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I was wondering if anyone had an experience of this - a couple of weeks ago I felt ill for about a week, I had a bit of a sore throat, some pain behind my ears and in my neck, a slight headache in my forehead that would cause pain down my nose but the main problem was pain in the side of my head in a specific area every time I swallowed.
I made a full recovery and felt fine for two - three weeks but now I have exactly the same symptoms again, they came back quite suddenly, the pain in the side of my head when swallowing started first and the rest has followed.
I wouldn't say I'm in a lot of pain or feel very unwell - it's just more annoying and uncomfortable, I don't enjoy going to the Doctors and avoid it unless I have to. The reason I feel concerned at the moment is that I have never had this problem with swallowing before and I've experienced it twice in almost as many weeks.
I would really like some advice, reassurance or to hear from anyone who has experienced the same sort of thing.
Thanks so much!
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replied August 6th, 2008
Would love a reply or some advice as I'm feeling worse today and not really sure what to do. Sad
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replied October 27th, 2009
pain in head when i swollow
I have the same thing it started this morning . Did u find out what yours was? thanks Michelle
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replied April 19th, 2010
Pain Swallowing
I am kind of in the same position. For about 5 days now, Whenever I swallow my food, I get a sharp pain on the front right side of my head. I dont have a headache I just get this pain when I swallow.
I''m to scared to go to the doctors, but really would like some advice on this.PLEASE HELP!
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replied April 19th, 2010
Pain Swallowing
I am kind of in the same position. For about 5 days now, Whenever I swallow my food, I get a sharp pain on the front right side of my head. I dont have a headache I just get this pain when I swallow.
I''m to scared to go to the doctors, but really would like some advice on this.PLEASE HELP!
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replied March 27th, 2011
Question: What might be causing pain to radiate from the base of my skull up the back of my head to the top of my head on the left side only and only when I swallow - off and on for about a year or so?

Answer:
The ONLY thing I can think of that would do this, is a neuroma (small benign tumor of a nerve brnach --or a "trigger point"--somewhere in the area of your larynx.
I've seen something like this in folks with "Occipital neruitis" , whick is where a nerve comes out from your skull roughly 1/2 way between your spine and left ear...
Look at it this way... Nerves leave a central point and fan out just like the branches of a tree. If you stimulate one of the nerve fibers ("branch") it will cause a retrograde (backward) discharge if the nerve which stimulates another branch of that same nerve group, making it feel like the pain is arizing from the second branch... Nerve fibers are merely like electrical wires in your house... They are either "off" (no shooting pain) [or touch, coldness, heat, etc] or they are "on" ( shooting pain, etc...
It sounds like something iws causing the occipital nerve at the base of your skull to discharge, making you feel the pain shoot fowward over your scalp towards the front of your head on that side.
If you can find a place where pressing on it will cause the syptoms you've described, a neurologist can inject that "trigger point", thereby (most likely) fixing your problem...
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replied February 13th, 2014
I have had the SAME issue on and off (mostly off) for the past 20 years. Every once in a great while this happens to me, too. There is a tender spot on the top of the left side of my skull. When I swallow fizzy stuff (soda, beer) it hits the left side of my throat and a pain shoots up to that tender spot at the top of my head. I don't feel ill or anything. It's just a big annoyance and really hurts. Sometimes, the pain is so tough that it makes my face scrunch, but after a week to two weeks, it just goes away. Sometimes I go years with no issues and then out of the blue, BAM! It's back. So glad to hear that someone else has the same thing. I'm going to Google "Occipital Neruitis". Thanks!
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replied October 16th, 2015
I have been doing the same thing. Every time i swallow my left top of my head hurts and its hurts to eat now. I really would like to now what it is.
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replied November 1st, 2015
Last year, I lost hearing in my right ear along with a runny nose and bad cough. My doctor told me that I had a sinus infection that was pressing on my ear canal. Amoxicillin got rid of it. On Friday, I went to my doctor because I couldn't walk straight. At first my doctor thought it was my iron levels, but this was totally different than diabetic shock. She diagnosed me with my first nasal infection of the year, gave me a steroid shot in the hip, and told me to fill two scripts of antibiotics if it didn't get better by Monday. By Saturday night, my ears started hurting again. I have no other symptoms...well, I do have a brown menstrual cycle, but I think that's from stopping Minocycline two months ago. Now my right temple and jaw hurts every time I swallow or chew. I've had a 3 molar and 2 wisdom teeth extractions, so I'm not sure if this is TMJ from my teeth repositioning. I do feel relief when I crack my jaw around a bit, but that could still be related to fluid.

What bothers me is that I have no symptoms of a virus. I don't feel pain in my ear, but around it, above and behind my ear. This is my second month with an oxidized cycle and I'm a little worried that there's a bigger underlying problem that is going unnoticed. I came here looking for answers. I do hope others can ease their fears if they have viral symptoms. Our doctors are supposed to evaluate all symptoms; not disregard them. It seems like every doctor I see what's to feed me antibiotics as a cure-all. I swear, I have a pill for my cystic acne (not mino because that gave me a brown tan line above my lip), a topical acne script, an iron suppliment, Flonase spray, and now I guess I'm going to have to take 2 more pills for a viral infection.
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