I've had a clicky jaw for about a year now, and even though it pretty much clicks every time I chew, it never causes any pain.
I've been getting a lot of headaches lately, especially in my right temple and the lower right back portion of my head. The pain ranges from sharp to dull incessant throbbing, but it goes away in about 20-30 minutes. Over the last two weeks, I've been getting neck aches as well, which is something I've never experienced before.
Then, just today, I got horrific pains in my right ear, totally out of the blue. It was like someone was driving an icepick through the back of the really thick cartilage that comes from the base of the skull into the front. Now, it's bright red and throbbing, and it only really hurts when I open my mouth all the way.
On the last three visits to the dentist, he's stuck his thumbs in the joints back there, jiggled them around, and asked me if it hurt, which it didn't, and so he just left it. The joints in my jaw still don't really hurt.
I'm 17, and I still go to a pediatric dentist, if that matters.
I dont think that going to a pediatric denist matters too much. However iD suggest switching to a dentist that specializes in tmj matters. this sounds like a classic case of tmd., tmd will often referr the pain to different areas of the body and it feels as if its not the jaw at all. If you need help finding a good dentist let me know. you may also want to see a chiropractor at the same time. have you had any accidents?
Hi there. I may be able to help you. I work for a dentist who specializes in TMJ. This is what we call Tempromandibular Joint Disorder. The symptoms you are experiencing are all TMD related. I, myself suffer from TMD, and I have the exact same symptoms as you. At my worst, I was getting one sided earaches, neck aches, back aches, and migraines. My peak point was when I was having my teeth bleached, and my jaw completely locked up! It was pretty scary, even for a dental assistant. Heres what you can do. You need to find a dentist that treats TMD. Some orthodontists treat TMD as well. They can take the necessary X Rays to diagnose, then they will most likely put you in what we call an "anterior deprogrammer." (Fancy word for TMD splint) This is totally diagnostic, it is not permanent. If in 6 months your symptoms resolve, then you can have braces put on to permanently fix the problem. I have actually been in a TMD splint for a few months now, and I feel so much better! I was so miserable before, that it was affecting my daily routines. I hope this helps you, let me know if youd like any more information.