After readin the other "Jaw Pain" posts, I have decided to post my own problems here.
Just for referance, I am a 35 y/o male, no wisdom teeth, on again/off again smoker, have some gum issues (dentist says I need a scaling), and am prone to sinus problems.
Mid-day Monday, I developed a severe pain in my lower right jaw. To me, it felt like a tooth problem, so I went to the dentist this morning. After a full panel of x-rays, and a visual exam of my teeth and old fillings, the dentist says that there is nothing wrong with my teeth. I was happy not to have a cavity (which I was expecting) or need a root canal (which I was fearing). But now I'm dissapointed to not know what the problem is.
It has only been 2 1/2 days since this started, so I have not yet seen a GP, since my first instinct was to go to the dentist. But if the pain persists, a GP is next on my list.
I have a constant, dull pain, starting around my 2nd to last, lower right molor, which seems to extend up and around the jaw, and finally to a dull pain behind my right eye. Sometimes though, the pain becomes very intense and almost debilitating. Especially in the jaw.
If I take three Aspirin, Advil, etc., it seems to dull the sharp pain after a while. But just dulls it, not taking it away completely.
I have also noticed what appears to be a small bump about 3/4" to 1" under the molar. With my tounge, it feels to be the size of a small BB, and is sore. Is this an area containing a nerve, gland, or node of some sort? I assume it has something to do with my pain.
My initial though was, if not a tooth, it would be a sinus issue. My sinuses are prone to infection, and are aften affected by weather fronts and pressure systems. But this is not where I normally get my sinus headaches. But I won't rule it out either.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated before I see a GP. If it was TN or TMJ, would I have other symptoms, and would it cause the mysterious bump?