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bev

Enterprise, AL

#61 May 21, 2007
Perhaps a Chiropractor could do you some good. All nerves in the neck area go to your ears the base of skull throat eyes etc. I firmly believe in Chiropractic but just be patient some see immediate difference and some it takes a while. Please research your chiro first , a very well known one is reccomended not just the cheapest one.
Theresa

Westlake, OH

#62 May 26, 2007
Could be trigeminal neuralgia
TN (Trigeminal Neuralgia) is a pain that is described as among the most acute known to mankind. TN produces excruciating, lightning strikes of facial pain, typically near the nose, lips, eyes or ears.

TN (Trigeminal Neuralgia / tic douloureux) is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed - lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. By many, it's called the "suicide disease". A less common form of the disorder called "Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia" may cause less intense, constant, dull burning or aching pain, sometimes with occasional electric shock-like stabs. Both forms of the disorder most often affect one side of the face, but some patients experience pain at different times on both sides. Onset of symptoms occurs most often after age 50, but cases are known in children and even infants. Something as simple and routine as brushing the teeth, putting on makeup or even a slight breeze can trigger an attack, resulting in sheer agony for the individual. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is not fatal, but it is universally considered to be the most painful affliction known to medical practice. Initial treatment of TN is usually by means of anti-convulsant drugs, such as Tegretol or Neurontin. Some anti-depressant drugs also have significant pain relieving effects. Should medication be ineffective or if it produces undesirable side effects, neurosurgical procedures are available to relieve pressure on the nerve or to reduce nerve sensitivity. Some patients report having reduced or relieved pain by means of alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment, self-hypnosis or meditation.
CKS wrote:
I too have noticed that it starts with the swollen feeling in my throat then progresses to a constant right ear pain. This would be bareble if it wasn't for the severe lightning-like jolts of pain that rip through my head intermittently every few seconds/minutes. Also the entire right side of my head feels like I have a sunburn and even the wind blowing on it is excrutiating. I had GERD, don't have it anymore, but this seeems more neurological to me. Any ideas?
Davina

Evansville, IN

#63 May 26, 2007
after reading through the comments i have a lot of the same symptoms such as sudden jolts of pain in my neck, back and front, sudden jolts of pain in my ear and around my jaw it only last a few seconds ...dont know what it is
Judy V

Des Plaines, IL

#64 May 31, 2007
Everyone's testimonials were very helpful. I too have been diagnosed with GERD!! I have suffered from severe allergies for almost all my life. Started with the Acid Reflux symptoms - allergy DR gave me more steroids (pills, inhaler and breathing treatments) this resulted in my immune system going to the dogs. It took me 3 Doctors and an Endoscopy for the Endocronologist to tell me I had an yeast infection of my esophagus, an ulcer and GERD. I awoke severl nights choking on acid reflux so bad I couldn't breathe. I am now on Nexium 2x daily - I cut bact to one because of side effects of Nexium - bloating, severe loose stools, bloating so bad I jumped a pant sixe to fit around my stomach. I too have ringing in the ear, right ear pain and stiff neck - which is being helped by chiropracter. I have no heart burn, and no problem swallowing and no thickness of my tongue. This is a very debilitating disease. I have found that taking a teaspoon of honey after eating helps - coats esophagus and stomach. I hope this will help other people. Good Luck!!
jan

UK

#65 Jun 2, 2007
hi ihave been reading post about people suffering with gerd etc, i am having problems with my tongue at the moment ,i ahd a small red lump on the tip of my tongue,dentist and doctor dismissed it as trauma from my teeth, i wasnt happy so insisted on seeing an oral specialist,he told me it was a polyp,after a 6 month wait (nhs)i had the lump removed and sent for a biopsy i am due to go back for results ,naturally i am anxious,also i have started to feel like somehting is stuck in my throat, the more i think about it the worse is seems to get.it is comforting to read it may not be anything sinister,and couldbe stress .
julian

