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Old 08-13-2009, 02:51 PM   #1
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Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

Looking for possible causes. Started as twinges of pain at base of neck over 2 years ago w/headaches up back of the head, now radiating out to constant pressure in ears and ringing, nasal congestion, tingling, pain and tightness down arms, occasional nausea. Tightness in upper back, too. Have tried neurology (brain stem mri) muscle relaxors, acupuncture, prednisone, physical therapy, anti-inflammatories. No relief. I welcome any comments, suggestions, similar stories, etc.

 
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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

Hi and welcome!

You may have more than one thing going on. Have you seen an Ear Nose and Throat doctor? The ringing in the ears, combined with the ear pressure and the sinus symptoms sound more allergy/ear problem related. Have you tried any of the OTC anti-histimines and possibly some mucinex? Both of those would help with sinus pressure and getting the ears to drain properly. I have an inner ear disorder and have to make sure I keep up with the allergy meds. Even if you have never had allergies before you might have developed some. Inner ear problems can cause nausea, and caffine is sometimes a cause of ringing in the ears.

As far as the neck pain, headache, etc. goes, did they MRI your complete cervical spine? It could be something there, or it could be muscular. I get headaches like you describe sometimes and no amount of pain meds help. A heat pack on the back of the neck is some help, and I also use a rolled up hand towel behind my neck while laying down - it puts pressure on the muscles and eventually will get them to release. When you saw the PT did they try any massage on the area? Muscles getting all knotted up in that area can cause a lot of pain too.

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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

Not sure about all your symptoms but the headaches & tingling does sound like it could be cervical, which can go up the back of the head & are hard to treat. Cervical does affect the arms & can cause tingling. Ive had the headaches from cervical & these headaches can put you right out of commission. I had to lie down & use ice or moist heat. For me ice helped the most & I am assuming this was due to helping with inflammation.
Perhaps keeping some type of diary or journal would help. Try to document anything that helps or causes your symptoms to become worse. Also noting times of days where it may flare or ease. Mornings have always been worse for me or when I have alot of activity or lifting.
I have seen posts on the spinal board mentioning ears but not sure if it was connected to the cervical or not but it may be worth looking into. Good luck, Sammy

 
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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

knowing if they actually looked at your c spine with MRI would really help here as the others mentioned. you could have problems in many ways within that c spine area that could possibly trigger these types of symptoms, or it could also be two totally seperate types of issues too(or even a combo of both). but just obtaining that c spine MRI would show alot about what could be the underlying reason for alot of symptoms here. also make certain to obtain your OWN copies of any testing results for your own files and so you can actually read thru them yourself. not all specialists are created equal in what one may see as a nothing and another would see as a bigger something when it comes to any hard findings in any given test result? thats just the way it is for us unfortuently. this is why god invented the "second opinion'. Marcia
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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

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Looking for possible causes. Started as twinges of pain at base of neck over 2 years ago w/headaches up back of the head, now radiating out to constant pressure in ears and ringing, nasal congestion, tingling, pain and tightness down arms, occasional nausea. Tightness in upper back, too. Have tried neurology (brain stem mri) muscle relaxors, acupuncture, prednisone, physical therapy, anti-inflammatories. No relief. I welcome any comments, suggestions, similar stories, etc.
Possible nerve damage?
Ask your doc about neurontin.

 
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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

Hello Mariska, I also have/used to have pain in my right ear. I was told(by a sleeping doctor!)that it comes from the neck muscles. They are PULLING the ear. That's one of the reasons I have sleeping problems. Well, anyways, the ONLY medication that helped me for the ear pain is PERCOCET. I don't think there is a CURE for neck pain, so it's only pain meds if you want to get rid of it.

I was told the muscles PRESSING on my neck's nerves and that's why THE PAIN. It's nerve pain. I bet that's why you have inner ear pain.

Have you ever been injured in some ways in your neck?. any whiplash? (if you don't mind me asking).

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Hello Mariska, I also have/used to have pain in my right ear. I was told(by a sleeping doctor!)that it comes from the neck muscles. They are PULLING the ear. That's one of the reasons I have sleeping problems. Well, anyways, the ONLY medication that helped me for the ear pain is PERCOCET. I don't think there is a CURE for neck pain, so it's only pain meds if you want to get rid of it.

I was told the muscles PRESSING on my neck's nerves and that's why THE PAIN. It's nerve pain. I bet that's why you have inner ear pain.

Have you ever been injured in some ways in your neck?. any whiplash? (if you don't mind me asking).
There are muscles in your inner ear that are very close to the neck muscles. If they are not working correctly they can cause the inner ear a lot of pain by not allowing the Eustachian Tube to properly work. You might also be feeling fullness and like you have to 'pop' them but it won't work.

My guess is that there is something wrong, actually, with your jaw. Your jaw bone is directly next to all of the inner ear workings. Now you may not have clicking or popping but people that have whiplash or similar traumas may have their bite knocked out of alignment. This could be causing your ear pain.

I would strongly suggest seeing an Oral Surgeon or TMJ specialist for X-Rays of the head. Your spine could indicate strained muscles by positioning as well as the way your teeth even touch.

Just remember, everything in the head is connected.

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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

but again, as I said before, there is nothing she can do to fix it, period.

Tmj or not Tmj. They DON'T have any sort of surgery to fix it, period. I've also done x-rays of the HEAD and the NECK after the accident. Nothing there showed abnornalities.
I've done MRI also.

