Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
Heahache and ear pain
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?
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.

Helpful Tips

mine feels the same way and im kinda scared that it could be throat cancer but i dont know the doctor said i dont have strep throat but it ... More
Was this Helpful?
0 of 0 found this helpful

Expert Blog

Focus on Flu

Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.