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Left Ear Strain
Muscle strain behind left ear hurts when I tilt head to right, slept wrong? Woke up with a brief slight cut off circulation feeling behind right ear?
Ear vs TMJ: Could be an infection in your ear. Could be your TMJ. Other TMJ symptoms include clicking jaw joint or limited oral opening. If you have other signs of TMJ problem, see oral surgeon for exam/suggestions. ...Read more
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Various causes: Might be otitis externa (ear canal infection) or eczema (as other doc suggested) or seborrheic dermatitis, which can affect ear canals as well as pinna & external auditory meatus (although usually both sides are affected). Anti-dandruff shampoos & antifungal creams (lamisil) can help. If pain is involved, see fp or ent. ...Read more
Wax or...: Typically occulsion of the ear canal by excessive wax or significant serous fluid in the middle ear can cause the abrupt onset of these symptoms. A simple exam by your doctor with an otoscope will provide the answer. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: An ear infection on the inside of the eardrum is a "middle ear" infection, and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, colds, or sinusitis. An ear infection on the outside of the eardrum is an "outer ear" infection or "swimmer's ear", which is caused by moisture in the outer ear canal that allows skin germs to grow and multiply in the skin. Other causes of pain are possible. ...Read more
Could be either or:
It could be the ear ache caused by infection that started the circle and end up with bad headache.
or it could be a sinus headache started and spread to the ear and caused pain as well.
stop the circle by treating one and the other will follow.
good luck. ...Read more
Doctor can check: Significant ear pain can be due to pressure in the middle ear changing the position of the eardrum. For example, rapid descent in an airplane will cause the eardrum to be sucked in towards the middle ear, and causes pain. Infected pus fluid in the middle air space will force the eardrum outwards and cause pain. A doctor can examine a painful ear quite soon, in case there is a serious problem. ...Read more
Several causes: Several causes can produce left earache, tinnitus, decreased hearing, such as: Otitis externa (swimmer's ear), acute labyrinthitis, otitis media (middle ear infection), Ménière's disease (vertigo, tinnitus, hearing deficit), eustachian tube dysfunction, mastoiditis (mastoid sinus infection/inflammation), and others. A physical exam is needed with your physician to identify the cause. ...Read more
Check your pulse: If coincident with each beat of your pulse and you have no other symptoms and your blood pressure is controlled then nothing to worry about. Carotid artery can create bone conduction sound picked up by your ear. Occasionally an indicator of excessively high blood pressure of a cardiac arrythmia. If you suspect either then follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
If you are like....: ....Many 18 year olds, you listen to the music too loud; my educated guess would be you wear headphones too. You may have traumatized the ear drum. Try keeping the ear buds out of your ears and listening quietly for a few days. Allow it time to heal without further trauma. ...Read more
Need more info: You may be sleeping on that side and getting congested in the back of your throat by either post nasal drip or reflux esophagitis (acid). This creates transient obstruction of the eustacian tube (which drains the middle ear into the throat) and a feeling of being plugged up. There are several other possible explanations but you would have to go see an ENT doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
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