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Excruciating Jaw Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 5, 2006
  • 03:12 PM

Help! I have extreme jaw pain that radiates through the whole right side of my face, especially in my back teeth (upper and lower) and extends behind my ear, to the back of my head. Thinking it was something to do with my teeth, I saw my dentist, who took Xrays and did a series of tests, finding nothing. He insists that it's my sinuses (since it's allergy season), but I've had many sinus infections, and the pain is dull and in a different place. The pain was so bad yesterday, that I had to go to the ER and they gave me Vicodin (yuk!). Please, if anybody has had similar or has any ideas. The pain comes and goes and lasts between 15 minutes to 3-4 hours.
Thanks, Chris

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  • Approximately ten days ago, I came downstairs at 3am, crying with pain and, not knowing what else to do, I searched the internet for "severe facial pain". I found this thread and, to be honest, I don't know whether I found it a comfort to know that there were other people suffering the same as me or whether I felt dismayed at the number of people who were not finding an answer to their problem. I have come back this evening to tell you my story (which isn't finished yet). It may give you another idea to explore in finding the reason for your pain. Unfortunately, there are so many possible causes for severe facial and jaw pain that it won't help everyone but if just a few of you can benefit then it will be worthwhile. For about two years, I have been feeling a tight sensation in my right jaw. I mentioned it to my dentist who said that I may be clenching my jaw in my sleep. I tend to agree with this because if I think about it it, I can actually make the muscles relax. For about the last six months the pain has been getting worse so when I went for my routine checkup I mentioned it to the dentist again. He said my teeth were fine and took impressions to make a night guard which I am due to collect on 9th January. About two weeks ago, the pain became much more severe - all over the right side of my face, upper jaw, lower jaw and temple. Painkillers did not help at all although I suffered less during the day than the night. After a particularly bad night, I went to see my doctor because I thought the pattern of the pain indicated Trigeminal Neuralgia. My doctor did not think it was TN and I agreed that my pain was a different type to TN. He presecribed Amitriptyline to relax the muscles (it is an anti-dpressant which is given in low doses for its effect in blocking the nerves' pain signals to the brain). I only used it for a couple of nights and certainly benefited from the fact that it knocked me out for a few hours! I understand that it takes a few weeks before it starts to be properly effective. By 22nd December I was in severe pain all day and all night and getting little relief from painkillers. The pain had started to become more focused around the back of my lower jaw and I though it might be a wisdom tooth problem (still possible I suppose even at 49yrs old!). It was Saturday and I couldn't see an emergency dentist due to the fact that the problem as I described it was not severe enough and they were very busy and they had to prioritise etc etc. The followind day, Sunday, the pain had moved again and was now focused nearer to the front of my lower jaw. It seemed as if over the last few weeks, all of my teeth had taken a turn at being 'the sensetive one'. Sunday 23nd December I was in unbearable pain which was focused on my lower jaw near the front and I had also developed a small swelling under my jaw. I contacted NHS Direct (a telephone advice service in the UK which is aimed at reducing the number of people turning up at the Accident and Emergency Department with minor ailments). The nurse I spoke to actually suggested that I may have a stone in my salivary gland and that I needed to see a doctor. As the only solution would be painkillers, and I had those already, I decided to see my own doctor the following morning. Christmas Eve - I saw another doctor at my local surgery and she thought I may have Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (a form of shingles where the blisters are inside the ear and also causes facial palsy). I told her that I now also had extreme difficulty swallowing even a sip of water because of the pain under my tongue at the back. I was quite distressed and my husband had accompanied me to the appointment for support. The doctor immediately telephoned the local hospital and arranged for me to see a doctor in the ENT department that morning. The doctor who examined me at ENT said that my ears were clear and my throat was clear (camera up the nose to check this - ugh!). He also examined my lower jaw and neck for any swelling of lymph nodes or glands. He said that he could not detect the swelling I had noticed and said that it was a nerve problem and I should continue with the Amitriptyline. I should have insisted on the reality of the swelling but felt too ill to argue and in a way it was a relief to be told that he had found nothing wrong. Christmas Day - the worst ever. I made a real effort to get out of bed and start the preparations for lunch but had to give up and go to bed. Cried my eyes