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Suggest remedy for flashes of pain behind ear

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Posted on Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Question: I get flashes of pain behind my left ear on the back of my head. What could be the cause?
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Answered by Dr. Senduran Narayanasamy (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Need more information..Suspect--May be migraine.

Detailed Answer:
Hello there.

I am Dr.Senduran,General physician hope to solve your query..

I would like to have few more information to help you better.

1)How often do you get this pain episode ?
2)Is the pain always on one side I.e left side behind the ear ?
3)Any history of nausea, vomiting,dizziness etc during such pain attack?
4)Any relevant medical history like stress,ear disorder etc?
5)Did you notice any pain trigger factor or pain relieving factor?
6)How long does the flashing pain prolong usually ?


Get back with the needed information.

Awaiting for your reply.

Regards

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Senduran Narayanasamy (10 minutes later)
The pain is sudden like a flash and is only on the left side behind the ear. No nausea, vomiting or dizziness. The pain doesnt last long but it is sharp and sudden. It can go away for hours or days. I have been experiencing it for two weeks now.
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Answered by Dr. Senduran Narayanasamy (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Need orthopedician consult.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again.

Thank you for following up...

Gone through the update carefully..

Possibility of migraine is getting unlikely but this couldn't be ruled out right now----because of sharp and sudden pain,on one side of head.

But Taking into consideration of your age,sharp flashing pain behind ear that prolongs for hours to days ----- I would also think of cervical spondylitis (degenerative disc disease of neck(cervical spine).The sudden flashing/shooting pain could be due to nerve impingement at nerve exit or bulging disc irritating the nerve fibers that traversing on left cervical vertebra region.

So I would advise you to initially get evaluated by a orthopedic Surgeon ---who performs certain physical maneuvers, ask for few investigations like X-ray cervical spine etc to find out the problem.If the pain is found to be related to spondylitis,drugs like gabapentin would help alleviate the sharp pain and also further management can be decided based on the stage of disease(either conservative or surgical treatment).

Hope I have answered your query.If any concern, reply back to me..

Take care.


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Suggest remedy for flashes of pain behind ear

Brief Answer: Need more information..Suspect--May be migraine. Detailed Answer: Hello there. I am Dr.Senduran,General physician hope to solve your query.. I would like to have few more information to help you better. 1)How often do you get this pain episode ? 2)Is the pain always on one side I.e left side behind the ear ? 3)Any history of nausea, vomiting,dizziness etc during such pain attack? 4)Any relevant medical history like stress,ear disorder etc? 5)Did you notice any pain trigger factor or pain relieving factor? 6)How long does the flashing pain prolong usually ? Get back with the needed information. Awaiting for your reply. Regards