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I've been having pain in my mastoid process and i haven't done anything to it. It feels swollen compared to my other side. Any advice?

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In brief: Possibilities

It could be a muscle strain, inflammation of the attachment to the mastoid process, or a tear in the same area.
I might suggest seeing a specialist in craniofacial pain for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. You can go to www.Aacfp.Org for a list of dentists.

In brief: Possibilities

It could be a muscle strain, inflammation of the attachment to the mastoid process, or a tear in the same area.
I might suggest seeing a specialist in craniofacial pain for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. You can go to www.Aacfp.Org for a list of dentists.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. David Jakubowicz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Tmj

You likely have tmj.
A way to tell is to open and close the jaw with a finger placed in the TMJ socket which is roughly the pocket created when one opens the mouth and places a finger directly in front of the ear canal right at the level of the sideburns. Softer foods, warm compresses and Motrin should help. Avoid gum chewing. Other option is migraine. A swollen mastoid is rare see ENT or get ct.

In brief: Tmj

You likely have tmj.
A way to tell is to open and close the jaw with a finger placed in the TMJ socket which is roughly the pocket created when one opens the mouth and places a finger directly in front of the ear canal right at the level of the sideburns. Softer foods, warm compresses and Motrin should help. Avoid gum chewing. Other option is migraine. A swollen mastoid is rare see ENT or get ct.
Dr. David Jakubowicz
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