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Pinprick Feeling in ear

Does anyone get a sharp pinprick type feeling in their ear ? I've had this on and off for over a year ... no one can tell me what it is, several doctors just say Otitis exterior. It is at the inner part of my ear canal right where the ear drum starts I think.

I get the feeling for about 24 - 48 hours between once a week and sometimes not for a long time. It just a short sharp pinching feeling lasting about 1 second maybe once every hour or so sometimes a dull ache along with it.

It's mostly in my right ear but I have felt it a little bit in the left one too sometimes. I've had this for over a year now. Just another problem no one can work out.


  1. You are likely experiencing neuropathic pain. It is caused by MS-related nerve damage where misfiring nerves can cause uncomfortable sensations like burning, itching, electric shocks, stabbing, bugs crawling, and water dripping. If it is so bothersome that it affects your daily quality of life, you might consider asking your neurologist about medications for neuropathic pain. I take gabapentin, but there are other alternatives. Hope you get some relief real soon! --Kim

    1. Ouch, Steve! It's not something I have experienced (yet). I like Kim Dolce's response. I too hope you get relief soon!

      1. Thanks for the replies. Thing is I don't know how to get relief. I got some steroids drops for otitis exterior from an emergency doctor .. feels nice and cool but I don't think it would make a difference if I had or had not used them ... it goes away on its own and then comes back again. Possibly laying down and stretching helps.

        1. hey I've just had this twice today. I've googled it and came up with this.. Geniculate neuralgia. Try look it up see how you go. I'm going to let neuro know about mine too. Feels like a needle jabbing my very inner ear.

          1. That's really interesting, @Elycemac. Have you been experiencing the ear pain long? I would love to hear how your doctor responds if you feel comfortable sharing. I hope you don't have more episodes today. Best wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

          2. I would love to hear what your neuro says about this. It makes sense that any part of the body that's sending or receiving nerve impulses could be affected/impacted by demyelination damage caused by MS. I am happy to say I've never had that sensation but it sounds terrible, I hope you can find some relief from it! Best, Tamara, community advocate

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