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Struck in the back of head, right behind ears, bruises on neck, increased headaches. Could these be effects of head injury ?

I was a victim of domestic violence 25 years ago. I was struck in the back of the head right behing my ears on both sides. It left bruises on my neck for weeks. I didn t seek medical attention at the time, I was too ashamed. Not long after, I noticed a softness, kinda mushy feeling when pressed on those areas. It almost tingled, but sort of painful too. Through the years the feeling has subsided but is still there somewhat. I have a great family, a job with alot of responsibilities, and feel lucky to able to manage these and other things. To get to my question: I have always had headaches , migraines, tension , sinus , etc. Here in the last few months I have noticed an increase in the amount and duration of the headaches. I have also started having phantom smells, like I have left the burner on the stove on. I don t smell this everyday, just randomly. I have been having ear aches for the last 3 or so years,which were checked out by an ear, nose, and throat specialist, but nothing could be found. My current MD blames this on TMJ and she s probably right. Recently I have had a shooting pain going from the back of my right ear, down my neck with a headache. I should also add I am 47 and in menopause . Could these increased headaches, ear problems and smell issues be hormonal or after effects of my head injury?
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Hi thanks for your question.
Head injury 25 years back cannot produce the symptoms you described There could be few reasons for your symptomsThe No 1 reasons could be post menupausal syndrome.Post menupausal syndrome can produce headache and change in smell.The second reason for your headache,pain in ear and neck could be tension at home and work place.Final and third cause of course could be TMJ.I would suggest you to consult an internal medicine specialist who may be able to evaluate you for all your symptoms.
Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Thu, 2 May 2013
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