I always get an ear ache (sometimes in both ears) preceding a migraine attack. My doctor seems puzzled by this. Is ear pain something that other migraine sufferers have complained about or is this an uncommon symptom?
Thank you! Andra .
No, an ear ache is not unusual during a Migraine attack. The trigeminal nerve (TN) become inflamed when a Migraine attack begins, and due to the position of the branches of the TN, that can cause various levels of pressure or pain in the ear, along the lower jaw, above the eyes, and along the sinus cavities. This illustration shows this well -- Pathways of a Migraine .
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TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
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