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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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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

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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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I have a stiff neck with tightness ear pain wet cough & can't swallow help!

I have a stiff neck with tightness ear pain wet cough & can't swallow help!

See a Doctor: You may just have a bad case of flu but you also could have a early serious case of meningitis. It's not possible to diagnose online. You need to see a doctor for possible treatment possibly hospitalization. If you're lucky you just have a flu bug but best to not try to figure it out on your own. ...Read more

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Pain in legs and foot last 6 months sometime in back also right tosil some little white paches and tight ear behind something hard like lump?

Pain in legs and foot last 6 months sometime in back also right tosil some little white paches and tight ear behind something hard like lump?

I sounds like you : Have a lot going on and not necessarily related. I would start with a visit to your family doctor and if needed you can see a specialist. Do you have flat feet? Do you have any medical problems? Do you take any medications? This forum is limited in that your question doesn't supply enough information do accurately diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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Could my wisdom teeth cause ear fullness? Jaw tight? Bitter taste?

Could my wisdom teeth cause ear fullness? Jaw tight? Bitter taste?

Yes, yes, yes: Yes, all of these symptoms. What concerns me is the bitter taste as this might be an infection that requires treatment before it flares up into an emergency situation. Please see your dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation to see whether or not your wisdom teeth require removal. ...Read more

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Hello I have pain on the medial aspect of both clavicles. My throat feels tight, and ears are plugged up. A week ago started singular for my ears?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the sternoclavicular joint is not very common but it appears to be what you're dealing with. I'm not sure if your allergies are associated with it. If the symptoms continue you should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to ensure no infection is involved. ...Read more

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I have tmd how do I get help the main symtoms are verigo ear fullness jaw muscle tightness?

I have tmd how do I get help the main symtoms are verigo ear fullness jaw muscle tightness?

TMJ TMD: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, vertigo, ear fullness, tinnitus and hyperacusis are the common symptom of the TMJ disorder because its anatomical proximity. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. They are the expert in this field. ...Read more

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Tightness behind ears and inside ears that comes and goes.Pressure of middle ear is fine and CT sinus scan doesn't show any issues with ears. Thoughts?

Tightness behind ears and inside ears that comes and goes.Pressure of middle ear is fine and CT sinus scan doesn't show any issues with ears. Thoughts?

Sounds like TMJ: There are many symptoms related to the ear area that occur when the jaw joint (also known as the temporomandibular joint - TMJ for short) is out of position, inflammed, degenerated, or traumatized. Often times the TMJ clicks, pops, or is tender when you put your finger into the ear canal and open and close your jaw. Splints and specialist care should be considered before it gets worse. ...Read more

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I have a mild sensation one cheek, tightness of jaw on two sides, lip burns a bit, and muscle tightness around ear. There is no throbbing pain. TMJ?

I have a mild sensation one cheek, tightness of jaw on two sides, lip burns a bit, and muscle tightness around ear.  There is no throbbing pain. TMJ?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, jaw clicking and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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I'm having a weird thumping in my left ear, left-side chest tightness, nausea, light-headedness, neck pain and general weakness any idea of the cause?

I'm having a weird thumping in my left ear, left-side chest tightness, nausea, light-headedness, neck pain and general weakness any idea of the cause?

Viral infection: It sounds like the thumping in your ear is the result of fluid in the middle ear. This is likely caused by a respiratory viral infection since you also have other symptoms that might go along with this. If not better in a week call your doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat earache in both ears. Coughing ..chest feels tight?

Sore throat earache in both ears. Coughing ..chest feels tight?

You've probably got: a virus. Gargle w/cool salt water for sore throat, lozenges,delsym OTC for cough, advil (ibuprofen) for pain inchest and ears,maybe an inhaler if you are wheezing. If not better 1 week,see your Dr.. ...Read more

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Sinus, throat, ears, lungs painful. Very tight, hurts to breath & swallow (chest). Finished meds zpack, prednisone, inhaler. Getting worse. Next step?

Sinus, throat, ears, lungs painful. Very tight, hurts to breath & swallow (chest). Finished meds zpack, prednisone, inhaler. Getting worse. Next step?

Mgt: If you still have sinus pain,drainage and throat pain, I would suggest a strep test and discussing treatment options for sinusitis. Amoxicillin is one choice for coverage, You probably will also require an adjustment of your inhalers and steroids. ...Read more