out with pain and distress while the family tried to carry on without me. Everyone was upset and didn't know how to help. In the evening, I rang the ENT ward at the hospital where I had been seen the day before. By now, the swelling under my jaw was very obvious. The nurse I spoke to suggested that I should go to Accident and Emergency in the morning. Boxing Day - arrived at A&E before 9am and thankfully I was the only person in the waiting room so was seen quickly. After examining me the doctor said he would send me to see the doctor in ENT ward. I saw a different doctor than the one I had seen on Christma Eve. This one was very young but listened very carefully to me. He said that I had an infection in my submandibular salivary gland and prescribed strong antibiotics. He asked me to go back two days later to see how it was going. I thought the antibiotics would kick in fairly quickly but the next day the swelling and pain were even worse so I went back sooner. 27th December - I saw the same young doctor who said that he would speak to the Registrar who was currently holding an outpaitent clinic in the hospital. He came back and said that the Regstrar had advised him to arrange for me to have an ultrasound scan and blood tests. I was VERY lucky that the ulltrasound dept was able to see me within the hour. I returned to the ENT waiting room and closed my eyes - feeling so weak and tired and in pain. Shortly after, the young doctor arrived and he had the Registrar with him; they took me into a consulting room for a chat. The ultrasound scan had shown an abscess in the submandibular salivary gland. My blood tests were ok (they had checked for white bllod cell count and dehydration). The Registrar asked me to give it two more days for the antibiotics to work and if not I should return on Saturday morning for the abscess to be drained. He also said that the infection had probably been caused by a stone in the salivary gland (the abscess would be hiding it on the scan) and that when it was cleared up I should ask my own doctor to refer me to the hospital to have the stone removed. 28th December - no improvement all day but in the evening I started to get a blood-stained discharge in my mouth. It was quite disgusting but I immediately started to feel better. I rang the hospital and after checking with the doctor, the nurse told me that it was nothing to worry about, it was a good thing. I should still go back if the abscess doesn't clear up. Saturday 29th December, today. Continuing to improve, slowly, and haven't needed ANY painkillers. I have eaten today for the first time in a week and am feeling great (relatively speaking!). I hope I won't have to have the abscess drained as it is about half the size now and I have a few more days of antibiotics. As I said at the beginning (about two pages up!), the story isn't over yet. I need to find out why I developed an infection in my salivery gland and if it is a stone then it will need to be removed. I'm terrified of the pain returning but I do beleive that this salivery gland problem was the reason. I may still have a problem with jaw clenching and if so I will try the night guard and the Amitriptyline. On reflection, I think it may have been a good thing that I developed the abscess as we found the reason for my severe facial pain. I think there may be people out there who are suffering the pain of a blocked or infected salivery gland, undiagnosed. In the early stages the doctor may not be able to feel the swollen gland (my first ENT doctor missed it on Christmas Eve). I understand that these stones are visible on ordinary x-ray but being small you would have to be looking specifically for them. I do have another idea with regard to the 'tension' theory. Have you noticed that the majority of people here are complaining of pain in the RIGHT jaw. As most of us are right-handed, could we be spending too long sitting at the computer, probably sitting on an unsuitable chair, and causing tension or trapped nerves in our neck/jaw area? Get a height-adjustable chair, take regular breaks and stretch your arms/back/neck. Please come back and let us know if my experience has been any help to you. I truly sympathise with the distress you are suffering. I think I will always be looking over my shoulder for the return of this dreadful pain which I hope never to meet again. best wishes, Liz
    EnglishLady 1 Replies
    • December 29, 2007
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  • Hi all - it's nikki back again!Just to let you know that I have been pain free ever since taking the neurofen+codeine tablets. Haven't had to take any more since and no pain at all. I do find that i grind my teeth a little at night and when i notice i am doing it make a concious effort to stop. (My fingers are still crossed that the awful pain doesn't come back!! ) Hope you all get better soon. x
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
