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Please help I have jaw pain, hurts to yawn, or open mouth wide?

Please help I have jaw pain, hurts to yawn, or open mouth wide?

TMD\TMJ: What you describe are some of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction commonly referred to as tmj. Take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. Stay on soft diet, don't chew gum, apply warm moist heat to area ; give it a few days. See a dentist who can better examine you for causes ; treatment options. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Bottom right jaw pain almost in the bend of bottom jaw. Don't hurt 2 chew or open mouth just pain when move mouth side to side. Like muscle or tendon?

Bottom right jaw pain almost in the bend of bottom jaw. Don't hurt 2 chew or open mouth just pain when move mouth side to side. Like muscle or tendon?

TMJ: Hello, it sounds like you are experiencing TMJ joint inflammation of the muscles and or tendons responsible for jaw motion. Rest, warm compressions and ibuprofen is usually recommended. If problems worsen, seek treatment from your doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist. ...Read more

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I have right jaw pain at cheekbone hurts to bite down & open mouth wide hurts to touch no cavities, what's causing it?

I have right jaw pain at cheekbone hurts to bite down & open mouth wide hurts to touch no cavities, what's causing it?

TMJ: It sounds like muscular pain or referred pain from trigger points. This can be due to the way your teeth bite together. It could be from a whiiplash injury. It could be a sinus infection. There could be an abscessed tooth that is interfering with your bite. You need to get an exam to determine a cause. ...Read more

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Sevr jaw pain/discomfort, hurts to open mouth and evn hurts at rest. Can it be early tetanus symptoms from infctd punc wound 2mos ago?

Sevr jaw pain/discomfort, hurts to open mouth and evn hurts at rest. Can it be early tetanus symptoms from infctd punc wound 2mos ago?

See a dentist: Tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of a tooth is irritated by infection, decay or trauma. OTC painkillers and antibiotics may provide some relief until you can get to your dentist. The good news is the prognosis is good with appropriate dental care. Remember, toothache pain will not go away on its own. ...Read more

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I was in a fight. Hard to open mouth from jaw pain. Shoulder, neck and behind eye hurts. 7 seizures. Didn't hit head. What could this be? Diagnosis.?

Post fight pains: Did you mean "seizures" or "stitches? " If you had seizures, you need to see a neurologist IMMEDIATELY. If "stitches, " where were they? You say the head wasn't touched. A "whiplash" type injury could cause the stiffness; The pain behind the eye is hard to explain w/ no facial injuries. Ice the area and if the pain doesn't subside, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My jaw has popped on occasion most of my life. Recently started c-pap and full mask. When I wake up my jaw hurts and is out of socket. I have to open mouth very wide and then it Pops back in. Feedback?

My jaw has popped on occasion most of my life. Recently started c-pap and full mask. When I wake up my jaw hurts and is out of socket. I have to open mouth very wide and then it Pops back in. Feedback?

TMJ: It appears that your CPAP mask is aggravating an underlying TMJ problem. See a dentist trained in TMJ for an evaluation. This could be a prostodontist, oral surgeon or your general dentist if knowledgable in TMJ and sleep apnea. Changing your mask may help put your jaw in a healthier position during sleep. ...Read more

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What to do if I have right jaw pain that leads to ear when open mouth or chew why?

What to do if I have right jaw pain that leads to ear when open mouth or chew why?

Sounds like: Tmj syndrome, but a complete exam has to be done to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Endoscopy yesterday (have had one b4). EXTREME jaw pain to the touch today - cant eat/open mouth wide. Also red blotchy rash under jawline. Normal?

Endoscopy yesterday (have had one b4). EXTREME jaw pain to the touch today - cant eat/open mouth wide. Also red blotchy rash under jawline. Normal?

TMJ problems?: Was there any difficulty with the biteblock, or did you gag/retch a lot? And rash - possibility of allergy to the strap? I'd definitely let your endoscopist know. Might want them to use a pediatric biteblock should you ever need it again. You're already taking Advil (ibuprofen) so that should help. ...Read more

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When I open my mouth my jaw hurts?

When I open my mouth my jaw hurts?

TMJ: Likely jaw joint (TMJ) problem. Start with oral surgeon. If TMJ problem confirmed, see TMj-orafacial pain expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ orafacial pain. Expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts, clicks when I open my mouth all the way?

My jaw hurts, clicks when I open my mouth all the way?

TMJ problem?: If the pain is in front of your ear, you may have a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) see http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders. See your doc/dentist for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts when I open my mouth wide?

My jaw hurts when I open my mouth wide?

Joint: It is the temporal mandibular joint that can get inflamed or tight from biting down too hard on food or grinding your teeth at night that places it out of alignment that may be giving you the clicking sensation. If it starts to hurt you should have that evaluated. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts, but only when I try to open my mouth. What could be wrong?

My jaw hurts, but only when I try to open my mouth. What could be wrong?

TMJ problem?: If the pain is in front of your ear, you may have a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) see http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders. See your doc/dentist for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts from boxing. It hurts when I open my mouth to eat. Any tips?

My jaw hurts from boxing. It hurts when I open my mouth to eat. Any tips?

See your doctor: With symptoms lasting this long you need to be seen by your doctor who will examine and test you to see what's wrong. ...Read more

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I got fillings on one side this AM for an hour and now my jaw hurts a LOT and feels like it's stiffening. It hurts to open my mouth. Normal?

