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Terrible Ear Pain
An_248721 posted:
I know exactly what you mean! I am only 23 and have had this pain as long as I can remember. The pain is awful and leaves as fast as it comes. For me, it tends to help if I hold my left hand onto my face as its somewhat holding my jaw and ear (left ear always) all at the same time. I feel as I have had these episodes as I am getting older them seem to last longer and are more painful. When I was about 16 my mom took me a specialist and ENT and the ENT said that it was from my tonsils (because at this time I always always gone strep throat and sinus infection) and so we took my tonsils out and that seemed to work with teh sinus infection but not the ear pain. So we went to a specialist and he told me that I have TMJ and now all this time I have thought that I have had TMJ but my sister now is a dental hygienist and she doesn't think that its TMJ as it gets painful so spontaneously (like if I just touch my ear a certain way or spot thats when it hurts.) so I don't know what the pain is but its awful and would love answers! I never know what to do but I always just alternate ice/heat and then just cry..
Thanks in advance for your suggestions..
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
My suggestion is for you to see an ENT again to rule out the various ear causes for your pain. Because of nerve pathways, problems in the throat, mouth, and neck (and the TMJ) can cause pain to be "referred" to the ear. A systemic evaluation is needed to look for all of the possibilities. Unfortunately, since I do not know your medical history, or have any way of examining you first-hand, it would not be possible for me to narrow down those causes over the Internet.

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