I have swelling under my left ear that is very painful when touched. My ears have a full feeling. I had thyroid cancer last year and had the thyroid removed and did the radioactive treatment. Could this be something related to the thyroid or that area?. The type of cancer I had was called Hurthlel cell cancer.
Many things can be causing your symptoms. Anything from an outer ear infection, infected lymph node, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction, to a salivary gland infection. It is possible to have involvement of lymph nodes with cancer, however, the use of radioactive iodine treatment can lead to problems with salivary glands. I would get a full evaluation by your surgeon/ent. Best wishes.
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