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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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Can a sinus infection or an ear infection cause neck pain, more specifically, the lymph nodes? Is this a normal occurrence?

Can a sinus infection or an ear infection cause neck pain, more specifically, the lymph nodes? Is this a normal occurrence?

Unusual: Otitis media (ear infection) or rhino-sinusitis rarely cause neck pain or cervical lymphadenopathy. Certainly this is possible and only means that the lymph nodes are a protective mechanism to prevent further spread of this viral/bacterial infection. ...Read more

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My right tragus and ear has been hurting for about a week. Muffled hearing and neck pain on right side. What is wrong? Ear infection?

My right tragus and ear has been hurting for about a week. Muffled hearing and neck pain on right side. What is wrong? Ear infection?

Yes, probably: I'm impressed you know the term tragus. Good for you! Please see your family physician for an exam and antibiotics if necessary, or even an ENT consult if needed. Are you going into the medical field? It is rewarding, although a lot of work. ...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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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 fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?

I have a fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?

What medication: If your immune system is working well, your lymph nodes will often get enlarged and can be painful as it filters out the badness. You did not state if they determined what specific infection it was (if they determined the cause) and if you are on antibiotics. There is a chance the infection can get walled off somewhere near the tonsils and you get an abcess. Meds will help, but ENT may be needed. ...Read more

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Can bronchitis or an ear infection cause neck and back/shoulder pain? It seems to have just started, i've been sick for a week.

Can bronchitis or an ear infection cause neck and back/shoulder pain? It seems to have just started, i've been sick for a week.

Depends: Certainly if you are coughing a lot you can have muscle strain in your back and shoulder. However these symptoms can also come from pneumonia. You should see your doctor, . ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause neck soreness?

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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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


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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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