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Symptoms Of A Pulled Jaw Muscle
I have got a numbness in left jaw area for about one month ago and I already have neck stiffness which lead to shoulder and muscle pain what to do?
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
Surgery/splint/botox: If your muscle enlargement is due to clench/grinding - a nightguard may help. Botox can also work in the same situation. Occasionally, the muscles that are enlarged can be sculpted surgically by an oral surgeon. See a board certified oral surgeon for options. ...Read more
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
Chew gum: But not a good idea because you could end up overloading your jaw joint. ...Read more
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
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
Need atteion: Any ' tough' or hard lump in the head and neck area need immediate attention, have to see your physician to make sure it is not a metastatic lymph node (malignant). ...Read more
Could the way I'm holding my jaw in place affect the tightness in my jaw muscles? Maybe I am forcing it to a new position or stretching it too much
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Masseter Hypertrophy: Enlarged masseter muscles can be treated with Botox to help reduce, over time, the bulk of the muscle. People who have a primary problem of clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth, may want to seek advice from a dentist to be fit for a night guard to help prevent this. I don't know of any other good interventions, however. ...Read more
Can you tell me some types of jaw exercises to help loosen the jaw muscles (mainly around the joint?
TMJ exercises: Try putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth, opening your mouth wide with your tongue in place, and breathing in slowly for two counts, and out slowly for two counts. Release and repeat 6 times, every 3 hours. Make a fist and place it directly under your chin. Balance the weight of your fist and press as you gently try to open your jaw. See OFP for consult. ...Read more
My jaw muscles have been very stiff for months. Now they are twitching. Could this be sign they are looseningup?
Just the opposite: Please see a dentist with experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Your muscles are in tetany. You may need comprehensive orthodontic treatment. ...Read more
To a degree: The jaw muscles can enlarge with clenching of the teeth but not enlarging of the jaw. ...Read more
No: Your muscles can enlarge, but it will have no measurable effect upon jaw size. ...Read more
Maybe, maybe not: Pain in the collarbone area is not a common sign or symptom in tmd. However, very tight jaw muscles and neck pain are commonly seen in tmd. It sounds like you may be suffering from myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome (mpds), which is one of several forms of tmd (temporomandibular disorders). Treatment for this is usually nonsurgical, involving medication and physical therapy. ...Read more
Nope: Masseter hypertrophy occurs in muscular men and certain asians. Botox has been used to reshape the face very predictably and safely by causing a certain amount of atrophy of the muscles. ...Read more
Tips for at home/otc tx of cramping jaw muscles? Not sure if tmjd related or "just stress" or something else....
Injust stress: Sorry you are suffering. It could be "just stress" or it could be something medical/dental. Mine was fixed with a root canal! but this problem is like quitting smoking--you need to find what works for you. Yoga? Meditation? Situps? Change your pillow? Change your job? Change your shrink? All reasonable! Hang in there, ; see a gp or dentist who can eval you properly. ...Read more
I have had TMJ and jaw muscles have been in spasm and tight. Is it a good sign if the tightness is fading and the muscles are beginning to ache?
Could my extreme jaw muscle tightness be from an allergy shot I got a couple days earlier? It has been a few days and still not calmed down yet.
Unlikely: The most common adverse reactions to allergy injections typically occur at the site of the injection and within 30 minutes. This usually includes itching, redness and mild swelling. Uncommonly a more significant allergic reaction can occur such as asthma or generalized itching. Symptoms localized to the jaw with muscle tightness would not be expected. Other causes should be sought. ...Read more
I have jaw muscle pain on the right side of my face and worsens when laying down. There is no pain when I'm standing?
TGN: If you lay down you put pressure on that side of your face. It is quite possible you are compressing a nerve close to the surface. Another possibility is trigeminal neuralgia. Also known as tic delaroux. Get it checked out with your dentist or md. If it is the later...It could be very painful. Also...Just a note...Could be your sinuses misbehaving. ...Read more
Mucocele? Small, clear, somewhat flat, non painful sore inside cheek. When massaged jaw muscle, jelly consistancy salty goop came out of sore.
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?
Had TMJ and stiff jaw muscles for over a year. Recently jaw muscles are twitching-feeling they trying to come back to life - could this be the case?
Jaw muscles felt tight, went to go eat... bit down on something hard and felt a sharp pain on one side of jaw muscle for a second, could be cramp???
Yes: Yes. Likely a cramp. May have injured jaw joint (TMJ) if pain persists, see oral surgeon or TMJ specialist. ...Read more
Out of nowhere my neck, upper back, and jaw muscles have gotten sore. I haven't laid down or strained them. It has even moved to my cheeks. What is it?
Bruxism: Hard to say without more information. Your symptoms often result from bruxism - clenching and grinding of the teeth. See your DDS or oral surgeon for assessment. If negative, see MD. ...Read more
Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?
I grind my teeth at night. Dental insurance is out until next year. Is there a supplement I can take that'll make my jaw muscles relax?
My ears need to pop, but I can't get them to. The pressure is off. My ears feel full. Every time I move my jaw muscles I hear crackling.
Don't pop them: You could blue out the tympanic membrane so do not pop them. You could have a few issues with the eats so it is best to see your doctor for evaluation and treatment ...Read more
My dentist gave me two shots of novacaine into my jaw muscle 3 weeks ago. Right now I can only open my mouth about an inch before the pain starts. Help.
Go for follow up: Novocaine effect lost only few hrs, you still may have problem with infection etc, call your dentist explain and go back for follow up visit ...Read more
Unable to open mouth wide since orthodontia. Jaw muscle goes into spasm during long dental work. Need help asap?
Orthodontia: You need to call your orthodontist to evaluate reason. I can't diagnose the cause without an exam myself. A proper treatment can be determined once the cause is known. ...Read more
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
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
Muscle cramp: Any muscle can be susceptible to a "cramp", if recurrent a physical exam and some blood tests might be indicated ...Read more
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