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What causes pain in face near the ear?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: I woke up with pain in my face near my ear. It felt like I had clenched my teeth for a long time so my jaw hurts and it is painful to chew with the pain near my ear. What should I do?
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
temporo mandibular joint syndrome.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.
In my opinion, you might be having tmj syndrome,
Where in the jaw joint becomes inflamed and causes pain , more on chewing or bitting, referred to the ear and face.
It occurs usually following a dental treatment, after which the patient has unequal chewing which causes inflammation of the joint .
If I were your treating doctor, I would have prescribed anti inflammatory medicines like paracetamol + diclofenac combination drugs, for 3 to 5 days.
Avoid eating hard foods and opening the mouth wide.
If symptoms persists, then please consult with your doctor and get treated.
Hope my answers have helped you.
Pleased to help you further.
Thanks.
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What causes pain in face near the ear?

Brief Answer: temporo mandibular joint syndrome. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for your query. In my opinion, you might be having tmj syndrome, Where in the jaw joint becomes inflamed and causes pain , more on chewing or bitting, referred to the ear and face. It occurs usually following a dental treatment, after which the patient has unequal chewing which causes inflammation of the joint . If I were your treating doctor, I would have prescribed anti inflammatory medicines like paracetamol + diclofenac combination drugs, for 3 to 5 days. Avoid eating hard foods and opening the mouth wide. If symptoms persists, then please consult with your doctor and get treated. Hope my answers have helped you. Pleased to help you further. Thanks.