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Why can't I open my jaw with an ear infection?

Why can't I open my jaw with an ear infection?

2 possibilities: 1) you have an ear infection and the ear swelling involves the adjacent TMJ apparatus. This should resolve as the infection resolves with antibiotics.
2) you have a TMJ problem, with secondary ear pain. Your MD looks in the ear, doesn't see anything. Rather than admitting he doesn't see anything, proclaims "ear infection" and prescribes antibiotics.
My guess is #2. If so, see a TMJ expert. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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I have an ear infection, and have had it for about a week or so, and it is causing me to have lock jaw. Is that normal?

I have an ear infection, and have had it for about a week or so, and it is causing me to have lock jaw. Is that normal?

Lock jaw is a buzz: Word for tetanus, but if you mean stiff temporomandibular joint (TMJ) then you may have an ear infection that has tracked itself down into a joint... A bad condition but not untreatable. Please proceed to the nearest healthcare provider for proper examination and diagnosis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Is jaw pain connected to ear infections?

Is jaw pain connected to ear infections?

Possibly: Consult your ENT physician first. You do have the option of consulting an orofacial pain dentist (find one on www. Aaop. Org). ...Read more

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Can jaw pain be from an ear infection?

Can jaw pain be from an ear infection?

Yes: Ear infection can cause jaw pain. Jaw (TMJ) pain can cause ear pain. Both often misdiagnosed. If unclear about diagnosis, see TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ 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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Will an ear infection make your jaw hurt?

Will an ear infection make your jaw hurt?

ALL RELATED: It is common to have related pain from ear to jaw to teeth. Sometimes one existing problem cause pain in other areas. However, you may have two independent problems in two separated areas, and one poor condition may be negatively affecting (making worse) other existing problems in other areas. Please see a pcp or ENT doctor. If you have not seen a dentist, it is also a good idea to see a dentist. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause your jaw to hurt?

Can an ear infection cause your jaw to hurt?

Yes: Ear infections can be very painful. Often times, pain can radiate to neighboring parts of your body.
A bad ear infection can cause a headache, jaw pain, neck pain. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause my jaw to hurt and feel locked?

Could an ear infection cause my jaw to hurt and feel locked?

Not sure: I'm not sure an ear infection could cause those symptoms. However, tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) could cause symptoms of an ear ache or ear infection. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is in close approximation to the ear. If there is inflammation going on around the joint it could be putting pressure on the ear. Jaw hurting and feeling locked are signs of tmd. I'd see a dentist. ...Read more

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Is jaw and cheek pain normal in an ear infection?

Is jaw and cheek pain normal in an ear infection?

Can be: Ear infections can cause jaw and cheek pain, but infections of the teeth or sinuses can also cause ear pain. Tmj problems also frequently cause jaw, cheek, and ear pain. If you have not been examined it should be checked out. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of swelling around my jaw caused by an ear infection?

Antibiotics: If you have swelling around the jaw with an ear infection - see a doctor asap... This is not common for a routine ear infection. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection be the cause of locking jaw, congestion, and a toothache?

Could an ear infection be the cause of locking jaw, congestion, and a toothache?

Tmd or tmj dysfuncti: Tmj dysfunction can often manifest in similar ways. The symptoms can include an itchy feeling in the ear to painful symptoms in the ear due to clenching and or grinding. The large muscle in front of the ear that is responsible for chewing and clenching can become tender due to overuse. If you touch the muscle body it can be painful and may radiate into the jaw or temples. Locking can occur. ...Read more

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Could I have an inner ear infection if I get pain in my lower jaw when biting down? The pain occurs between the ear and jaw.

Could I have an inner ear infection if I get pain in my lower jaw when biting down? The pain occurs between the ear and jaw.

Jaw pain: 30 year old male with pain in his jaw/ear. It is probably a referred pain and may be because of a tooth abscess or temperomandibular joint dysfunction. It is many times associated with the cervical spine (neck). Can also be an indication of grinding of teeth at night. You may consider going to a dentist or chiropractor. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause jaw pain?

See an ENT specialis: Of course it can. A middle ear infection puts pressure on the eardrum, causing pain in TMJ and jaw. At the same time TMJ can cause earache. See ENT specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Had ear infection now severe jaw pain. Related?

Had ear infection now severe jaw pain. Related?

Yes, but: Yes, ear infection can cause jaw pain Jaw pain can also cause ear pain, I've seen many patients who were diagnosed by MD with "ear infection" - treatment with antibiotics no improvement. Was actually TMJ problem. If your symptoms persist after treatment of ear infection, see dentist to rule out TMJ. ...Read more

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What works against swelling around my jaw caused by an ear infection?

What works against swelling around my jaw caused by an ear infection?

Antibiotics: If you have swelling around your jaw from an ear infection you need examination by a doctor and probable treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Ear infections adults does it make your jaw hurt?

It can or vice versa: Referred pain can occur when the branches of the same nerve give feeling to different areas. The ear and the jaw share nerves and so an ear infection can cause jaw pain and jaw problems (especially temporomandibular joint disorders, tmj) can cause ear pain. ...Read more

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Can ear infections spread to your jaw and is it severe if it does?

Can ear infections spread to your jaw and is it severe if it does?

