Hello. When was your accident? Have you had an MRI of your head and neck?
Are you there?
If you did not have these symptoms before the accident, and they came on within a few days of the accident, they are almost certainly connected to it in one way or another.
Did you also have an MRI of the brain? The nerves from the front of the ear and the side of the face go into the brainstem. If there were an injury to the brainstem it would require an MRI of the brain to see.
I think you have hit the nail right on the head. This area you describe is where the nerves to the side of the neck and head come off. This is a very common area for damage in a whiplash type injury.
The irritation from these nerves can spread to the trigeminal nerve which supplies the face.
So one can get pain or dysesthesias (numbness, tingling, warmth, crawling insect sensation, etc)
See if you can get an injection to calm down the nerves in this region.
That is a classic description of whiplash injury, and this is a common complication. A neurologist can inject a numbing agent into where the nerves come out from the spine to temporarily deaden them.
If this works, he can then inject something to ablate the nerve for a longer period. This would help to confirm that the symptoms are coming from this area.
A private neurologist would likely charge $200-$300 for a thorough evaluation.
You're welcome. Hope all works out for the best for you.
You're very welcome. God bless you, and best of luck with your claim.