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Prickly sensation left ear off & on, feels like something moving in it. Sometimes same feeling on outside of ear too. Off & on shooting pain in ear.

Prickly sensation left ear off & on, feels like something moving in it. Sometimes same feeling on outside of ear too. Off & on shooting pain in ear.

Possible TMJ/TMD: Many TMJ disorder patients report having ear problems along with other common TMJ disorder signs. See an ENT for a professional opinion and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hello, I am a 48 year old female. 3 weeks ago I had an intense earache in my left ear. I also physically could not lay on it as well as shooting pain. My MD although no sign of fluid thought perhaps I had a sinus infection and prescribed an antibiotic. N

Hello, I am a 48 year old female. 3 weeks ago I had an intense earache in my left ear. I also physically could not lay on it as well as shooting pain. My MD although no sign of fluid thought perhaps I had a sinus infection and prescribed an antibiotic. N

Earache: What you are describing is quite common. If your ear drum looked pretty normal, it isn't likely you have an ear infection. A sinus infection could cause ear pain, but you would also expect to have nasal congestion, facial pressure and/or pain as well as nasal discharge. You are more likely suffering from pain in your jaw joint. To make sure, you should really have an exam by an ear specialist. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing sharp shooting pain on the right side of my head behind my ear. No relief with Exedrin taken an hour and a half ago. What can I do?

I'm experiencing sharp shooting pain on the right side of my head behind my ear. No relief with Exedrin taken an hour and a half ago. What can I do?

Occipital neuralgia?: You may be experiencing occipital neuralgia on right side of scalp. Excedrin will provide no benefit in this situation, but local occipital nerve block may help. Alternatively, drugs such as gabapentin, Grailse, or Lyrica (pregabalin) might be useful. See your physician and get this further evaluated. ...Read more

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What type of doctor should I see for a sharp, shooting pain on the back of my head behind my right ear?

What type of doctor should I see for a sharp, shooting pain on the back of my head behind my right ear?

Shooting pain: See your regular family doctor for an examination to sort out the cause of your shooting pain. The pain could be coming from your head or neck area or from the ear. ...Read more

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June 20 experienced sharp shooting pain on R side of neck below the base of the head. Ear pain/severe headache. Felt neck pain earlier in the day.

Carotid dissection: Is one cause of neck pain on one side of the neck that shouldn't be missed. It can cause a stroke, so if you can call your doctor for a carotid ultrasound (or go to the emergency room) as soon as possible. If there's a dissection, then antiplatelet or anticoagulant (often for 3 months) is treatment to lower your risk of stroke. If no dissection, likely nothing dangerous. ...Read more

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I have a sharp shooting pain above my left ear at random intervals. What may be the cause of this?

Descriptive: The location suggests periodic neuralgic pains in the distribution of the left Greater Occipital Nerve of Arnold, and this pattern suggests Occipital Neuralgia. ...Read more

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All on my left side, the top of my scalp is very tender to touch and I'm getting sharp shooting pain in the top to middle of my ear. I'm also feeling?

All on my left side, the top of my scalp is very tender to touch and I'm getting sharp shooting pain in the top to middle of my ear. I'm also feeling?

Neuropathy?: We need more information. My first thought is a neuropathy, or a localized myofascial pain syndrome. You need to have your physician evaluate you for these possibilities. ...Read more

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Twisting sharp pain on left side of chest, occasional shooting pain in pelvic bone, pain in right ear. Possible causes? Type of doc to start with?

Twisting sharp pain on left side of chest, occasional shooting pain in pelvic bone, pain in right ear. Possible causes? Type of doc to start with?

Primary care: General medical problems are best addressed first by your family doctor, usually a specialist in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Many women see a specialist in Ob-Gyne as their primary care physician. If the primary care doctor sees a reason to consult a specialist based on their evaluation or testing, they will send you to the appropriate doctors! ...Read more

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It is a sharp shooting pain lasting seconds on the outer ear. No hearing loss. Comes and goes for several days every few months. I have tried paracetamol and naproxen?

Need ent evaluation: You need to get an evaluation. You can start with your physician and see ENT. If you need more specialized evakuation and therapy see a neuro-otologist ...Read more

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I'm having sharp, shooting pain in my head, any ideas what it could be?

I'm having sharp, shooting pain in my head, any ideas what it could be?

Headache: Migraine, wrong prescription glasses... Consider a visit to your doctor. He may find your blood pressure elevated. In the meantime, if it is the worst headache you have ever had, you need to go to the emergency room right now as it could be a bleed. ...Read more

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Having really sharp electric shooting pain in head. What could it be. It is really scaring me.

Having really sharp electric shooting pain in head. What could it be. It is really scaring me.

Occipital neuralgia: It is a type of headache, vast majority of time benign. Occasionally due to pinched nerve. I had a patient with pain shooting up the back of her head who had a disk higher up in her cervical spine. ...Read more

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I was just laying in bed when all of a sudden I got a very painful sharp shooting pain through my head and went dizzy. It lasted 5 mins. Is this bad?

I was just laying in bed when all of a sudden I got a very painful sharp shooting pain through my head and went dizzy. It lasted 5 mins. Is this bad?

No: Probably a muscle spasm from your chewing muscles. If you chew gum, don't. When these muscles spasm it can feel as if someone is sticking an ice pick in your head and it definitely can make you feel dizzy. Do you clench or grind your teeth? You may want to see your dentist if so. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain deep in head around crown area sporadic? Sinus? Neck?

Ice pick: If they are fairly brief, then it sounds more like "ice pick head pains". There is a new name for them--that's the old name. They come, they go. They tend to happen in clusters. ...Read more

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I HAVE A SHARP SHOOTING PAIN IN MY HEAD. IT HAPPEND 3 TIMES A DAY. THE PAIN REALLY HURTS.

Migraine variant: There are a number of migraine variants which can present this way, but occipital neuralgia can do this too. Would wonder about use of Lorcet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) which could cause rebound if migraine is culprit. Suggest neurology evaluation. ...Read more