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What causes ear pain, pain while flexing jaw and cold?

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Posted on Thu, 17 Dec 2015
Question: small line indent on side of face near ear where the jaw begins. ear pain now and then but not constant. pain and discomfort when flexing jaw forward, with muscles near the top of both sternocleodmastoids close to jaw feeling very tight and sore! . Ears feel blocked. Has been present for 4 weeks.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You seem to be suffering from cold.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.
I have gone carefully through the details. It would be helpful if you could upload an image of the indent using the facility on the upper right of this page. However, based on the description it seems that the complaints are due to a muscle spasm that could be associated with cold. Application of hot compress should be helpful. Also take steam inhalation which will open up the blocked tubes that otherwise connect the inner part of the throat with the middle ear cavity. Releasing these tubes will therefore release the blocked feeling of your ears. Taking some antiallergic like cetirizine once daily for a few days should also be helpful.
Let me know if that helps.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
thank you for for your reply. I have been suspecting muscle spasms or tmj. here's a photograph. hope it helps.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please reattach image

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. I waited assuming that the photograph would subsequently come. But till now I do not see any photograph uploaded. Could you please reattach?

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (5 hours later)
My apologies Dr. Pro. XXXXXXX Saha, I was having some trouble uploading the photograph, as everything I tried to it was giving me an error message. I Hope this Photograph helps. I've also got some pain behind my left eye which might be related? I've taken some anti-inflammatory. Thank you for your help.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Not something to worry about

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. I have checked the attached image. I noticed the indent. I think the underlying cause to be structural and not something worth being worried about. An underlying pathology is unlikely although it is hard to comment without clinical examination. I do not see a possible correlation with the pain behind your left eye. You have done a good think in taking some anti-inflammatory. However, be sure to take them in full stomach in order to avoid the risk of gastritis.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes ear pain, pain while flexing jaw and cold?

Brief Answer: You seem to be suffering from cold. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through the details. It would be helpful if you could upload an image of the indent using the facility on the upper right of this page. However, based on the description it seems that the complaints are due to a muscle spasm that could be associated with cold. Application of hot compress should be helpful. Also take steam inhalation which will open up the blocked tubes that otherwise connect the inner part of the throat with the middle ear cavity. Releasing these tubes will therefore release the blocked feeling of your ears. Taking some antiallergic like cetirizine once daily for a few days should also be helpful. Let me know if that helps. Regards