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Sharp pain in ear while coughing or yawning - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   Hi, for the last few days ( started on Saturday night) I have been getting very painful sharp pains in my right ear when I hiccup/yawn/cough, I have always suffered with my ears so I am slightly worried. I had an operation to repair a perforated ear drum on the left side when I was 16, the right side was perforated to but it was only a small peroration so it was left. I don't have a temperature and there is no fluid leaking out. What could it be?
Doctor :   Hello.
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   Can you rate the pain from 1 to 10?
User :   About a 7, but if it is a large yawn then an 8
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   How did the pain start? sudden or gradual in onset?
User :   It came on suddenly after I had fone to bed on Saturday night
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   gone to bed sorry
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Can you feel any tenderness over the tempro-mandibular joint.
User :   The only places it feels tender is if any pressure is applied to the entry of the ear canal or the back of my ear just underneath the ear lobe
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you feel any pain while opening your mouth/ while eating?
User :   No not that I've noticed
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   From what you have said it could probably be a tempro-mandibular joint arthritis.
Doctor :   You can take pain killer for a 2 to 3 days.
Doctor :   Give some hot compressions over the tender area.
User :   Would you reccomend I visit my doctor, is it serious?
Doctor :   If the pain persists, you can consult a dentist/ ENT specialist?
User :   Ok that's great thankyou for your time
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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