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I have a shooting pain every so often at the juncture of ear

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I have a shooting pain every so often at the juncture of ear and let's say, the sideburn area. If I press extenally on the area pain lessens, but it it still disturbing.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 2 years ago.


Are there associated symptoms like ear discharge/ reduced hearing/ tooth ache, sinus related abnormality/ fever? Do you have any diagnosed medical condition?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I bhave none of the symptons you described. athisa evening the pain is more dull and lasting. it started with sharp pains while driving home tonigjt. i have commented a couple of times to my wife in the past week abvout the sharp shorter lasting shooting pains,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have wet macular degeneration in my right eye for 5 years; high blood pressure, etc all being treated with medication.
Expert:  Ken replied 2 years ago.

I am happy that there are no associated symptoms. The cause of intermittent pain can be due to varied causes like - irritation of the nerve {neuralgia} - can be due to inflammation or infection/ referred pain from eye, ear or tempero-mandibular joint/ diabetes {reduced blood flow, atherosclerosis or nerve damage}/ muscle sprain {dehydration, mineral deficiency}. I do not see it related to raised blood pressure {as there are no associated symptoms}

As of now - warm compress, Motrin should give relief. Warm water gargles with pinch of salt and steam inhalation should help too {by reducing inflammation if any}.

A medical evaluation would be needed if - the pain does not reduce in severity or if there are associated symptoms like - weakness, dizziness, loss of consciousness or fever.

Please do not worry, you will be fine.


Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Seems like common sense advice, will try some warm compress and some Motrin. If this continues will see my doctor. Thank you and Good Night
Expert:  Ken replied 2 years ago.