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Jaw Pain (Definition)

Jaw pain is pain in the upper and lower jaws including the tmj. There are many causes of jaw pain and your dentist usually ...Read more


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Pain in left side of my throat ear red achy eye.Pain in the back of my nose, left jaw bone teeth. Pain in the back of my neck to shoulders ?

Pain in left side of my throat ear red  achy eye.Pain in the back of  my nose, left jaw bone teeth. Pain in the back of my neck to shoulders ?

Many issues: A good physical examination by a doctor will be needed. These symptoms are more global and the causes could be many. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Hump on the back of my lower neck where my head joins the upper spine hurts to touch and causing headaches. ?

Hump on the back of my lower neck where my head joins the upper spine hurts to touch and causing headaches. 

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Neck pain: The area you describe is where the lower part of the neck (cervical spine) connects with the mid back (thoracic spine). The headaches (cervicogenic) are caused by tight neck muscles that insert on the back of the head. The C6/7 level is a common area for pain due to a herniated or degenerated disc. Moist heat, ice and massages can reduce the pain. If it persists see a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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My right ear feels clogged and hurts, right side of my neck hurts and the back of my head (on the right side). Any ideas?

My right ear feels clogged and hurts, right side of my neck hurts and the back of my head (on the right side). Any ideas?

Ear clog: It sounds like you have an ear infection. If this has been going on for a while, or is worsening, you need to have your ears checked and be placed on antibiotics. Google otitis media. ...Read more

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My right side of my throat hurts. The pain is in my teeth and part of my chest, what's the problem?

Pain chest neck: This may be a serious problem with your heart or your chest. See your doctor as soon as possible or go to the er. If pain gets severe call 911 and report chest pain. ...Read more

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I Have pain in back of head at the bottom, going right round head to the right side of my temple and into my jaw and tip of my nose. ?

See your GP: Any headache always must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your doctor (GP) for consultation, tests and diagnosis. ...Read more

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My back molars on the left and right side feel constantly tight. I get this radiating tightness in my whole lower jaw.

My back molars on the left and right side feel constantly tight. I get this radiating tightness in my whole lower jaw.

It might be...: It is possible you could be grinding your teeth inadvertently and this might be the cause of your symptoms. That is called pruxism and many people need mouth guards in order to avoid teeth damage and other complications that arise with this type of problem. My recommendation is to visit your dentist and be evaluated for this. ...Read more

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Having Sharp pain on the back of my neck comes and goes spreads top both sides of my neck?

Having Sharp pain on the back of my neck comes and goes spreads top both sides of my neck?

Come & Go Neck Pain: What are you doing when the sharp pain attacks your neck? Bending your head forward? Tilting it back? Turning your head abruptly to one side or the other? Anything traveling into the base of your skull? If attacks are noted more with tilting your head back or turning your head to the sides, then your cervical facet joints might be intermittently getting irritated. ...Read more

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The bone in back of my neck hurts top of my shoulder and neck bone at front have i pulled a muscle ?

The bone in back of my neck hurts top of my shoulder and neck bone at front have i pulled a muscle ?

Unclear: That. Is difficult to say given the limited information. I would recommend an evaluation and possibly an x-ray if the symptoms are severe. ...Read more

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Discomfort in right side of neck and ear, when i tilt my head back the very bottom of my right side of neck feels larger than the left?

Neck pain: This could be from many reasons. . Could be lymph node enlargement from a bad tooth . Could be submandibular gland infection. Could be mumps if not vaccinated. Anyway you have to be seen by dr. To figure it out. ...Read more

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Everytime i turn my head towards the left hand side the back of my left ear hurts and inside?

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Everytime i turn my head towards the left hand side the back of my left ear hurts and inside?

Pinched nerve: Occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. Good rest and passive physical therapy, otc nsaids and you might recover within a few days or weeks. Rec.: if symptoms persist, see your pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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Chest starts hurting on the left side and radiates into my shoulder and the top of my back. Then starts into my jaw and neck Frequent. Whats going on?

Chest starts hurting on the left side and radiates into my shoulder and the top of my back. Then starts into my jaw and neck Frequent. Whats going on?

