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What causes burning pain behind right ear?

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Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016
Question: my glasses cause serious pain behind my right ear and it causes severe pain the left side of my nose. the left side of my nose feels like nerve pain and I don't know what this has to do with the burning pain behind my right ear. This has happened now with 3 different pairs of glasses. I am a 60 year old female and I started having this problem about 4 months ago. Please help.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (44 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
may be neuropathy- abnormal nerve function

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is probably neuralgia or nerve related pain as you stated.

Burning pain is one of the typical presentations of neuralgia.

It is possible if medication that is normally used for neuralgia is prescribed for you by your doctor, it may help.

Neuralgia is due to neuropathy which is abnormal function of the nerves.
There are different possible causes such as: (1) vitamin b12 or folate deficiency
(2)diabetes
(3)trauma to the nerves eg compression of the nerves, trauma to an area
(4)liver or kidney disease
(5)neurological diseases such as stroke, ms
(6)exposure to toxins
(7)infection such as shingles
(8)idiopathic- cause is not found

Your doctor can determine if it is nerve related by physical examination.

Blood tests such as vitamin b12 or folate deficiency, screening for diabetes, checking the liver and kidney , rule out infection.

There are meds for nerve pain , as mentioned , eg gabapentin, tegretol, lyrica, amitriptyline.
These are medications that are also used for epilepsy or depression but are also used for nerve related pain in persons with no history of depression or epilepsy.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions




Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (11 hours later)
Would my PCP be able to help me? I can only wear my glasses for short periods. Could a history of TMJ have any connection?
Thank you so much for your help.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
yes, your primary care doctor can assess and help you

Detailed Answer:
HI

Yes, your PCP would be able to assess you and prescribe medication to help.

TMJ dysfunction is a condition involving the jaw and surrounding muscles, if it is still ongoing, it is possible that is having some impact but your doctor would likely still want to check for other possible causes as well

Please feel free to ask anything else
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What causes burning pain behind right ear?

Brief Answer: may be neuropathy- abnormal nerve function Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic It is probably neuralgia or nerve related pain as you stated. Burning pain is one of the typical presentations of neuralgia. It is possible if medication that is normally used for neuralgia is prescribed for you by your doctor, it may help. Neuralgia is due to neuropathy which is abnormal function of the nerves. There are different possible causes such as: (1) vitamin b12 or folate deficiency (2)diabetes (3)trauma to the nerves eg compression of the nerves, trauma to an area (4)liver or kidney disease (5)neurological diseases such as stroke, ms (6)exposure to toxins (7)infection such as shingles (8)idiopathic- cause is not found Your doctor can determine if it is nerve related by physical examination. Blood tests such as vitamin b12 or folate deficiency, screening for diabetes, checking the liver and kidney , rule out infection. There are meds for nerve pain , as mentioned , eg gabapentin, tegretol, lyrica, amitriptyline. These are medications that are also used for epilepsy or depression but are also used for nerve related pain in persons with no history of depression or epilepsy. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions