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Stiff Jaw Muscles
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
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?
Is it normal to have feelings like trouble breathing when coming off antipsychotics abilify (aripiprazole)? Or muscle stiffness, jaw tightness? Does it ever let up
Anxiety: Is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, palpitations, tremors, and jaw stiffness. See your PCP. ...Read more
Hi, I'm having tremors, muscle weakness, feet are dragging. Sensative arms feeling in arms and legs. Very painful, and I don't like to be touched. Stiff jaw.
Need evaluation: Many explanations, which might include thyroid problems, medication reactions, occult presentation of neurological disorder, toxins, chemical imbalances. Seek out your physician, get baseline studies, and decide on whether neurological consultation might make some sense. ...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
I am on geodon (ziprasidone) but it is not working because it is giving me tmj. Can jaw tightness clenching be related to shoulder and trapezius stiffness? Tight
Geodon (ziprasidone) Side Effects: Good day; Not familiar with patients taking Geodon; however, suggest you confer with your MD about lowering daily dose. TMJ symptoms may be controlled with an bruxing mouth guard or specially designed Orthodic device. A low dose muscle relaxant would lessen clenching and some stiffness. Frequent PT to bring blood flow to the tender, stiff muscles would improve your comfort level. Good luck ...Read more
Can constant worrying cause physical symptoms like prickling sensations in hands, feet, muscle twitching, jaw tightness? Had normal brain mri, EKG
Yes: Chronic worrying is a core symptom of anxiety. Physical manifestations of anxiety can cause discomfort and concern, and range from muscle tightness and aches and pains to chest pain, tingling and burning in different areas of the body, or other sensations. Anxiety also increases one's sensitivity to physical changes that may amplify these sensations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 9 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers