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Sharp pain down the throat while speaking. No improvement with medicines. Help?

I have had a sharp tearing pain down the left side of my throat when speaking off and on for about two weeks now. It happens out of the blue and stops me in my tracks....brings tears to my eyes sometimes the pain is so bad. I went to the Doctor and they thought it was the station tube from my ear and told me to take Advil and tylenol to get it to clear up. It is still happening
Asked On : Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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Welcome in H.C.M.for query.
I have gone through your query regarding severe pain during speaking on left side of neck and you are not getting any relief by medicine.
On the basis of your symptoms and treatment history it appears to be pain due to elongated styloid process. Because pain due to Eustachian tube obstruction is always associated with blockade in ear , heard of hearing and echo of sound. Eustachian tube dysfunction usually herts in ear during swallowing. While on the other hand elongated styloid process usually herts during speaking and on the movement of neck.
To confirm it you can take X-Ray of mastoid in oblique view 30 degree. this elongated styloid process herts the glosopharyngeal nerve thus gives severe neuralgic pain.
hope your query is explained.

With Regards.
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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