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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped.  Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes a throbbing pain behind left ear?

See dentist: With your anxiety, you may well be grinding your teeth at night/clenching throughout the day. This may lead to a throbbing pain behind one ear. There are also other potential causes as well including a blood vessel issue. First check with the dentist. If nothing found, then see your doctor who may consider a MRI at the area. A middle-ear infection can cause throbbing pain at the ear itself. ...Read more

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Feeling dizzy for over a month. Have seen two ENTs. First said BPPV, other said Migraine Associated Vertigo. Sneezing causes it. Pain behind left ear.

Feeling dizzy for over a month. Have seen two ENTs. First said BPPV, other said Migraine Associated Vertigo. Sneezing causes it. Pain behind left ear.

Helping dizziness: It's sometimes difficult to know the cause. Many of the treatments can be used for multiple causes. BPPV is worse with movement. Vestibular therapy would be an option for that. Migraine-associated vertigo responds to migraine treatment. Some people find magnesium to be a helpful migraine preventer. There are also treatments of meclizine, salt restriction, etc. ...Read more

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Shooting pain up from leftside skull base to behind left ear comes and goes. Can tight neck muscles cause? Any dangerous causes or ok to wait 2morrow

Shooting pain up from leftside skull base to behind left ear comes and goes. Can tight neck muscles cause?  Any dangerous causes or ok to wait 2morrow

Yes, sometimes: Yes, tight neck muscles at the skull base can sometimes cause this. There are other causes as well. Please see your doctor for an exam to help determine the cause. Tight neck muscles can respond well to massage and ice if that is the problem. ...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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Have a lot of pain behind left ear and and down my shoulder?

Have a lot of pain behind left ear and and down my shoulder?

Pinched nerve?: Possibly a pinched nerve or muscle strain? Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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I often get pain behind left ear only, on and off randomly. Feels itchy & hurts, sometimes has 'crusty' build up. I try lotion/creams but doesn't help?

See your doc.: If the pain is on the skin behind the ear, it could be a skin infection like impetigo, and may need antibiotics. If in the ear itself it may still be a bacterial infection, but would need further evaluation for antibiotics. Either way, go see your primary doc. ...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