For the past 4 days I've had severe pain on one side of my jaw, and my molars on both sides no longer touch. I can't fully bite down. When I try to make my molars touch I get a sharp pain on the side of my jaw that hurts the most. My front teeth still touch.
I do on occasion tend to grind my teeth together lightly. And when I'm stressed at night I grit my teeth together.
It also hurts to open my jaw wide to yawn, and when I move my lower jaw forward. And it's pretty painful to eat.
Does anyone have anything like this or maybe know what it is? I have no insurance and I don't make a lot of money, so I really can't go to the doctors or the hospital.
It appears that your bite may have shifted. Frequently this means that the disc within the joint has been "caught" outside of its usual position or has been damaged/stretched/trauma. You now need to treat your jaw like it has been sprained. Use lots of moist heat and ice directly on both jaw joints (right in front of your ear). Take up to 800 mg. of Ibuprofen (with soft food) if you can tolerate it. Try not to use your mouth as much as possible for a few weeks - eat softer foods or liquids, talk as little as possible and no gum chewing or wide yawning, etc. Evaluate how you are sleeping - do NOT sleep on your stomach. The back is the best but with a good cervical pillow you can sleep on your sides but don't put your hand under your face and don't stretch out your neck while sleeping.
You need to relax big-time and you might need something like Valium to take at bed-time for a couple of weeks. Or a muscle relaxant. Have a friend or someone give you shoulder and neck massages if you can. Hot tubs are very relaxing.
The grinding or clenching must be stopped right away. I wouldn't be surprised if this caused the "trauma" to your jaw. If you know that you are gritting, you are probably doing more so during the night while you sleep. There is a rule that we should never bring our teeth together, and while in resting position, the tongue should rest on the roof of your mouth, teeth apart, lips together (relaxed and can be slightly apart). Think about keeping the jaw, neck and shoulders down or relaxed. One person I know "cured" his clenching problem by keeping his tongue between his teeth. I don't know if that is good for all, but it worked for him.
I'm running out of time, but also evaluate your posture (check out nismat.org/ptcor/tmj) and add Super Vitamin B Complex and Magnesium to your daily diet. Relax anyway you can. Stress is the number one enemy of TMJ. Please ask all the questions you want and hopefully we'll all be able to help each other.
I bought a bottle of Advil's today. I'm going to try to not sleep with my hand under my face, I know I do that too. I didn't realize that it could effect it also. I also found that eating popsicles helped a lot. They weren't as hard as chewing on ice or ice chips, but probably not the softest thing either.
This might be a good excuse to eat ice cream and soup all week!
Update: It's been two weeks now and counting. It's lessening during the day time hours, but it feels the worst just before I go to sleep. I've gotten use to the pain so I stopped taking so many advils. I've been doing so many things to lesson the damage that I might be doing. I guess it's something I need to start getting used to.
I have problem with my left side jaw since last week. I am not able to open it wide. When I try to do so, it pains. I can talk and eat properly, but I cant move my lower jaw left to right. I have not had any kind of injury. I have lots of stress and I have very bad habit of sleeping on stomach and I cant control it. I don't want to undergo any kind of surgery. Please help.