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Jaw Pain

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  • Posted By: Traci Palmer
  • October 16, 2006
  • 03:58 AM

Becoming quite concerned with this pain in my jaw. It's on the right side only, seemingly in the joint. The joint was popping now it is not, however, I don't feel like I am able to open my mouth wide enough now to make it pop. I feel pain when I palpate the joint and surrounding muscles. Thought perhaps TMJ problem. I do still have my wisdom teeth . If I bite down it hurts in my ear. Cannot open mouth to eat hamburgers and such, without pain. Has been going on for 3 weeks, warmth and massage not helping.

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  • Hi i was looking for something else and just saw your post.Some general TMJ home help advice given to me by my specialist :)Exercises for Jaw- Standing on your tip-toes encourages correct posture, thus relaxing the neck and jaw muscles.- Rotate the head in a circular motion.- Position the tongue behind the front teeth and open the mouth, as if you are producing the letter "N" strengthens and positions the jaw correctly.Ice for pain, Heat for movementNSAID's ibruprofen etc. also available are creams made from a capsicum base.Pain may increase due to tension on the joint, so anything to help relax it is good. A splint prepared by your friendly dentist or TMJ specialist may help (I've thrown mine out), some are for correcting the position of the jaw others to reducing nightime grinding of teeth. For me after 20 years of doctors I was eventually diagnosed as having osteo-arthristis of the tempromandibular joint. Steroid injections helped alot to stabalise the joint. So seek out medical advice from a professional.well wishes to you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2006
    • 11:39 PM
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  • I feel for you, because I have extremely bad TMJ. Wearing a nightguard while sleeping has helped, as have stress-relief activities, eating softer foods, stopping chewing gum or chewy/hard foods, etc. The frustrating thing is most insurance won't cover TMJ - Medical insurance says it's dental, dental insurance says it's medical. There's no easy cure to this, but some people have had success with myofascial release on the neck and face, nightguards, etc.
    2silverwings 9 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 07:21 PM
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