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Sudden Sharp Pain Behind Ear
Sharp pain in bone behind ear that radiates down my jaw and in my neck was at the doctor the other day he said my ears look fine. What could this be?
Sinus, eust. Tube: Ear pain does not have to come from the ear. A sinus infection could produce pus that runs across your eustachian tube and cause pain. The eustachian tube can be irritated or slightly swollen and feel full, causing what we call eustachian tube dysfunction. Throat problems can sometimes cause ear pain. Pain the the temporomandibular joint, when you chew, can cause ear pain. See an ent. ...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
Pain: Tension or strain on muscles near skull base or occipital area. ...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 sometimes get a sharp pain behind my ear it hurts bad I don't know how to really discribe the pain?
I have a sharp pain above/behind my right ear and into the base of my head. Might this be caused by sinus problems too?
No: There are no sinuses in that area. ...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?
Can tension cause sharp localized pain on left side/skull behind ear and a little down neck? The pain lasts about 5-20 seconds and went away w/ heat?
I have a swelling which has appeared overnight on my skull behind my right ear. It produces a sharp pain?
Mastoiditis: Or u'r lymph node. Suggest seeing u'r primary care doc ...Read more
I get headaches maybe 3-4 times a week, when I have them I get these sharp pain in my neck behind my ears what should I do?
Had acute mastoiditis months ago. I occasionally get sharp pains in/behind ear and temple. Does that sound like it's coming back? Unrelated? Thanks.
If your pain is: On same side, it could mean recurrent or incompletely treated infection. You should see your doctor again or ENT specialist for this. Could be something serious. ...Read more
The whole left side of my face has been sensitive for about a week. I get a shooting, sharp pain on my outer ear and head behind my ear. What's wrong?
If I was to walk n to a urgent care center with come n go pain either behind ears or in either side of temple area so far sharp pain what will they do?
Come and go pain:
Firstly I hope they will take a history and examine you. If you do not actually have any pain or symptoms there is little they can do.
Given that its " come and go pain" the best is to have this evaluated through your pmd. ...Read more
Right behind my right ear right on the bone has been tender. When I press in the area, a sharp pain shoots up my head. What could it be?
Occipital mastoid: Bone tenderness may indicate outer ear or occipital lymph nodes involvement if there's also mild swelling. If no swelling then it could be a normal finding, as long as there's no inflammation present locally around the area. Pain is important to discuss with your doctor. If mild tenderness only, watch that area, and call your doctor. If it doesn't improve, call your Doctor for further examination. ...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
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.
Get well soon ...Read more
Sometimes I experience a sharp pain near my anti-tragus and and behind my ear and kind of down my neck and when I push my Tragus down the pain gets worse and sharper, what could this be? It's been happening randomly for awhile now, like years..
It sounds like you have an area of specific sensitivity, and stimulating it cause a radiated pain.
This is likely a normal variation, and reflects referred pain from the site that is stimulated. If you have redness, tenderness, fever, or see any red streaks, do get this evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
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
What will they do at an urgent care center for my head pain that I keep getting they come and go its real sharp pain either behind my ear or front?
May be TMJ: Do you clench or grind your teeth? Do you chew gum? Are you stressed in general? Do you eat a lot of chewy or crunchy foods? Are you missing teeth? If you answer yes to one or more of these questions your pain may be from your jaw joint. Go on a soft diet, use ice for 20 min 4 times a day or more on the spot that hurts and take alleve twice a day. If that helps, great. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more
I'm having SEVERE lt jaw pain (tight) and lt ear pain (no injury). Sharp pain behind and around lt ear (constant) for 4 days now. Never experienced.?
Random head pain behind my ear but also feels like it is on the right temple area. Its like a moderate sharp pain that comes for like 2-3mins and goes?
I've been getting these severe head pain either on the side behind my ears or in my temple area. So far. Its sharp pain last 2-3 minutes hurts what to do?
Could be a variety: Of problems such as tension headaches, temporal arteritis, and others. See your internist for a general examination. ...Read more
I have a sharp pain or cramp behind my right ear at the base of my head and down my neck. I can't move at all. Excruciating pain.
Trapezius spasm: It inserts at the base of the skull and goes down to both shoulders and middle of your back. You probably aggravated it during sleep when your neck was turned to one side for a long period. You could try some ibuprofen, used as directed and see your physician for a work up because it could also be reflex muscle spasm from nerve compression in the neck. ...Read more
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