The location of your pain is indicitive of a few things. Of course, ear infections can cause this type of pain...pain that feels like it is in the ear canal, behind the ear, jaw, etc. An outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) is a likely cause (especially pain in the ear canal itself). You don't actually have to be a swimmer to have swimmer's ear. Any moisture left in the ear can cause this (such as a shower or bath). Also, you didn't mention if you have had your wisdom teeth removed or not, but this can cause jaw pain and pain behind the ear that will feel as though it is radiating. There is also a condition called Mastoiditis. This is an infection of the bone behind the ear, or from an enlarged lymph node. Mastoiditis is a bacterial infection of the mastoid air cells (small, air-filled cavities located in the mastoid process, which is the bulge in the skull behind the ear). This is something you will definitely need to see your Dr about.
Pain will be your guide. Most likely, you have an infection of some sort, but there is just no way for me to tell in a forum such as this with your symptoms (unfortunately, I know). Going to the ER will surely bring you relief because they will treat you and give you something for pain, but I do not know how ready you are to do this. If nothing else, you can always take some Advil/Motrin tonight and see your Dr in the morning for treatment. Either way, I hope you feel better soon. You have had this all day and I'm sure you are ready to feel better.
Hope this helps....reply back if needed.
Thanks for the reply....Still sounds indicative of an ear infection. I think since your pain is increasing this much, I would go ahead and go to the ER - if for nothing else, to get some pain relief started so that you can rest. So yes, I am still thinking an ear infection.
No problem, yes, ear infections can start out this way. You don't have to have any discharge or drainage with an ear infection. I don't see where this would be something that could wait until tomorrow (unless of course your pain level is not tolerable).
Yes....I was actually typing you a correction when I got your reply. Sorry about that.
That should have said "I don't see where this would NOT be something that could wait until tomorrow (unless of course your pain level is not tolerable)." -meaning, it can wait as long as you can stand the pain.