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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped.  Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Feeling dizzy for over a month. Have seen two ENTs. First said BPPV, other said Migraine Associated Vertigo. Sneezing causes it. Pain behind left ear.

Feeling dizzy for over a month. Have seen two ENTs. First said BPPV, other said Migraine Associated Vertigo. Sneezing causes it. Pain behind left ear.

Helping dizziness: It's sometimes difficult to know the cause. Many of the treatments can be used for multiple causes. BPPV is worse with movement. Vestibular therapy would be an option for that. Migraine-associated vertigo responds to migraine treatment. Some people find magnesium to be a helpful migraine preventer. There are also treatments of meclizine, salt restriction, etc. ...Read more

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What causes a throbbing pain behind left ear?

See dentist: With your anxiety, you may well be grinding your teeth at night/clenching throughout the day. This may lead to a throbbing pain behind one ear. There are also other potential causes as well including a blood vessel issue. First check with the dentist. If nothing found, then see your doctor who may consider a MRI at the area. A middle-ear infection can cause throbbing pain at the ear itself. ...Read more

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Shooting pain up from leftside skull base to behind left ear comes and goes. Can tight neck muscles cause? Any dangerous causes or ok to wait 2morrow

Shooting pain up from leftside skull base to behind left ear comes and goes. Can tight neck muscles cause?  Any dangerous causes or ok to wait 2morrow

Yes, sometimes: Yes, tight neck muscles at the skull base can sometimes cause this. There are other causes as well. Please see your doctor for an exam to help determine the cause. Tight neck muscles can respond well to massage and ice if that is the problem. ...Read more

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Sharp pain behind left ear when turning head right?

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. ...Read more

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Have a lot of pain behind left ear and and down my shoulder?

Have a lot of pain behind left ear and and down my shoulder?

Pinched nerve?: Possibly a pinched nerve or muscle strain? Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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I often get pain behind left ear only, on and off randomly. Feels itchy & hurts, sometimes has 'crusty' build up. I try lotion/creams but doesn't help?

See your doc.: If the pain is on the skin behind the ear, it could be a skin infection like impetigo, and may need antibiotics. If in the ear itself it may still be a bacterial infection, but would need further evaluation for antibiotics. Either way, go see your primary doc. ...Read more

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Have sharp pain behind left ear at back/mid of head for past few days but today's worst. Pinched nerve? What could this be? Should i take a motrin?

Have sharp pain behind left ear at back/mid of head for past few days but today's worst. Pinched nerve? What could this be? Should i take a motrin?

You may need a good: A good doctor for the long haul is what you need in order to help you with your problems. I doubt that you have a pinched nerve. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a good all purpose pain medicine. If it does not control your pain well, then you may take a Motrin but not for more than once or twice as it can cause ulcers in your stomach. So you will be best served by having a primary care doctor whom you can go and see. ...Read more

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I have headache on left side and pulsating pain behind left ear. Can this be related to alcohol detox and taking acampprosate?

I have headache on left side and pulsating  pain behind left ear. Can this be related to alcohol detox and taking acampprosate?

Yes: Those could be adverse effects of acamprosate, but GI symptoms and mood problems are more common. More likely the symptoms may be realted to alcohol withdrawal. Have your prescribing doctor check you to be sure you're ok. ...Read more

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Swollen tonsills and ear pain? What is this also habe swlen glands in neck on left side and pain behind left ear like as swollen lymonode back behind my ear

Swollen tonsills and ear pain? What is this also habe swlen glands in neck on left side and pain behind left ear like as swollen lymonode back behind my ear

Tonsillitis.: You may have Tonsillitis., however it could be either bacterial or viral and treatment may be different depending on that . The swollen neck glands are your lymph glands trying to fight the infection. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had hep b c ,20 years ago ,now have problems with lingual tonsililitils ,numbness left leg ,nerve pain behind left ear , getting worse, drs confused?

Had hep b c ,20 years ago ,now have problems with lingual tonsililitils ,numbness left leg ,nerve pain behind left ear , getting worse, drs confused?

It sounds confusing!: Linking a prior history of hepatitis B and/or C with these current symptoms would definitely not be something "top of mind" for me. First, you want to make sure you know your current hepatitis status: get current serologic tests. Having numbness of the leg and behind the ear suggests some systemic neurologic condition: ? MS, etc. Only a skilled diagnostician performing an in-person eval can help. ...Read more

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Swelling on face in front of left ear, pain in left temple and left forehead when try to move head quickly, pain behind left ear and neck below skull?

Swelling on face in front of left ear, pain in left temple and left forehead when try to move head quickly, pain behind left ear and neck below skull?

Facial pain: Over the computer, guesses would include a possible sinus infection causing swelling and inflammation. Cellulitis is always a possibility, etc. Only way to know for sure is to get an exam and then treated as need be. Best wishes. ...Read more

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It started with hear palpitations 6 weeks ago and since i found out i hiatal hernia and ulcers, now pain all over body and sharp pain behind left ear.

Not related: Your abdominal problem has nothing to do with your ears or the palpitation. I suspect that you are suffering from anxiety and should consult your doctor about this. If you are grinding your teeth at night, this may be the cause for your sharp pain behind the left ear. ...Read more

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Upper left tooth abcess slight swelling under eye pain behind left ear that's sharp and come and goes no dental insurance Wat do I do ?

Upper left tooth abcess slight swelling under eye pain behind left ear that's sharp and come and goes no dental insurance Wat do I do ?

Local Dental Options: If there is a nearby dental school, treatment can often be provided by students and/or residents at discounted fees. If finances are a major obstacle, you can try calling the local dental society in your area to see if they have any recommendations or a program where dentists volunteer their services to treat patients with financial hardships. ...Read more

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Sharp pain behind left ear like over the bone and a sharp pain in my jaw. I grind my teeth when i sleep. Have bad anxiety. Any clue of what it is?

Sharp pain behind left ear like over the bone and a sharp pain in my jaw. I grind my teeth when i sleep. Have bad anxiety. Any clue of what it is?

May have TMJ/TMD: Symptoms of tmj/tmd can vary from person to person, severity, location and duration. It can affect the ears: ringing, aching, roaring, stuffiness, hearing loss; head, facial and neck: headaches, neck and facial pain; locking of the jaw: closed lock- limited opening, open lock- can't close; bite problems: can't touch the teeth, grinding, clenching; toothaches; lose teeth, fatigue, etc. Need exam. ...Read more

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Have had recurring ear infections, but no infection at Thanksgiving. Now have painful mastoiditis symptoms, pain behind left ear and very red hot ear. Going to ear doctor, but how urgent is this? Emergency or just good to go in?

Have had recurring ear infections, but no infection at Thanksgiving. Now have painful mastoiditis symptoms, pain behind left ear and very red hot ear. Going to ear doctor, but how urgent is this? Emergency or just good to go in?

Mastoiditis: is a serious infection.due to its proximity to intracranial structures the chance of intracranial infection like meningitis is high so it is urgent that you should see your doctor immediately so he may treat you with IV antibiotics after doing a radiologic study of your mastoid ands other sinuses ...Read more

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feel pain behind left ear left upper jaw my throat having difficulty in swallowing and my face goes to one side ever since i had molar tooth removed?

 feel pain behind left ear left upper jaw my throat having difficulty in swallowing and my face goes to one side ever since i had molar tooth removed?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck stiffness or neck pain, difficulty to swallow, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

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