Chronic Pain - Right Side of Head next to Ear

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SeekingAnswers09
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   Posted 7/5/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
hi rick did u get the answers you were looking for regarding the pain you were if so please respond to us.... I have pain on right side of head and back of head. Really scares me I be getting hot and cold and CT scan show normals results and I have tried so many medications and also seend so many doctors and everytime u see a new doctor new medicine which is not good for the heart.

Tammy40
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   Posted 7/8/2009 3:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have also been suffering from a awful painful headache for the past 2 weeks. It occurs on the right side of my head and seems to get much worse at night when I try to sleep. When they started I thought it was the heat because we were having very hot weather. but now I dont know. I have been investigating around and I have come up with to much caffein and nicotine. I do smoke and drink alot of soda. Also stress is apparently a cause as well. I have been under some of that too. I have also heard that a early breakthrough of a wisdom tooth can cause this also, even an absesed tooth can be the cause. All I know is it hurts sooo bad. I have not seen a doctor because I am just praying to goes away on its own. But if not I guess I have no choice but to seek some medical advice. Sorry to hear about others who suffer from this I literally feel your pain :(

jme2110
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   Posted 11/18/2009 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
i think i have this very same problem - my only question - does anyone experience this: it goes away when you sleep, and when you're awake, you have the same persistent problem?

severe waking pain in the right back side of the head.

i've tried everything.

Sanme
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   Posted 11/20/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I have shared the same problems for three years now, with two "flare-ups" where the pressure is so immense that it takes control. The MRI's and CT scans have all turned-up empty, and I have seen many doctors that simply shrugged it off. My primary physician finally found Trigeminal neuralgia after trial and no success of so many medicines. (Most of which treat depression, which I continued to insist that I was not depressed). The symptoms for the "A typical" Trigeminal Neuralgia fit almost identically, so for the first time in three years, I am somewhat hopeful for some relief. Much like the many posts in the forum, the symptoms would minimize during sleep and get progressively worse as the day progressed. Unfortunately, it is starting to spread into other nerves now and so the "burning and pressure" sensation has gone down into my right neck and shoulder. I have literally just started this new medication that was recommended for treatment of this problem, so I will post again as soon as we have determined that it helped.

I am not sure why, but it is comforting to know that there are others suffering with me. I literally thought I was starting to lose my mind, and I am so tired of "trying" so many things to relieve the pain only to find out that it not only worked, but had unfriendly side-effects. I was really starting to question whether I could live this way.


rivetgeek
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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I seem to be having the same problem, it just started last week. I have a constant, sometimes unbearable, pain behind my right ear. It is accompanied by a very low volume, constant tinnitus (which actually started when we drove from Southern California to Northern California and back over Thanksgiving)

The things that have helped me are:

1) Excedrine migraine, but not by itself.
2) Hot baths. Because of this, I'm getting a heating pad tonight. Hot showers seem to make it worse.
3) Eating bananas or apples. The apple has to be cut up or this won't work. I don't know why, but within minutes of eating either one the pain decreases.
4) Rubbing my neck and shoulders, as well as mild stretching exercises.
5) Avoiding eating anything hard or crunchy (such as ice). Actually, I've been eating only hot, soft foods since this began since I don't know what will or will not set it off.
6) Avoiding anything really cold.

Just a background - I'm 39, male, I drink soda, I smoke, I drink alcohol, and I have a life-long (25+ years) habit of chewing ice. I may or may not grind my teeth at night...no one's ever mentioned it to me that I do.

Since this has started, I have all but cut out chewing ice and the few times I have (as a test) the pain has gotten unbearable within minutes. I'm also avoiding cold drinks and alcohol. I was reading that magnesium and potassium can help with migraines, but I already eat both apples and bananas regularly so the only change there is I've added a low dose magnesium supplement to my multi-vitamin (I don't think this is really related to my problem). The pain gets worse when I move my head too quickly, look too far up or down, or yawn.

