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What could cause the pain and possible swelling on my jaw joint?

What could cause the pain and possible swelling on my jaw joint?

Usually TMD: Usually a problem with the TMJ. See a TMJ expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I have pain in my left jaw joint. Sometimes throbbing. What could cause this? For 2 days now

I have pain in my left jaw joint.  Sometimes throbbing. What could cause this? For 2 days now

Evaluate the Jaws: Tmj disorders are known as "the great impostor" as the signs and symptoms related to this syndrome mimic many other maladies. By definition, a syndrome cannot be diagnosed by performing any one specific test, only by completion of a comprehensive exam and then correlating the results of the findings to known symptoms. Your jaw joints, the teeth and how they relate to one another and your muscle. ...Read more

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Is grinding the main cause of jaw joint problem?

Is grinding the main cause of jaw joint problem?

No: There can be many causes- trauma, poor bite, clenching, grinding, dental work, etc. Could be stress, but in all, grinding may or may not be part of a tmj/tmd problem. ...Read more

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What can cause the jaw joint in the inside of your mouth from where your mouth opens and closes to hurt?

What can cause the jaw joint in the inside of your mouth from where your mouth opens and closes to hurt?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Benign click is not considered a pathology. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options if needed. They are the expert in this field. ...Read more

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Degenerative joint disease in right jaw.Spontaneous fracture 10 years ago.What can I do about the continuous swelling that I have had for two + years?

Degenerative joint disease in right jaw.Spontaneous fracture 10 years ago.What can I do about the continuous swelling that I have had for two + years?

See max/facial OS: Spontaneous fractures are rare. The best plan is to consult with a maxillo-facial surgeon and discuss findings, especially after extensive study of cbct imaging. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left side- face, jaw, neck, shoulder, and elbow "joint" pain with some specific sight swelling, and redness as well as feverish to the touch AND this has presented the same type symptoms in other "joints" on right side too. ?

Left side- face, jaw, neck, shoulder, and elbow "joint" pain with some specific sight swelling, and redness as well as feverish to the touch AND this has presented the same type symptoms in other "joints" on right side too. ?

Autoimmune or infect: Your symptoms could represent either an autoimmune disorder like Lupus or scleroderma or an infectious process like Lyme disease. These are just examples. You need to see a good internet to get blood tests and perhaps X-rays and have a through examination. Your internist could then refer you further if needed. If symptoms now, go to MD now. ...Read more

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Chronic right side neck pain under ear and jaw joint. Got a steroid injection that relieved pain for 2 weeks. Ct scan to check styloid normal. Causes?

Chronic right side neck pain under ear and jaw joint. Got a steroid injection that relieved pain for 2 weeks. Ct scan to check styloid normal. Causes?

Myofascial pain: Likely your pain is from muscle and fascia in the areas of your jaw, neck, upper shoulder, and upper back. Learn to find and work on the tender knots of muscles in these areas of your body. A book winners' guide to pain relief describes and teaches the techniques with using a small rubber ball and stretching. Prior injuries and inflammatory foods can be relevant. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com. ...Read more

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Been having- joint discomfort throughout my body &some joint pain in my right hand.heavy head feeling-body run down-had slight swelling in face?

Been having- joint discomfort throughout my body &some joint pain in my right hand.heavy head feeling-body run down-had slight swelling in face?

Get a blood test: Not knowing your history, I am assuming that your sedrate may have gone up. Get a blood test and see a rheumatologist as soon as you can. Also, may want to stay clear of glutens from now on. People who are sensitive to gluten present with body pain all over, lethargy, as well as heavy head and stomach aches. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Arms are achy from the armpits down in every joint. Hands are swollen and purple. Swelling decreases color normal when raise my hands above my head. ?

Arms are achy from the armpits down in every joint. Hands are swollen and purple. Swelling decreases color normal when raise my hands above my head. ?

Sounds like: a CIRCULATION issue! You may have something interfering with your VENOUS drainage.... See you PCP (Primary Care Provider) fist who may refer you to a VASCULAR surgeon. (You may have a condition called "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome" Hope this helps Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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I have swelling in right side of my head that aches when it is pressed,i suffer from bad headaches,neck pain,joint pain with nausea n morning stifness?

I have swelling in right side of my head that aches when it is pressed,i suffer from bad headaches,neck pain,joint pain with nausea n morning stifness?

Neck swelling: If have swelling follow up with doctor.is swelling neck or actual head .may be lymph node if neck or other mass needs follow up ,same with head. Could also be autoimmune disease or infection F/U with doctor within 24-48 hours,sooner if fever. . ...Read more

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Joint discomfort throughout bodysome joint pain in right hand.heavy head-body feels run down-sometimes tingling thro legs/arms-slight swelling in face?

Not sure !: There is insufficient history and very diffuse set of symptoms to reply age?weight? duration of symptoms etc This could be nothing important or sign of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis see an MD ! ...Read more

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Could someone describe their experience of having arthroplasty surgery in the jaw joint?

Could someone describe their experience of having arthroplasty surgery in the jaw joint?

Why?: Why do you need it? Can you fully open and fully close your teeth together? Does it hurt to do so? Get a second and third opinion before surgery. Do not be impressed with credentials. Get your MRI report. A displaced disc is not a basis for TMJ surgery. The disc positioin is inherent to you and does not have to be centered, and is a factor of your bite and teeth occlusion. Not pleasant surg. ...Read more

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My jaw joint hurts when i close it after yawning. What could be wrong?

My jaw joint hurts when i close it after yawning. What could be wrong?

TMJ: Or temporo mandibular joint syndrome. A good maxillo-facial surgeon can give you a good advice on prevention and treatment after proper evaluation if it bothers you for a while. ...Read more

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Crunch in the jaw joint ?

Crunch in the jaw joint
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Crunch: Crepes. Usually indicates damage to cartilaginous disc, or arthritic changes, resulting in bone-on-bone contact. Occlusal Orthotic (mouth guard) may provide symptomatic relief. See your Dentist. ...Read more

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Why is my temporomandibular joint jaw opening slanted?

Why is my temporomandibular joint jaw opening slanted?

Jaw deviation TMJ: Likely a TMj problem. When one TMJ is involved, the jaw will often deviate to that side. 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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Feel only last molars touching and not secure but slipping.Also jaw joint is hurting?

Feel only last molars touching and not secure but slipping.Also jaw joint is hurting?

See your dentist to: You should set up an appointment with your dentist who can check your occlusion (bite), your jaw joints (TMJ) and facial muscles, along with the possibility of habits such as clenching or grinding (bruxism) which may account for the symptoms you mentioned. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis when you suffer from pain in your left jaw joint? It usually occurs when i eat?

What is the diagnosis when you suffer from pain in your left jaw joint? It usually occurs when i eat?

Varies: Need clinical and x-ray image examination to be much help. Certainly it is your joint/muscle/ligament/disc complex , but need more hands-on evaluation. See your Dentist. Have bite checked. Do you have wisdom teeth in contact, are you missing teeth, are you opening unusually wide, chewing very tough or hard foods (sugar cane ?) ??Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more