Pain under ear and in neck: what it means and what to do?

Pain that occurs simultaneously in the neck and ear, may be associated with various pathologies, and not necessarily those that belong to the ENT-organs. The reason may be inflammatory processes in the ears, sinuses, teeth, lymph nodes, muscle, and pathological changes in the tissues of the spine.

The cause of pain in the neck and ear

Why pain in ear and neck

Soreness can be caused by various conditions that are not always easy to diagnose because of the similarity of symptoms in many conditions, especially if they do not appear very clearly, while the cause may be associated with low back pain and trigeminal neuralgia, sinusitis and mastoiditis may be the result of ear plugs and ear infection or be a manifestation of infectious or mumps lymphadenitis's.

Each of these diseases has additional symptoms that must be considered in the diagnosis. How exactly is the diagnosis depends not only eliminate pain, correct diagnosis is important in order to prevent complications.

Diseases of the neck muscles

Inflammatory processes in skeletal muscle may be expressed in pathological conditions in which pain in the neck and neck - one of the main symptoms.

  • Myositis, which can affect how one or several muscles, is expressed in the formation in the muscle tissue of the nodules. Seal tissue leads to compression of the nerve cells, which causes pain. Movements stiff, muscles can swell and shrink. The pain leads to the development of muscle weakness, rarely to muscle atrophy. In lesions of the neck may experience shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing. The disease can occur as a complication of influenza, SARS, or become a side effect of the peculiarities of professional activity.
Please note! Myositis often occurs in drivers, pianists, violinists and people whose work involves prolonged standing in one position.
  • Myogelosis - violation of blood circulation in the muscles causes a seal muscle tissue protein in which muscle takes the form of a gel, impaired elasticity of the muscles, they get spasms. Myogelosis is the result of exposure to cold, prolonged stress, injuries and incorrect posture, prolonged heavy loads. A condition in which affected muscles of the shoulder and neck cause pain in the neck and compromise the mobility of the shoulder. Sometimes are the result of myositis' or are signs of early myopathic disorders.

Problems with the cervical spine occur very often, and suffer from it not only older people but also young. Under the influence of changes in cartilage and deformation between vertebrate cartilage and vertebrae pinches the nerves, which lead to the painful condition when pain is localized and radiates to the neck or the head.

The disease tends to progress and grow at the slightest movements.

Please note! Minor discomfort in the neck and ear can develop into pain, which is ongoing. Often accompanied by dizziness, impaired coordination and reduced sensitivity of the limbs.

Ear pain can spread to the neck, sometimes giving in the mouth or affecting the whole half of the head, in which localized inflammation of the middle ear. Purulent otitis media accompanied by fever, discharge from the ear. Otitis requires immediate medical attention, delayed treatment can lead to chronicity of the process and hearing loss.


Inflammation of the sinuses is often characterized by pain that affects the ear (due to the anatomical proximity of the organs of hearing and nose) and the back of the head and neck. The condition may be accompanied by stuffy nose on one side, a slight fever, secretions of mucus from the sinuses.


The overabundance of a substance that is formed by the secretion of the ear glands, which in normal quantities helps to protect the ear from infections, leads to the fact that if water, cerumen swells, which leads to a sense of ear stuffiness, hearing loss and pain, which applies not only to the ear, but radiates to the neck and head.

Please note! To remove the ear plug can only be a doctor, it is strictly forbidden to do it on their own, especially with the help of improvised means. Self-medication can lead to inflammation and aggravate the condition.

Unilateral pain that affects the neck and ear, typical for inflammation of the lymph nodes, which often indicates hidden inflammation in the body. Lymph nodes are a kind of barriers that are designed to protect the body from germs and bacteria. When the immune system is unable to cope with the infection, and the load on the lymph nodes increases the inflammatory process in the lymph nodes is the body's immune response to infection or other pathological processes - cancer, metastasis, introduction of a foreign body in the human body.

Other reasons

Unilateral pain can occur in a variety of conditions associated with inflammatory processes that affect nerve endings. These symptoms may appear:

  • if you have problems with your teeth,
  • parotitis,
  • neuralgia,
  • hypertension,
  • meningitis,
  • encephalitis,
  • migraine.


The main symptom that unites all these conditions is pain around the ear and neck. Depending on the diagnosis, there are other symptoms, which, however, often overlap in different pathological processes. This is because many of them affect the nerve endings of the spine, disrupting the blood circulation and supply the brain. Therefore, often accompanied by dizziness, unsteadiness, loss of coordination, nausea and vomiting. Inflammatory processes are characterized by the increase in temperature and a violation of the outflow of mucus.

Mumps, which is popularly called mumps, manifested by edema, can be one side or both. The pain increases when pressing on the neck area under the ear, and while chewing and swallowing.

Neuralgia of the facial nerve, associated with impaired facial expression, pain shooting.

Inflammation of the paired paranasal sinuses, usually characterized by increased pain when bending and stuffy nose with one hand.

In hypertension there is a persistent increase in blood pressure.

Diagnostic methods

Often to determine disease only by their appearance is difficult, and therefore requires more detailed examination. The state requires an integrated approach to diagnostic methods, which includes collection of medical history and medical examination as well as laboratory tests and x-ray images for diagnosis and special studies including EMG, MRI and CT.

Homeopathic treatment

Treatment using alternative medicine gives a more lasting effect, unlike pain medication. As a rule, resort to homeopathy when all medical methods have failed.

Symptomatic homeopathic treatment used for relief of symptoms, and then continuing constitutional means, which are suitable for a given patient. Preparations are selected individually, taking into account external data, symptoms and the patient's reactions to stimuli, and both psychological and physiological.

Symptomatic drugs have a more General impact, they suit different patients having similar symptoms.

To understand the choice of medication will help the doctor

To eliminate the pain in the ear and neck as an emergency treatment used:

  • Aconite (Aconit) indicated for pain in the ear caused by infection. The patient feels throbbing pain, which manifests more clearly at the entrance from the cold into a warm room, the patient thirsty, the heat.
  • Agaricus is prescribed for neuralgic pains, when it seems that in the neck and the ear hit the ice needles.
  • Verbascuv - pain that radiates to the ear, forming the attack, which is often seen in the morning or the afternoon.
  • Hin (China) - throbbing pain in the neck, a feeling that head just explodes.
  • Pulsatilla is prescribed for the treatment of ear infections, pain accompanied by irritability.
  • Silicea is used for weakness of the neck muscles, difficult mobility.
  • Aurum helps with muscle pain in the head and neck.


Preventive measures are related to physical activity, strengthening of a muscular corset.

In order to protect themselves from infection it is important to improve the body's immune defenses, not only using the methods of hardening, but also using homeopathic remedies that are great for stimulating the immune system, bringing balance to all systems in the body.

Active lifestyle, proper nutrition also help to strengthen bone tissue, reasonable workout makes muscles strong.