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Why did my ear suddenly pain while sleeping on floor?

Hello. A few days ago I was sleeping on the floor of a friend s house with a pillow and only a sheet to cover the vinyl flooring. I awoke to intense pain behind my right ear just a little below my earlobes on the side of my neck . I took it as nothing wrong because I always sleep on my right side and thought to myself that maybe I overslept. But it has now been 4 days and the pain hasn t gone away and it feels like there is a lump behind my ear. I also noticed that when I open my mouth widely to yawn, it causes pain to my neck.
Asked On : Sat, 8 Sep 2012
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The pain behind the ear is probably due to the wrong posture maintained during the sleep. A neck muscle called sternocleido-mastoid muscle is connecting the mastoid process behind the ear to the sternum. The sprain on the muscle could be the reason for the soreness behind the ear. The lump is the mastoid bone itself and it is not abnormal.

Use some pain relieving spray to relax the muscles and an oral pain relievers such as diclofenac or ibuprofen.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
Answered: Sat, 8 Sep 2012
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