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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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I have tightness under my left jaw area and my upper left neck. Any clue as to what this might be. Heart related perhaps?

I have tightness under my left jaw area and my upper left neck. Any clue as to what this might be. Heart related perhaps?

Jaw pain: In a 19year old this is highly unlikely to be related to the heart. More likely swollen node or submandibular gland, or possibly other local phenomenon. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw tight and painful?

Why is my jaw tight and painful?

Muscle pain: Tightness in jaw muscles can be due to a few reasons such as muscle dysfunction or a neurological problem. I would speculate its muscle pain rather than anything wrong. You can find an orofacial pain dentist (www. Aaop. Org) for consultation if your problem has been going on for too long. ...Read more

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Jaw feels tight when I chew. How do I treat this?

Jaw feels tight when I chew. How do I treat this?

See your dentist: Tightness inthe jaw is a classic sign of a TMJ disorder. It may be related to clenching or grinding your teeth, trauma and a number of other problems. It is best to see your dentist for an evaluation. In the mean time stick with soft foods, avoid chewing gum and other hard or chewy foods that can cause more pain. ...Read more

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What's wrong with my jaw? It has been feeling really tight lately.

What's wrong with my jaw? It has been feeling really tight lately.

A few possibilities.: The tightness is due to muscle spasm. It can be caused by clenching or grinding habits or by an incoordination between the jaw, the joints, the muscles and the way the teeth meet. The most important message I can give you is that you need to see a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment before it gets worse! ...Read more

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Jaw locked, now tight, hurts bad, please help?

Jaw locked, now tight, hurts bad, please help?

See TMJ doc: Jaw locking is an advanced TMJ (jaw joint) problem. See a TMJ expert for guidance. 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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What mosquito/flea disease can cause jaw tightness?

Diseases: Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. I have not heard of fleas carrying clostridium tetani (tetanus). ...Read more

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How can I train myself to not keep my jaw tight to avoid tmj?

How can I train myself to not keep my jaw tight to avoid tmj?

NSAIDS & Splints: Many times anti-inflammatory's and mouth splints can help "train" your jaw to minimize effects of tmj. Regular visits to the dentist is important to maintain the optimal TMJ health. ...Read more

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Could you explain why does my jaw feel tight and painful when I eat?

Could you explain why does my jaw feel tight and painful when I eat?

Jaw tightness: The joint itself is very mobile and the disk in the joint is very mobile as well. The disk is often out of proper position, as the disk attachments may have been stretched. The jaw pain may come from muscle tension and spasm as a result. The management of jaw and joint problems is usually conservative unless pain or decreased function (or even jaw locking) is severe. A muscle relaxant may help. ...Read more

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Jaw tightness and pain started about a week ago. How do I figure out what could be wrong?

Jaw tightness and pain started about a week ago. How do I figure out what could be wrong?

See a dentist: Sounds like you are experiencing tempromandibular joint issue. This can be treated with a bite adjustment a bite guard or nsaids or a combination of all three. ...Read more

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Been having tightness in my jaw after chewing and back is having some pains and discomfort. Is this a sign of tetanus?

Been having tightness in my jaw after chewing and back is having some pains and discomfort. Is this a sign of tetanus?

TMJ?: Hardly likely. You would be pretty sick. Chance are goog thayer you were immunized for it when you started high school and the vaccine is good for ten years you may have a TMJ problem in which case you should see your dentist. ...Read more

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Does TMJ always cause pain? I have tightness on right jaw and wondering if that's what I have. No pain just overall discomfort feeling.

Does TMJ always cause pain? I have tightness on right jaw and wondering if that's what I have. No pain just overall discomfort feeling.

Not always pain.: TMJ rpblems can occur without pain. Sometimes just joint noises. Sometimes only limited oral opening. Or tightness or discomfort as you are experiencing. ...Read more

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I have had daily chronic face/jaw pain/tension since October of 2014. I get a really tight pain in my jaw and face everyday and it won't go away.?

I have had daily chronic face/jaw pain/tension since October of 2014. I get a really tight pain in my jaw and face everyday and it won't go away.?

See specialists: See the Prosthodontist, Oral Surgeon, and the Dentist who treats TMD (TMJ) as their focus. Going on too long. If these specialists cannot help you, then they will refer you appropriately. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have had jaw pain for 2 months and it doesn't seem to be getting better. I also have pain and tightness in surrounding area of the cheeks and Chin.

I have had jaw pain for 2 months and it doesn't seem to be getting better. I also have pain and tightness in surrounding area of the cheeks and Chin.

