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Left side jaw pains, goes through to ear, tight jaw. Can a dentist help?

Left side jaw pains, goes through to ear, tight jaw. Can a dentist help?

Yes: This could be a few different dental problems, all of which the dentist can help with. It can be an infected tooth which can cause this, as you have one nerve that runs from the middle of your jaw connects to all your bottom teeth on that side, up to your ear. It can also be a TMJ (jaw joint) issue. Or if can be a sinus or other type of infection. ...Read more

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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Could i have infection without fever? my ears are clogged for 2 weeks now and neck below the ears feel tight.

Could i have infection without fever? my ears are clogged for 2 weeks now and neck below the ears feel tight.

You might have: congestion that is preventing Eustachian tubes from draining - leading to pressure/ fluid build up in ears. Fluid in ears doesn't always mean infection. ...Read more

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I have clogged ears and tightness below the earlobe. can eustachian tube dysfunction cause the tightness i feel below my earlobe?

I have clogged ears and tightness below the earlobe. can eustachian tube dysfunction cause the tightness i feel below my earlobe?

Yes can ache.: Not only can your hearing become muffled but often there is an ache and discomfort. Various methods of ear clearing such as yawning, swallowing, or chewing gum, may be used intentionally to open the tube and equalize pressures. When this happens, you may hear a small popping sound. This condition resolves on it's own. ...Read more

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Bruxist for 30 years: a sense of fullness in ear; jaw tight on that side; light headed when move neck; lethargic or drowsy?

Bruxist for 30 years: a sense of fullness in ear; jaw tight on that side;  light headed when move neck; lethargic or drowsy?

TMJ Disorder: What you describe is a disorder of your temporomandibular joint. tmj joints are near your ears and the muscles, nerves & blood supply to your face, skull and neck. more than a jaw click or pop alone, tmjd can be fatigue, brain fog, bruxism/ clenching, ringing ear(s), pain, bite changes, voice changes, headaches & other symptoms. See your dentist or a TMJ specialist (doctor/dentist)... And relax... ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have headaches, back of ears hurt, tight throat. Dental issues?

Needing expert help. I have headaches, back of ears hurt, tight throat. Dental issues?

Possibly..: But even the experts need more info to go on than what you listed. These syptoms can be caused by a plethora of other conditions, too. That's why you should make an appointment with a local dentist who can examine you and rule out any dental issues. Feel better soon... ...Read more

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I have clogged ears. sometimes i burp with food i ate 3 hours ago. sometimes hard to swallow and right below the ear feels tight.

I have clogged ears. sometimes i burp with food i ate 3 hours ago. sometimes hard to swallow and right below the ear feels tight.

WaterWaterEverywhere: Now I hope you're not thinking that when you burp the air goes up into your ears. Is it hard to swallow due to pain? Or from some limitation to motion?Anything get stuck? I suspect you have some fluid in your ears that may be causing the clogged feeling, or, it may just be ear wax so go get your ears at it and I bet for the same price they'll check your throat and jaws too. Why sit around guessing ...Read more

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Pain at the top of my head one side feels like someone is stabbing my head &also really tight&ear on the same side of head is hurting what is this?

Pain at the top of my head one side feels like someone is stabbing my head &also really tight&ear on the same side of head is hurting what is this?

TMJ: YOu mentioned pain at the top of your head and tight ear on the same side. This may represent a referred pain from the front of the ear from something called the TM joint. It can cause pain in the ear and around the ear and headaches. See your doctor for further advice. ...Read more

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Can ear inf cause tight neck muscles?

Can ear inf cause tight neck muscles?

Yes: If the infection leads to lymph node involvement in the neck region it can make the neck feel stiff as if the muscles are tightening due to there increased size and inflammation. ...Read more

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Had TMJ for couple of years and noticed that my jaw is leaning slightly to side where jaw tightness/ ear problems are worse. What does this mean ?

Had TMJ for couple of years and noticed that my jaw is leaning slightly to side where  jaw tightness/ ear problems are worse. What does this mean ?

Hard to correlate: You need to be examined to determine what this means. 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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33 year old female with ear swishing sensation, tight jaw, ear pain, and headache. What could it be?

Ear pain: There are quite a few things that can cause ear pain, headache and a swishing sound in the ear. The first one that comes to mind is an ear infection. You may have some ear drainage and fever if that was the case. Another common condition would be temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction, commonly call TMJ or TMD. Best to have an ENT specialist evaluate so you can get started on the right treatm ...Read more