I started getting headaches late 2009 sharp, shooting pain in the top of my head and numbness in my face that passed when the pain subsided. Now when I get these "headaches" the pain is localized to the back of my neck and head with ear pressure and pain behind my ears. There is also pain in my eye area and I am sensitive to light. Is this a type of migraine headache? JoAnn.
What you describe could be a type of Migraine, or it could be another headache disorder. You need to see your doctor for a diagnosis and any treatment that may be necessary. As much as we'd like to help and answer your question, the only person who can do that is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Nobody can diagnose via the Internet.
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Alternative Names Ear infection - outer ear - acute; Otitis externa - acute; Chronic swimmer's ear; Otitis externa - chronic; Ear infection - outer ear - chronic Treatment Ear drops containing antibiotics are typically given, usually for 10 to 14 days. If the ear canal is very swollen, a wick may be applied in the ear to allow the drops to travel to the end of the canal. Your doctor or nurse can show you how to do this. Other treatments may include: Antibiotics taken by mouth if you have a middle ear infection or infection that spreads beyond the ear Corticosteroids to reduce itching and inflammation Pain medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) Vinegar (acetic acid) ear drops People with chronic swimmer's ear may need long-term or repeated treatments to avoid complications. Placing something warm against the ears may reduce pain. Support Groups Expectations (prognosis) When treated properly, swimmer's ear usually gets better. Complications The infection may spread to...
Alternative Names Barotitis media; Barotrauma; Ear popping; Pressure-related ear pain; Eustachian tube dysfunction Symptoms Dizziness Ear discomfort or pain in one or both ears Hearing loss (slight) Sensation of fullness or stuffiness in the ears If the condition is severe or prolonged: Ear pain Feeling of pressure in the ears (as if underwater) Moderate to severe hearing loss Nosebleed Signs and tests During an inspection of the ear, the doctor may see a slight outward bulge or inward pull of the eardrum. If the condition is severe, there may be blood behind the eardrum. Severe barotrauma may be difficult to tell apart from an ear infection .
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