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    Pain under the left ear
    ebeanne posted:
    I have just recently developed this soreness under my left ear, sort of right above the jawline. It sort of feels like my ear is clogged or "full". My nose runs constantly, I have a post nasal drip all the time and feel like I constantly need to clear my throat. I was diagnosed with acid reflux several years ago, which comes and goes. I seem to be having it a lot though within the last two weeks. I take Prevacid for that. I don't have any allergies (that I'm aware of). I do smoke however. I also grind my teeth (mostly on the left side) but don't suffer from any headaches or anything like that. I also don't have any pain or pressure in my sinuses. So what's up with the ear thing?
    Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
    Many things....

    1. TMJ disorders, especially in people with bruxism (grinding of the teeth) can get ear pain.

    2. People with colds or allergies can develop middle ear pressure or fluid (effusion) that can lead to ear pain (or infections).

    3. People with reflux can develop eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). ETD can cause middle ear effusion which can lead to ear pain.

    4. Smoking can cause ETD....and lead to ear pain. Smoking can make reflux worse. Why in the world would you be smoking?

    You have them it will be up to your medical provider to sort out these (and other) causes and determine the best course of action for you. This is not something that can be accomplished over the Internet, unfortunately.

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