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  • I too have had what you are describing. Unfortunately, mine keeps coming back as well. I'm lucky enough to have a friend that is an oral surgeon. After seeing him, he said I have TMJ but I also have a lower jaw that is smaller than the upper jaw so I am a perfect candidate for surgery - just waiting on getting braces approved through insurance. My oral surgeon also noticed that I clench my jaws at night. I have no evidence of grinding since there is no wear on my teeth. He was able to determine that by just looking and feeling of the muscles in my jaw and neck area. He is an awesome oral surgeon and has been really patient with my pain. When mine first flared up, I couldn't eat or sleep for 2 months. I lost 40 pounds in that time and was completely miserable. The pain pills (lortab 10) and muscle relaxers helped me to sleep but I couldn't take them during the day since they both made me sleepy. Finally the pain went away but it doesn come back if there's too much stress in my life - causes me to clench my jaw at night. He made me a night guard (so I didn't have to pay full price - yeah I know I'm lucky) and that helped to ease the clenching but I cracked that after about 3 weeks. Now I just have to watch what I eat and make sure I'm relaxed when I go to bed. I use an over the counter muscle relaxer (it doesn't make me sleepy) call percogesic. It helps during the day. But at night, if it flares up I just take a couple of tylenol pm to sleep it off. So far that has worked for me. Funny that I find this today since it's started to come back in the past 4 weeks. If your dentist doesn't have any solutions, and your GP can't help, maybe you should see an oral surgeon. Check your insurance. Some cover TMJ and some don't. If you get a good recommendation from friends then you might be able to have them avoid the TMJ issue and file it as basic jaw pain and your insurance will cover. Ask the oral surgeon about getting a night guard, you can get them at any pharmacy, CVS has a good selection. But if you have TMJ for sure, then I wouldn't suggest getting the night guard without your oral surgeon's recommendation. They all say not to use if you have TMJ. I live in GA and use the Atlanta Oral and Facial Surgery. I really hope that helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
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  • Sorry about this but the percogesic is prescription - phenylgesic is the over the counter. I got them backwards. It does work to ease the pain but it never really gets rid of it completely. Only the stronger prescription pain pills and muscle relaxers will do that. I've also been give perscription skelaxin which I can take during the day - it's only twice a day pill and you only take half. It has helped when my pain flares up during work hours.Other than surgery to fix my problem - I hope your problem isn't that bad - I have to make sure to eat soft meals which is really bad since I'm a Doritoes fanatic. I haven't had them in months. I also have to be careful when eating steak, popcorn, hard candy, etc. It's like any other chronic pain, you learn what triggers it and try to stay away from it. I've had the pain so bad before that I've ended up in the hospital ER and at my GP's house after hours (thank God I live in a small town so that's an option). If you are in the state of GA and would like to see my oral surgeon, please just google Atlanta Oral and Facial surgery. You can find them that way.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
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  • My fiancee is experiencing this and we think it's TN. Her grandmother and cousin have had it...does it run in the family? She is seeing massage therapists and cranial-sacral experts in the field and getting SOME relief. We're hoping that all will be well in a couple more sessions.On a different note, I had severe jaw pain in college, but it was achey, not shooting pain, and constant. I was diagnosted as needing braces to correct my bite. The pain was gone the day they pulled two teeth that were the major cause of my uncomfortable bite and I loved my braces because the pain was a helpful, good pain rather than a nagging, uncecessary pain. I haven't had problems since.--Mark.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2008
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  • hi, i have a similar problem like all of you folks. my pain is on my right jaw joint or on the area surrounding the bottom half of the ear. started suddently 6 month ago. after 2 month i cannot stand the discomfort and finally went to the dentist. dentist say i have a bad wisdom and i force to pull it. im still under the recovery of the wisdom. but i found out there less pain if im relaxed. i took some relaxing medicine and it help stop the pain alittle but it still didnt work. couple day ago i found a website about jaw exercise, those exercise is way better than pain killer & relaxation pills. maybe you folks can try it out, search for "jaw exercise" on google. also, neck excercise will help too, and i found rising with ice water on the pain area will help too (i use beer but dont recommend) wish we all get better soon. thanks. never yank your jaw from side to side (like me) to get that crack. it only work for 30min and the pain worsen after 30minkc
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2008
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  • wooahh this is trippy.i'm just sittin around with a few buddies and my jaw starts hurting.so my friend who knows nothing about anything says his grandma was telling him about jaw pain and how it could be something serious.so i go on google and type in "jaw pain"and this pops up!haha so yeah.... it sucks pretty bad.i had a root canal maybe a year or two ago... i cant remember which side it was on, im guessing it was on the right cuz thats where the pain it.i just took some excedrin, we'll see how this turns out. i have walk in court tomorrow morning.... wooohooo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2008
