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Sharp Pain In Head Behind Left Ear
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 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
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
Hi there, I am suffering from sharp pain in head just behind my left ear. It's been 10 days the pain comes & go. No pain in neck, shoulder, ear or jaw?
Occipital bursitis: This is likely from where a tndon in your neck attaches to to base of your skull. Many doc recommend nsaids or cortisone injection to fix this issue. Sometimes sleep postion or repetitive motions exaserbate this problem. Seeing a doc to rule out ear infection and mastoiditis would be a good idea, however, your symptoms are not consistent with this. Heat pack might help as well ...Read more
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
Sharp pain behind left ear like over the bone and a sharp pain in my jaw. I grind my teeth when I sleep. Have bad anxiety. Any clue of what it is?
May have TMJ/TMD: Symptoms of tmj/tmd can vary from person to person, severity, location and duration. It can affect the ears: ringing, aching, roaring, stuffiness, hearing loss; head, facial and neck: headaches, neck and facial pain; locking of the jaw: closed lock- limited opening, open lock- can't close; bite problems: can't touch the teeth, grinding, clenching; toothaches; lose teeth, fatigue, etc. Need exam. ...Read more
I have a lump in my skull behind my left ear. Have frequent headaches with sharp pain in the spit of the lump. Help please?
See yr pcp: The lump maybe a lymph node. Let your pcp take a look. ...Read more
Small, bite like bumps, in clusters on top of head, left side of head and now spread to top left of forehead. Tender to the touch with bruise-like bump behind left ear. Pain moving into left eye socket. Started 6 days ago. No pain or fever or headaches.
See a doctor: Se a doctor soon and get checked. ...Read more
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
Having sharp pain between back of left ear & base of skull. Does not seem muscular, painful to the touch, paired with headache...not a typical one.?
Mastoid area: The area you described is where the mastoid air cells are. These air cells can become infected and cause discomfort much like a sinus infection. You need to be seen to determine if it this problem especially if you are having fevers. ...Read more
I have headache on left side and pulsating pain behind left ear. Can this be related to alcohol detox and taking acampprosate?
I have a pea size hard lump on the bone behind left ear closer to neck. Doesn't move. Ice pick headache for 2 weeks same side and dizziness 4 months. Doesn't hurt. Have chronic iritis too. Any ideas?
See neurologist: You may need to see a neurologist and an ophthalmologist for your problem, and hopefully soon. ...Read more
TMJ Disorder likely: It sounds like you are experiencing temporomadibular joint disorder. This disorder can come and go throughout a lifetime or become constant. Signs of tmd are pain in the jaw, ear aches, headaches, popping and clicking, and can cause your jaw to lock. This condition is usually brought on by stress, however can develop overtime if your dental bite is not properly aligned. I suggest a prosthodontist. ...Read more
I'm getting this very rapid sharp pain near my left ear not in it but behind it. It's occurs every 10-15 seconds and feels like an electric shock?
Upper left tooth abcess slight swelling under eye pain behind left ear that's sharp and come and goes no dental insurance Wat do I do?
Local Dental Options: If there is a nearby dental school, treatment can often be provided by students and/or residents at discounted fees. If finances are a major obstacle, you can try calling the local dental society in your area to see if they have any recommendations or a program where dentists volunteer their services to treat patients with financial hardships. ...Read more
I have a slight throbbing pain at the back left side of my head, behind left ear it comes and goes, what is it?
On my head behind left ear I have 2 very hard and tender lumps and they are very close together ptobably touching one bigger than the other?
You need to see a: Head and neck surgeon to check these out! Best luck and happy easter! ...Read more
Several options: If the sharp pain is triggered by touching or wind blowing on the area it might be a neuralgia of the occipital or upper cervical nerves. If it just happens without an inciting event and is very brief then it may be difficult to elucidate a cause. Sometimes it can be from muscle spasms in the area. If the pain becomes more constant or ear symptoms develop then see ent. ...Read more
After clenching body during sex I have pain behind left ear and left side of head, 3 days now, dangerous? What happened?
The outside of my left ear is hurting & sensitive to touch. The pain runs through my head, behind the ear. I've had no injuries to the head or ear.?
Otitis?: It sounds u may be having external otitis see u physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I am almost recovered from a cold and my right ear is blocked but my left ear is open. Whenever I move my head my left ear hurts with a sharp pain?
