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Tension headache or what?

I was woken at half 5 this morning with what I thought was toothache but found that actually the ache was right in front of my ear on the bone above my jaw joint. It has now spread to the right temple area of my head and eye.

I didn’t drink anything yesterday so thought it could be that but after hydrating myself it’s still there like a full throb. The light doesn’t bother me and other than feeling very tired I feel like my normal self. Any ideas?

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Hi Siash

That sounds painful. If you have taken painkillers and it's not going away. If you are worrying about it you should speak to your nurse at the surgery, at least. I've only ever had pain in my ear that sounded something like that It was a small ulcer inside and I had to get a prescription

We shouldn't self diagnose If it doesn't improve get it looked at

😊

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I would strongly recommend you get seen by your GP asap - just to be sure it is not PMR/GCA. If a GP appointment is not available at short notice, I would go to A&E. I'd rather look paranoid but be safe.

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Hello, thank you for the advice. I’ve payed down for an hour and it’s eased off now. I’m sorry for the silly question but what’s PMR/GCA?

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Hi Siash, glad that's subsided. Do look up the PMR forum on this website. Loads of excellent information there.

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I will do thank you!

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Sounds as though you have TMJ which affects the jaw. It can cause that awful pain by the ear and when I have it I then have a horrible headache confined to the side I am having the jaw pain. It is always worse first thing in the morning or when I am in alot if pain as I realise that I am clenching my jaw. I needed up a true dentist the other week convinced that I had a bad tooth again but all clear it was the horrible TMJ that had struck with a severe attack.

Sometimes putting a flannel soaked in warm water or a small hot water bottle well wrapped up can ease some of the discomfort. You have my sympathy.x

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Hi Siash

If you have Fibromyalgia then it is common as rosewine mentions to also suffer with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder inckuding myself and it does sound like you are describing similar symptoms.

As many have said, it is considered best to discuss any new symptoms with your GP as s/he has all your history, can examine you and provide the correct diagnosis. Dr 'google' can be very helpful once you have a diagnosis as you can find many sites with credible information but without knowing what is wrong it is possible to imagine you have all manner of things which can make some people anxious.

So, please see link for your interest only;

nhs.uk/conditions/temporoma...

Do keep us posted

Emma :)

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myofascial tension is a killer, well not exactly but it hurts like hell and not very comfortable i know, mines been at it for the last 4days but it’s under control today. i can’t say iv found anything that helps other than to try and de stress, easier said than done i know!

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