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  • I happened to come across these posts while I was doing a search for TMJ. I had a very similar condition about four years ago - the pain was excruciating and intermident. Pain killers didn't even touch it. I went through about two months of this and finally ER took my history that included a past serious tooth infection that had only been cleared up and fixed a month or two before these episodes started. The doc in ER explained some nerve center and how it can become inflamed, sending pain like electric shocks. He put me on antiseisure (sp?) meds and, after about 24 hours, I never had the pain again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2008
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  • I am at present experiencing the same pain as you all seem to be getting. I had it about a month and half ago after a root canal was done, and after being given 3 antibiotics and two anti inflamitaries it went away. Now it's back and OMG it hurts. It started friday night so i haven't slept for two days I phoned the out of hours gp and they made an appointment at the out of hours clinic. I went this morning to be given the same prescription i had last time and to be told i need to see my gp to be refered to a facial surgeon. They think it is a trapped nerve but i can't relieve the pain... no wonder this is known as the suicide desease (TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA). Nothing works for more than an hour then the pain comes back with avengance. Although it is great for a crash diet as i can't and haven't eaten since friday morning... (wonder how much weight i have lost)!I hope the GP will listen to me this time as last time they made it sound like it was all in my head. (no pun intended)I hope someone finds a way to sort this soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2008
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  • Greetings everyone,This is my first post here and I'm here for a completely different reason but this thread caught my eye.I don't have time to thouroughly read all eight pages of posts, but after a scan I didn't see anyone mention Shingles. I appologize if this has been covered.I had just about the exact symptoms as many of you - excruciating pain from my ear to my jaw. It started feeling like an ear ache but shot down to the jaw. I though the pain might be caused by a tooth problem. I went to the dentist and he found nothing wrong, he suggested I may have shingles, so I went to a doctor and it turned out he was exactly right. Once I was treated for it, it took a little time, but it went away.I strongly recommend looking into that possibility, sounds weird I know, but shingles can manifest itself on one side of your face from the jaw to the ear and the pain is sharp and intense. It really sounds like what many of you have to me.Hope this helps. Please let me know if it does!DandyT
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    • February 1, 2008
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  • To: DandyTWhat tests did they do to determine Shingles?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
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  • Gosh.... it was a long while ago... (1998 or so)I'm Sorry - I honestly don't remember, but I do remember that one of the medications they put me on was a steroid of some sort.I found this on the web: Test to Identify the Virus In most cases of chickenpox and shingles, the symptoms alone are sufficient to make a diagnosis. In some patients, such as those who are immunosuppressed, if the symptoms are not straightforward the doctor performs one or more additional tests to detect the virus itself . The tests usually aim to distinguish between varicella-zoster and herpes simplex viruses. Virus Culture. A viral culture uses specimens taken from the blister, fluid in the blister, or sometimes spinal fluid. They are sent to a laboratory, where it takes 1 - 14 days to detect the virus in the preparation made from the specimen. It is also sometimes used in vaccinated patients to determine if a varicella-like infection is caused by a natural virus or by the vaccine. This test is useful, but it is sometimes difficult to recover the virus from the samples. Immunofluorescence Assay. Immunofluorescence is a diagnostic technique used to identify antibodies to a specific virus. In the case of herpes zoster, the technique uses ultraviolet rays applied to a preparation composed of cells taken from the zoster blisters. The specific characteristics of the light as seen through a microscope will identify the presence of the antibodies. This test is less expensive than a culture, more accurate, and results are faster. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques use a piece of the DNA of the virus, which is then replicated millions of times until the virus is detectable. This technique is expensive but is useful for unusual cases, such as identifying infection in the central nervous system.
