Q. What can cause sharp ear pain while chewing food?

Answered by
Dr. Divakara P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jun 28, 2018 and last reviewed on: Sep 09, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am a 31 year old unmarried male. I am getting very sharp and heavy pain in left ear side, inside center part of the ear, whenever I chew or eat food. This was started 4 days back. But, it was not that much noticeable and today morning it has increased. Please help.

Dr. Divakara P

Diabetology Endocrinology General Medicine Internal Medicine Pain Medicine Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your ear pain could be either due to a dental problem or nerve problem, a condition called trigeminal neuralgia.

If it is dental problem it has to be addressed by a dentist. The treatment is either tooth extraction or a root canal treatment. Hence, first kindly get examined by a dentist and make sure whether it is due to dental problem or not.

If it is not due to tooth issue then you need to be started on a medication called Carbamazepine for one or two months for the nerve problem.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Hi doctor,

Thank you so much. I will consult a dentist tomorrow. But, I suspect it may be the problem like temperomandibular joint disorder. In Google one article of this disease coincides with all my symptoms and so I have a doubt. Please clarify it.

Dr. Divakara P

Diabetology Endocrinology General Medicine Internal Medicine Pain Medicine Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, temperomandibular joint disorder may also be a possibility. But, in that case just opening the mouth will cause pain.

A dentist shall evaluate that also. He may advise an x-ray to check for that. If everything turns out normal then we need to consider trigeminal neuralgia.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

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