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This morning I woke up and the left side of my jaw was very painful. It hurts up around the hinge, near my ear. I can only open my mouth halfway and it is excruciating to bite down on anything. I have no idea what caused it, I felt fine when I went to bed. Does anyone have any ideas or had this happen to them before? Also, who would I go to to have it checked out - a doctor or a dentist?
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replied November 16th, 2003
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General jaw pain in the area you are describing is fairly common.


People with poorly aligned teeth or people who grind their teeth overnight suffer from this condition regularly. It can also happen as a result of a bland force injury to the jaw or any stress.


Since you are having troiuble opening your mouth and therefore most likely eating you should have it checked out asap.


A dentist is your best starting point. If you require corrective action most dentists will refer you to a specialist.



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replied November 16th, 2003
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Thanks for the reply mike Smile my teeth are aligned correctly (thanks to 2 years of braces) but I have been told that I grind my teeth at night. I've woken up in the morning before with a sore jaw but it always went away within a few minutes. This has lasted all day and hasn't gotten any better. I'll probably call the doctor in the morning if it is still bothering me.
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replied June 8th, 2012
The same thing happened to me...
Hi My name is Mrianna, I woke up this morning and also my left side hurts by the hinge like as if it's brused and it hurts when I open it halfway. I also have been told that I grind my teeth at night, usually people or as my mom told me, people get this but after a few days it goes away. I've had it all day and it's annoying and painful. Let me know how your checkup and anything else went. Hope we both are better soon Smile
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replied June 8th, 2012
The same thing happened to me...
Hi My name is Mrianna, I woke up this morning and also my left side hurts by the hinge like as if it's brused and it hurts when I open it halfway. I also have been told that I grind my teeth at night, usually people or as my mom told me, people get this but after a few days it goes away. I've had it all day and it's annoying and painful. Let me know how your checkup and anything else went. Hope we both are better soon Smile
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replied November 17th, 2003
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Update
I went to the doctor this morning and I somehow managed to mess up my jaw, well actually the muscles surrounding the left side hinge of my jaw. I have been prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication and also a muscle relaxer for night time. Doctor said if i'm not feeling better in a week I have to go back and get "injection therapy". I'm really hoping the medication works.....Eek.
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replied December 15th, 2012
I got trigger point injections to reduce TMJ pain and at first I was thrilled by the result. My pain was gone for a few days, but the effect was very temporary. Four days later I seemed to be back in even more pain. Or maybe it was the same amount but it seemed like more because I was so disappointed. That disappointment came on the heels of many other disappointments with drugs, mouth guards, chiropractic manipulations, and acupuncture, but I think I’ve found something that works now. I’m using a biofeedback headband to train myself out of clenching while I sleep, and unlike the trigger point injections, the results have been getting steadily better for a month, and I’m praying for total recovery.
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replied February 26th, 2008
Hey, my jaw also hurts as the first post described but i dont think i grind or have misaligned teeth except for in the front or on the right side where my jaw isnt hurting. I chew gum a lot so could that be a problem? Also it hurts to open my jaw but once its fully open then it doesnt hurt. I have trouble eating food because it hurts but when i bite down on my teeth i have no problem.
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replied February 27th, 2008
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id suggest that you both get into your doctor and tell them about this. blahblah--have you thought of a possible cause at all?

both of you put some heat on it and treat it like its sprianed. you could have just slept on it funny. if it doesnt go away with heat id really get it checked out.
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replied February 27th, 2008
Hi Forum Girl,

Just a suggestion, but if you know that you grind your teeth at night, I would suggest having a splint made for you to wear when you go to bed, this will save your teeth and your jaw some pain and stress.
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replied January 4th, 2013
Hello everyone,

I have grinded my teeth since I was very young, 6 yrs. or so, and it has never bothered with pain or noise because I was asleep. However, it did bother my sisters who I shared a room with. My dentist back then tried a mouth guard, but I still grind and I am 31 now. 2 1/2 years ago I pulled a muscle in my jaw and for about 6 months it popped constantly. During that time I didn't experience any pain just popping every time I chewed, yawned, tried to brush my teeth, and sometimes during talking. The popping was more annoying than painful. When the popping finally stopped for awhile, I started noticing soreness once in awhile. This went on and on for the last 36 months. Recently, the pain has increased drastically. I can't open my mouth more than a third of the way. Yawning and eating are a chore. If I don't stop myself from yawning the pain will drop me to my knees. I have even yelled profanities! I went in to see my dentist over my symptoms and he referred me to an oral surgeon. After tests, x-rays and MRI's, the diagnosis was TMJ with a large amount of fluid build up. Arthrocentesis (you go under, they use a catheter to remove debris and fluid from around the jaw area and then inject a lubricant and steroids) is what they recommended for the problem. I had this done yesterday, I hope it helps. Also, the Doctor said after the procedure that the disc was dislocated. Please let me know if you have had this done and if it worked for any of you. Thank you for your time.
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replied February 28th, 2008
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yes this would protect the teeth and possible reduce tmd symptoms--get one made for you by a dentist. dont go with a mouth guard from a drug store as it may just cause you more harm than good
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replied February 25th, 2009
JAW pain
Urm okay, I know for a fact I grind my teeth. I can feel it in my dreams, it's like I can't speak and my mouth is glued shut, I can feel the pain...then I wake up and I realize what I'm doing. -_-

