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Severe jaw pain-genetics?

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  • Posted By: cloeybelle
  • November 4, 2009
  • 11:27 AM

:( Hi, I'm a 25 y/o single mother of 1, and very familiar with chronic headaches/migraines (got my first migraine at 8y/o). I am also very familiar with tooth pain. However, for about 2-3 weeks now this headache and dental pain is like no other I've ever had. It's centralized in my ear/jaw and has spread to my head, temple, neck, and cheek and is only on my left side. It's always dull and achy but when I'm lying down or when I open my mouth wide it is VERY sharp and stabbing like. And last night (while tossing and turning to sleep) I began hearing a light pop noise also. I remember my father having something called TMJ when I was a little girl, and everything I've read is pointing at that, but I want to be sure so that I don't get misdiagnosed. Is it genetic? And who would I see for this, my doctor or dentist? This pain is now never ceasing, it only lightens and worsens, and worsens and worsens to the point of tears. Please help ASAP thank you! :o

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  • :( Hi, I'm a 25 y/o single mother of 1, and very familiar with chronic headaches/migraines (got my first migraine at 8y/o). I am also very familiar with tooth pain. However, for about 2-3 weeks now this headache and dental pain is like no other I've ever had. It's centralized in my ear/jaw and has spread to my head, temple, neck, and cheek and is only on my left side. It's always dull and achy but when I'm lying down or when I open my mouth wide it is VERY sharp and stabbing like. And last night (while tossing and turning to sleep) I began hearing a light pop noise also. I remember my father having something called TMJ when I was a little girl, and everything I've read is pointing at that, but I want to be sure so that I don't get misdiagnosed. Is it genetic? And who would I see for this, my doctor or dentist? This pain is now never ceasing, it only lightens and worsens, and worsens and worsens to the point of tears. Please help ASAP thank you! :oGo see a chiropractor who will get a series of x-rays and run electronic tests on your muscle and nerves. At least you could rule out it coming from a back or neck that is out of place. I had these symptoms which some of the time were excruciating and making me cry, and all on my left side: jaw pain, teeth pain (felt like infection), pain up side of head, back of head, throat pain. I massaged by back and neck and could feel painful knots. I had seen a doctor who wrote it off as TMJ and said all a specialist would tell me is not to chew gum, which I rarely do anyway.So after a visit to the chiropractor all my tests showed that I had a vertebrae out of place in my neck, so it caused all my symptoms because when he adjusted it, all the symptoms went away, and it was glorious! A few symptoms returned as the adjustment will probably not stay the first time as it is used to being in that wrong spot. But the second adj lasted longer and I had energy and no pain. I am sure that I will get back to normal. He also found a problem in my lower back which is causing my hips to be painful at times. So it is really awesome. Not sure if all chiropractors are the same though...this one just gently pushed the neck and it didn't hurt, but felt sooo healthy after.If I were you I would not just accept that this is your lot in life because it is genetic. Fight it off, and pray for an answer, keep hoping.Oh also, my dentist had seen that there was nothing wrong with my teeth. As far as I've read a toothache will feel better with cold applied. My teeth were very sensitive to cold.Good luck!
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