    DandyT 2 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
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  • Someone please tell me what I need to do!!! I woke up this past Saturday with the right side of my jaw hurting..... it wasn't that bad, so I just passed it off as maybe I slept on it wrong or something, but come Sunday it was terrible. I went to the ER Monday night because it had gotten so bad that I thought I would pass out from the pain. The DR said that it was probably an abscess tooth and that I needed to see a dentist. Well, I went to the Dentist today and she took all kinds of xrays and could not find anything wrong with my teeth or gums. She then said I need to go see an Oral Surgeon. Of course, she was going to make my appt and call me back and I never heard back from them today. Now, it has gotten so unbearable that I literally wish death would come. I have never felt such pain in my life. I am on Antibiotics and pain pills and NOTHING is helping. I can't even talk without being in such pain that I cry. I'm 36 and I have never been thru something like this and I just don't want to keep getting the run around with DRs. I don't think I can go thru another day of this pain. It's 3am here now and I should be sleeping, but I can't even sleep because of the pain. I think when I lay down it gets worse...................................................
    DawnyS 1 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
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  • Listen,I've had the same problem. This is the second time. I have two brothers who are dentists and a mother who has Herpies Simplex Virus 1. They all told me that (after exrays etc. that it was probably Herpies Simplex Virus 1 . Sure enough, after nights without sleep, I took zovirax or valtrex or something for this, and the pain went away. Amazing.Although its hard to find a dentist perhaps that knows about this connection (my dentist-- I live out of town from my brothers--and my doctor don't know about this) but Herpies Simplex can cause that kind of pain in your nerves.Give it a try. Find someone who knows the connection and get the antiviralI'm not a dentist-- but from someone who was in excrutiating pain and now isn't, I hope this might help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2008
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  • Hi Chris.I have a similar condition. I had pain that my dentist and I thought was my wisdom teeth so they took them all out (at great expense).However I still had the pain and it was getting worse. So bad to the fact that I have passed out from being dizzy and in so much pain.It affects my whole left face, ear and jaw.I have been to a special jaw clinic and have suggested a 'bitskena' (like a mouth guard) to help my jaw relax at night in the correct position. I will see how it works.I also went to an osteopath, who gently manipulated and massaged the muscles and that really helped for a while, but was absolute agony to have done and the next day I couldnt eat or speak. However it is well worth a try.I have now been on strong pain killers and sleeping tablets for 8 months now and am very dissatisfied with my GP and dentist here since I wanted a quick solution. However I have been told by others that there is no quick solution and the only way is to go to a jaw/mouth specialist by referal of your dentist.Good luck in what you are going through and just try to see a specialist as soon as you can. It seems to be missunderstood by a lot of dentists and GPs./GSucidal Facial Pain !!!Guys guys guys ! Seriously listen to this......I've been through all this, had every treatment under the sun, have thought during attacks i was going to die, then wished i would die. It is soul destroying, i have been suffering this for 11 years & i would not wish this on my worst enemy. Been to doctors, consultants, dentists, i'll not bore u with all the details, you know them.But one very important thing you need to know & find out if this applys to you.5 years past i was taken to accident & emergency during an attack, there they put a sats machine on my finger & i had low oxygen levels in my blood, they give me oxygen ! my own GP was not-informed of my low sats levels, no-one took this as a important factor. But as the oxygen seemed to help me eventually i was given oxygen at home to use, but still no-one actually done any tests on my lungs (im cutting this story short by the way)I told the doctors that during my attacks i was told i turned grey & lips turned blue.I honestly thought that it was because during an attack of facial pain, breathing deeply seemed to increase my pain so i thought i was counteracting it by breathing shallow, & thought this was why my oxygen levels where low.Anyway.......things have been gradually getting worse & certain things are now becoming more evident, now if im sitting in the evening with the fire lit, & if the fire smokes at all it will bring on an attack of facial pain (not clenching my teeth) what i do now is go outside & breath as deep as i can till it eases, when i go to bed i will get 2 hrs sleep then it starts again & it will follow this pattern every 2hrs for the rest of the night (i go on oxygen & sit up straight in bed) till it passes.I have no faith in doctors anymore their diagnosis ranged from TN, TMJ, Migraine, Cluster Headaches, Teeth clenching, Atypical Facial pain, even sent