What is that you are trying to tell her, velvetrance?? that there is some sort of "HOPE" to fix it?. There isn't.
I've been to lot's of doctors. Oral surgeons cannot do anything to fix that problem. They can tell you have this problem but that's about it.

Once you have it, you have it, period. I've been told my problem is muscles, how interesting, also head muscles, all connected. As many neck patients here, doctors and chiropractors CANNOT fix it as of today. So no false hopes please.

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Old 08-21-2009, 12:15 PM   #9
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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

I am not a medical professional but this sounds to me like it could be (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), which I suffer from myself. TMJD can cause all of your mentioned symptoms. Some people that have it never actually have the jaw pain, but have pain in other areas such as neck, back, facial muscles, frequent headaches. Another major symptom of TMJD is called tinnitus, which is ringing in the ears you mention. TMJ disorder can be difficult to diagnose. I saw my family MD, an Ear Nose and Throat md, and a rheumatologist all before my family dentist finally diagnosed me with TMJD. He unfortunately doesn't treat it. After much searching and researching on the internet I have FINALLY found another dentist in my area that specializes in treating this disorder. He is treating me with splint therapy, and I am also seeing a massage therapist for myofascial release (this helps more than you could ever believe, try looking into it!!) ,and I am also seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervial spine (neck) can be a helpful in conjunction to splint and massage therapy. The specialist I am seeing believes that you can't successfully treat the disorder with just one form of therapy. But my advice to you is to keep pursuing the TMJ possibility, keep searching for a specialist that treats it...they are out there. And definitely look into myofascial release massage.

Hope this is of some help....

 
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but again, as I said before, there is nothing she can do to fix it, period.

Tmj or not Tmj. They DON'T have any sort of surgery to fix it, period. I've also done x-rays of the HEAD and the NECK after the accident. Nothing there showed abnornalities.
I've done MRI also.

What is that you are trying to tell her, velvetrance?? that there is some sort of "HOPE" to fix it?. There isn't.
I've been to lot's of doctors. Oral surgeons cannot do anything to fix that problem. They can tell you have this problem but that's about it.

Once you have it, you have it, period. I've been told my problem is muscles, how interesting, also head muscles, all connected. As many neck patients here, doctors and chiropractors CANNOT fix it as of today. So no false hopes please.

That's kind of a negative attitude to have. I've had chronic TMJ for three years and I'm under aggressive treatment for it. There's no surgery involved it is simply moving the positioning of the teeth back to where they were before this happened. A lot can be done now to treat tMJ. I listened to a lot of people who told me nothing could be done and one of them almost made me end my life. It was my persistence, hope, and knowledge that let me know something could be done.

I really hope you don't go around to other people on this board and ruin their hopes and dreams of getting better; it takes time.

nochange...please don't push your pessimism onto others just because you haven't had luck. maybe this should inspire you to look harder. its really sad you would say that to something and i strongly urge you to stop.

TO THE GIRL WHO STARTED THIS THREAD: DON'T LOSE HOPE
But yes, the functioning of the inner ear is controlled by tiny muscles that also assist in mastication. If these muscles are injured due to a misplaced point, joint, or disc, it will affect other areas that control it as well.
I see a doctor in Atlanta who explained what happened and how it is being fixed. I can now work full time, start to exercise, and get my social life back. And to think 2 years ago, I prayed to death from pain. Now, I can't see how I would ever want that.

 
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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

hey nochange. i am just wondering exactly what you were told is 'not fixable' here? what specifically is wrong with your neck or what exactly are you referring to? just trying to understand what you were told and where exactly the problem is thats all(you just were not too clear on what you were told is not fixable). there are just many possible levels that can "help" with alot of bigger issues by treating the underlying players here. marcia
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Re: Neck & ear pain, ringing in ears, tingling arms

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but again, as I said before, there is nothing she can do to fix it, period.

Tmj or not Tmj. They DON'T have any sort of surgery to fix it, period. I've also done x-rays of the HEAD and the NECK after the accident. Nothing there showed abnornalities.
I've done MRI also.

What is that you are trying to tell her, velvetrance?? that there is some sort of "HOPE" to fix it?. There isn't.
I've been to lot's of doctors. Oral surgeons cannot do anything to fix that problem. They can tell you have this problem but that's about it.

Once you have it, you have it, period. I've been told my problem is muscles, how interesting, also head muscles, all connected. As many neck patients here, doctors and chiropractors CANNOT fix it as of today. So no false hopes please.
Hello NoChance,
Please tell us exactly what's wrong with your TMJ so that we can guide you in the right direction.
There is hope for TMJ. Let me say that again, There is hope for TMJ. The reason I ask exactly what's wrong is that different doctors treat different areas of TMJ. I've been a TMJ sufferer for 25 years now. I've gotten relief for years on end either through surgery, or with other modalities.
Here's where I'm heading. If the pain is from the joint itself, an oral surgeon can give you relief. If the pain is from the muscles, a TMJ dentist, there are fancy names for this type of dentis, will give you relief.
The point I'm making is that doctors, be they dentists, oral surgeons, chiropractors, accupuncturists, message therapists etc... they can fix the problem and pain. You can find loads of information and support on the TMJ board.
Good luck to you, and to the originator of this thread. There is hope and help out there.
Peggy

 
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