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Ear ache with sharp pain in left ear, moderate to severe in my 12 year old son who has history of surgery in left ear.

Ear ache with sharp pain in left ear, moderate to severe in my 12 year old son who has history of surgery in left ear.

Your question is???: Sounds like you need to have the kid seen by a doc. Severe pain in the ear could be an infection of the middle ear, or the ear drum itself or both. It might also be a canal infection. Occasionally jaw joint pain can show up as ear pain. With all the possibilities only a hands on exam can sort it out. ...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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Left ear sudden sharp pain, comes and goes in seconds, happen many times a day?

Left ear sudden sharp pain, comes and goes in seconds, happen many times a day?

? neuralgia: A very rare condition, "nervus intermedius neuralgia" can act this way, and if you have slight altered taste over the left side of your tongue, this may be the answer. However, these symptoms could be due to infection, periodic blocking of the eustachian tube, and even referred problems from the jaw (tmj). An exam may pinpoint the issues. ...Read more

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I just stared having a sharp pain in my left ear it comes and goes?

I just stared having a sharp pain in my left ear it comes and goes?

Otitis: Female, age unstated says, I just started having a sharp pain in my left ear it comes and goes? Ear Pain due to Ear infection, Otitis, can occur for no apparent reason but it is usually associated w Colds & stuffed up Nose, especially in toddlers and infants but Grandma and parents are welcome to share. Dusty air, cigarette Swimming, Air travel can also do it. Relieved fastest w Doctor's help ...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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What can I do for sharp pain from back of left ear to sholder?

Could be: It could be a muscle related pain in which case moist heat and gentle stretching may help. Other wise I would suggest getting it diagnosed to make sure it is nothing more serious. I would see an ENT physician if your primary care physician can't help. ...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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This morning with sharp pain in my left ear. I was wondering what could this be?

This morning with sharp pain in my left ear. I was wondering what could this be?

Left ear pain: If the pain is persistent or getting worse, you should get it checked right away. Ear pain may be ear -related or be referred to the ear from another location, like the back of the nose, throat, or area of the voice box. ...Read more

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Sharp pain and burning in left ear comes and goes, worse in evening?

Sharp pain and burning in left ear comes and goes, worse in evening?

See a Doctor: The ear needs to be inspected to determine the cause. Could be wax or inflammation of the canal ...Read more

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Hi since last night I started having sharp pain on my left ear internally. Its going and coming.

Ear pain: You may have an infection or fluid in your ear. Seek medical help to relieve your pain/and orinfection. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been having ear pain since I woke up. It is in the left ear and its a very sharp pain. I don't know if I should get checked out or now.

Hello, I have been having ear pain since I woke up. It is in the left ear and its a very sharp pain. I don't know if I should get checked out or now.

If: It doesn't go away within 24-48 hours, you can't hear out of the ear, or you can no longer tolerate the pain, see your doctor. Try tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for the pain. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I went swimming today. My left ear is muffled and I feel a sharp pain. It was perfectly fine prior to swimming. What can I do?

Otitis externa: It sounds like you have a condition known as otitis externa (commonly called swimmers ear). go to an urgent care clinic or your primary doc for evaluation (especially because you are having sharp ear pain). ...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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Loud pulse sound next left ear also sharp pain felt under chin near neck, righ side.?

Loud pulse sound next left ear also sharp pain felt under chin near neck, righ side.?

Ear noise+chin pain: NajlaM~ the loud noise in the ear is most likely benign audible carotid pulsation because even mild calcification in the carotid will cause this. However, because of the pain beneath the right mandible, please see an MD to examine your submandibular salivary glands for swelling because blockage of duct with a stone (Whartons duct) to this gland could cause this. Thanks ...Read more

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Sharp pain blw left ear, where meets jaw. Hurts if pressed. Not caused by mvmt. Any ideas what is causing it?

Sharp pain blw left ear, where meets jaw. Hurts if pressed. Not caused by mvmt. Any ideas what is causing it?

Ear pain: Musculoskeletal pain around the jaw can be painful anywhere around the ear. Sometimes this will radiate up into temple or down into neck. Treatment includes heat to area, soft diet, antiinflammatories, sometimes a muscle relaxant, and maybe a night guard for the teeth. Other structures in the area that can be tender would be the parotid gland or lymph nodes. See an otolaryngologist to assess. ...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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Left ear intermittent sharp pain, happens many times a day. I have vasomotor rhinitis, just got over bad sinus attack. Will pain eventually go away?

Ear pain: Hello, I find it unlikely that your ear pain is coming from vasomotor rhinitis or sinusitis. Do you have pain to touch or pull on your outer ear? If so, you probably have otitis externa, a deeper pain may be an otitis media however that would be accompanied with a fever and you being ill. It may be a referred pain from your jaw. Best bet is to see your doctor. ...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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I am having sharp pain on the left ear at base of skull, at 1 or 2 places, there's no bulging but on touching it I do feel pain.

Depends: Maybe pain due to an issue internal to the ear, muscular tension near the base of the skull (most common), tmj, referred pain from another site. Seek out medical care if it does soon. ...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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I'm experiencing a sharp pain deep in my left ear when I bite or swallow, a few weeks ago I had an issue with wax build up could it be infected?

I'm experiencing a sharp pain deep in my left ear when I bite or swallow, a few weeks ago I had an issue with wax build up could it be infected?

Yes: This is one possibility only, but wax impaction can be a nidus for infection or even just severe irritation. A physician can help to remove impacted wax if otc solutions fail. Other possibilities include jaw, sinus, secretory gland, or other less common problems. ...Read more

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I clean my left ear with warm water and hydrogen p yesterday, and now I can not hear very well out of it. It also hurts. Sharp pain, sound ringing?

I clean my left ear with warm water and hydrogen p yesterday, and now I can not hear very well out of it. It also hurts. Sharp pain, sound ringing?

Otitis externa: You may have done a few things, one is that you may have softened wax to the point that it is blocking your ear canal, but usually that isn't as painful as you are reporting. You might have also irritated your ear canal and provoked what is commonly called swimmer's ear. This is when the ear canal gets an infection, causes swelling, pain, and trouble hearing-have your ear checked by a doctor. ...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 a sharp pain in my left ear that shoots to my upper arm area? I also have benign intercranial hypertension

I have a sharp pain in my left ear that shoots to my upper arm area? I also have benign intercranial hypertension

Not uncommon: Patients with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension do describe unusual painful symptoms in parts of the body which would seemingly have nothing to do with the raised pressures in their heads. Your neurologist should be consulted for a plan. ...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