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33 year old female with ear swishing sensation, tight jaw, ear pain, and headache. What could it be?

33 year old female with ear swishing sensation, tight jaw, ear pain, and headache. What could it be?

Ear pain: There are quite a few things that can cause ear pain, headache and a swishing sound in the ear. The first one that comes to mind is an ear infection. You may have some ear drainage and fever if that was the case. Another common condition would be temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction, commonly call TMJ or TMD. Best to have an ENT specialist evaluate so you can get started on the right treatm ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Hello I have pain on the medial aspect of both clavicles. My throat feels tight, and ears are plugged up. A week ago started singular for my ears?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the sternoclavicular joint is not very common but it appears to be what you're dealing with. I'm not sure if your allergies are associated with it. If the symptoms continue you should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to ensure no infection is involved. ...Read more

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Tightness behind ears and inside ears that comes and goes. Pressure of middle ear is fine and CT sinus scan doesn't show any issues with ears. Thoughts?

Tightness behind ears and inside ears that comes and goes. Pressure of middle ear is fine and CT sinus scan doesn't show any issues with ears. Thoughts?

Sounds like TMJ: There are many symptoms related to the ear area that occur when the jaw joint (also known as the temporomandibular joint - TMJ for short) is out of position, inflammed, degenerated, or traumatized. Often times the TMJ clicks, pops, or is tender when you put your finger into the ear canal and open and close your jaw. Splints and specialist care should be considered before it gets worse. ...Read more

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I have a mild sensation one cheek, tightness of jaw on two sides, lip burns a bit, and muscle tightness around ear. There is no throbbing pain. TMJ?

I have a mild sensation one cheek, tightness of jaw on two sides, lip burns a bit, and muscle tightness around ear. There is no throbbing pain. TMJ?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, jaw clicking and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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2yr old clear lungs no tight chest ear infection fever contr9lled w. Motrin. Does breathing treatment on antibiotic oral and had shot tues no relief?

2yr old clear lungs no tight chest ear infection fever contr9lled w. Motrin. Does breathing treatment on antibiotic oral and had shot tues no relief?

Re-state: Laura y - your message is not very clear. What exactly is the question? If he is on antibiotics... This should clear the ear infection - 7-10 days. You can always use motrin/tylenol to control fever. ...Read more

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Pain at the top of my head one side feels like someone is stabbing my head &also really tight&ear on the same side of head is hurting what is this?

TMJ: YOu mentioned pain at the top of your head and tight ear on the same side. This may represent a referred pain from the front of the ear from something called the TM joint. It can cause pain in the ear and around the ear and headaches. See your doctor for further advice. ...Read more

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Had TMJ for couple of years and noticed that my jaw is leaning slightly to side where jaw tightness/ ear problems are worse. What does this mean?

Had TMJ for couple of years and noticed that my jaw is leaning slightly to side where jaw tightness/ ear problems are worse. What does this mean?

Hard to correlate: You need to be examined to determine what this means. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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I stood up then my eyes get blurry, feel pressure in my head and tightness then my ears can't hear like there's a pressure also. What was that?

I stood up then my eyes get blurry, feel pressure in my head and tightness then my ears can't hear like there's a pressure also. What was that?

Your c/o pressure: Versus pain is unusual, but consistent with your history of multiple scoliosis regarding your vision. Make sure you are seen by an ophthalmologist when this happens, or worked up by a neuro ophthalmologist, who you can folllow up with for management. You may need to get a hearing test by an ENT if this persists, as ms can affect any neural tissue and cause problems. Discuss this with your neuro dr. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck with tightness ear pain wet cough & can't swallow help!

I have a stiff neck with tightness ear pain wet cough & can't swallow help!

See a Doctor: You may just have a bad case of flu but you also could have a early serious case of meningitis. It's not possible to diagnose online. You need to see a doctor for possible treatment possibly hospitalization. If you're lucky you just have a flu bug but best to not try to figure it out on your own. ...Read more

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Can TMJD cause a mild burning sensation on face? Like your sprayed chili pepper on it. Also tightness near jaw/ear connection!

Can TMJD cause a mild burning sensation on face? Like your sprayed chili pepper on it. Also tightness near jaw/ear connection!

Yes: Yes, that symptom would be consistent with TMD. However it increases out of proportion to the other TMD symptoms, it may be something else. Best bet is to have your TMD managed by a TMJ specialist. ...Read more

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Pain in legs and foot last 6 months sometime in back also right tosil some little white paches and tight ear behind something hard like lump?

Pain in legs and foot last 6 months sometime in back also right tosil some little white paches and tight ear behind something hard like lump?

I sounds like you: Have a lot going on and not necessarily related. I would start with a visit to your family doctor and if needed you can see a specialist.
Do you have flat feet? Do you have any medical problems? Do you take any medications? This forum is limited in that your question doesn't supply enough information do accurately diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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16, social smoker for 1 year, stopped for a while, had 1 yesterday, throats sore, feel a tightness in throat, ear and nose pain, could I have throat cancer?

16, social smoker for 1 year, stopped for a while, had 1 yesterday, throats sore, feel a tightness in throat, ear and nose pain, could I have throat cancer?

Smoking risk: As you know, smoking increases your risk of cancer and many other diseases and dysfynctions. However, it is very unlikely that you have cancer from smoking after being a light smoker for only one year. Your symptoms are most likely related to an infection such as a common cold. To reduce your risk of smoking related illnesses, you should stop smoking permanently. ...Read more

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I've had a headache for 3 days my chest feels tight and my ears feel clogged. I have no cough or runny nose could it be allergies?

