Ear Ache, Pain Or Discomfort And Stiff Neck

Reviewed on 6/15/2020

Ear ache and stiff neck could be spinal meningitis or aseptic meningitis. Less likely could be temperomandibular joint dysfunction, ear infection (middle or external ear), neck muscle tightness, cervical radiculpathy (pinched nerve in the neck) or eustachian tube dysfunction. Cholestetoma, ear wax blockage. Sinusitis, parotitis, oropharyngeal infections, tongue cancers. Sometimes the pain is referred to the ear (TMJ, tongue cancer, sinusitis, parotitis...) Call your doctor.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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