Ear ache preceding a Migraine attack?

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    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.

     

     

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    Dear 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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Published On: December 17, 2008