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Jaw Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 24, 2009
  • 02:26 PM

Yesterday morning I was in one of my classes and we were reading a play. I was in the middle of a yawn when it was my turn to begin reading. I was still yawning when I began to talk and I heard and felt a crack by my right ear in my jaw. It hurt incredibly bad in the instant it happened and has not stopped hurting within the past 24 hours. I can barely eat anything and my right ear has been causing me pain as well. When I yawn it feels fine until I go to close my mouth, than it hurts terribly bad. I was going to give it a few days before I saw a doctor about it. I was just wondering if you had any idea on what the problem could be?

Thanks. Alli.

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  • this sounds like a reasonably simple cause. It sounds greatly like you haveTMJ to me. Its a very common condition. Im not sure what the letters stand for but a few of my friends have had this condition and unfortunately, its not a very nice thing to have to go through. One person had the problem and one side of her jaw had to be ground down to relieve the long time pain. She healed almost 100% and is very happy now. Another person I know has had multiple operations on her jaws and they ended up having to use titanium in one of the joints. This person is still having ongoing problems and lots of pain. Now, please remember that Im not a doctor so Im just telling you what I saw and heard from the persons involved. I do believe your dentist will perform the operation if need be, and he/she would be a good person to consult for your examination.
    ckanaan 33 Replies Flag this Response
  • It is a TMJ problem, but it’s not as serious as it sounds. TMJ = temporo-mandibular joint. Inside the joint there is a disk, like the one in your knee. Whilst yawning, you happened to get the disk displaced and stretch the posterior attachment which is right in front of the ear. It is a rather common problem, but you happen to have a sensitive attachment. I promise you it will get better, but try to avoid all movements that provoke the pain. If they would run an MRI of your joint, it would show an anteriorly displaced disk, when biting together. The doctors are not often good at this, if it doesn’t get better in a week, try to see an oral surgeon or a TMJ specialist (dentist). Have only soft food for at least a week, no fresh carrots or similar, no chewing gum. Have you noticed if your jaw opening capacity has been diminished after this incident? Don’t hesitate to ask, if you have any questions. Good luck! :)
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • Felsen is right.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have TMJ and it came about after many trips to a dentist for a bridge replacement on my front 4 teeth. It was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. I had to actually go to another dentist to have it diagnosed and he is wonderful!! He made a mouth guard for me that I wore nearly 24/7 for about a week. I ate only soft liquid food and took anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers for approx 3 mos. My symptons got much better within a week or so, but I continue to wear the splint EVERY night and take the muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories as needed. It was a very difficult time in my life when this happened, but always know there is hope!!
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