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Heart Attack Jaw Pain
When is jaw pain a sign of heart attack? Been having jaw pain for months now. Sometimes lower and sometimes upper?
No cocaine?: MI at 31 yo unusual, & when seen cocaine use must be Ruled Out! MI assoc w feeling of doom, severe SOB, chest pain and sometimes jaw pain. Esophogeal spasm from Advil (ibuprofen) can mimic MI. Jaw pain alone is not specific. When having MI your entire sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activated. Heart has no pain fibers, symptoms are a warning from SNS. You have sweating, nausea & pain. See internist ASAP ...Read more
Variable: Some people can highlight feeling jaw pain and maybe having heart attack, and that is the minority of cases. Majority still will have chest pressure. Still even with jaw pain as the presenting symptom most of them still will have heavy sweating, feeling of sob or pain going to left arm. Now can jaw pain be the only symptom, never say never, yes, it can be. ...Read more
I am the nervous type. Have jaw pain can be a symptom of a heart attack? But what I also have tmj?
Probabilities: Odds are jaw pain is just due to pain in the jaw (eg tmj). You're right that people with angina may get pain that spreads from their chest to their jaw and, less often, can get just jaw pain alone, but what is causing your pain depends on your profile. Are you at risk for heart disease? Can't answer that here of course - you need to be evaluated by your family doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do you know what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?
Many disorders: Disorders of the muscles, bones or joints of the chest wall can mimic a heart attack. Same with disorders of the digestive system such as heartburn, acid reflux, and certain disorders of the esophagus. . Also states where excess adrenaline is released, such as reactions to certain drugs, medications, extreme stress, and even anxiety disorders, can cause chest tightness and pain. ...Read more
Sharp left sided neck and jaw pain doesn't last very long. Could it be a sign a heart attack is going to happen ?
Any ideas on what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?
Anginal equivalent: Yes, it is absolutely possible for heart attack victims to have neck or jaw pain as their presenting symptoms. In fact, patients who a diabetic run a risk of having no symptoms at all. While chest pressure or pain is the most common symptom, anginal equivalent such as neck pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath may be symptoms as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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