Take some decongestants like Sudafed: The opening of the eustachian tube is high up in the back of the throat at the level of the back of the nose. If you have a cold or a bad allergy eustachian tube can be somewhat sluggish and opening. It can vary from side to side because we are not actually symmetric. Usually the eustachian tube dysfunction does not resolve quickly ...Read more
Have it checked out!: While scalp sensitivity radiating toward an eye or ear may seem benign, some possibilities are more risky and deserve a check up. Particularly, if there is a possibility of early shingles (a zoster virus flare) or a process called giant cell arteritis (or temporal arteritis) then time is of the essence. This is especially true with any changes in vision. Follow up with your primary or eye md. ...Read more
Sharp pain on left side (on top) of head-radiates around left eye and left ear. What can cause this?
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?
I have a sharp pain behind the ear on my skull happend a year ago I had concussion have had no other head injury since
Sprain: If your injury was severe enough to cause a head injury, it is likely you injured the ligaments between your head and your neck. The mucles of the neck attatch to the bones of the head and can be very painful until healed. A year is sufficient time to heal this pain with the physical therapy you have probobly undergone. See a physiatrist for more help. Consider prolotherapy injections. ...Read more
Ache behind left ear and felt in neck when I turn head to the right? Sensitive to touch as well. Cancer? Lymph nodes? HELP!
I get a sharp pain in my left ear. Most of the time it only hurts when I run my head. This had been going on for a couple years. It occasionally just randomly happenes. Also I just noticed about a inch and a half under my ear on my neck there is a bump. I
Sharp pain in lower left side on back of head while having an orgasm recently I have been experiencing a sharp, throbbing pain in the back of my head (lower left side...Below the back of my left ear). This only occurs during an orgasm, and goes away when
There: There is such a thing as a "coital headache", that occurs during orgasm. That said, the most reasonable thing, with any new headache or change in headache patterns, is to see your physician to rule out any serious cause of headaches. Coital headache can be treated safely with medications. ...Read more
Was down the gym and sneezed then had a warm sharp pain in the back of my head on left side my eyes ache and left ear, all pain is light throbbing?
Pressure in head: Sneezing raises the pressure in your head, which can transmit pressure to your eye. The optic nerve coming out of the back of your eye actually has the same covering as the brain and is continuous with it. The ear ache most likely is due to the sneeze suddenly forcing pressure from the throat through the eustachian tube into the ear. Swallowing sips of water, chewing gum, and yawning can help. ...Read more
Swelling on face in front of left ear, pain in left temple and left forehead when try to move head quickly, pain behind left ear and neck below skull?
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?
I am feeling severe pain in left side of neck, head, shoulder and arm. The vein above and behind left ear in brain is stretched, head pulled to left.?
See U PCP for evalua: If u have not been seen by u physician, try to see him/her. Good luck. ...Read more
Baby almost 5 mos has goopy left eye I think clogged tear duct but also congested and has lump behind left ear on head. Lymph node? Thoughts?
I play rugby - possibly took a knock to head just behind the ear and when neck muscle connect - slight swelling - loss of hearing in left ear? No vissible bruising besides small raised puffy area -Am I ok
Be seen: If you sustained an injury and now can't hear out of your left ear, you certainly would be well served to make sure there is not a more serious component to your injury than you realize; a ruptured tympanic membrane being just one example. ...Read more
I have a really sharp pain in my left ear and going up into my head! It's really painful and more than just ear ache, it's more like a sharp pain and throbbing/surges. I also have a really sore throat! Any ideas? Xx
Pain in the face and eye with radiation in association with a sore throat are likely infectious in nature.
Other symptoms of sinusitis include discolored nasal discharge, nasal congestion, upper dental pain, sinus pressure and fevers.
I would suggest seeing your doctor for an exam and treatment recommendations. ...Read more
I have a headache only on one spot on my head. On the left side above my eye. It's a sharp pain and last a few minutes at a time. Pain behind left eye?
Why am I waking up with headache every morning, usually on one side, back of head & also sharp pain behind left eye. I've woke up really dizzy to.?
Headache for 3 days, started dull now worse. One sided, pain in my right eye (pulling) sharp pain in right ear and behind. Sharp pain in head too.?
A frontal sinus/middle ear infection (Upper Respiratory Infection or URI) Most of the time the "culprit" is a virus (most commonly the common cold RHINOVIRUS)
The headache and earache MAY indicate a bacterial "superinfection) thus a anti-biotic indicated.
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Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more