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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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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

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

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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

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My jaw muscles have been very stiff for months. Now they are twitching. Could this be sign they are looseningup?

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

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What does jaw tightness/stiffness/pain indicate?

What does jaw tightness/stiffness/pain indicate?

TMJ or MFPDS: Usually this would be related to a TMJ problem or a myofacial pain dysfunction syndrome. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can constant worrying cause physical symptoms like prickling sensations in hands, feet, muscle twitching, jaw tightness? Had normal brain mri, EKG

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 more

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What can be done for weak jaw muscles?

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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How to slim jaw muscles from grinding?

How to slim jaw muscles from grinding?

Night appliance: Use of a properly made night time appliance is effective. Also, Botox has been shown to help. ...Read more

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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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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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Is there a way to enlarge your jaw muscles so they bulge out similiar to brad pitts?

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

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Why are my jaw muscles suddenly going tense?

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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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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How to relieve tightness in jaw muscles?

How to relieve tightness in jaw muscles?

Try these: Apply warm packs application, try tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (if no allergies), exercise your jaw (up & down movement) may help. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I have large jaw muscles and I want to slim it, but is there a way without botox?

I have large jaw muscles and I want to slim it, but is there a way without botox?

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

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Can you tell me some types of jaw exercises to help loosen the jaw muscles (mainly around the joint?

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

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If I have lockjaw (tetanus) would I be able to open my jaw fully? Stiffness in muscles in neck and jaw but I can open jaw fully. With lockjaw would I I be able to fully open jaw? Spasms all over body.

If I have lockjaw (tetanus) would I be able to open my jaw fully? Stiffness in muscles in neck and jaw but I can open jaw fully. With lockjaw would I I be able to fully open jaw? Spasms all over body.

See doctor: If you truly have lockjaw, you would not be alive long enough to post this question. You really need to consult your doctor. In the meanwhile, get a tdap booster now so that you won't have to even consider this possibility in the future. ...Read more

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