Unlikely: Middle ear infections are more or less limited to the middle ear space. The germs therein feed of the mucus which increases during infections. The pain is perceived by the same nerve that supplies your jaw/ teeth & phantom pain can be produced that makes you feel like these are involved. Rarely, middle ear infections break down tissue behind the ear & enter the mastoid air cells causing swelling ...Read more

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Woke up this morning, had dull pain on right side ear. Thought ear infection? Now the pain is so bad in jaw, ear area and even in shoulder.29yr female

Woke up this morning, had dull pain on right side ear. Thought ear infection? Now the pain is so bad in jaw, ear area and even in shoulder.29yr female

Mgt: It is important to have an evaluation, you may have an infection that is spreading and involving the bone. Please check your temperature prior to taking Motrin. ...Read more

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Tooth pain, into jaw and ear. Ear infection?? Tolerable until am when I wake up..

Tooth pain, into jaw and ear. Ear infection?? Tolerable until am when I wake up..

Certainly could be: Or a dental infection can cause swelling of the tube connecting back of ear to the throat. Closing / constricting / inflaming this tube causes symptoms of ear infection when it's actually dental
cannot say in your particular case, ...Read more

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Ringing in left ear. Left jaw pain and balance problems. I was checked. Not ear infection. What could this be?

Ringing in left ear. Left jaw pain and balance problems. I was checked. Not ear infection. What could this be?

TMJ Associated: There is a well known association between TMJ syndrome, Tinnitus and Vestibular disorders. There are three theories: 1)The jaw muscles are near muscles that insert into middle ear...2)Ligaments can connect the jaw to middle ear. 3)Nerve supply from TMJ area has connections in the brain with hearing center SEE>http://bit. Ly/1HW6s1J and http://bit. Ly/1K5VmpU ...Read more

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left ear infection & jaw pain on left side. When I lay down on left side, hear what sound like a pulse top of ear. Stops when lay on other side. Why?

left ear infection & jaw pain on left side. When I lay down on left side, hear what sound like a pulse top of ear. Stops when lay on other side. Why?

See your doctor: You may have an outer ear or a bad inner ear infection. Esp. If you have jaw pain. It may be referred pain from swelling in the canal or if you have an inner ear infection it may be spreading from ear to jaw. Get checked. ...Read more

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I was told I have an ear infection in my left ear and given ciprodex and a ear drops for the pain. This was on Wednesday. It is now Sunday and I'm having pain in my right jaw. Could this be related?

I was told I have an ear infection in my left ear and given ciprodex and a ear drops for the pain. This was on Wednesday. It is now Sunday and I'm having pain in my right jaw. Could this be related?

TMJ: Consider the possibility of a TMJ problem. The most common cause of ear pain not related to ear problems. Assoicated symptoms include joint clicking, limited oral opening, headache. See orofacial-TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist, your dental society. ...Read more

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For two days I have had ear/jaw/face pain on my left side and all of my teeth have become incredibly sensitive. Is this an ear infection?

For two days I have had ear/jaw/face pain on my left side and all of my teeth have become incredibly sensitive. Is this an ear infection?

This could be an ear: Infection... and also could be a sinus infection, especially with the sensitivity of your teeth. Either way, you may need an antibiotic, so please see your doctor to be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause intense tooth ache where a tooth has been extracted along lower jaw line. And I can't bear to eat or touch the area.?

Can ear infection cause intense tooth ache where a tooth has been extracted along lower jaw line. And I can't bear to eat or touch the area.?

Possible: Pain is often referred between the ear and the lower teeth, or in this case where they used to be. If you have an earache, you may also get pain in your lower jaw. If you have a toothache, sometimes it can make your ear hurt. Your physician can look in your ears and your dentist can check your mouth. Between the 2 you should be able to find the cause. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing pressure behind my ear and a little behind my jaw as well. It's been happening off and on for 1 yr. Doc said no ear infection 1yr ago?

Typical TMJ symptom: If you are someone who internalizes her stresses, chances are you clench, grind your teeth and tighten your shoulders when you are worried/anxious. This leads to pain in and around your ear, AND FEELS LIKE AN EAR INFECTION!
As I wrote in Contemporary Int Med 15 years ago, when a patient has no otitis to explain ear pain, we have to consider pain/dysfunction of the TMJ.
sorry no more room ...Read more

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The left side of my face (from my jaw to my ear) hurts my boyfriend said my lymph node may be swollen am I gettin an ear infection?

The left side of my face (from my jaw to my ear) hurts my boyfriend said my lymph node may be swollen am I gettin an ear infection?

Facial pain: Could be a sinus infection or even an eye infection. Adenoviral infections will typically give a unilateral pre-auricular lymph nose and pain/discharge from same sided eye. ...Read more

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Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Red?: What does he/she mean "red"? No diagnosis? Might be a TMJ disorder. I'd have an oral surgeon look at you. If TMJ, see a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ 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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I cleaned out my ear and a few days later it started hurting and my jaw bone where it connects below the ear is hurting. Do I have an ear infection?

Was it cotton swab?: If you used a cotton swab to "clean" your ear, there is a significant risk that you scratched (caused abrasion of) your outer ear canal--which could have led to an outer ear infection. The other possibility is that you may have packed the earwax down into the canal so as to wedge it causing undue pressure on that part of the ear--triggering jaw pain. You may have TMJ pain totally unrelated. See md. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Infection (Definition)

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

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