Raleigh, NC Treatment for Earache Without Infection
As your earache developed, it finally became severe enough or frequent enough to force you to your medical doctor. After an examination of your ear (right or left), the doctor either sees no infection and refers you to an ENT, or sees some inflammation and prescribes an antibiotic. When the antibiotic or ear drops provide no relief from pain, he refers you to an ENT. The astute ENT, seeing no infection or inflammation, examines the chewing joint or muscles and refers you to an orofacial pain specialist — like the one at Raleigh Facial Pain Center.
What Are the Symptoms of an Atypical Earache?
Symptoms of an atypical earache include:
- Dull ache — episodic
- Continuous dull ache with overlaid sharp and shooting pain
- Usually unilateral
- Some of the pain is episodic
- Pain is deep, not progressive (episodic)
- No infection or minor inflammation
- Antibiotic provides no relief
- Pain may be mild, moderate or severe
- Worse upon awakening or progressively worse as day progresses
- Pain is aggravated by jaw joint function (chewing, biting, clenching, opening wide, yawning)
Episodic earaches are most likely a referral of pain from the jaw joint. Not only is the jaw an anatomical neighbor of the ear, but it also has circulatory, neurologic, lymphatic and physiological connections. The most important symptom from the ear pain is mainly referred pain, but some other symptoms can indirectly be caused by a damaged jaw joint.
Choose the Raleigh Facial Pain Center for Earache Treatment in Raleigh, NC
If you have an atypical earache in Raleigh or surrounding areas that is not caused by an ear infection, call today and set up an appointment with board certified and residency trained Dr. Yount at the Raleigh Facial Pain Center. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Raleigh Facial Pain Center treats ear pain caused by something other than infections, as well as other facial pain problems, in patients in Raleigh, NC and beyond, including Wake Forest, Greenville, Pinehurst, New Bern, Greensboro and even South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.