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Having pain behind my ears, down my neck with a slight fever for a week. Nerve pain in my face has now started. Dr. Did not know what it could be.

Having pain behind my ears, down my neck with a slight fever for a week. Nerve pain in my face has now started. Dr. Did not know what it could be.

Need evaluation: If the doctor seeing you doesn't know, there is little a consult on the internet can do. You might want a second opinion. This could be herpes of the geniculate ganglion, a form of shingles, low grade dental infection spreading to the fascial planes of your neck and so on and so on. You might see an ENT specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Shooting pain from behind left ear down my neck and into left arm. Sometimes back up I think? Heart related?? I'm 21 and active.

Shooting pain from behind left ear down my neck and into left arm. Sometimes back up I think? Heart related?? I'm 21 and active.

Possibilities: You may well have disc problem in your neck compressing nerve going down left arm, but thoracic outlet syndrome could present this way. Unlikely at your age that this involves heart but would not hurt to have your doctor do an EKG. Less likely is a jaw issue, TMJ, but if evaluation is non-diagnostic, check in with your dentist. ...Read more

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What can cause pain behind right ear that radiates down neck into arm? Pain increases with inhaling and stops when holding breath. No cold symptoms.

What can cause pain behind right ear that radiates down neck into arm? Pain increases with inhaling and stops when holding breath. No cold symptoms.

Radiculopathy: Pain that radiates down the arm can reflect a cervical radiculopathy (shooting pains due to a pinched nerve in the cervical spine). I'm not sure what to make of the association with breathing, although conceivably a pancoast tumor (a tumor a the top of the lungs) could cause the constellation of symptoms you describe. A tumor would be very rare, but see your physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Pain from from behind my ear down my neck on left side. Left arm always feel sore too. Sharp pains in my back too also. A little left jaw pain too?

Not typical of TMJ: Your description is not typical of dental mediated problems. That said, have your dentist check you to rule out clenching, grinding, malocclusion, abscess, gum infection. Ask physician to evaluate for non-dental issues. Multiple possible causes for this type of pain distribution. Evaluation by ENT may be in order. ...Read more

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Shooting pain from behind left ear, down neck, and into left arm. 21 and active. EKG was fine a month ago. Very worried it could be a heart problem?

Shooting pain from behind left ear, down neck, and into left arm. 21 and active. EKG was fine a month ago. Very worried it could be a heart problem?

Shooting pains?: At your age, with a normal EKG, heart problem is unlikely. I would look into a possible musculoskeletal problem or pinched nerve. Any recent injuries? ...Read more

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47 yo female I have pain behind right ear towards the temple and down neck pain comes an goes all day.Pain is bad I have hbp an tmj?

47 yo female I have pain behind right ear towards the temple and down neck pain comes an goes all day.Pain is bad I have hbp  an tmj?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, jaw clicking and pain behind the ear, neck pain. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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Iodine like taste in mouth, arm pain, and before I had a shooting sensation from behind left ear, down the neck, and into the left arm. 21 and active.

Iodine like taste in mouth, arm pain, and before I had a shooting sensation from behind left ear, down the neck, and into the left arm. 21 and active.

Neck spine problem: You may have a neck spine problem, which includes diagnoses like herniated disc. Consult with your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more