Headaches, earaches and “crunching” noise in ear

Migraine is a chronic disorder characterised by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms.
Typically the headache is unilateral (affecting one half of the head) and pulsating in nature, lasting from 2 to 72 hours. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, photophobia (increased sensitivity to light), phonophobia (increased sensitivity to sound) and the pain is generally aggravated by physical activity. Up to one-third of people with migraine headaches perceive an aura: a transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbance which signals that the headache will soon occur.

Headaches, earaches and “crunching” noise in ear

Postby themsforum.org » Fri, 29 Nov 2013, 6:10 pm

I had always suffered with headaches, earaches and a general feeling of being run down since my early teens. These headaches got progressively worse until at 27 years old I developed what I referred to as “face pain” along with a constant “crunching” noise in my ear. These attacks of face pain, migraines, headaches and earaches got progressively worse throughout that year to the point where I was really struggling to make it through a day at work and had to go to bed as soon as I got home. Due to the location of the pain I was misdiagnosed dozens of times by my GP as having sinusitis, and was given antibiotics and strong painkillers and eventually even had sinus surgery to combat the pain.

After the surgery I felt no better and still had headaches everyday with bad migraine / face pain attacks 2 – 3 times a week at least, and the noise in my ear was also driving me crazy. Out of desperation over the next 3 years I went to private GP’s, specialists, had MRI scans, and tried alternative therapies but nothing seemed to help and the people I saw implied that it couldn’t be that bad if they couldn’t find anything wrong. I started to become depressed because of the lack of answers, constant pain, terrible attendance record at work and lack of any life outside of work due to the pain, when my Mum read an article in the Evening Standard Newspaper about Dr Amir and TMJ.

When I first went to see Dr Amir he immediately understood and explained all of my symptoms and how they all stemmed from my jaw misalignment and from having my teeth moved by a cosmetic brace when I was 13. After the first 2-3 months of seeing Dr Amir I was already feeling 50% better and after 3 years of treatment I am 75% better and feel like I have my life back.

I still have bad phases when treatment and braces need to be altered, but even during these times I will have one bad migraine every few months a few bad headaches instead of 10 migraines a month and constant head and face pain, and Dr Amir always reacts quickly and finds a solution to get me feeling better again within a week or two.
Also, after 2 years of treatment my Mum asked me one day how “the ear noise” was and I realised for the first time in 5 years all I could hear was silence. I cannot express how grateful I am for Dr Amir and the progress I have made. Mine is a long and complicated case, but instead of feeling hopeless and like I will never have a “normal” life I feel certain that I will be 100% better in the near future.
Danielle Levy, Uxbridge, November 2013
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