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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 isnt 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 isnt 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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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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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