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ISWIM posted:
Lately when I get a headache I have ear pain. Once I get rid of the headache the ear pain goes away completely and comes back when I get another headache. I thought I had an ear infection and went to the doctor and was told I didn't have an ear infection. I usually get a headache once or twice a month. Does headache pain cause ear pain too?
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
You may be experiencing "referred ear pain" -- which is pain felt in the ear from a cause that originates elsewhere. Because of those nerve pathways, a problem in the mouth, throat, teeth, or neck can cause pain to be referred to the ear. In your case, you may have a muscle tension headache involving the muscle that attaches behind your ear (the sternocleidomastoid muscle), so a muscle spasm could be felt at ear pain.


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