Nerve pain in head, neck, ear

Suffering from nerve pain in the head, neck, and ears can be debilitating, especially when it is a regular occurrence. A variety of conditions can cause this type of pain and Douglas Anderson, a Utah ENT specialist, has experience diagnosing and treating this type of pain.

Causes of Nerve Pain in the Head, Neck, and Ear

Dr. Anderson may look for the following if you have uncomfortable nerve pain in the head, neck, and ear:

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder: When the joints that support the jaw are injured or stressed, it can cause pain in the muscles of the neck and jaw, and result in painful headaches. TMJ disorders are also known to cause pain in the ears.
  • Occipital neuralgia: This condition is characterized by piercing and throbbing pain in the back of the head, neck, and behind the ears. It generally starts on one side of the neck and moves upwards. Occipital neuralgia is often a result of an injury or pinched nerves in the neck. Pinched nerves can occur from arthritis, stress, and poor posture.
  • Mastoiditis: Mastoiditis is caused by an infection in the mastoid bone located behind the ear. This type of infection is most common in children, but it can affect people at any age. Mastoiditis can cause several unpleasant symptoms including headaches, pain in the ear, and hearing loss in the affected ear.
  • Dental and Oral Problems: Issues with the teeth or in the mouth can sometimes cause pain in the head, neck, and ears. Impacted teeth and tumors in the mouth connect to the TMJ joint, radiating pain to other areas of the upper body.

If you are experiencing any type of nerve pain in your head, neck, or ears, it can point to a greater underlying condition, so it is important to see a qualified ENT specialist in Ogden right away. Reach out to Douglas Anderson, MD at Ogden Clinic to learn more about these conditions and treatment options. Call us today to schedule your appointment for nerve pain in the head, neck, and ear.