Sharp pain in ear; head always pressure-y

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   Posted 1/18/2009 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a sharp pain in my left ear about 5 weeks ago, extremely painful. It'd be like 4 stabs and then go away for a while. The ENT said I looked very congested and it could be that (allergies) and Eustachian tube dysfunction. Though my ear pressures were normal.
I went on Allegra and that helped for 2.5 weeks it seemed. Now the pain is back and it is unbearable! The ENT said if it came back to go back and do a hearing test, which I did, and it was good. Now he says it may be from my TMJ.
Anyone had this and what has helped them? I'm scared and don't know what to do!
I also had a contrast CG scan of my neck and all they found was something about my lymph node (enlarged? Not sure since they didn't get into it) and said that was nothing to worry about.
My head is very full and pressure-y, same with my ears.

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   Posted 1/18/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I would seriously have that ENT give you another check up
Something has to be setting this off IMHO

I also would want to know more about the lymph nodes being enlarged.........

Keep us posted plz.........

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   Posted 1/20/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. Well I've seen him twice, the 2nd time he still thinks its TMJ.
I went to the dentist, who did xrays of my teeth and she said everything looked ok. I ordered a mouthguard online as well.
I also feel pressure or something like that under my ears down my neck. What the hell? I feel like my whole head needs to be popped. I've always had somewhat of a full headed feeling but never like this. Yesterday I had a headache for 14 hrs.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried any other allergy meds? I had some ear pain a while back and Allegra hardly touched it but when I started on Zyrtec the full head/ear pain feel went away. Allegra actually seemed to make the stuffy feeling worse for me. Sort of like I was hearing things under water. Also too I sometimes get that pain pressure feeling down my neck and I have asked my doc about it a couple times and she feels that it's a tension headache because I do get alot of tension in my neck and shoulders which leads to headaches.
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   Posted 1/20/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, before Allegra, I was given samples of another similar RX med (a more expensive one) which seemed to help w/the ear pains; I ran out of it and the next day the pain was back. My pharmacist called my doc and asked if I could use another less-expensive kind (I have no insurance) and got Allegra. My guess is that my doc would have used Zyrtec or whatnot if he thought it was better or as good (he knows I'm poor basically!). But I'll ask him again.
Also, I'm afraid to try something else or go off it for fear of the pain coming back everyday, like it was before I was on anything.
I get those headaches too but it doesn't feel like that; it feels like somethings enlarged (b/c of the pressure...I don't actually feel any lumps) or pressured.

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   Posted 1/21/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
ask about maybe getting a head Mri to rule out other things...don't give up and keep
on the doctor about this, will be sending soft hugz and prayers your ways..
oh, keep us posted, okay...
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   Posted 3/5/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
well....actually your best interest would be to go see a tmj dentist and explain your symptons .... i do work for a tmj dentist and from what i'm reading about your symptons does sound like TMJ....some meds that you have tried will just ease the pain but only a tmj doctor will be the one who can take care of your symptons...

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   Posted 3/5/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been suffering with ear pain and jaw pain as well.  its not constant but i definately notice it when i have been clenching my jaw.  seems like the pain goes up as well.  like a full headachy feeling above the temple area.  not sure if that is tmj related.  my jaw does crack or pop every now and them.
my head also feel stuffy and full all the time.  fun fun fun.l

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   Posted 9/13/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
As I have posted on other forums I hope my post helps:

I had the same problem for over two months and I hope my experience can help you.For two months I experience severe pressure in my ears, my entire head, dizziness, pain and weakness in muscles in legs, and nausea. In two weeks I saw SEVEN doctors (none of which knew what they were doing). I had a MRI of my head done, a CAT Scan of my sinuses, visited an ENT doctor and a neurologist. The neurologist diagnosed me with a migraine and prescribed me topamax. This did not help at all. In the meantime I was taking medication for dizziness, pain, headache, and nausea.
I ended up talking to one of my friends who is a Physio Therapist. She touched my neck and said it didn't seem right and was too stiff. She asked me if I had an accident or if I fell where my head would go back and forth. I had such a fall 6 months previously and I never believed there could be a connection.
She told me that my "mother dura" could have been effected. She recommended me to see an osteopath doctor. I created an appointment on September 8th she worked on me for two hours and and I IMMEDIATELY was feeling better (I stopped taking all the medication). The osteopath doctor told me that my "mother dura" was indeed effected and that it was a combination of old and new injuries. I have to visit a few more times but the osteopath doctor helped me a great deal and I truly hope that my post will help you and others.

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   Posted 4/10/2017 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mira, What is Mother dura? I have these symptoms and have for several years. the pain in unbearable and I was always told sinus and ear tube (can't spell that one) tube. However, I use Flonase and pain meds and Flonase works somewhat, but the pain still comes back after a week or so.

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   Posted 4/10/2017 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi AnneB & welcome to Healing Well. You have posted on a very old thread that has not had any activity since 2009. I did check & Mira only posted the one time as stated above.

I hope you can get some help. This is a pretty slow forum. Take care.
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