Left side head/ear pain - PLEASE HELP ME!

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/14/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I'm new to this forum and I hope it is as helpful as the cancer forum I joined after being diagnosed with TC a few months ago. I'm a 26yr male and just 3 months ago I was diagnosed with TC. My concern now are these weird head/ear pains i get on the left side of my head. I recently underwent through a round of chemo (hopefully the first and last ever). And been experiencing these weird pains. It is focalized only on the left side of my head. Every time I open my mouth I feel/hear a cracking on my left ear and feel air going in/out. When I stand I get these strange head pains around the ear and on the left side of my head...they are sudden and disappear right away. I have been going to the gym and working out hard to rid some stress but those head pains are still there. I also get a urge to just scratch the left side of my ear. I recently went to my doc and he said it is not an ear infection as my ear looks clear. I don't feel it in the ear i feel it more inside further into the ear. What could this be. Could they be muscles in my head that are tight due to my constant thinking about my diagnosis? Stress? Chemo side effects? I just don't know what to do. I never felt like this before and it is killing me. Part of me says its just tension/stress but the other part of me keeps thinking I have a tumor or something. What should I do.

Thanks so much for help!


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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/14/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Andy, I'm sorry you're going through so much; I hope that you've turned the corner and all will be getting much better for you.

Reading your post I'm wondering if TMJ may be at work here; mind you, I'm no Dr., but you have had a lot of stress and tension, and it is not unusual to clench your teeth while sleeping. Enough of this action will cause the muscles around the temporal mandibular joint specifically (hence TMJ) to spasm and start getting out of sync. I mention this because of the popping and cracking noise you're hearing. This will cause some severe pain, make no mistake about it!, and left untreated could cause problems down the road.

Saying all of this, it would be worth of trip to your Dentist; let them know about the problems you're having and have them check you out. I hope that you find the answer...this is a good place to start...
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