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Old 09-01-2004, 12:25 PM   #1
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dull pain behind left ear

For the last week, I've been experiencing some dull pain on my left side about an inch or so behind my left ear. When I touch the area and press down a bit, it does hurt. I haven't hit my head with anything. I'm wondering if this has something to do with sinusitis that I have right now. I always thought sinus headaches occured in the front part of the head.

Does anyone have any thoughts for me? Thanks!

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Old 09-08-2004, 11:45 PM   #2
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Re: dull pain behind left ear


I usually post in the Immune Disorders forum, but I just wandered over here, because I have been experiencing an increase in migraines, specifically prolonged migraine aura, but I'll start a different thread for that.

I get the same kind of pain you're describing, I think. Was it at the top of the roundish bone behind your ear (the mastoid bone), fairly close to the back of the ear itself?

The weird thing about my episodes of pain in that region is that I used to get them only when I was just about to start my period, usually the morning of. I called it my "ear bone headache" - lol.

But I'm still getting the pain, even though my periods have stopped. Sometimes I think it's related to the migraines, but when my migraines weren't as bad as they are now, I also got them (in addition to the period ones) whenever I had a cold or, yes, a sinus infection. One of my doctors (either my ENT or PCP, I can't remember for sure) told me that there are a lot of lymph nodes in that area and they will respond to an infection in the same way that the ones under our jaws do, and become sore or inflamed. (I don't know what that has to do with my periods, but I don't know a lot of things!).

I'm sorry that I didn't see your post until now. I hope that with the resolution of your sinus infection, your "ear bone headache" is better now.

Please let me know how you made out. Take care.


Old 09-09-2004, 04:52 AM   #3
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Re: dull pain behind left ear

I too have had this non stop now for about a few weeks..I feel that it is my blood pressure I am on meds and think maybe I need new meds..maybe it's your BP..Lisa

Old 09-14-2004, 03:22 PM   #4
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Re: dull pain behind left ear

i have constant headaches involving back of the left ear too. I used to have the same behind the right ear, but they removed the mastoid on that side and it stopped.

Constant sinus problems, my nose was crushed when I was nine and never repaired. Both ears get severly infected with the 'overflow', not fun. After surgery for my nose when I was 37 I started doing daily sinus washes using what I call the 'nose hose' recommended on this site:

An adaptor for a waterpik allows me to flow saline up and through the sinus cavities. By flushing the sinus cavity the pain around my forehead and cheeks.. decreases or leaves. After over twenty years of suffering from daily morning headache the sinus washing mostly clears that up.

Old 09-15-2004, 09:05 AM   #5
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Re: dull pain behind left ear

Well for me I found out what the pain was. It was my BP it was high. They added more meds to what I am taking..and guess what?? the pain is gone. My doc kept insisting it was not my BP and that the pain I described and the location was a 3 pronged muscle back there in my neck. He was wrong..Lisa

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