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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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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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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Hard lump behind my left ear but not exactly in the ear itself, it is like located in my lower skull and just right behind the ear. I got headaches too

Hard lump behind my left ear but not exactly in the ear itself, it is like located in my lower skull and just right behind the ear. I got headaches too

Lymphadenitis: Or swollen lymph nodes due to viral or bacterial infection. The swollen lymph nodes caused by cancer is not very common condition. I don't think that your case is any different.
Headache is a separate issue.
If concerned, check with your pcp. ...Read more

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I am 19 years old and have had a headache for the past week it's the same spot. Left side behind the ear. What could cause this? Never had one before.

I am 19 years old and have had a headache for the past week it's the same spot. Left side behind the ear. What could cause this? Never had one before.

Migraine: Migraine headaches are common at your age and can exhibit pain over the head and behind the ears. The exact cause is not known. For starters, you could try some self care strategies like warm compresses, massages, hot showers, relaxation, green tea. Talk to your pcp or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Lumps in neck hard for over a year now and moving soft ones one left side of neck and pressure behind left ear white flashes and blurred vision in eye?

Lumps in neck hard for over a year now and moving soft ones one left side of neck and pressure behind left ear white flashes and blurred vision in eye?

See your doctor: Lymph nodes that are moveable are normal, but hard lumps in neck needs to be checked out by physical exam by your doctor, especially if it causes you to see white flashes, and have blurred vision. There may be something going on that you're unaware of, that the doctor needs to work up further with lab tests, or possibly referring you to an ophthalmologist to find out the cause of your blurred eyes. ...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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Headache behind my left ear on head 2 days after a collision that caused me a broke foot on the same side of body is this symptoms of head injuries?

Headache behind my left ear on head 2 days after a collision that caused me a broke foot on the same side of body is this symptoms of head injuries?

May be head injury: It may be head injury. Just watch for vomiting, dizziness, light headedness or weakness of any body area. Otherwise just take over the counter pain medicines. ...Read more

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I started having pain in left ear followed by headaches mostly on left side behind my eye and in my temple. Amoxicillan for ten days but symptoms back?

I started having pain in left ear followed by headaches mostly on left side behind my eye and in my temple. Amoxicillan for ten days but symptoms back?

Eval: Sounds like you are treating an infection. But this may be something else like migraine or even shingles. Or it could be you need a different antibiotic. Talk to your doc that gave you your amoxicillin. ...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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I have twitching from behind left ear to left temple. Happens daily. Rarely on right side as well. Eyes also spasm to the point of closing. Please help?

I have twitching from behind left ear to left temple. Happens daily. Rarely on right side as well. Eyes also spasm to the point of closing. Please help?

See provider: Muscle twitching around the head and eyes can be related to a metabolic or autoimmune problem and not just to physical or psychological stress. Please see your health care provider for evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Why do I have a big bump under my mole that is causing a very bad headache. Its behind my left ear towards the back of my head. It just started about?

Why do I have a big bump under my mole that is causing a very bad headache. Its behind my left ear towards the back of my head. It just started about?

Lesion on the head: Unfortunately, one in every five Americans is diagnosed with skin cancer. A mole that is changing in size and shape is concerning. The area behind the ear is also home to various small nerves that govern the back of the head which may be irritated and alerting us of a problem. I would discuss with a physician who may decide to get a biopsy or the lesion. ...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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Appears to a bite behind left ear and I now have pain and numbness on ear and across back of head. Taken motrin what else can I do?

Appears to a bite behind left ear and I now have pain and numbness on ear and across back of head. Taken motrin what else can I do?

Family practice.: Probably temporary but pain and numbness is worrisome. See your dr check it out. Certain spider bites can cause a neuropathy affecting the nerves on that side. ...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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Ache behind left ear and felt in neck when I turn head to the right? Sensitive to touch as well. Cancer? Lymph nodes? HELP!

Ache behind left ear and felt in neck when I turn head to the right? Sensitive to touch as well. Cancer? Lymph nodes? HELP!

Check for rash: A localizearea with radiation of the pain, is suggestive of a nerve pain, with involvement of likely muscular, as it is related to movement, it is important to see if there is no rash, as on some occasions, prior to herpes zoster, one can have these symptoms ...Read more