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Stabbing pain under ear with slight lock jaw. Is it a serious problem?

Good Morning Doctor My wife sometimes experiences pain in the nerves under her right ear. It is a stabbing pain which reduces after a couple of minutes but persists for about a day. This has happened 2-3 times during the past 2 months. She has a slight lock jaw and you can hear a slight clicking sound when she opens her mouth wide. What shall I do ?
Asked On : Sat, 5 Jan 2013
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HI I have gone through your mail and as you said that your wife is having momentary severe pain under right ear,she is also feeling reduce movement of her jaw with clicking sound from jaw joint on movements,By considering your complaints and co-relating them I am suspecting that your wife is having ARTHRITIS her right temporomandibular joint (joint of jaw).I would like to tell you that nerve supply of jaw joint and anterior part of ear canal and tympanic membrain is by branches of one and same nerve (Trigeminal nerve) thus pathology of jaw joint give rise to pain in ear called as reffered pain in ear,so your wife is having arthritis of temporomandibular joint with reffered otalgia (EARACHE).Thanks.
Answered: Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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