I was just wondering my friend has been having "headaches with very sharp pain behind her left ear, gone one second and then a sharp, piercing pain for just a moment, then gone again" as it was explained to me. I was just wondering if anyone would have any ideas on what it could be?
A sharp shooting pain may be nerve related. If there are no other symptoms like hearing loss, ringing in the ears, numbness in the face or visual symptoms then this does not sound very urgent.
What may be considered here is possible involvement of the occipital nerve or cranial nerve 5 ( trigeminal nerve). Although the common migraine may still be a differential.A visit with a neurologist may help asssess this.
How is your friend doing?
Is the pain severe enough to keep him from functioning?
If this is the case an immediate consult with a neurologist may be warranted for a complete neurological examination. An ENT consult for a thorough examination of deeper structures in the ear may also help just to exclude other underlying conditions.
Keep us posted.
Just implement some supportive therapy for the mean time while awaiting for a consult. A cool or warm compress may be able to help.A visit with an acupuncturist or an alternative medicine doctor may help supplement any drug therapy.
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