Sheffield, UK

#67 Jun 4, 2007
i have 'ibs' and i do get acid reflux which makes me short of breath sometimes and i get regular sore throats..But for the past 3 weeks i have had problems swallowing and have a feeling of a lump on m left side of throat...this comes and goes and also feels like its shooting to my ear but also feels like my glands ache in the neck...Now i have a pain down the right side of my neck when i swallow..its weird..any1 shed some light?
Elizabeth

Charlottetown, Canada

#68 Jun 12, 2007
julian wrote:
i have 'ibs' and i do get acid reflux which makes me short of breath sometimes and i get regular sore throats..But for the past 3 weeks i have had problems swallowing and have a feeling of a lump on m left side of throat...this comes and goes and also feels like its shooting to my ear but also feels like my glands ache in the neck...Now i have a pain down the right side of my neck when i swallow..its weird..any1 shed some light?
I wish I could shed some light for you. I am currently trying to figure out what is causing similiar symptoms. I have been having left ear pain for a couple of years now, it was my first symptom, started out as now and again and now it is daily. The left side of my throat pains and sometimes itches, I also have trouble with food sticking to the left side of my throat, especiallly pills, it feels as if they get lodged there.

I was diagnosed with mild reflux last year, I had two barium swallows and an endoscopy. Mild reflux was the only thing they found...I am on Prevacid Fasttabs, they melt in my mouth. I saw an internist on Monday about a thyroid nodule they found that they thought might be the problem; it turned out it is not the problem. I explained to him about food and pills getting stuck there, I had an antibiotic pill get stuck last year, burned like a son of b@#%%, he basically told me that after something like that happens our minds play tricks on us. I don't buy it, maybe a sensation could be in the mind, but I don't think one would imagine burning and pain from pills. I have another scope scheduled for Friday, they are checking me for celiac disease ( I also have bowel problems and have been diagnosed with IBS), maybe they will see something this time.
mike

Muncie, IN

#69 Jun 14, 2007
hello all,

i have been reading everyones comments and they have calmed my fears of throat cancer.
for a little more than a week i have been having pain in the right side of my throat about half way between the back of my mouth and the top of my rib cage. im also starting to notice pain go to my right ear and the top of my head. the throat pain get worse if i push it on the right side. i have always had really bad sinus dranage and sometimes it feels stuck in my throat. i dont have heartburn or noticed any acid in my throat.
anyone have any ideas?
Kelly

Wilmington, DE

#70 Jul 14, 2007
I, too, have been having right-sided throat pain, in the area of back of tongue, right JAW pain and right ear pain. The ear pain isn't so much 'pain' but a 'clogged' feeling. It all seems connected to the throat pain.

I have been to the dentist numerous times. Xrays find nothing and I even got wisdom tooth removed on that side. Didn't help!

I went to my ENT doctor. Did scope, found nothing. He sent me home w/ 3 scripts: Prednisone, an antibiotic, and Prilosec. Pain seemed to go away with the use of all 3 meds, however, I had to stop the antibiotics due to fear of C- Diff.(didn't develop but was having issues and didn't want to take the chance!)

Even though, most days were pain free after stopping the meds,I still had some sporadic 'twinges' or shooting pains in the jaw.

I was sent for an MRI of jaw/ mandible area and it came back negative for TMJ problems.

Now, after being off the meds, the pain is back in the jaw and the throat/tongue issue is back. Ibuprofen doesn't help much.

I'm at a loss as to what is causing these symptoms. I'm hoping it's nothing serious. Anyone who wants to write me, please do.