Call 911!!!: Regardless, the cause, chest pain that radiates into your shoulder, shortness of breath and jaw pains always a red flag and visit to the ER is warranted. Do not drive, Call 911. ...Read more

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The lower back part of my head hurts and is swollen on both sides. It is just above where my head meets my neck the lower back part of my head hurts and is swollen on both sides. It is just above where my head meets my neck

The lower back part of my head hurts and is swollen on both sides. It is just above where my head meets my neck the lower back part of my head hurts and is swollen on both sides. It is just above where my head meets my neck

Those : Those are unusual symptoms, and head swelling is very rare. Please have an immediate medical evaluation by your doctor. If you have increased pain, swelling, fever, vomiting, weakness, numbness, or if your doctor can't see you right away then please go to the er. ...Read more

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Severe jaw pain on the right side of my face.It doesn't hurt my teeth or anything but right in front of my ear. My jaw will pop/ grind randomly also?

TMJ Dysfunction: The initial impression from the description of the location of your pain suggests a TMJ disorder. A thorough evaluation should be performed by your dentist to determine the origin and cause of your pain before any recommendations for treatment can be discussed. ...Read more

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I've got a swollen knot on my left side of my neck. It's back towards the back of my neck. Any concern?

Can't say: There is not enough info to give any concrete recommendation other than: if you have a knot, nodule, or mass, especially if growing, visit your family doc and let him/her decide on the next step. Probably nothing bad but you can't tell. ...Read more

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My gum on the upper right side in the back hurts, swollen, and sensitive.

My gum on the upper right side in the back hurts, swollen, and sensitive.

Dentist: This may be acute gingivitis or a gum abscess. Either way treatment is needed. In the meantime start warm salt water rinses until you're examined by a dentist, oral surgeon or periodontist. ...Read more

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Pain in my lower back around the tailbone. Hurts when i arch my back. Also have some pain on the sides of my ribs. Help?

Tailbone ?: The actual tailbone is lower than the top of the "crack" of you buttock. What you are describing and considering your age, sounds though your are having either paraspinal muscle spasm or psoas muscule spasm. Google those muscles and see what you think. ...Read more

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Whenever i open my mouth my jaw hurts and i can feel the pain on the back of my ear. What do you think it is?

Whenever i open my mouth my jaw hurts and i can feel the pain on the back of my ear. What do you think it is?

Jaw Joint: TMJ problem likely. Other TMJ symptoms include, painful chewing, joint noises, headaches. See an oral surgeon for confirmation If TMJ, ask for referral to TMJ specialist. ...Read more

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On the left bottom side of my mouth behind my back molar is a yellow hole. It's swollen and hard. My whole jaw hurts. Is it a sore or wisdom tooth?

On the left bottom side of my mouth behind my back molar is a yellow hole. It's swollen and hard. My whole jaw hurts. Is it a sore or wisdom tooth?

Wisdom Tooth: Need a definitive xray of area to diagnosis wisdom tooth problem. A careful oral examination would provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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A few days ago i woke up with a sore throat on the left side. Today i wake up same problem but back of my right jaw this part > hurts. I have no teeth?

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A few days ago i woke up with a sore throat on the left side. Today i wake up same problem but back of my right jaw this part > hurts. I have no teeth?

Referred pain: From tmj. The most common musculoskeletal disorder causing orofacial pain is a temporomandibular disorder (tmd). Tmd should be viewed as a group of related conditions that can be divided into disorders related to the muscles of mastication (muscular) and those emanating from the tmj. Rec.: orofacial pain practitioner for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts where the top and bottom connect. I think the the pain is too far back to be from my teeth. How can it be treated and what could it be?

My jaw hurts where the top and bottom connect. I think the the pain is too far back to be from my teeth. How can it be treated and what could it be?

See a dentist!: It may be erupting wisdom teeth (if it's directly behind the last visible tooth) or it may be a symptom of tmd, commonly called tmj, that involves the jaw joint. A dentist can tell you which it is and what needs to be done to fix it. ...Read more

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Please help I have jaw pain and aches at the back of my ears?

Please help I have jaw pain and aches at the back of my ears?

Jaw/ear pain: These are common symptoms of tmj/tmd. Tmj pain usually results from bruxism (chronic grinding and/or clenching the teeth), or a bad bite. Headaches, sinus pain and ear pain are also common. See your dentist to evaluate and treat for tmd, and an ENT specialist or your medical doctor to evaluate any ear infections. ...Read more

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The left side of my jaw hurts at the back. Is it anything serious? Could it possibly be due to my wisdom teeth?

The left side of my jaw hurts at the back. Is it anything serious? Could it possibly be due to my wisdom teeth?

See a dentist: Without a thorough exam, x-rays, and an exam, there is no way to say what your problem may be. Could be a wisdom tooth, could be tmj/tmd, could be a muscle/nerve ailments, could be an infection. See a dentist asap. ...Read more

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Tired, left arm, chest and back tingles and is numb, and right under jaw hurts. What could this be?