However, no matter what the state of the pain is before I go to bed I wake up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. Last night I went to sleep with zero pain. I was woken up at 3am by the pain and had to sit in a hot bath for an hour before the pain went away completely. I was fine after that for about 7 hours. When the pain came back just a short while ago this morning, I was able to effectively manage it and reduce it to a dull roar by taking some excedrin, getting out of the office and getting some air, and rubbing my neck.

Does this sound like it might be TMJ? I don't have health insurance and while I'm capable of paying for a doctor's visit I'd like to have a good idea what is going on before I go in.

normal1
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   Posted 5/15/2011 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
rick i just started getting these sharp stabbing none stop pains on the right side next to my ear three days ago and its been none stop 24\7. I've taken everything nothing seems to work. It's really getting me sick. I dont have to move suddenly or nothing it just comes every 3mins like clock work none stop all day all night.

Post Edited (normal1) : 5/15/2011 5:50:51 AM (GMT-6)


sweethabby
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   Posted 6/6/2011 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
hi i m getting pain in the back of my head and also near the right Ear. Everyday before sleeping i used to put pain balm on my back side of the neck and then near the ear. Then i get sleep. Sometime the pain will be very bad that i cannot sleep also. And while sleeping it pains very much so sometime i remove the pillow and sleep without pillow. I dont know the exact reason behind it. But its happening since 2 years. pls suggest me.

mrs.p
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   Posted 8/2/2011 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i have had this problem for years & not one physician could diagnose the problem. i finally went to a chiropractor & he cured the problem. even though it comes & goes, he told me that it is a compressed or a pinched nerve in the upper spine that radiates to the ear. it normally comes from a bad night sleep, turning your neck to abruptly, or holding a phone shoulder to ear for an extended period of time. i hope this helps!

ranchmom`
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   Posted 8/3/2011 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
jhnsn807, if you are still here, I'd like to talk to you. Our daughter has EXACTLY the same things you experience. If pseudo tumor cerebri is the answer for her, that is the first real answer she's had in 2 years of non-stop head pain. Please contact me at ranchmom1@yahoo.com if you are still here. I really really want to talk to you.

squirrel154
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   Posted 8/4/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   

RickLB said...
Have been experiencing chronic head pain on right side of head - even with the right ear. It is going on exactly a month now (started 4/16/06). Have been through the prednisone, and three other prescriptions, with no success. Movement of any kind, especially standing and walking, worsens the problem. Pain may go away late at night or morning, but always returns in the exact same spot. CT scan last week showed nothing abnormal. Doctor says probable cluster headache, although, everything I read about clusters mentions intense pain centered around the eye, which I do not experience. I am 44, and have never had a history of headaches. Mother and sister suffer from migraines, and mother is sensitive to MSG. I am to start Lithium prescription tomorrow, but am nervous about it because I have read it affects the thyroid. If it is a cluster, does it eventually go away on it's own? After living with this pain 24/7 for 4 weeks striaght now, I am already starting to lose hope.

  • Hello Rick How are you feeling, I have been doing good, I have been fighting Cluster Migraines for 3 years now and it is not fun, the barometric pressure will trigger my migrain and it is horrible, I have alot of pressure in my right ear also and dr said that is a sign to start taking my Meds, was off work for 7 months and it sucks I struggle daily with this. Dr has ran so many test and everything came back normal. I am back to work know but i struggle alot I have FMLA at work so that helps so I dont loss my job.. I know what you are going though  3 years is long enough I say....Dont know how much more I can take. Dr has me on Verapamil 120 mg twice a day, then I have imetrex when the migraine come on...dont lose hope...That is what I told my husband he said to keep researching...Going to start a new diet plan hoping it will help.. Hope all is well with you..

WHEELER333
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   Posted 4/17/2012 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
IVE HAD SAME STUFF BUT FOUND OUT WHAT IT IS HUMICRANIA CONTINUA OR PERSISTANT INOPATHIC FACIAL PAIN THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW YOU GET IT OR REALY ANY CURE BUT CAN BE TREATED WITH VALIUM AND ALSO NSAIDS DRUGS IT CAN GO AWAY FOR 6 MONTHS AND COME BACK NO KNOWN REASON WHY ONE DRUG THAT WIL WORK IS INDOMETHACIN BUT GIVES YOU HEART BURN ANOTHER IS NORTRIPTYLINE ASK YOUR DOC about THESE MEDS GOOD LUCK CAUSE I KNOW IT SUCKS !!!

