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Doctor insights on: Jaw Muscles Tense Up And Hurt When Yawning

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When I yawn my jaw muscles tense up and hurt why is this?

When I yawn my jaw muscles tense up and hurt why is this?

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 more

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Muscle (Definition)

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


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My jaw muscles tense up for some reason when chewing. What can I do?

My jaw muscles tense up for some reason when chewing. What can I do?

Relaxation exercises: Massage, moist heat, jaw stretching exercises. You may chronically clench your teeth. See your dentist about a splint or nightguard. ...Read more

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Why are my jaw muscles suddenly going tense?

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 more

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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?

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?

Bruxer?: Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? A sleep partner could probably tell you. If so, consider a brux appliance to relax the jaw muscles. ...Read more

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Took a tylenol 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

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What is causing me to have pain in my jaw muscles. It only hurts at nighttime when laying down. Is it an ear infection?

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

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Hi when I yawned today I felt the muscles at the bottom of my jaw pull, then later that day I got pain on 1 side of head when swallowing talking etc ?

Hi when I yawned today I felt the muscles at the bottom of my jaw pull, then later that day I got pain on 1 side of head when swallowing talking etc ?

Muscle pull jaw/head: Over-stretching" a muscle can lead to immediate spasm/pain. After those symptoms resolve, there can be recurrent pain when moving the same muscle in a normal fashion (such as with swallowing or talking as you described). A very wide yawn can trigger symptoms like this. Nothing dangerous but certainly annoying. ...Read more

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Jaw pain on the left side for a week, massenter muscle feels tender with light massage. when yawning, right side pops, left side feels sore.

TMJ strain maybe: Your jaw joins to your skull by a joint called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) Muscles move your jaw. Just like any other joint you can sprain or strain it. A sudden big yawn, a big bite, can all injure that connection. Long term problems can be do to the teeth not meeting properly or grinding teeth during sleep. Try heat, rest, no hard chewy foods for now. See doc if worse or no better soon ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I enlarge my jaw muscles?

Not a good idea: In general because only way to enlarge a muscle (outside of cosmetic surgery) is through exercise and you could end up overloading your jaw joint (tmj). ...Read more

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What can be done for weak jaw muscles?

Physical therapy: There are several different types of physical therapy that can be done to increase the strength of your jaw muscles. Consult your dentist. ...Read more

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Yawning (Definition)

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