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I have bell's palsy (8 days so far) after an ear infection (43, female). 2 days ago I started getting extreme pain in jaw, ear, neck. Should I worry?

Not Bell's Palsy: You do not have bell's palsy. You have herpes oticus. The treatment of antiherpetic and steroid is appropriate. Pain medication is often needed and should be prescribed if over-the-counter pain medications are not working. The viral eradication should occur within 2 weeks but the loss of nerve function can take longer, sometimes months. Work with your doctor on this. ...Read more

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Taking cipro for an ear infection while travelling. Today I was in the hot sun and devolved a slightly red rash on my exposed chest and neck. Issue?

Taking cipro for an ear infection while travelling. Today I was in the hot sun and devolved a slightly red rash on my exposed chest and neck. Issue?

Oral Cipro dangerous: Cipro and related fluoroquinilones have now been condemned by the FDA for use in simple infections such as otitis media, because of the significant risk of horrendous side effects, ranging from sudden death from a single dose (it may cause torsade de points), or months of agonizing pain associated with rupture of multiple tendons. It was developed by the Army as a treatment for germ warfare. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more