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Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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Hi. I have 2 bumps on my ears. 1 is on my right ear and it feels like cartilage. The other one is smaller and on my left ear and hurts when I touch it?

Hi. I have 2 bumps on my ears. 1 is on my right ear and it feels like cartilage. The other one is smaller and on my left ear and hurts when I touch it?

Bumps: IT'S not possible to make a diagnosis without examining these bumps. It's especially important to get examined in view of the tender bump especially if there's associated redness which may be indicative of an infected cyst. ...Read more

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The cartilage of my left ear goes numb, mainly at night. I've tried to have some form of physical activity, in effort to increase blood flow, but the numbness remained.

The cartilage of my left ear goes numb, mainly at night. I've tried to have some form of physical activity, in effort to increase blood flow, but the numbness remained.

It is likely: A positional thing. One is not completely able to control one's head position while asleep and you likely turn in such a way that your ear and its nerve supply are transiently compressed. The fact that it seems to come and go is reassuring. Exercise is good for circulation all over, so keep it up. If the duration of the numbness increases or area expands, seek evaluation. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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The cartilage on the inside of my left ear hurts. It is right above my ear drum, looks more red and noticeable bump, hurts when touching it? Took a pic

The cartilage on the inside of my left ear hurts. It is right above my ear drum, looks more red and noticeable bump, hurts when touching it? Took a pic

Picture?: It is impossible to say without certainty without seeing the image. May be a pimple or a small boil. Avoid picking at the bump, keep the area clean, consider topical antibiotic ointment AND if it is increasing in size or has new symptoms have it seen by a physician. ...Read more

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Left ear numbness and headache, sometimes vertigo?

Left ear numbness and headache, sometimes vertigo?

ENT eval: This combo of symptoms requires a careful clinic assessment by ENT exam and an audiogram (hearing test), then an MRI per judgement of the ENT. Vertigo and headache are common, ear numbness is rare, but like much more common ear pain can be the result of a problem involving one of several cranial and cervical nerves. Your ear numbness is most worrisome symptom. ...Read more

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Feeling of ear fullness in left ear and numbness near ear. Any suggestions?

Feeling of ear fullness in left ear and numbness near ear. Any suggestions?

That's a need for MD: Best solution would be to have this examined by a professional (family doctor), and throat cultured and assessed. Upper respiratory tract infections may well be due to virus, bacteria, etc. You might try using a netti-pot or nasal saline spray along with a decongestant and nsaid. This sounds like it may be due to sinus disease, in which case the above might well help. ...Read more

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My left ear keeps going numb for a second. Sometimes when it happens my cheek goes numb too. Noticed physical activity takes the numbness away. Why?

My left ear keeps going numb for a second. Sometimes when it happens my cheek goes numb too. Noticed physical activity takes the numbness away. Why?

Doctor can evaluate: Numbness of an ear usually means the skin sensation of the earlobe and cheek have decreased. An ENT doctor or a neurologist can evaluate to see if something is bothering the sensory nerve to those areas on the head. Not sure why physical activity changes things, but activity does change blood flow. Of course, there are hundreds of types of physical activity, so the doctor will ask for details. ...Read more

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Good size bump behind ear like a bug bite my left ear is numb and bug bite area hurts?

Good size bump behind ear like a bug bite my left ear is numb and bug bite area hurts?

See doc: Best for you to get an eval as this may be a bug bite, possibly infected, or an abscess/cyst, etc. Good luck ...Read more

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Hello Doctor, For last two days, I have a mild numbness on my slighlty above my left ear. Can you please help me?

Hello Doctor, For last two days, I have a mild numbness on my slighlty above my left ear. Can you please help me?

Numbness: Hello ~ watch the spot carefully over the next week to see that you do not develop any rash or blisters in the same area. Might be early zoster thanks ...Read more

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I have a friend that woke up one morning a d her left ear was numb. Now her whole left of her head is numb. What's going on. Also hearing problems

I have a friend that woke up one morning a d her left ear was numb. Now her whole left of her head is numb. What's going on. Also hearing problems

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with his doctor. In that meeting, his doctor will listen to him, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell him what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Pain under left ear, near jaw line. Hurt when swallowing. Feels numb. Pain in ear. Help?

Pain under left ear, near jaw line. Hurt when swallowing. Feels numb. Pain in ear. Help?

More information: I wish I had some more information, like if you ever feel your ear popping or feel like you can hear yourself talking out of that ear because if you did I'd think you have a problem with your eustachian tube. If not, I would question a possible issue with your TMJ joint. Either way, I'd suggest having your doc take a look in your ear on Monday and determine which it is (if either) and treat ...Read more

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My left ear is slowly leaking a clear fluid. It doesn't smell like anything. Ear feels numb. Should I seek medical attention?

My left ear is slowly leaking a clear fluid. It doesn't smell like anything. Ear feels numb. Should I seek medical attention?

