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Ear Pain 3 Months
Right ear pain for 3 months. No infection. I get a headache every day and my nose and lips tingle or feel itchy. Should I get a CT?
Yes: This is a good reason to get the CT. If fluid in mastoids or sinus this can be treated. Sinus disease is very common. Talk to your doctor as treatment may be begun without it ...Read more
For two days now almost three I been gettn severe/sharp pains behind my ear all behind my ear pain goes up my head comes n goes hurts. Help please.?
Likely a variant of: You need to be evaluated. Likely what is called trigeminal -autonomic neuralgia for which medications like Lyrica (pregabalin) could work. Sometimes naprosyn works. Rarely is this a presentation of bell's palsy, but you would have facial weakness by now. Also an ear infection (otitis media) should be ruled out. ...Read more
I had grommets inserted when I was 5 three times and now as a adult I get sharp inner ear pain that usually last to a minute. Is this normal?
Not from the tubes: Very unlikely the ear pain you are getting has anything to do with the tubes you had as a child. Most like cause is strain of the tempromandibulr joint (tmj). Try motrin, soft diet for a week and don't chew gum, ice, etc. Try to chew opposite the side that hurts. If this doesn't work, see your physician. ...Read more
Can a post nasal drip have caused etd that I've had for 5 months? Three months of nasal steroids did nothing. Clicking and ear pain are unbearable.
Possible allergies: You may have developed an allergy that is producing your post nasal drip. Perhaps you should see an allergist and get evaluated and possibly tested. As a last resort if you have no allergies you might want to see an ENT physician and discuss the possibility of taking oral steroids to clear up your ear pain. ...Read more
Three swollen cervical lymph nodes all on left side of neck some ear pain doctor HS seen one of them says wait 2 month fbc normal should I be worried?
Lymph nodes: The lymph nodes usually enlarge as response to an infection in the vicinity. It lasts maximum 2-3 weeks and as the infection goes away (with antibiotics usually) the lymph nodes disappear. Outside this scenario, I would be worried and demand further investigation (ct is appropriate, a blood smear and CBC with differential, as well as a bmp with enzymes markers analysis) up to an excision biopy. ...Read more
Cold since sept. 2012. Been on three sep. Visits. Still have it. Sore throat and ear pain started 2 weeks ago. Now have black spot on soft palate.
Cough: Have you been coughing tons? I will defer your ongoing upper respiratory query to the ent's but have heard of MRSA or other mean bugs not responding to traditional treatment. The black spot can be a hematoma (blood blister) from coughing violently or may be a clue to the etiology. I think second and third opinions would be useful to you now. Please seek out sinus or infectious disease doctors. ...Read more
Ear Pain Child:
Ear pain is extremely common in childhood and although it is distressing, is usually caused by a minor infection that will resolve on its own.
It can be VERY painful, due to pressure inside the ear drum so treating with pain killers like paracetamol +/- ibuprofen is the main treatment.
If fevers and pain are ongoing for more than 3 days, then we sometimes advise antibiotics. ...Read more
Neuritic pain: Sharp stabbing pain in the ear is rarely the result of ear infection which is persistent pain associated with hearing loss. Two possible reasons could be firing off of nerves that innervate the region of the ear (trigeminal neuralgia) or the pain may be arising from structures around the ear as the jaw joint or the muscles of mastication. ...Read more
That depends: Ear pain should be evaluated. An ear infection can lead to meningitis, hearing loss, chronic ear drum perforation and other problems. Some ear infections might be treated without an antibiotic, but that's a decision you should make with your doctor. Tumors of the throat and tonsil can also cause ear pain, as can sinus infection. Ifear pain is unexplained and persistant, see an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Ear vs TMJ: Most common cause of ear pain is infection. Can be other ear problems. Most common cause of ear pain not due to ear is jaw joint (TMJ) problem. See ENT doc. If negative for ear pain, have oral surgeon examine jaw joint. If positive, see TMJ expert. Get referral from oral surgeon ...Read more
Ear pain bending: If you are congested - you may have fluid build up in your middle ear. If you press or wiggle your ear with your finger and is painful you likely have a a ear canal infection - common during this time of year after days of swimming. If you can take a decongestant (not pregnant) & get good relief it is likely fluid build up. Either type of pain persists get it checked by a medical professional ...Read more
First find out cause: "ear pain" is a tricky problem as more often than not it is not from the ear. The most common cause of "ear pain" is from the jaw joint. If you have no hearing loss and no ear fullness chances are it is your jaw and jaw precautions can help. An ENT doctor can look in your ear and tell whether the ear is or is not the problem. Beware doctors treating an ear they say that "looks a little red". ...Read more
Etiology: Ear pain or otalgia is not necessarily the result of ear disease. If your hearing is essentially normal, the most common cause of otalgia is disease of the dental structures, jaw muscle spasm, dental infection, arthritis of the jaw joint. Other causes of referred pain can reflect diseases of the neck (cervical arthritis) or diseases of the throat or even larynx. Easing pain requires a diagnosis. ...Read more
Tough problem: Chronic ear pain tends to be a frustrating problem as it is difficult to diagnose and management strategies do involve trial and error method at times. Temporomandibular disorders often cause chronic ear pain. Other causes include inflammation of the jaw joint/s, headache disorders, salivary gland disease, and ear infections. Some medical illnesses can also exhibit ear pain. ...Read more
Poor Eustachian tube: The ability to equalize pressure on descent in an airplane requires a normal functioning eustachian tube. This is the passageway between the back of the nose and the middle ear space. Either a genetic narrowing of this tube or the scarring of the tube following ear infection in childhood are the two major reasons for your problem. If you fly often, ventilation tubes will be the answer. ...Read more
Gum: The pressure in the cabin may cause any fluid in the ear tubes to plug them creating pain and pressure in the ear. THe best is to use decongestants if plugged up then on take off and lading chew gum it promoted swallowing and helps open the tubules ...Read more
Several causes: Ear pain can develop from inflammation of the ear canal skin, from a middle ear infection, TMJ inflammation or even from problems affecting sites far from the ear such as the throat. Most commonly, ear pain is due to an ear infection- either in the middle ear or ear canal. If these areas area normal, then the hunt for the source of the pain can be complex but needs to be complete. ...Read more
Otalgia: Otalgia is a term we use for an ear ache. If your hearing is within normal limits for your age, the most common cause of ear pain is referred from the dental apparatus. Conditions associated with chronic ear pain (assuming the ears are normal) are dental diseases, muscle spasm of the jaw muscles, rarely arthritis of the jaw joint, neck disease, throat disease, and laryngeal disease. ...Read more
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