Post Edited (WHEELER333) : 4/17/2012 9:45:14 PM (GMT-6)


autunm
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   Posted 4/17/2012 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i can relate to some of you guys.i am sitting here today with an awful headache which is sitting ont he left side of my eyebrow and eye.i think it is sinus related because my sinus pain is really bad in my face today.i woke up with pain all over my head this morning.pretty much over it.hope everyone else has a lower pain day today with their headaches.take care. mad cry devil skull smhair

smilano
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   Posted 12/17/2012 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
i have this exact simptoms , this is an old pst , how ever if you have any news please let me know i have been few years with this pain and at this point i can say i can't stand it anymore , i had a ct scan performed and i will get the readng this afternoon. i look forward to hear from you
susana
quote="RickLB"]Thank you, Sandra. The pain is always in the right side of the head, just slightly above the ear. It's a sharp pain, that for some reason, seems to be especially sensitive to movement. Especially, to getting up from a sitting position and walking. As my circulation increases, so does the pain. Except for brief hourly periods of relief, the pain has been constant since 4/16/06. I am scheduled to see a neurologist on 6/12. I guess, once you have clusters, they're here to stay, but I wish I could find a way to keep it away for a week or more at a time. As it is now, I find it hard to function at work and impossible to run at the gym like I used to. Mornings are usually relatively pain free, with the pain progressing through the day. Bending down, doing chores, and movement up and down seems to really irritate the condition. It would seem to me that my circulation is permanently constricted on the right side of my head. Not sure if the CT Scan I had would show any problems with clots or circulation. Everything I have read on clusters so far has indicated an intense pain centered around the eye and a pain that comes and goes in bouts during the day. These don't seem to match my symptoms.

Leam008
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   Posted 5/7/2014 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been working really hard of late and I have this type of pain throbbing on and off and started yesterday went to the chemist and I was given a painkiller that has not had an impact. Should I worry because it is a shar pain on the right back side of my head that comes and goes

Mama Jea
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   Posted 6/16/2014 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All, I'm hoping someone can help.. My 16 year old daughter started getting these sharp stabbing headaches above her right ear.. and does sometimes get a pausing feeling.. It started about five days ago. I have taken her to see her doctor who has no idea what it is.. Thought it might be clusters, but she has no other signs.. they did start her on a prescription that makes her sleep all the time.. i am waiting for an appt to see an neurologist. . I am scared to death, this is my baby & i don't know what to do to make her feel better.. If anyone has an idea PLEASE help!!!

Fashoka
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   Posted 12/9/2015 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
Am new to the forum!
A chronic migraine sufferer and like we really needed another headache, but have also developed this unexplainable throbbing pain on the right side of the head,nbehind the ear, above the occipital area. Sometimes it even hurts when I move my head! Taking an anti inflammatory helps but we know we can't just keep doing that. Also know it's not a usual migraine as anti inflammatory never help in a migraine!
Had an MRI and thankful that is normal!
It's now day 14! :(

whatsthis
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   Posted 12/22/2016 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to this site but looking to share or exchange information. I have had a history of headaches which are not too severe but being treated with Fiorcet when needed (an actual headache medication). Today, I experienced a very painful experience on the right side of my head even with my right ear so I took my medication to relieve but it didn't do any good. I waited several hours, ate, took a walk, and since my pain was still apparent, took another pill. Obviously, my headache medication is not going to work on this particular symptom and I'm stumped. I came across this site and noticed several posts with similar conditions. I'd like to reach out and see what some of you have remedied for this condition. I am a 61-year old female in generally good health being treated for hypertension (which has been regulated for the past 15+ years). I do not work, but attend school full time and blessed to currently be on a 30-day Christmas break from school. No holiday stress going on here (and that is a first for me!) I welcome your comments/suggestions.
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