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Painful head, nerve pain, swelling, neck pain, ear pain. MRI scheduled. Suggest?

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I've been experiencing sharp pain on the right lower part of my head and feel like a nerve is going to explode. The specific part of my head also swells up during this occurrence. I've had this for almost a year now but now it seems to be getting worse by even disturbing my driving. At times the pain feels like it travels to my neck and right ear. Im waiting on a mri appointment but was wondering if you can give me some idea to what it can be, and whether if it's serious or not? Thank you.
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Thanks for writing your query.

Single sided headaches can be due to migraine and cluster headaches.

I would suggest you that you should go for a MRI head and neck to rule out other possibilities.

You can take pain killer like Ibuprofen one tablet twice daily after meals along with an antacid like Omeprazole 40 mg for severe pain.

Following precautions may be helpful :-
1. Avoid missing a meal.
2. Avoid emotional/physical stress.
3. Drink lots of pure water daily.
4. Have adequate sleep.
5. Avoid cigarette/alcohol, if any.

Clinical examination and investigations will help to plan your medical treatment.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Tue, 2 Jul 2013
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