ear pain from an inflamed jaw joint. The ear exam is normal.
TMJ is due to stress (grinding or clenching of the teeth) or dental problems causing
the patient to chew on one side of the mouth not both sides, which is normal. Sharp
and shooting pain in the ear and down into the neck are symptoms, without any hearing
loss or ringing. But TMJ causes fullness and pressure in the ear.
Possible course of treatment:
after a careful history and ear exam that is found to be normal, treatment consists of
chewing equally on both sides; using a heating pad for 30 minutes twice a day, on
the ear that hurts; 2 Advil tablets every 6 - 8 hours; using an over the counter
soft night guard; and doing jaw exercises that prevent the ear pain from returning.