Tired, left arm, chest and back tingles and is numb, and right under jaw hurts. What could this be?

Lots of things: That said any chest pain, especially if radiating down arm and up to jaw, should be evaluated immediately. Call your physician or go directly to er. ...Read more

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The mastoid tip(the part of it exactly behind the ear.near the the start of jaw.)hurts when i press a little hard.no redness.chronic rhinitis?

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The mastoid tip(the part of it exactly behind the ear.near the the start of jaw.)hurts when i press a little hard.no redness.chronic rhinitis?

Mastoid Pain: Patients usually experience pain in the mastoid process after overexertion of the jaw joint and neck muscles. Lingering pain can be treated by directly addressing the source of the pain, TMJ. See a dentist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Having jaw pain by ears & little pain in ears, pain up by left shoulder & in back of left shoulder blade. have occasional headaches. what could it be?

Classic TMJ Disorder: Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include: tenderness in the face, jaw , earache, tension headache, clicking noises and pain in the neck and shoulders. See your dentist or orthodontist for exam and treatment. ...Read more

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My jaw has popped on occasion most of my life. Recently started c-pap and full mask. When I wake up my jaw hurts and is out of socket. I have to open mouth very wide and then it Pops back in. Feedback?

My jaw has popped on occasion most of my life. Recently started c-pap and full mask. When I wake up my jaw hurts and is out of socket. I have to open mouth very wide and then it Pops back in. Feedback?

TMJ : It appears that your CPAP mask is aggravating an underlying TMJ problem. See a dentist trained in TMJ for an evaluation. This could be a prostodontist, oral surgeon or your general dentist if knowledgable in TMJ and sleep apnea. Changing your mask may help put your jaw in a healthier position during sleep. ...Read more

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What's the hard feeling thing inside thigh attached to groin. What would cause pain in it with pain in side & back of ribs & shoulder/neck/jaw pain?

What's the hard feeling thing inside thigh attached to groin. What would cause pain in it with pain in side & back of ribs & shoulder/neck/jaw pain?

Fibromyalgia: 30 y female with widely ranging pains of pelvic, shoulder, neck, back & head regions also has joints that crack. If lab evals (including CRP & sed rate) are normal, then fibromyalgia (FM) to be considered. FM & Hypermobility Syndrome are highly associated & people with latter commonly have joints that "crack ". See Rheumatologist followed by an Osteopath. ...Read more

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44F Right lower jaw pain , hurts when touched. Back molars on same side hurt when eating something hard , right temple also hurts at times &ear pain?

44F Right lower jaw pain , hurts when touched. Back molars on same side hurt when eating something hard , right temple also hurts at times &ear pain?

Could be...: Could bee infected tooth/teeth, infected gums, TMJ, split (fractured) tooth, or one of hundreds of other problems. Can't diagnose without examination/X-rays and other tests. Please put down the computer, pick up the phone, and call your Dentist for an emergency appointment ASAP before your chronic problem becomes an acute problem. ...Read more

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My tongue feels sore towards the back left it hurts to eat drink also my jaw hurts and teeth feel sensitive what causes this?

My tongue feels sore towards the back left it hurts to eat drink also my jaw hurts and teeth feel sensitive what causes this?

Need an exam: These symptoms may be related or more likely be caused by different issues. You need a good dental evaluation to understand what is going on. ...Read more

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Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But i can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But i can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Red?: What does he/she mean "red"? No diagnosis? Might be a TMJ disorder. I'd have an oral surgeon look at you. If TMJ, see a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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Jaw pain pain in temples nausea tightness in back of gead neck sholders back pain dizziness lightheadness and spaced out feeling sgoukd i go to er?

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Migraine: is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness, neck pain. This condition must be professionally managed. Often use of Excedrin will lead to medication overuse headache. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation to avoid unnecessary future pain and suffering. Visit ER if needed. ...Read more

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Pain from from behind my ear down my neck on left side. Left arm always feel sore too. Sharp pains in my back too also. A little left jaw pain too?

Pain from from behind my ear down my neck on left side. Left arm always feel sore too. Sharp pains in my back too also. A little left jaw pain too?

Not typical of TMJ: Your description is not typical of dental mediated problems. That said, have your dentist check you to rule out clenching, grinding, malocclusion, abscess, gum infection. Ask physician to evaluate for non-dental issues. Multiple possible causes for this type of pain distribution. Evaluation by ENT may be in order. ...Read more

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