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Rly bad jaw/facial pain (lockjaw/tmj symptoms) following tooth extraction. was prescribed norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) but would an nsaid help me actually heal better?

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

See a TMJ specialist: After imaging and physical examination have excluded structural damage, management depends upon the particular type of TMJ disorder. Many posts-dental treatment TMJ patients frequently have accompanying symptoms of TMD and should be referred for appropriate management to a TMJ specialist.

Answered 3/25/2015

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Dr. Stephen Southard answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Possibly: Remember Norco, really only masks the pain. Assuming you have no contraindications to take anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or naprosyn, (naproxen) then it isn't unreasonable. Remember that medications like NSAIDs, can can irritate the food pipe/stomach so take with food. Avoid extra acetaminophen(Tylenol) above whats in Norco, as it's bad for your liver. If your pains controlled talk to your dentist.

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Jaw pain: NSAIDs will help due to their anti-inflammatory action. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory, but should provide relief of pain. You need to contact your dentist or the surgeon for a follow-up exam.

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

How long after?: Not normal after tooth extraction beyond a few days. See an oral surgeon to determine if TMJ damaged.

Answered 3/25/2015

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