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Sharp stabbing pain left side of head above ear. It stings for a couple of seconds. Its been hapenning since this morning. And its random and my left eye seems to be under some stress since then?

Sharp stabbing pain left side of head above ear. It stings for a couple of seconds. Its been hapenning since this morning. And its random and my left eye seems to be under some stress since then?

SUNCT: Rare Short-lasting Unilateral Neuralgiform headache attacks with Conjunctival injection and Tearing. It is is a primary headache predominant in males and respond to indomethacin. See your PCP for evaluation if needed. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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My 11 year old son has had strep walking pneumonia ear bladder and now kidney infection all in last month. Bad headaches & pain left side.?

My 11 year old son has had strep walking pneumonia ear bladder and now kidney infection all in last month. Bad headaches & pain left side.?

See a specialist: These are some serious illnesses to occur in a row in his young age. I think you need to see an immunologist or an infectious disease specialist. He needs a good work up. ...Read more

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Pain under left rib, left side/back &left knee. Severe headache, pain left side of head. Switching on left side of face, chest pain. Positve ecoli urine?

Pain under left rib, left side/back &left knee. Severe headache, pain left side of head. Switching on left side of face, chest pain. Positve ecoli urine?

Fever?: If you have fever, I would be worried that your symptoms indicate urinary tract sepsis, a life threatening illness. An emergency dept visit would be reasonable. ...Read more

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I have severe pain left side if head and ear ache left ear comes and goes can be very painfull and tender to touch around temple area?

I have severe pain left side if head and ear ache left ear comes and goes can be very painfull and tender to touch around temple area?

Should be seen: Sever pain in any part of the body is concerning and should be checked out. Pain on the temporal area can come from an ear infection, a problem with your TMJ joint, or even be from inflammation of your arteries that can lead to loss of your vision. Patient should not delay being seen by either their primary md or and ent. ...Read more

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Chest pain left side-kind of a dull ache in armpi, head/ears/nose, stuffed up, and migraines. I have gut issues but they are being looked into. Ideas?

Chest pain left side-kind of a dull ache in armpi, head/ears/nose, stuffed up, and migraines. I have gut issues but they are being looked into. Ideas?

2 complex 4 shrt ans: Need to ask u many questions about chest and armpit Sx to parse out possible causes. Too little info to say whether or not your heart may be involved. Your doctor taking a complete history and doing a complete physical can definitely arrive at some answers. ...Read more

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I have a pain left side of head comes and goes lasts-few secs behind eye and sometimes in my left ear can this be a brain tumour or Anuresym? 24/m

Probably not serious: Probably not a serious problem but it depends on how long you have been having these transient pains behind your left eye/ear. If the pains have been present for more than one month and if they are present most of the day then you should see you physician and consider an MRI of the head. If the pain is fleeting and not present long it is unlikely to be a brain tumor or aneurysm. Relax. ...Read more

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Ear pain left side. Pain accompanied by shooting aching shoulder pain. Can ear ache radiate like that?

Ear pain left side. Pain accompanied by shooting aching shoulder pain. Can ear ache radiate like that?

Not typical: This sounds a little atypical. I would recommend an assessment by the doctor to figure out what is going on. An exam in this case may help figure out the diagnosis ...Read more

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Last 2 days on off pain left side from ear to neck around left shoulder area. No fever no difficulty breathing. Just uncomfortable. Should I worry?

Local myalgia: Local myalgia includes muscle co-contraction and muscle soreness.
Moist heat, and stretch exercises will solve your pain. If pain is persist over 2 weeks, see pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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Numbness, pressure and pain left side of face cheek area going towards ear, 18 months off and on, blurred vision l eye now blood on pillow after sleep?

Numbness, pressure and pain left side of face cheek area going towards ear, 18 months off and on, blurred vision l eye now blood on pillow after sleep?

Chronic facial pain: We don't know anything about your medical history or any medications. Have you seen a doctor for this? Its been going on for 18 months, please seek medical attention urgently. ...Read more

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Swollen gland since months ago. Increased in size, new ones appeared. Chronic pain left side of throat and ear. No infection, ok blood tests.22female?

Swollen gland since months ago. Increased in size, new ones appeared. Chronic pain left side of throat and ear. No infection, ok blood tests.22female?

See ENT: Consider seeing and ENT physician to determine the cause of your pain and enlarged lymph nodes. You may need a lymph node biopsy and the ENT surgeons are the ones that could do this test. ...Read more

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Went to ER 12/25 w/ left ear/jaw pain & left side facial paralysis. Dx Bell's Palsy. Rx prednisone, acyclovir. Tips for recovery? Anything to avoid?

Went to ER 12/25 w/ left ear/jaw pain & left side facial paralysis. Dx Bell's Palsy. Rx prednisone, acyclovir. Tips for recovery? Anything to avoid?

