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Dr. Renu Chawla answered:

2 days ago I started having a sharp pain in my left ear. Also my throat feels swollen. Very painful in left side of throat and left ear when swallowing. Is there any OTC medications that could help?

Eustachian tube dys.

Neck-throat
You could have an ear infection or Eustachian tube dysfunction. Try salt warm water gargles every 2-3 hrs. You could take some over the counter pain killer also for some relief. If you don't see any improvement, please see your doctor for detailed evaluation.
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Dr. Andy Chung answered:

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

Sore_throat
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.
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Dr. Sunil K. Ummat answered:

2nd day of sharp pain deep inside ear canal and it hurts to touch on outside by earlobe. What can this be?

Outer ear infection

Pain
The key to the diagnosis here is that the ear lobe hurts when you move it. I suspect that you have an ear infection within the outer ear canal. Pulling on the earlobe causes pain because it creates traction on the ear canal. An outer ear infection or inflammation is quite common in warm weather or with water exposure. If it gets worse, you will need antibiotic ear drops from a doctor or pharmacy.
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After I run or excercise outside (usually in cold weather) I get a sharp pain in my inner ear. Is this common and can I stop it?

TMJ?

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This sounds like TMJ and bruxism. It is common. Avoid chewing gum and clenching your teeth. Soft diet and Motrin can help. Place a cotton ball in your ear when running.
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Dr. Mark A. Moran answered:

Sharp pain behind my ear?

Ear pain

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Does it radiate? Only one side? Any facial symptoms? If just behind left ear, could be ear infection, nerve pain as it is usually sharp, TMJ problem , or even trigrminal nerve problem. Try rest, if progresses, seek eval
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What is sharp pain behind the left ear?

Directly behind?

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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.
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Dr. Joseph Kim answered:

Can a dental problem cause sharp pain in the ear.

Yes and often does

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The trigeminal nerve innervates the maxilla and the mandible. Picture a nerve that runs from the back of the brainstem going to the upper and lower jaws splitting right next to the ear (like a tree trunk.) The branches then feed into each tooth. When a problem arises in a tooth, it can send a signal back along the nerve pathway (right by the ear) indicating the need for dental treatment...soon!
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Dr. David Martin answered:

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.
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Dr. Alan Jackson answered:

What can I do about very sharp pain in eyes and ear?

Very painful

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This needs to be examine, palliative treament may help, artificial tears. Go see an eye doctor!
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Sharp pain back of ear sometimes when I eat or drink?

? salivary blockage

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most likely not, but also make sure you do not use qtips. They are an instrument of the Devil. Rare salivary blockage can do it. See if it is specific foods (ie sour). RARE RARE reportable tumors can do it, but unlikely.
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