me to a shrink !!! lol they thought i was depressed & this was causing the pain "The Pain Was Causing The Depression" eeeeeeeeejits ! I've had Brain scans, MRI scans, now have had heart tests (have a hole in my heart) but not serious enough to be causing low oxygen in blood......turns out its my lungs but i still dont know the extent of damage yet, im having further tests in 8 days time ! I have went through 11 yrs of ***l & wrong diagnoisis & being a smoker i have been making things worse.........my job involves paint spraying, sanding, cutting wood/MDF if i had know any of this earlier things would have changed sooner........now......well i dont know as yet if it is all too late.So just incase folks during an attack of your pain try & get your oxygen levels checked out..........you just never know it could be Your Lungs !!!If this helps one person i will be over the moon !Good Luck all !Ruth
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
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  • please let me know what you found out. your description sounds identical to mine and they did a root canal...now its worse.I have been bothered with jaw pain as well on my left side of my face, top teeth and bottom and now neck and face. The pain is so bad at times I use ice to dull it. My dentist has also done e-rays and checked each tooth. I had a root canal done on the right side and when that was completed two days later the pain was and still is unbearable a week later. My dentist has told me to see my Dr. which I will. Over the last couple years I thought it was my ear and congestion so took Claritin-D for 10 days. With the pain so sporadic I'm not sure this is what clears it up whenever I take this. Very baffling. I have had this problem for a few years and was sent to a specialist and checked for TMJ and he said that was not the problem. I also saw an ear specialist which saw nothing wrong. The pain is now worse so I will keep on it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
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  • i have also been having extreme pain in the ride side of my jaw joint. im 22 now and for as far back as i can remember my jaw has always cracked and made really loud popping sounds that could be heard from across the room. i always thought it would go away and never had it checked out. i don't now where to start but its getting so bad that im getting head aches and ear aches. tylenol or motrin both don't releave any of my pain. there has been times where i could not open my mouth all the way or close it not just because how much it hurt, but for the fact that it just wouldn't move with out feelling like my skull would break around the jaw(if that makes sence). some people say it could be my teeth. my teeth aren't perfect but there not that bad. i lose appitite at times because of this. what should i do? am i the only one whos got it this bad
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2008
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  • Exactly one week ago i woke up with a horrible pain on the right side of my jaw below my ear. the pain hurts the most when i clentch my teeth. chewing food is horrible, and is only bearable when the food is on the right side of my face (oddly enough). i thought it was wisdom teeth, as many of you did, but after reading these posts i guess not. i am not a stressed person, although i do clench my teeth alot (in my sleep), and i chew on straws and gum alot. i looked up info on Trigiminal nuralga, and i dont feel that applies to me. mine is more of a constant pain that has lasted a week. i do not have health insurance, and would not like to spend the money if it wont do anything. anyone have any suggestions? feel free to email me at eric.guthriebell@gmail.com thanks. good luck to you all!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2008
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  • I have had jaw pain for some time and have made a herb pillow with Club Moss from the health food store. I put it on my jaw for the night and drink Thyme Tea several times during the day. This has helped a lot. You can buy Wild Thyme at the health food store or do as I do , just use the kitchen spice thyme. This is worth a try. My pain is almost gone and it was Excruciating.
    sondica 1 Replies
    • February 26, 2008
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  • Hi everyone. It's nice to know that we are not alone! My husband is upstairs in bed right now resting... finally. His pain started in his jaw three days ago and yesterday we ended up in the ER. They think it is TN and prescribed him four medications: percoset, ibuprofen, a steriod and an anticonvulsant. He is scheduled to see a neurologist tomorrow.He feels like cold breezes and cold drinks incite the pain, but then he felt like a pack of frozen peas against his jaw eased the pain a bit. He hasn't found a particular triggers spot yet, like some of the websites describe. The pain is on his left side. He has no problems with his eye area, it all seems to be in his jaw and upper teeth. He experiences tingling and numbness in his teeth sometimes.Btw, I read somewhere that TN patients are usually females over 40. He is 31 years old. I also read that 1 in 15,000 people have TN.Is anyone planning on going to the TNA conference in NY in May?
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