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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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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?

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

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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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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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It started with hear palpitations 6 weeks ago and since I found out I hiatal hernia and ulcers, now pain all over body and sharp pain behind left ear.

Not related: Your abdominal problem has nothing to do with your ears or the palpitation. I suspect that you are suffering from anxiety and should consult your doctor about this. If you are grinding your teeth at night, this may be the cause for your sharp pain behind the left ear. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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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.?

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

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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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I have been having a sharp pain off and behind my left ear on top?

I have been having a sharp pain off and behind my left ear on top?

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

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What is sharp pain behind the left ear?

What is sharp pain behind the left ear?

Directly behind?: There are a set of lymph nodes that drain the scalp and the outer ear.... Or it could be an ear infection, or a scrape, or an ingrown hair... Have someone look at it to be sure. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Could be...: Could be withdrawal from anti-depressant meds.
Could be tension headaches.
Could be trigeminal neuralgia.
Could be cluster headache or migraine.
Doesn't sound severe if that's all you have but would be good to talk to someone to get more details. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What could a sharp pain on the head behind the ear indicate?

What could a sharp pain on the head behind the ear indicate?

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

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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?

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

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Sharp pain on left side (on top) of head-radiates around left eye and left ear?

Sharp pain on left side (on top) of head-radiates around left eye and left ear?

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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?

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?

Facial pain: Over the computer, guesses would include a possible sinus infection causing swelling and inflammation. Cellulitis is always a possibility, etc. Only way to know for sure is to get an exam and then treated as need be. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Appt time: The baby can have bacterial conjunctivitis, to nasolacrimal obstruction, viral infection--he/she really needs to be seen. As far as lymph nodes the one near the ear is located inferior to the ear not behind it. ...Read more

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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

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

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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

Sinusitis: 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

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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.?

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.?

Awakening Headache: Cluster, migraine may produce a headache that is present upon awakening. It is important that the doctor first identify and exclude a secondary headache and determine the proper diagnosis. See headache or orofacial pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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.?

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.?

Sounds like: 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.
Contact your PCP or Join Health Tap Prime for a Consultation!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more