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Have pain in ear and jaw and back molar, hot and cold compressor helps. Suggest?

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pain in ear and jaw and back molar - hot or cold compress help? I am trying to sleep and the pain is keeping me awake
Posted Sat, 24 Aug 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger 23 minutes later
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The cause of your pain may be from a number of sources.
You may have an ear infection. In this case you might have a temperature and feel unwell. There may be enlarged glands in the area.
You may have a problem with a wisdom tooth coming through. Alternatively, you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint on that side. This is commonly secondary to grinding your teeth whilst sleeping.
None of these conditions are serious. I would suggest for pain relief take paracetamol and ibuprofen. This may allow you to sleep. Visit your doctor for a more detailed examination. Your doctor will be in a better position to decide on further investigation and treatment.
Dr K A Pottinger
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