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Getting soreness in throat and pain in ear. Diagnosed with menieres. Any ideas?

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I am hoping you can help. 2 months ago, i began to get low level soreness in my throat ( top right around the tonsil area) At the same time i began to get a constant pain in my right ear. This has continued and has also developed into pain under my right jaw ( also feel a slight lump under jaw) and now i occasionally get the feeling that something is stuck in the side of my throat where the original soreness started.
I have been to the Doctors 3 times. Becasue i am diagnosed With menieres they are putting all the symptoms down to this or tooth grinding, which my dentist has confirmed is not an issue. I was diagnosed with Menieres 5 years ago and have never experienced this before. Have you any advice, because i have not been given anything to address the problem other than pain killers.
Posted Thu, 8 Nov 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Kulbir Singh 2 hours later
Hello XXXXXXX and thanks for posting the query
I have read your query in detail. You have every right to investigate for the pain and soreness. I would like to know some answers:
1. What are the present symptoms, pain or soreness or both?
2. Have the problem started with fever or you have fever in between the symptoms?
3. Have you any pain in throat or below jaw while swallowing food or water?
4. Is lump still present?
5. Are you feeling any ringing sensation in ear, any abnormal discharge or itching in ear?
6. Is pain killers help you in reducing your symptoms?

Hope you answer my queries as soon as possible. I will try my best to help you out from the problem.
Best Wishes and have a good time.
Dr. Kulbir Singh
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Follow-up: Getting soreness in throat and pain in ear. Diagnosed with menieres. Any ideas? 1 hour later
Thankyou for your reply.
1. My present symptom is more an ache in the right hand side of my throat, which is where the soreness originally occurered. Its hard to explain, but is like the opposite side of the swelling i can feel. My right ear is a constant XXXXXXX full or ache" feeling
2. I have not been aware of any fever.
3. There is no pain when i swallow, infact chewing and swallowing eliviates the symptom. One of the things my Dr has said is that this could be TMJ?? as my right jaw clicks, but there is no evidence of tooth grinding. I do however sometimes get a click in my throat when i swallow witho out food or fluid.
4. I can feel a lump, but only when the jaw is taught. It feels like an enlarged gland, but my doctor is insistaant that my glands are fine and there is no infection.
5. I have constant Tinitus because of my menieres. However the sensation in my ear is between the inner ear and the area of my thoat that aches. I always feel that i want to rub that area of my throat to eliviate the sensation in my ear. I have been experiencing this feeling in my ear for a long time for short periods, but now it is constant, although ususally better for the first few hours upon waking.
6. Pain Killers do reduce the symptoms. I try only to take them at night to aid sleep as i have been taking them a while now.

Answered by Dr. Kulbir Singh 56 minutes later
Hello XXXXXXX and thanks for the answers
The major possibilities due to which you are experiencing the pain are:
1. Enlarged Lymph node: As you have described a lump on the right side, this could be enlarged lymph node and causing pain. Have your doctor investigated for that or not? If you have undergone sonograpgy of neck or FNAC (Needle aspiration test) than please let me know the results.
2. Arthritis of Tempo-mandible Joint: The pain of this disease can radiated to jaw and throat. Also you are getting relief by analgesic drugs force me to think over it. Take a complete course of analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs and apply local anti-inflammatory gel at the site.
3. Infection: Any kind of infection in throat or lymph node or even in the denture can lead to this problem. A course of antibiotic is needed to get cured.
4. Stress: Stress is a major cause for the pain to occur. It if only the feeling that you have pain but actually there is no pain. You can decide better whether you have stress or not. Tranquilizer can help you in relaxing you mind.
Soreness in the throat and feeling of something sticking in the throat can be due to allergy to some pollens or food products or dust.

As you have undergone endoscopy and colonoscopy, so there is no chance that GERD or ulcers is causing this pain. Meniere's disease can be one of the cause of your pain but we have to take this as a last option.

Feel free to consult your doctor, clinical examination and certain investigations can be done as advised by him, so that he can get to a proper diagnosis and treatment can be started. Medicinal trial also help in curing symptoms and getting to a diagnosis. Do not hesitate to go for that.

Hope I have answered your query. Write again if you have other related queries.
Best Wishes and have a speedy recovery.
Dr. Kulbir Singh
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