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What does sharp pain behind the right ear indicate?

I’m writing on behalf of my 100 yr old father-in-law. For a man his age he is in exellent health - he has all his faculties, is fully ambulatory, no breathing problems and apart from arthritis and being hard of hearing, is just fine. He is in Florida for the winter. This morning, he mentioned that he has had a sharp pain in his head behind his right ear, more to the back than towards the ear. He says it lasts for a short period then disappears, and said this has been happening for a day or so now. Prior to coming down, at our insistence he had a physical, to include an MRI of his head, and all was clear. Exam question is: should I take him to emerg now, or do we keep an eye on him for now? More importantly, should we get him back to Nova Scotia now where physicians are more familiar with him? (There aren’t too many folks in the Annapolis Valley who do not know him). Thanks, Stephen Moffat
Thu, 19 Apr 2018
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Hi,

As per your clinical history, please follow like this:

1) Do a physical examination by your Doctor to rule out TMJ and discuss about prescription medicines like Amitriptyline.

2) Do consult with your physiotherapist for a specific exercise plan.

Do follow lifestyle modifications like this:

1) Try to avoid overuse of jaw muscles. Eat soft foods. Cut food into small pieces. Steer clear of sticky or chewy food. Avoid chewing gum.

2) Your physical therapist may show you how to do exercises that stretch and strengthen your jaw muscles and how to massage the muscles yourself.

3) Applying warm, moist heat or ice to the side of your face may help alleviate pain.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Uday Nath Sahoo
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