I've had a headache for 3 days my chest feels tight and my ears feel clogged. I have no cough or runny nose could it be allergies?

Mgt/workup: Your symptoms may be due to a viral illness early in its course. Chest tightness is often a symptom of wheezing/asthma. If you have asthma, following your action plan is advised. If you have no prior history of wheezing, a visit with your doctor and pulmonary function testing is suggested. ...Read more

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I am experiencing throat tightness, ear ache (severity: mild) (quality: sensation of pressure or fullness) and nasal congestion.

I am experiencing throat tightness, ear ache (severity: mild) (quality: sensation of pressure or fullness) and nasal congestion.

Allergies?: If these symptoms have been present for just a few days, they may just be from a cold for which you may try a decongestant nasal spray for up to 5 days. If you have had these symptoms for more than a couple of weeks, one will have to consider allergies for which a nasal steroid would work better. Uncertain about the throat tightness issue but need to rush to ER if you have breathing problem. ...Read more

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Had TMJ 18 mnths. Worst symptom muffled ears. Improved after osteopathy but still tight in front of ears. Will it go 100% and will just take time?

Had TMJ 18 mnths. Worst symptom muffled ears. Improved after osteopathy but still tight in front of ears. Will it go 100% and will just take time?

Depends: As your TMJ improves, associated ear symptoms should improve. Make sure in addition to "osteopathy" you are seeing a TMJ expert. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a tight neck, jaw and ear on my left side?

Hi, I have a tight neck, jaw and ear on my left side?

Fall?: If you had any trauma to your neck by fall or striking, you might have some muscle spasm. If this is just tightness out of the "blue", you need to see a physician for a good check- up, regardless of the reason for the pain. You might try a heating pad for ten minutes every half hour if you wish and some motrin if you are not allergic to it, and take with a meal or snack. ...Read more

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Suffering from TMJ for over 1yr. No jaw spint just pt. Ear stuffiness improved but left with terrible tightness in front of ear. Will it go in time?

Suffering from TMJ for over 1yr. No jaw spint just pt. Ear stuffiness improved but left with terrible tightness in front of ear. Will it go in time?

Treat the cause: Pt won't do much for relieving the symptoms of tmj\tmd. What is most important is to remove or minimize the cause of the problem. This may be an occlusal (bite) problem, misalignment of the jaw from an habitual bite, bruxism, stress, etc. Why is a splint not being used? One cannot control bruxism, if you have it, while you sleep. Have you been evaluated by a dentist with extensive training and. ...Read more

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Neck of left still has a big lump they said its my lymp note and a week ago my right side of my neck feels tight and hurts, both ears don't feel right?

Neck of left still has a big lump they said its my lymp note and a week ago my right side of my neck feels tight and hurts, both ears don't feel right?

You need to be seen: You don't say who diagnosed this as a lymph node, but obviously it is getting worse, not better and could be an infection or something more serious. Please be checked, even checked again if you have been physically seen as it takes time to be able to diagnose certain things. Good luck! ...Read more

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Since last september I have had draining in both ears. The past two days I have had tightness in my left ear and jaw. What could this be?

Thoughts...: With ear and jaw tightness we think of pressure or fluid behind the ear drum, inflammation or irritation of the TMJ joint, even dental cavities can cause symptoms that can refer to the ear (but this is more likely to cause pain). ...Read more

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Feel off balanced. Pain and fullness under eyes and face. Feel tight. Blood pressure fine. Ear ache a little. What could this be?

Feel off balanced. Pain and fullness under eyes and face. Feel tight. Blood pressure fine. Ear ache a little. What could this be?

Suspect ear/sinus: Fullness and discomfort under the eyes/ear ache suggest sinus congestion or infection with possible extension into the ear. This might cause imbalance or vertigo symptoms. ...Read more

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Tight neck, throat swell, ears hurt, blurry vision, thin skin, hair thinning, cold skin. What could this be?

Tight neck, throat swell, ears hurt, blurry vision, thin skin, hair thinning, cold skin. What could this be?

Possibly low thyroid: These symptoms are suggestive of underactive thyroid disease or hypothyroidism. A medical evaluation with a primary care physician is indicated. ...Read more

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I have neck tightness in the front and ear fluid I'm 29 year female what is it?

I have neck tightness in the front and ear fluid I'm 29 year female what is it?

Ear fluid?: What sort of ear fluid do you have? What sort of neck tightness do you have? Please give more details and resubmit your question. ...Read more

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Left side jaw pains, goes through to ear, tight jaw. Can a dentist help?

Yes: This could be a few different dental problems, all of which the dentist can help with. It can be an infected tooth which can cause this, as you have one nerve that runs from the middle of your jaw connects to all your bottom teeth on that side, up to your ear. It can also be a TMJ (jaw joint) issue. Or if can be a sinus or other type of infection. ...Read more

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Pain&tightness just behind top of ears, worse on left. Pulling sensation too. Feel v sick with it, sometimes dizzy, causing insomnia too. Tmjd or not?

Pain&tightness just behind top of ears, worse on left. Pulling sensation too. Feel v sick with it, sometimes dizzy, causing insomnia too. Tmjd or not?

No: Tmj would likely cause pain beneath the ear not above it. Shouldn't cause dizziness either. If it is pulsatile, lasting hours, usually one sided, associated with nausea and sensitivity to light or noise, it is probably migraine. If this is a new headache for you, then you need to see a neurologist. ...Read more