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Stabbing Ear Pain In Adults
Having severe ear pain (4 days) deep inside & behind ear into neck. No drainage, sharp/stabbing pain, worse if laying down. What can I do for relief?
Need an exam:
It's possible you have an infection in the ear canal or behind the ear drum. However your symptoms are somewhat atypical for these causes. It's possible the source of your pain is somewhere else in the in the pharynx and is being "referred" to the ear area. You need to see your physician as soon as possible. If the cause isn't apparent you need to see an ENT specialist.
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What to do if one day I opened my car window and the day later I had a stabbing headache and a eye/ear pain,what do I do?
Probably unrelated: Exposure to outdoor air through a car window in the absence of a known trauma would not likely be related to the symptoms you have described. Your primary care physician can perform a hands on exam and help you figure this out! ...Read more
I have slight ear pain & stabbing pains in my left temple with neck, shoulder & arm pain. Had this for weeks. GP said no more antibotic drops in ear ?
Need more informatio: We need more information: age, meds, labs. This needs further evaluation. You need to request your GP to send you for an evaluation. This can be many things and you need it clarified. ...Read more
Had ear infection tht spread, jaw cldnt open & stabbing pain in head behind infected ear. Pain in head has returned months later. Shld I b concerned?
See you PCP: Always pay attention to a new or recurrent/worsening pain. This could be a recurrent infection or mechanical damage from the previous infection. Or maybe you are grinding your teeth at night. A quick look in your ear and exam of the jaw and teeth should go a long way to ruling out these possibilities. It is always better to have things evaluated early BEFORE they have a chance to spread. ...Read more
I'm having many bothersome symptoms and not sure if i should go to urgent care immediately or wait for doctor's appointment. Severe right ear pain sharp/stabbing that comes and goes, frequent headaches/migraine which seem to be getting worse everyday, ver
Pain: The ER is better equipped and they are there when you need them. So are we virtual docs. Your doctor is scheduled up. Did that help? ...Read more
I took a short nap.Woke up with a sharp, stabbing pain in my throat and tenderness in my ear. Pain is less sharp now, but it still hurts to swallow?
Throat irritation: Your throat was irritated from any number of possibilities after your nap. You may have had a dry throat from mouth breathing or you are developing an infectious sore throat. Throat pain will commonly refer to the ear. You can take OTC analgesics, do warm salt water gargles, and observe for a few days. If it gets worse with other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
I have server ear pain I went to the ER and I do not have a ear infection I can barely early out of it and it has a sharp pain like stsbbing pain deep?
Think of jaw mucles: The answer that was posted about fluid is probably not correct. Firstly, a diagnosis of normal ears, if we accept that, is that the sharp pain could be facial neuralgia. But the most common cause of otalgia (pain in the side of the face when the ears are normal) is tmd (temporo-mandibular disorder). Otolaryngologists see this problem very frequently and masticatory muscle spasm is most likely. ...Read more
Periodically I get the most severe stabbing pain in the outside of my ear, no earache, no cold no allergies. Just happens out of the blue. ?
I had grommets inserted when i was 5 three times and now as a adult i get sharp inner ear pain that usually last to a minute. Is this normal?
Not from the tubes: Very unlikely the ear pain you are getting has anything to do with the tubes you had as a child. Most like cause is strain of the tempromandibulr joint(tmj). Try motrin, soft diet for a week and don't chew gum, ice, etc. Try to chew opposite the side that hurts. If this doesn't work, see your physician. ...Read more
36 yo female with right ear pain for 2 days (no fever, drainage or other symptoms). History of ear infections as adult and child. I take azathioprine for crohn's. Should i go to doctor or wait?
Any hearing loss: The first question i ask a patient with ear ache (otalgia) is if there is any hearing loss associated with pain. If there is no hearing loss and particularly if the pain is in front of the ear, i would be thinking tmd. This could be joint disease, muscle spasm or referred pain to the side of the face (ear) from dental disease as the other reviewer suggested. ...Read more
I have earache, a numb left side of face, tightness in my cheek, dizziness, stabbing head pain in left side, any info much appreciated?
Neurologist: Numbness in the face, if truly present, is a manifestation of vth cranial nerve disease. Therefore, it is hard to have pain and numbness at the same time. But with the tightness of the cheek and pain and numbness on one side of the face, i would definitely see a neurologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I keep getting a sharp stabbing pain in the back of my head on the left side, I've had a sore throat for 2 weeks, and an earache on left side.
Get seen: Don't wait, I suspect you have an undiagnosed infection, if it progresses you may get quite ill. It's really impossible to say based on your description. You have waited long enough- get an answer, a primary doctor or ENT can help. Get help and get better ...Read more
Ear Pain Child:
Ear pain is extremely common in childhood and although it is distressing, is usually caused by a minor infection that will resolve on its own.
It can be VERY painful, due to pressure inside the ear drum so treating with pain killers like paracetamol +/- ibuprofen is the main treatment.
If fevers and pain are ongoing for more than 3 days, then we sometimes advise antibiotics. ...Read more
That depends: Ear pain should be evaluated. An ear infection can lead to meningitis, hearing loss, chronic ear drum perforation and other problems. Some ear infections might be treated without an antibiotic, but that's a decision you should make with your doctor. Tumors of the throat and tonsil can also cause ear pain, as can sinus infection. Ifear pain is unexplained and persistant , see an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Otalgia: Otalgia is a term we use for an ear ache. If your hearing is within normal limits for your age, the most common cause of ear pain is referred from the dental apparatus. Conditions associated with chronic ear pain (assuming the ears are normal) are dental diseases, muscle spasm of the jaw muscles, rarely arthritis of the jaw joint, neck disease, throat disease, and laryngeal disease. ...Read more
External otitis: If you mean swimmer's ear, then that is an inflammation or infection of the ear canal skin. Most ear doctors will threat that with appropriate ear drops and give you adequate pain medication. Swimmer's ear, however, is really external otitis and may be caused by q-tip usage or other instrumentation of the ear canal or more rarely fungal infection. ...Read more
Jaw pain: Hello, i would first think of tmj. The jaw joint may become inflamed and benefit from otc ibuprophen. I usually have patients use this as directed for 10 days. Also avoid repetitive jaw motion like gum chewing. See your doctor for confirmation. Physical therapy and possibly a dental splint while sleeping may help. ...Read more
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