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Jaw Muscles Tense Up And Hurt When Yawning
May be sensitive: If your jaw muscles are irritated from doing a lot of chewing (gum, for example) or from clenching or grinding your teeth, yawning can overstimulate the muscles causing a spasm. This spasm leads to the feeling of tenseness and pain. Try a soft diet for a week or so and see if this helps. You might want to see your dentist as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Can you have cramps or spasms in your side jaw muscles? I was yawning and felt a sharp cramp for second while mouth open, no pain oranything following
Could be stress: In today's society, many people are finding themselves under more and more stress. The body often reacts to this by clenching or grinding the teeth. Since the muscles of the jaw are like any other muscle, the more they get 'worked', the larger and more powerful they can become. This will lead to more tension, force, and possible pain and joint problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My jaw muscles seem to tire easily. It happens when I am either talking/chewing and it comes on very quickly and it hurts until i rest it. Ideas?
What is causing me to have pain in my jaw muscles. It only hurts at nighttime when laying down. Is it an ear infection?
Bruxism?: There are some people who clench their teeth and grind their teeth during sleep or unconsciously while under tension. It is also possible to have temporal mandibular joint problems which are positional in nature. Suggest you see a dentist/oral surgeon or ENT doctor and get this problem solved. ...Read more
Took a tylenol (acetaminophen) cause i think my entire left side jaw muscles are sore or really tight/tense not sure if i dislocated it or blew a muscle? What to do?
Bruxism: Or grinding your teeth while asleep is most common reason for sore jaw muscles. A dentist can make you a bite guard to protect your teeth. I doubt that you've "blown" pulled your jaw muscles. This simply does not happen. You could also be having muscle spasms of the jaw muscles but these would be very painful and not just sore. ...Read more
Not a good idea: In general because over-exercising the jaw muscles (masseters, as in case of brad pitt) could end up overloading the chewing apparatus/jaw joint. I'm afraid brad was just naturally endowed unlike most of us! ...Read more
Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more
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