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can tight neck muscle cause ear pain?
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klingdom posted:
went to ent as i have been suffering with ear ache on and off for a while now, about a year. but had terrible pain in ear and in my head, so bad ,could not sleep. saw ent -sent me to audiologist,everything came back fine.he said maybe blocked eustation tube- put me on nose spray and antihistamines but pain persists.. so went to a different ent who said my ears look good when he looked inside,and did ct of sinusus...also fine. he thinks its a tight neck muscle referring pain to ear. i am not sure if thats the case..... could something else be wrong and is there a scan or something to check the ear. the constant pain is getting very tiresome. any advice would be appreciated.
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Yes. The sternocleidomastoid muscle attaches behind the ear, so spasm in this muscle can cause pain to be referred to the ear. Also, cervical disc disease can also be contributory.


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