Suggesions: Sounds like you're on the right pathway. There are other reasons for facial paralysis. Most patients completely recover. If you are not recovering, seek evaluation by an ENT doc or neurologist. ...Read more

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Unilateral mild burning sensation on face, tender muscles around that side of jaw and ear, mild eye pain, left side nose burns a bit, like chili TMJD?

Unilateral mild burning sensation on face, tender muscles around that side of jaw and ear, mild eye pain, left side nose burns a bit, like chili TMJD?

See OFP specialist: The Orofacial Pain specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of facial pain, night bruxism and TMJ. They are the experts in this field. See PCP for hypertension diagnosis, tests and treatment. ...Read more

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Chest pain left side, pain left shoulder and neck, tingling left side of head, dizzy, shaky, nausea?

Chest pain left side, pain left shoulder and neck, tingling left side of head, dizzy, shaky, nausea?

Time to see a doc: A variety of clinical scenarios may account for your symptoms. Left sided chest pain has to be addressed immediately in ruling out a heart attack. ...Read more

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Swollen left tonsil, pain left side of my Adam's apple. Hurts to touch, swallow, turn my head to the right. Does this sound like a thyroid issue?

Swollen left tonsil, pain left side of my Adam's apple. Hurts to touch, swallow, turn my head to the right. Does this sound like a thyroid issue?

Not thyroid: Your thyroid is in a different place than your tonsils. You may have a tonsil abscess. You need to see your doctor or an ENT for further evaluation. If you have a tonsil abscess it may need to be drained. Your thyroid effects your metabolism--weight, energy, concentration, mood. If it is swollen it could cause you to have trouble swallowing. It should not cause problems with the tonsil. ...Read more

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Blurry left eye, pain left side of head to fingers (mainly shoulder and neck). Breathing difficult when in pain. Normal head/neck mri. 2nd opinion? . .

Blurry left eye, pain left side of head to fingers (mainly shoulder and neck). Breathing difficult when in pain. Normal head/neck mri. 2nd opinion? . .

Second opinion: If you truly want another opinion, you should either bring scans/report to another physician or use a virtual care consult to share at least the report of the MRI with another caregiver for best approach. It would be the most through way to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is a head CT with contrast sufficient to rule out a brain tumor? Reason I had it was head and neck pain left side for 6 months. Pain still present.

Is a head CT with contrast sufficient to rule out a brain tumor? Reason I had it was head and neck pain left side for 6 months. Pain still present.

Usually: Certain type of tumors can't be well visualized on CT and requires MRI, such as meningiomas, but neck pain is rarely cause of tumor in the brain. Tumors can occur in the spinal cord, including the neck spinal cord, but neck pain is usually due to problems with the neck itself, such as disc or arthritis. ...Read more

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Starts with severe pain left side of head/face and progresses to high bp140/90 shakes vomit ft numb stomach pain nausea double vision. No history. Why?

Starts with severe pain left side of head/face and progresses to high bp140/90 shakes vomit ft numb stomach pain nausea double vision. No history. Why?

Sounds like: Possible variant MIGRAINE. cluster headches are one variety. TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA another The double vision/Gi symptoms are a bit "troublesome" At any rate ask your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a referral to a Neurologist who specializes in HEADACHES....There are multiple medications which deserve a trial however your co-existing medical issues eg Depression MUST be TAKEN into consideration!
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Fatigue (severe) Absence seizures Pressure in head Spinning sensation Rapid heart rate Chest pain (left side under breast) 16 years old. Please help?

Fatigue (severe) Absence seizures Pressure in head Spinning sensation Rapid heart rate Chest pain (left side under breast) 16 years old. Please help?

Neurologist: A neurologist is most likely regulating your antiseizure medication and could address the question of possible side effects of fatigue, dizziness and fast heart rates. The chest discomfort may be coming from your rib cage rather than the lungs or heart but your primary care physician can check you for that as well as check your heart rate and rhythm. ...Read more

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My 14 year old hit his head on the arm of our couch it wasn't hard but since then he get a headache after a shower on left side above ear?

My 14 year old hit his head on the arm of our couch it wasn't hard but since then he get a headache after a shower on left side above ear?

It happens: Even relatively minor trauma can bring on a migraine equivalent headache within the next 24 hrs or longer. As long as the kid responds to rest/sleep I would not consider it worrisome. They can even throw up once. Repeated vomiting or a change in personality would be a worrisome sign and need evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have headache on the left side of my head above my ear?

What to do if I have headache on the left side of my head above my ear?

See a TMJ specialest: Consider the possibility of a TMJ condition. The jaw muscles in the face and on the side of the head when fatigued become very tender and cause headaches, tenderness to hand pressure. Many patients also experience ear pressure, ringing, and ear pain which can be symptoms of a TMJ condition. For a TMJ specialist visit AACFP. Org ...Read more

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Extreme headache on the left side (above ear). Just started 5 days ago. Doc tried muscle relaxers-didnt work. Codeine barely helps. What could it be? -

Extreme headache on the left side (above ear). Just started 5 days ago. Doc tried muscle relaxers-didnt work. Codeine barely helps. What could it be? -

Simple Injection: Occipital nerve injections are simple to perform, low risk and very readily identify these headaches (occipital neuralgia).These injections are performed by some neurologists, and almost all pain specialists (don't let them talk you into an epidural). If it's occipital neuralgia, you will have pretty complete relief in 10 to 20 minutes. Injections might need to be repeated. Findout why your having. ...Read more

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I have headaches on the left side just above my ear and above my eye. Incidence varies from nearly every day to going weeks without. Advice?

