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my jaw hurts....

post #1 of 17
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I woke up this morning with an achy jaw that feels sort of...out of alignment. If I open my mouth all the way it clicks and there is a little pain, not sharp or extremely painful, but still uncomfortable. Its my left jaw. What in the world could be wrong with my jaw? I'm sure I slept on it the wrong way, but its a wierd place to be injured.

lovenlight,

Linz
post #2 of 17
Hi rainbowmoon. I'm no doctor so I can't tell you exactly what's wrong with you, but I have had some experience in this area. People in my family almost all suffer with TMJ disorder (temporal mandibular joint - aka jaw). So half the time my jaw joint is all swollen, clicks, is sore, and there are even times I can't open my mouth all the way. The best remedy for me immediately is to take some ibuprofen (3 of 'em) and that will take the swelling down. But in the long term you should talk to your GP or your dentist, because things may really be out of alignment (as you say they feel). Have you felt stressed lately? Sometimes you can clench your teeth in your sleep and even grind them, which will make your jaw act up (whether or not there is actually anything mechanically wrong with it). Good luck.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I have definatley been stressed lately and I'm sure its very possible I've been grinding my teeth in sleep. I don't really want to go to the doctor....but perhaps I should.
post #4 of 17
I also have this problem, and finally went to the dentist when my jaw ached so badly I had earaches as well. I found out that I clench my teeth at night, and I got a bite guard to wear at night (the dentist makes one specifically to fit your mouth). It has helped tremendously, and I almost never have any jaw pain. I highly recommend a visit to your dentist.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Cassiel View Post

Hi rainbowmoon. I'm no doctor so I can't tell you exactly what's wrong with you, but I have had some experience in this area. People in my family almost all suffer with TMJ disorder (temporal mandibular joint - aka jaw). So half the time my jaw joint is all swollen, clicks, is sore, and there are even times I can't open my mouth all the way. The best remedy for me immediately is to take some ibuprofen (3 of 'em) and that will take the swelling down. But in the long term you should talk to your GP or your dentist, because things may really be out of alignment (as you say they feel). Have you felt stressed lately? Sometimes you can clench your teeth in your sleep and even grind them, which will make your jaw act up (whether or not there is actually anything mechanically wrong with it). Good luck.

I have TMJ too, it is the worst!! I get jawlock a lot, I will be eating and all of a sudden I get the worst pain ever when I try to chew... so bad that it brings tears to my eyes and I can't eat anymore. My aunt got the surgery for it but it actually made her TMJ worse!!! Its hopeless



Don't worry about it though rainbowmoon, it is very likely just as you said, because you slept on it the wrong way. If this is the first time you've ever experienced it, I'd suggest ibprophen and try not to chew too much. If it happens again, then you can buy a nightguard at a drug store or go to your dentist if you'd rather, because you may be grinding.
post #6 of 17
Jaw pain is also one of the signs of a heart attack..not that you probably need to worry about it though being so young and all. Just thought I'd point out that sometimes it's a sign of a more significant problem. If it persists you should see a doc.
post #7 of 17
I wonder if Sausage69 has an achy jaw.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Marie View Post

I wonder if Sausage69 has an achy jaw.



i use the title of this thread as an excuse when my hubby is feeling frisky and i'm not.



i have very mild TMJ, rainbowmoon, like clicking noises when i chew. my cousin has it much worse and wears a mouth guard when she sleeps to keep herself from grinding. she says it's helped.
post #9 of 17
i'm really bad for clenching my teeth. when asleep and awake. if i realize i'm doing it i can stop it for the most part but i find if i'm stressed my jaw feels tense even if my teeth aren't clenched (from the effort of not clenching maybe)

but now and then i'll wake up with a sore jaw and now and then it'll feel wierd and suddenly crack when i yawn or something and feel way better.



another thing to check: do you have wisdom teeth coming in? when mine first start coming through one of them is growing at a wierd angle and put my jaw out of wack for a few days, i couldn't open my mouth all the way. the tooth shifted or something i guess cause it was just better one day, but now the tooth is so mashed up against my molar that the molar has a big cavity and a chunk of tooth broke off, twice. so if it's wisdom teeth causing it i say go get them out now before they cause more trouble.
I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way
~Miyavi "Torture"
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I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way
~Miyavi "Torture"
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post #10 of 17
I was about to ask about wisdom teeth too. Mine are coming in and sometimes I get serious pain...they're all coming in straight, though, so I just have to deal with it.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
My wisdom teeth are "impacted" ( I believe that is the right word...) and the dentist says he doesn't expect them to grow in. Its a possibility, however. My jaw feels ok, its just clicky...I have a physical coming up, and I'll ask my doctor about it then.

Thanks!

lovenlight

Linz
post #12 of 17
ask your doc as soon as possible!! don't let it get any worse. i lived with "clicking" for several years, then one day ( i had to get an MRI to find this out ) my cartilage slipped back(the popping noise is this) and got stuck, is still there right now. it's really painful, i didn't think this would ever happen. so i can't open my mouth as wide as normal cause my jaw bone keeps hitting the cartilage. i got evaluated for surgery, but it's $15,000+ with them just taking out the cartilage and the risk of facial paralysis. soo, i just have to wait till my bone hits it enough to break it up...<sigh> I've heard if you catch it soon enough you might be able to get splints and help prevent this or even fix it...good luck!!
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks, microwave_safe! I will be sure to get it checked out!!
post #14 of 17
I was diagnosed with TMJ at my last dental visit and my dentist told me that fixing it wouldn't involve surgery. I will get this device that fits over my jaw (sort of like a retainer) and spreads it out to help my upper and lower jaw meet better. The only drag is I have to get a ton of x-rays that will cost a bit, but fortunately they have payment options. She listed all of the things that could be caused by my TMJ - headaches, neck aches, sinus pain, jaw pain even eye pain and she was right on the money for me. All of this plus I have to get a crown next month - I am definitely supporting the dental industry.
post #15 of 17
I had that b4, it'll go away within 2 days.
post #16 of 17
Hiya

I woke with jaw pain in Nov 02. After several trips to the docs and a few xrays i was sent to a specialist who diagnosed with TMJ in Feb 03. Have had limited mouth opening since the Nov which hasnt improved much. I have to wear a mouth guard which does help. The muscle spasms on that side of my face have decreased greatly which is a good sign apparantly.



It is a long long journey.



Hope that is of some help
post #17 of 17
We should start a TMJ support forum - it seems like a lot of people both on this board and in real life have it.
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