I got fillings on one side this AM for an hour and now my jaw hurts a LOT and feels like it's stiffening. It hurts to open my mouth. Normal?

Trauma...: Likely trauma or muscle soreness from having mouth open so long and from injection of the local anesthetic. Apply warm compresses and do slow exercises of opening and closing a bit at a time but not sofar as to be painful. Take NSAIDs for pain relief and their antiinflammatory effect. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts when I open my mouth and chew. ...And I also take medcine for my pittuty gland cause it's has tumor, so is it because of my eillnes?

TMD: Temporo-mandibular disorder or tmd is a problem that is very common and can be due to true arthritis of the jaw joint (TMJ) or an altered bite or masticatory muscle spasm. I doubt that it is in any way related to your pituitary gland. See your dentist first for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I got hit in the left temple about 3 weeks ago. Since then, I'm unable to open my mouth all the way. My jaw hurts and seems locked. What happened?

I got hit in the left temple about 3 weeks ago. Since then, I'm unable to open my mouth all the way. My jaw hurts and seems locked. What happened?

Trauma to skull: You have probably suffered an injury to the jaw near or at the temporal-mandibular joint. This injury could be causing your symptoms and you should be checked by your doctor to see if you need any treatment. You may need xrays of the area. ...Read more

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Starting a day ago when I open my mouth a certain way, my right jaw hurts and sometimes sends a shooting pain up my head, can you tell me what it is?

Starting a day ago when I open my mouth a certain way, my right jaw hurts and sometimes sends a shooting pain up my head, can you tell me what it is?

Go easy: Start with some ibuprophen or naproxen, eat soft food for a couple days, and a warm compress. If it doesn't see improvement you may want to visit a dentist who can treat jaw problems. Generally, clicking without pain isn't really a problem. If there's pain get it looked at. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts after cavity filling when I open and close my mouth it's been like 6 days since?

My jaw hurts after cavity filling when I open and close my mouth it's been like 6 days since?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. ...Read more

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My dentist gave me a novicane shot in a spot to do a "blocker". My jaw hurts bad n can barely open my mouth without pain. Is this normal?

My dentist gave me a novicane shot in a spot to do a "blocker". My jaw hurts bad n can barely open my mouth without pain. Is this normal?

No: What you describe is definitely not normal, but that is not to say that it does not occur. The pain can be from the actual dental work done as you did not mention what that was. The difficulty with opening your mouth can be related to the injection which sometimes causes a local hematoma or spasm of the muscles. Finally, it might be related to opening wide for an extended time. Call your dentist. ...Read more

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Why did I wake up with jaw pain? Sore on the sides by the hinges, hurts to press on the areas and when I chew or open my mouth wide

Why did I wake up with jaw pain? Sore on the sides by the hinges, hurts to press on the areas and when I chew or open my mouth wide

Possible joint: It sounds like you may have a possible TMJ problem. The best way is to check with your dentist. Sometimes you grind at night (may be a sleep disturbance), but pain indicates something is wrong. If there is clicking or noise in the joints you may have a joint dysfunction and pain on palpation may indicate a ligament problem, but check with your dentist for help or a referral. ...Read more

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Whenever I open my mouth my jaw hurts and I can feel the pain on the back of my ear. What do you think it is?

Whenever I open my mouth my jaw hurts and I can feel the pain on the back of my ear. What do you think it is?

Jaw Joint: TMJ problem likely. Other TMJ symptoms include, painful chewing, joint noises, headaches. See an oral surgeon for confirmation If TMJ, ask for referral to TMJ specialist. ...Read more

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I've been having pain in my right tonsil for about 3 weeks now and my jaw hurts when I open my mouth and my ear hurts too when I open it, what can it be?

I've been having pain in my right tonsil for about 3 weeks now and my jaw hurts when I open my mouth and my ear hurts too when I open it, what can it be?

See dentist first: Many variables, from a dental standpoint, there may be wisdom teeth involvement which is creating pain radiating to the ear. See your dentist, have the dentist rule out any problems of dental etiology before seeing your primary care MD or ENT. ...Read more

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I have strep throat and it hurts to open my mouth. My jaw hurts every time I try to widen it. Is that normal with strep if not, what could it be? Why?

I have strep throat and it hurts to open my mouth. My jaw hurts every time I try to widen it. Is that normal with strep if not, what could it be? Why?

It is not unusual: You are likely have a referred pain to the area mentioned. If pain persists after your treatment then seek a follow up consult. Take care. ...Read more

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Jaw hurts from time to time. Terrible headache. A lump appears when I open my mouth wide as well as a grinding sound. Ringing in ears and hearing loss

Jaw hurts from time to time. Terrible headache. A lump appears when I open my mouth wide as well as a grinding sound. Ringing in ears and hearing loss

TMJ: It sounds like 'classic' TMJ, but a severe case. I recommend an ENT visit to examine the jaw for TMJ and also your ears and hearing to see if it's all related. Might be something else, but a good head and neck exam should pinpoint the problem. ...Read more

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Jaw Pain (Definition)

Jaw pain is pain in the upper and lower jaws including the tmj. There are many causes of jaw pain and your dentist usually ...Read more