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Posted: 12/15/2005 1:47:19 PM EDT
Last week I woke up with severe pain in the right side of my jaw and I still have it today. It hurts to close my teeth together but not when I let my jaw go slack. The pain is almost unbearable when I chew but gets better after a few minutes. Once I stop chewing for a few minutes and let my jaw relax, the pain returns. It hurts up to my ear. The worst is waking up in the morning and trying to close my mouth. PAINFUL!

Anybody have this malady before? What was it?
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:47:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/15/2005 1:48:19 PM EDT by DzlBenz]
Sounds like T.M.J.

www.tmj.org/
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:48:45 PM EDT
Have you had your WISDOM teeth out yet?
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:48:53 PM EDT
Inner-ear infection?

I've had one and my ear didn't really hurt but my jaw did
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:51:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Pangea:
Last week I woke up with severe pain in the right side of my jaw and I still have it today. It hurts to close my teeth together but not when I let my jaw go slack. The pain is almost unbearable when I chew but gets better after a few minutes. Once I stop chewing for a few minutes and let my jaw relax, the pain returns. It hurts up to my ear. The worst is waking up in the morning and trying to close my mouth. PAINFUL!

Anybody have this malady before? What was it?



TMJ? Root canal time?
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:51:52 PM EDT
Someone hit you when you were asleep?
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:53:31 PM EDT
TMJ Apply moist heat, soft foods and get a mouth guard if you grind your teeth at night.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 3:39:36 PM EDT
I have had that happen several times over the last ten years. The severe pain usually goes away after 2-3 weeks. Even when the severe pain is gone, I have CONSTANT headaches to the point where it's just something I have learned to live with. The pain is usually concentrated on my left temple, but it's definately caused by my jaw.

Just learn to live with it. I haven't been able to find a doctor or dentist who has been able to get rid of the pain for me.
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