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.
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
About Ask the Clinician:
Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and Migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and Migraines. You can read more about Dr. Krusz or more about Teri Robert.
If you have a question, please click HERE. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers here. Due to the number of questions submitted, no questions will be answered privately, and questions will be accepted only when submitted via THIS FORM. Please do not submit questions via email, private message, or SharePost comments. Thank you.
Please note: We cannot handle emergencies or diagnose via the Internet. Please do not ask us to diagnose; see your physician for diagnosis.
We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q & A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer.