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Ear infection, ruptured ear drum. On antibiotics and ear drops. Pain in the back of the head towards spine. Is this normal?

I ruptured my eardrum and have an ear infection in my right ear. I am being treated with ear drops and antibiotics. The pain in my ear is slowly getting better, but now I have shooting pain from the back of my head, down the back of my neck, and towards the top of my spine . Also, I have bad headaches , too. Is this normal? Thank you. Jenna
Asked On : Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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Dear Jenna
Welcome to HCM. Thanks for posting your query here.
Ruptured ear drum and ear infection suggests ASOM which is acute suppurative otitis media which is very common and simple problem. If your complaints are less than 2 weeks it is an acute one. If the ear infection is more than 3 to 4 weeks it is a chronic infection called as CSOM. The treatment you are using is on the right way. But in CSOM there are 40% chances of spreading of infection to the layers of brain, called as meningitis or it could be brain abscess. This will present with headache, fever and heaviness in the head.

Try some analgesics and if the pain is not subsiding within 2 days Please get a check of your blood and get an appointment with the ENT specialist. To rule out any chances of abscess or meningitis it will be better to take a CT of the head.

Hope this is helpful to you
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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