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A 18-year-old female asked:

thewould would cause pain/pressure in the top of the head when opening the jaw? tmj? tmd? brain tumor?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
TMJ: Is the mostly likely cause, best to check with your primary physician as you may need a referral to an oral sugeon.
Dr. Robert Hulbert
Dentistry 22 years experience
Tmj, tmd: Hi brittany, TMJ is the actual jaw joint, and tmd is any disorder related to the joint. The fact that you need to open your mouth to elicit the pain or pressure likely rules out the brain tumor. The only way to tell for certain if you have tmd is to be evaluated by a doctor, preferably a dentist with more experience treating tmd then most. Check internet or dental society for a local dds.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
MFP: Myofascial pain syndrome is characterized by: increased muscle fatigue and stiffness, a mildly restricted range of motion, pain when the muscle is stretched, and a subjective feeling of weakness in the muscle. Tension type headache, TMJ pain and vertigo may also be present. Rec.: see orofacial pain specialist for further investigation.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
TMJ or?: TMJ or something else with the jaw apparatus. See an oral surgeon for examination.

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