Yes: It is important to know what and where the fluid is coming from-middle or outer ear. Also your doctor may want to culture the fluid. ...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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Okay so last week I had a fullness feeling started in my left ear...now its still full but accompanied by a bit of numbness in jaw and temple area?

Okay so last week I had a fullness feeling started in my left ear...now its still full but accompanied by a bit of numbness in jaw and temple area?

Need ear exam: You may have an ear infection and. The symptoms may be due to resultant pressure and secondary infection. A quick trip to your doctor or local urgent care clinic can help resolve this and with treatment, on road to recovery. Feel better ...Read more

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Okay so last week I had a fullness feeling started in my left ear...now its still full but accompanied by a bit of numbness in jaw and temple area?

Okay so last week I had a fullness feeling started in my left ear...now its still full but accompanied by a bit of numbness in jaw and temple area?

Hard to say: There are other considerations within the ear like the middle ear or the inner ear. Also the ear is very close to the brain we want to make sure that something there is not causing the symptoms. You should discuss this with your physician and see a neurologist or even also an ENT physician to help clarify what is involved ...Read more

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What would cause reoccuring numbness in my left ear and my mastoid bone to flare up in an MRI?

What would cause reoccuring numbness in my left ear and my mastoid bone to flare up in an MRI?

Mastoiditis: Please follow up with your health care provider to continue assessment of this issue to see if you will need antibiotics or surgical referral for your issue. ...Read more

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Today my left ear has became numb and muffled, and hurts especially when I yawn or burp. What do you think that is?

Eustachian tube: Sounds like the tube between your inner ear and your throat is blocked, and you may have fluid built up behind the ear drum. If you have a fever, chills and symptoms of infection, please go see your doctor. In the meantime if you are able to take decongestants like tylenol (acetaminophen) sinus, please do, unless you have high blood pressure or heart disease. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had numbness from my left ear lobe and all the way down my neck to my chin. Extremely irritating sensation when anything touches my neck?

I have had numbness from my left ear lobe and all the way down my neck to my chin. Extremely irritating sensation when anything touches my neck?

See a doctor: Seeing a doctor for this, soon, would be good. There are many things that can cause this and some of them are serious. ...Read more

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For approx. 12 hours I've been experiencing ear pressure and having trouble hearing in my left ear; additionally the left side of my head feels a bit numb and my left eye feels pressured too.?

For approx. 12 hours I've been experiencing ear pressure and having trouble hearing in my left ear; additionally the left side of my head feels a bit numb and my left eye feels pressured too.?

You should go to the: ER or if you can be rapidly be seen at your doc’s office. Make the call. Get moving. If no one is with you, call 911
if you feel the slightest bit impaired. Good luck ...Read more

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My left face arm and leg go tingly and numb. Sometimes my arm feels weak. My left ear is ringing. Neurologist says anxiety. Is this most likely right?

My left face arm and leg go tingly and numb. Sometimes my arm feels weak. My left ear is ringing. Neurologist says anxiety. Is this most likely right?

Mononeuritis: Not anxiethy. YOu have mononeuritis multiplex. See another neurologist asap. This is treatable, but if you let it go, will become permanent. ...Read more

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Numb on left ear and side of my head after sleeping on my girls leg. Anything to worry about??

Numb on left ear and side of my head after sleeping on my girls leg. Anything to worry about??

If you must: I would expect full sensitivity to return within a few hours. Placing unusual focused pressure on certain areas makes the nerves quit sending location signals. They return when the blood flow returns to normal. Almost everyone has experienced this with a leg falling to sleep from position. ...Read more

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I just had a crawling and tingling sensation from my frontal lobe to the left ear now there’s numbness in the same area, head is heavy & vertigo. Help?

I just had a crawling and tingling sensation from my frontal lobe to the left ear now there’s numbness in the same area, head is heavy & vertigo. Help?

Get it checked: I am sorry we can not advice you what to do without taking a detailed history and doing a physical exam. I suggest with symptoms of heavy head and vertigo you consult your doctor or go to ER and get checked ...Read more

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My left side teeth is something numb, my left ear is something painful then my left side neck is like having a stiff neck.

My left side teeth is something numb, my left ear is something painful then my left side neck is like having a stiff neck.

Need exam: You need to find out what is causing this. See an oral surgeon or a dentist ASAP for an evaluation. Don't put this off any longer. ...Read more

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The backside of my left ear and my head surrounding it is numb. I've been battling a toothache for 5 days now. Taking antibiotic and vicadin.

The backside of my left ear and my head surrounding it is numb. I've been battling a toothache for 5 days now. Taking antibiotic and vicadin.