Could be serious: Jaw pain should never be taken lightly. It could be a symptom of an underlying problem like clenching or grinding the teeth, an infection coming from a tooth or the gums, or a non-dental problem. Did you know that one of the most common presentations of coronary artery disease/blockage is jaw pain, especially on the left side of the jaw. First see a Dentist to rule out Dental issues. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a jaw injury. I ate sweet corn, not much, just 1 serving. At the time I ate, I had no problem with my jaw, but after jaw is tight.

I am recovering from a jaw injury. I ate sweet corn, not much, just 1 serving. At the time I ate, I had no problem with my jaw, but after jaw is tight.

TMJ?: This could just be muscle soreness from the original jaw injury, depending on how it happened. TMJ is another kind of jaw pain caused by overuse. My advice wild be to avoid foods requiring a lot of chewing until yur jaw is starting to feel better. Consider a dentist or oral surgeon if the pain is not going away with time or gets worse ...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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Ideas? What mosquito/flea disease causes jaw tightness?

Lime disease: Contracted by infected (from a black legged or a deer tick) tick bite, lime disease is caused by borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The tick is infected by feeding on an infected deer or mice. Lyme disease can cause rashes, body aches, fever, chills, weakness, swollen joints which may give rise to jaw tightness. Tx is antibiotic (amoxicillin in child and Doxycycline in adult)from 10 up to 21 days. ...Read more

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Jaw tightness, but not diagnosed as tmj. What else could it be?

Jaw tightness, but not diagnosed as tmj. What else could it be?

Need more info: For tightness, are you referring to restriction of opening, soreness of muscles, limitation of moving side to side, or something else? Often these are related to clenching and grinding teeth, but there is not enough information to give a more complete answer. ...Read more

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Can a biteguard for TMJ make it worse. Since I've had mine I've developed tightness and spasms in jaw.

Yes: There are many types of mouth appliances that accomplish very different purposes, some the exact opposite of others. An inexpensive otc appliance is sometimes useful as a diagnostic tool to determine the best course of treatment for tmd but often a different appliance is necessary to address the symptoms. See your dentist and report your observations. ...Read more

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My mom is 54 yrs old but lately has been experiencing a tightness in her jaw. Why is that? What causes it?

My mom is 54 yrs old but lately has been experiencing a tightness in her jaw. Why is that? What causes it?

Muscle pain: Tightness in jaw muscles can be due to a few reasons such as muscle dysfunction or a neurological problem. She could also be clenching her teeth. Try warm compresses and massaging the jaws. ...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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I have jaw pain and tightness that at times radiates to my cheeks and chin and sometimes my neck. Why does the jaw pain radiate?

I have jaw pain and tightness that at times radiates to my cheeks and chin and sometimes my neck. Why does the jaw pain radiate?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, earache, cheek pain, neck pain and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain specialist for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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My jaw tenses up and won't release on one side. It doesn't lock up its just really tight. Could I have TMJ without the clicking?

My jaw tenses up and won't release on one side. It doesn't lock up its just really tight. Could I have TMJ without the clicking?

Yes: Some joint displacement and pterygoid hypertrophy (jaw tightness) are usually the result of chronic nocturnal (nighttime) clenching. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play. Find a dentist trained in treating jaw tension with a nti devise. ...Read more

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Episodic jaw pain, alternating sides, stinging usually, throb now and then, lasts 5 to 60 seconds. Often followed by facial tightness?

Episodic Jaw pain: This sounds like it might be TMJ pain resulting from chronic grinding or clenching. However, there are other possible causes. This should be checked and evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more

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I have jaw pain / TMJ, but have tightness and sometimes pain that radiates to my cheeks and Chin. Why does it radiate to these other areas?

I have jaw pain / TMJ, but have tightness and sometimes pain that radiates to my cheeks and Chin. Why does it radiate to these other areas?

Referred pain: TMJ disorder is a dysfunction that causes pain throughout the face. Trigger points can refer pain to other areas, causing a headache, neck pain, earache, or even toothache. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 25 and for the passed three day I have had tightness on one or both side my head and when I eat something my jaw gets tight what could it be?

Hi I'm 25 and for the passed three day I have had tightness on one or both side my head and when I eat something my jaw gets tight what could it be?

Some possibilties: Without an exam, I can only give general information, and spasm of the neck is quite common can be with poor posture, working over something on top of a desk, or just out of the blue.
rest, cervical collar, maybe physical ther. Maybe NSAIDS and muscle relaxers. ...Read more