My email : KP3196@comcast.net

Thanks!
Sam

United States

#71 Jul 17, 2007
Wow. Almost 2 years and 14 doctors into this and I was starting to think I was the first person in the world to have these symptoms. It's nice to see I'm not the only one, although sorry you all are suffering similarly.
mastoo

Omaha, NE

#72 Jul 21, 2007
Do any of the people on this thread ever get cured? I wonder how many continue to suffer, and how many find relief but don't post about it.
kyle souza

Attleboro, MA

#73 Jul 28, 2007
I have neck pack on the sides and also the back of my neck. I would like to know what could be possibly causing these symptoms.
Does anyone else have these kind of symptoms. Also if I bend my head it actually feels like the muscles are constricted. Could the neck pain be a case of arthritis? Please if someone could respond back or give me any suggestions. kylsouza@yahoo.com

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Kathy

Concord, NC

#74 Aug 1, 2007
-Wen- wrote:
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For 3 weeks I have been feeling like I can't swallow. The pain goes into my left ear and I feel like my tounge doesn't move right when I talk. My throat almost feels swollen on left side so I haven't really ate anything in 3 weeks cause it feels like it gets stuck in my throat. I had a endoscopy done and he said I had small hiatal hernia and that GERD is causing me not to swallow. Ive never had any heartburn indigestion acid reflux are anything thing that so I don't know what the problem really is. It just popped up one night at like 3 in the morning. Does anyone else have these problems, mainly with swallowing foods and liquids.
I have almost the same symptoms as you do. Mine started about 4 months ago with the left side of my throat feeling like there is something stuck ( but food seems to go down okay), left ear pain and alot of post nasal drainage. Sometimes my throat feels so swollen I feel like I'm being strangled. I saw an ENT a few days ago and he did a scope and said I have GERD. I never would have believed it because I never have heartburn. He put me on Nexium and wants to see me in 6 weeks. I hope you find some relief
Anonymous

Port Orchard, WA

#75 Aug 14, 2007
Kathy wrote:
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I have almost the same symptoms as you do. Mine started about 4 months ago with the left side of my throat feeling like there is something stuck ( but food seems to go down okay), left ear pain and alot of post nasal drainage. Sometimes my throat feels so swollen I feel like I'm being strangled. I saw an ENT a few days ago and he did a scope and said I have GERD. I never would have believed it because I never have heartburn. He put me on Nexium and wants to see me in 6 weeks. I hope you find some relief
Oh my gosh thank you. I have had ear pain, post nasal drainage, and the feeling that something is stuck in my throat and I have to continually clear it. I have been online constantly trying to find answers and have been to my physician who diagnosed me with the post-nasal drainage. Due to my internet research I have been paranoid that I have Throat cancer, mainly because of the fact that I recently started enjoying the occasional cigar (2 or 3 a month for about three months.) Well thank you so much. I would much rather have Acid Reflux than cancer. What a relief! Hopefully this will help someone else too.
Torm

Letchworth, UK

#76 Aug 19, 2007
Can anyone help me please, i had some toast earlier this morning and halfway through eating it i had a horrific pain and heard a click on the right side of jaw,the pain went to my ear and after a few hours to the right side of my head.I hear a click on the right side of my jaw and have done for a few years but it has never hurt.Now it still is there and i darent eat incase i get lockjaw any help would be great i have taken some nurofen for now
Bill - California

Colfax, CA

#77 Aug 23, 2007
Ronna United States wrote:
I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus 1-1/2 years ago from an endoscopy and biopsy. I was told I had pre-cancerous cells, it's where the lining of your esophagus starts to resemble the lining of your stomach due to untreated GERD. I never heard of GERD until 5 years ago. Before it was called heartburn and the doctors just said to eat tums. I have to be checked every 2 years now and wait to see if it turns to cancer. Doesn't seem too smart, but i am not the doctor. I do have ear pain also, not constant but I will feel like I have strep throat and an ear infection then it will go to the other ear and other side of my throat then it goes away. I guess they are linked. I never thought about it. I take prilosec everyday for the rest of my life. I am 42. Good luck to you.
I have Barrett's esophagus also.

At about age 42 I began to have difficulty swallowing food, pills, etc - thought I was dying from stuck objects at least 20 times - was diagnosed as being GERD with Hiatal Hernia and with ulcer. Have been on different medications for GERD since 1977.

About 1983 I had the "dilation" treatment for expansion of the swallowing function - this helped considerably.

