Could ear pain be a symptom?

I have had RA diagnosis for 6 months. Treatment seems to be going well as I have improvement in pain, stiffness swelling and especially fatigue. I know that bilateral symptoms are a common thing for RA and have had issues with both hands, both feet, etc. I recently had sharp pain in both ears pop up. Only had it for a day. Wondering if this is a symptom of RA as I doubt it’s an ear infection as it came and went on its own so quickly.


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  • lulu9898
    8 months ago

    I too have been experiencing a dull ache in both of my ears. Not at the same time and doesn’t happen long enough to feel necessary to run and be exposed to everything at the local clinic. It is annoying. Having suffered earaches as a child this is different. I had wondered about the tiny bones in the inner ear as well.

  • gsehealth
    8 months ago

    My Mom has RA. She has never complained ear pain in last 8 years. You can consult ENT specialist to check the exact reason. May you get relief very soon.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    9 months ago

    HI MelissaTG! When community members experience a new or worsening symptom, we suggest they contact their physicians as soon as possible. While it could be related to RA, as others have suggested, it’s always good to find out what’s going on for certain. I do think other members have pretty much shared what I would have! I do hope you get some relief from this issue very soon! Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

  • Janet
    9 months ago

    I too have had ears that feel full, like they are congested, but they are not. Sometimes pain. I usually have jaw pain also when this happens and definitely brain fog. So weird. I totally agree with you Sneed.

  • cliffdog
    9 months ago

    I had the same experience last year. My doctor asked me, “what do you have in the middle ear? Three small bones: the hammer, anvil and stirrups. They can become inflamed, too.” So much for remembering high school biology! This might or might not be what you are experiencing so always check with your doctor when you have new symptoms. RA is such a beast! It can attack without warning in many ways.

  • Sneed
    9 months ago

    In my experience sharp or other pains may strike anywhere and any time. They may last for seconds, for months or anything in between.

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