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What Does Ear Pain Mean
Depends: A dull or absent light reflex from the eardrum may be a sign of a middle ear infection or fluid. The eardrum may be red and bulging if there is an infection. Amber liquid or bubbles behind the eardrum are often seen if fluid collects in the middle ear. So basically, the appearance of the eardrum must correlate with other signs and symptoms. See ENT doc for best advice. ...Read more
Several causes: Ear pain can develop from inflammation of the ear canal skin, from a middle ear infection, TMJ inflammation or even from problems affecting sites far from the ear such as the throat. Most commonly, ear pain is due to an ear infection- either in the middle ear or ear canal. If these areas area normal, then the hunt for the source of the pain can be complex but needs to be complete. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Need more info: The question "were your ears burning?" is a saying people use when someone they were just talking about shows up or calls. I've never heard it used in a medical context because it is not a symptom or feeling typically ascribed to any disease of the ear that I'm aware of. If you are having pain in your ears you may have an infection but even infections will feel different if in middle ear or canal ...Read more
Usually would indica: Indicate that the pain is originating from structures located in the lower half of the abdomen: for men: intestinal problems, possibly bladder problems, could be musculoskeletal problem, or a hernia. It would be less likely to be from your liver, gallbladder, stomach, or pancreas. ...Read more
Radiculopathies: The term radiculopathy refers to a disease process that involves one or more of the spinal nerve roots. Typically there are 3 most common causes: a herniated disc, central spinal stenosis and lateral spinal stenosis. As a result of the initial insult or injury pain travels along the nerve root distribution in the body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chest pain: It means something is either inflammed or not getting enough blood supply, so either way you should never take chest pains lightly until you have been seen and a diagnosis and treatment nailed down for you. ...Read more
Noises in the head: Tinnitus is any abnormal sound that you hear that is not coming from your surroundings. The exact cause is not known but is thought to be related to abnormal discharge from the cells of the inner ear. It is usually, but not always, associated with hearing loss. By itself, it is rarely an indication of anything serious. It should always be evaluated with a hearing test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dull: An ear drum shines a reflection that we call a cone of light when it is healthy and has no fluid or pus or blood behind it. If an ear drum is dull, the cone of light is, likely, diminished or not noted and there could be an infection, pressure changes, or some fluid behind the ear drum. ...Read more
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