About 1990 the condition had progressed to Barrett's, and is, as you indicated, Ronna, a pre-cancerous condition whereby esophageal cells take on characteristics of stomach cells and try to produce acid. This is a very serious condition and is the result of not discovering and treating GERD in a timely manner.

To all other patients - Get thoroughly examined and diagnosed and keep up with the treatment. The surgery to delay death from full blown Barrett's is worse than enjoying your last days in relative peace and calm. I will not undergo such a surgical procedure should it ever come to that.

I thank God for having the US style medical insurance program available to me for the past 30 years. Always prompt and thorough care from specialists when necessary with no waiting lists or queues to contend with.

I have found Protonix (40mg 1x day) to be effective to keep my reflux in check and rarely have problems swallowing as long as I chew food well before swallowing. Always sleep on left side or on back with elevated head as it seems to help reduce the incidence of reflux.

Found out years before that my nasal cavities are pretty well messed up on the right side - lots of sniffing and throat clearing and breathing through left nostril and mouth. Deviated septum operation did not sound very pleasant and was only given about 50% chance of improving the condition - PHOOEY!

I have had constant ringing in both ears for many years but pretty much think it is caused from being around construction equipment and such and is just regular old Tinnitus.

My oldest son has developed the same difficulty with swallowing but has started early treatment and is watching it closely. There is a tendency for this condition to be hereditary - my uncle had GERD and was reduced to eating basically liquids before he died at age 85. I'm 73 now and vow to outlive uncle Roy.

Hope this helps some of you out there - any questions just fire away.
Cindy

Malvern, PA

#78 Sep 4, 2007
same symptoms. already taking protonix for 2 years.
dr looked down throat said clear, barium swallow also showed all clear
no relief
have fibromyalgia
Cindy

Malvern, PA

#79 Sep 4, 2007
ENT suggested steroids. I have already been warned by others with Fibromyalgia that steroids can cause a bad fibro flare. I mentioned this to the ENT, so he said the next step is allergy testing. I am already on Protonix and have been for over 2 years. The pain when swallowing food started in March after an upper respiratory infection.
peter uk

Oxted, UK

#80 Sep 6, 2007
Hi all I have lived with this for years it comes and goes but at worse I had ear pain and throat pain for months on end,ENTscopes,stomach scopes and ph probes,I reflux acid even on ppi`s,I get burning mouth,burning throat,ear pain ect,at the moment my throat consatantly tickles and itches as do my ears I am at my wits end
Joye

Charlotte, NC

#81 Sep 6, 2007
peter uk wrote:
Hi all I have lived with this for years it comes and goes but at worse I had ear pain and throat pain for months on end,ENTscopes,stomach scopes and ph probes,I reflux acid even on ppi`s,I get burning mouth,burning throat,ear pain ect,at the moment my throat consatantly tickles and itches as do my ears I am at my wits end
I have pain on the left side of my throat radiating to my ears on both sides. My ENT told me my ears looked just fine. All of my problems started when I was poisoned from taking Levaquin. Levaquin is one of the newer antibiotics that can destroy your GI tract lining. BEWARE...my tongue turned black, then the back of my throat felt like it was on fire, then the blisters formed. It all went away, and I thought I was back to normal. I ate Indian food and now it is all back again and will not go away. I go for the Barium swallow on Monday. I too googled throat pain and became terrified of throat cancer. I am relieved that is not what this appears to be, but dismayed there doesn't seem to be anyone posting on this site that has found a cure. I hate giving up Pinot Noir and tomatoes and chocolate...it could always be worse I guess. Stay away from Levaquin, I was healthy, exercised four times a week and could eat anything I wanted, this has changed the quality of my life...shame on greedy pharmaceutical companies...do you know pharmaceutical reps start out making over 100 grand right out of college? Watch the Constant Gardner, pharmaceutical drugs are a lot more of a sure thing than hedge funds, alhtough just read about the suffering in all of these posts...if there is such a thing as corporate karma, watch out drug companies...

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