I have headaches on the left side just above my ear and above my eye. Incidence varies from nearly every day to going weeks without. Advice?

Need evaluation.: You may be having intermittent angle closure glaucoma. Or not. Best you be evaluated by an ophthalmologist just to make sure. Angle closure glaucoma can cause permanent loss of vision, but it can be prevented with treatment. ...Read more

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Hi I have had a headache and pain in the right side of my head for 26 days it is the same pain same place above my ear?

Hi I have had a headache and pain in the right side of my head for 26 days it is the same pain same place above my ear?

Focal >> workup: Focal, persistent headaches need a workup. Your doctor will consider what nerves might be represented by the area of distribution and also what findings are observed on exam (such as in your ear). Need hard data from exam and tests before speculating on diagnosis. ...Read more

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Bump on side of head above ear. Feels boney like I was hit but I wasn't. Slight discomfort when pressed hard & minor headache. What could it be?

Bump on side of head above ear. Feels boney like I was hit but I wasn't. Slight discomfort when pressed hard & minor headache. What could it be?

Scalp bump: This is likely to be a pilar cyst, but a lymph node is also possible. I recommend you see a dermatologist for a precise diagnosis, though it is unlikely to be anything serious. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing pressure above my ear region on both sides of my head...like atension headache but this is the first time the pressure is persistent.

I'm experiencing pressure above my ear region on both sides of my head...like atension headache but this is the first time the pressure is persistent.

Not unusual: This appears to be a tension headache although no hx is given. No meds were mentioned and no note of doctor involvement. Need to make sure your blood pressure is normal. If this is ok, seek your doctor advice in regards to treatment. ...Read more

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I had tooth decay doctor was intense Had a headache. Now spot on left head above my ear 5 CM above tooth. Pain only when touch the spot any help? Plz

I had tooth decay doctor was intense Had a headache. Now spot on left head above my ear 5 CM above tooth. Pain only when touch the spot any help? Plz

Tooth decay: This sounds like you have an abcessed tooth. If so, it will need a root canal treatment. See your dentist or an endodontist (root canal specialist) for treatment. ...Read more

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Headache above left ear constant all day today have had a whole headache since tuesday until today it is above ear?

Headache above left ear constant all day today have had a whole headache since tuesday until today it is above ear?

Muscle spam: This sounds like a muscle spasm of the temporalis muscle. The muscle above the ear. I would eat soft foods and use worm compresses to the area to see if you can settle the area down. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin may help as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a headache on the right side of my face. It feels like I have been biting on my teeth the whole day. I also experience pain behind and above ear?

I have a headache on the right side of my face. It feels like I have been biting on my teeth the whole day. I also experience pain behind and above ear?

TMJ: You are having headache from crunching your teeth, that affecting your TMJ joint and making it inflamed, and causing headache and ear pain.
either try to relax and avoid doing that, or see a dentist for a mouth guard. ...Read more

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My sister had bit her head with hands with full force before 7 days. She had minor headache and now the headache is gone. But a small part of muscle above ear pains very lightly if touch. Is anything serious or it will go? Any problem cause to her life

My sister had bit her head with hands with full force before 7 days. She had minor headache and now the headache is gone. But a small part of muscle above ear pains very lightly if touch. Is anything serious or it will go? Any problem cause to her life

Will likely resolve: On its own. Keep the area clean by using soap and water. You can give her some pain medication if needed. If the pain is worse or you see more redness or discharge coming out of it then see a doctor. Discuss her behavior with doctor. ...Read more

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Hi im pregnan and im worried I have a sore spot on my head above my ear and its giving me a headache and making me nauseas when I touch it help me!

Hi im pregnan and im worried I have a sore spot on my head above my ear and its giving me a headache and making me nauseas when I touch it help me!

Need a Doctor: I think this may be the very definition of the limit of internet medicine. If you are having pain and are nauseated it is time to contact your physician in person and to be seen. ...Read more

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Heavy feeling in ears, vertigo a feeling of off balance, headache above ear and eyes have gone blurry had this for three weeks now eyes feel fuzzy?

Heavy feeling in ears, vertigo a feeling of off balance, headache above ear and eyes have gone blurry had this for three weeks now eyes feel fuzzy?

Exam advised: Vertigo, headache and blurry vision of 3 weeks duration warrants an evaluation by a neurologist or otolaryngologist. Vertigo and balance problem could be due to an inner ear disorder and headache may stem from a cerebellar problem. ...Read more