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Sharp pain behind or above the ear
Bpderby posted:
I recently began to have sharp stabbing pain above or behind my right ear. Some times the pain will move down to my neck area. I haven't had any recent trauma to the head area. I am not sure what is going on and it is kinda scary. Please help!
Timothy Collins, MD responded:
This could be a type of headache called an ice pick headache, which s not a serious cause for headaches.

THere is also a nerve (greater auricular nerve) that runs behind the ear up the side of the head. If it is irritated, it can cause similar pain.
carpetcrawler5 responded:
Also you might want to see if you have neck issues, which may be doubtful actually because the pain isn't originating in your neck, but you never know. Have you seen a dr for this?

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