Toothache battle: Are you under the care of a dentist? If not, you're fighting a losing battle. Antibiotics will not resolve your tooth issues, and numbness as you described can indicate a rapidly spreading infection. You need to be seen immediately by a dentist, preferably an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Hello. I've had constant numb/tingle in left fingers for 5 days, occassionally in left ear, & right now heat in left torso/arm.

Hello. I've had constant numb/tingle in left fingers for 5 days, occassionally in left ear, & right now heat in left torso/arm.

Various symptoms: The left hand symptoms may be caused by nerve impingement in the wrist (-carpal tunnel syndrome), but symptoms in the ears and torso would be unrelated. If these varied symptoms persist, I recommend an evaluation by a neurologist who will order appropriate tests including checking for deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin b12, iron as well as for anemia and thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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Left side of head numbness left pupil bigger than right one left ear can't hear as good as right one eyes blurry trouble with memory neck pain?

Left side of head numbness left pupil bigger than right one left ear can't hear as good as right one eyes blurry trouble with memory neck pain?

Be seen: I would certainly be seen and thoroughly evaluated for this, potentially an MRI or ct scan may be helpful to rule out an intracranial abnormality. ...Read more

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For few days I can't hear from left ear. Have numbness around mouth pain around neck and pain around ear. I was taking omnicef (cefdinir) but feared this is re?

For few days I can't hear from left ear. Have numbness around mouth pain around neck and pain around ear. I was taking omnicef (cefdinir) but feared this is re?

Need more info!: Why taking omnicef (cefdinir)? If it's for a head/neck infection, the pain and trouble hearing could be related to the infection. Where exactly is the "pain in the neck"? It doesn't sound like a side effect from omnicef (cefdinir), but an infection may have extended someplace. If you don't have a fever, it could be because the infection is partially treated - Omnicef (cefdinir) = good antibiotic. See a doctor! Update me. ...Read more

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Right ear outer pain and numbness/tingling spread to face and forehead (4 days), now moving to left ear. Neck and jaw stiffness. (41yr female)?

Right ear outer pain and numbness/tingling spread to face and forehead (4 days), now moving to left ear. Neck and jaw stiffness. (41yr female)?

Hmm: The pattern of your symptoms does not fit anything that is extremely obvious. It might be worth having somebody check it out so that you can get some answers. ...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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I am experiencing difficulty swallowing. Numbness from let neck upward to left ear, no idea? Had clean MRI for brain and neck a month ago. Help!

I am experiencing difficulty swallowing. Numbness from let neck upward to left ear, no idea? Had clean MRI for brain and neck a month ago. Help!

See a Neurologist: Unfortunately based on the information given, a cranial nerve problem may be at play. The diagnostic work up requires much more than an MRI and may need to be directed by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Does migraine cause numbness &prickling feeling in the body, very fast heart beat with weakness and dull left ear, neck & shoulder pain with unbalance?

Does migraine cause numbness &prickling feeling in the body, very fast heart beat with weakness and dull left ear, neck & shoulder pain with unbalance?

Possibly: I would certainly let your neurologist know about your symptoms. There is an entity known as a complex migraine and this is a migraine headache associated with neurological symptoms such as numbness in an extremity. There are other potential causes as well. ...Read more

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I have tingling and numbness in my arms, fingers and toes for months now. I also have a hard painful lump behind my left ear. What could this be and wha?

I have tingling and numbness in my arms, fingers and toes for months now. I also have a hard painful lump behind my left ear. What could this be and wha?

Numbness: Numbness and tingling feeling usually an indicator of nerve irritation which could be from several causes from vitamin deficiency to cancer. Lump behind the ear again from different tissues, lymph gland, cysts, tumors. It really needs exam and some labs if warranted. ...Read more

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I fell asleep asleep in a chair. Woke up an hour or two later with a numb arm and hand that won't go away. It's been about one hour and has yet to diminish. I'm also experiencing painful swelling in front of my left ear, which I noticed before sleep.

I fell asleep asleep in a chair. Woke up an hour or two later with a numb arm and hand that won't go away. It's been about one hour and has yet to diminish. I'm also experiencing painful swelling in front of my left ear, which I noticed before sleep.

Get medical checkup: Your symptoms of numbness may be related to pressure on the Arm nerves from an awkward lying position. They are expected to resolve by themselves..., so do nothing for one week.
If the symptoms persist, then you should get a medical check up from your PCP. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain near my left clavical and an ache in my left ear. What is wrong with me? Slight numbness in left arm. Hurts to swallow.

I have a sharp pain near my left clavical and an ache in my left ear. What is wrong with me? Slight numbness in left arm. Hurts to swallow.

Pinched nerve: The info provided is limited but certainly a radiculopathy (pinched nerve root) in the cervical spine can not be excluded. This can be due to a disc herniation or arthritic changes in the cervical spine compressing the nerve root as it exits the spine. This should be evaluated and will likely require an xray, MRI and possible electrodiagnostic evaluation to diagnose. ...Read more