But I haven't felt it in my dreams lately...My jaw just felt all weird last night and now the pain has gotten worse. It's like 3:30 in the morning and I can't sleep cause the pain is bothering me that much...so I'm online looking for a solution as I am now.

T_T

I can only open my mouth halfway before feeling the pain, biting down hurts too. The pain occurs some where near or at the hinges of my jaw.

I only now just realized how much it hurt when I had to yawn...ouch. >_<

I suppose I will go to the doctor as most of you recommended... ^^
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replied March 9th, 2009
jaw pain
yes i found that i've been chewing gum a lot more lately because my university was giving away free Five gum on campus as some promotional event. i think the cause is overeating of gum and it has affected my jaw muscles as a result. my first thought was to go to a dentist but i don't think my teeth are misaligned or anything. perhaps a doctor is the best idea?
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replied March 11th, 2009
Jaw pain
I've woken up with this about 5 days in a row. I grind my teeth, but I HAVE (and wear) a sleep guard that was molded for my teeth. I've never been diagnosed with TMJ, but my sister was. It started the day after my husband brought me gummy worms. I thought it was just that my jaw was tired. Its happened before, but It didn't go away after 1-2 days. It's gradually hurt worse every morning, but by an hour later it feels fine. Looks like I'll have to make a Dr. appointment. *sigh* I hate Navy docs. Sad
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replied March 19th, 2009
Jaw pain
Wow, this seems exactly like what has happened to me. I woke up one day,with a tremendous pain on the right side of my jaw. Right near the hinge. It hurts to move my jaw and especially when i bite down. I get a shooting pain up my jaw and to my ear. This has never happened before... I would love some muscle relaxers =P
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replied April 7th, 2009
jaw pain
I've had problems with my jaw for years. The first time was after I gave birth to my daughter. I was in the hospital and gonna eat and I couldn't open my mouth very far. It turned out that I had a slipped disk in my jaw. Went to an oral surgeon and he pulled the disk back into place. It was an out patient procedure. It did work. I could open my mouth all the way after that. Now I got bigger problems. Broke jaw 4 years ago, 2 surguries later, now its been bother me again. Trying to find a clinical trial for jaw replacement. Got laid off recently and have no insurance. Been searching internet for clinical trial. No luck yet.
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replied August 3rd, 2009
I have awful pain in the hinge of my jaw when I bite down. This is obviously making it impossible for me to chew anything. I've had it for almost a week, and it seems to be getting much worse. Its just on one side, and seems to feel like cartlidge/grissle in my jaw is clicking when I try to bite down. I can feel it clicking, and then I get a terrible shooting pain. I can open my mouth as wide as normal. Its just when I bite.

I have been reading about people grinding their teeth in their sleep, but i have asked my partner, and he said I haven't.

Should I go to my Doctors?

Owwch!!
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replied August 8th, 2009
I woke up one morning with jaw pain and it hasn't gone
a way- seems like same symptoms as all of you. I went to my dentist and he massaged my gum ( it hurt!), but, it felt better for a short time. If there was something really wrong, it probably wouldn't have felt any better- soooo
do we need jaw massage??!! Yech
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replied August 22nd, 2009
teeth pain
i woke up about 2 days ago with a pain in my jaw on the left side up near my jaw hinge i am 13 years old so i have braces and my dentist confirmed to me that i do grind my teeth while i am sleeping i am going to try and get a mouth guard from the dentist. When i bite down it only herts a little but i cant feel the left side of my jaw almost its weird i have to go to the dentist soon and ill ask them abot it. My grand parrents think that i am not brushing my teeth enough and that is why .....
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replied April 4th, 2011
I hope you have gotten some help with this. ^_^
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replied September 23rd, 2009
right ear
my ear hurts when i yawn must be because of my jaw? Sad
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replied September 23rd, 2009
This has happened to me. I had NO idea what it was. I am most certain it is TMJ. I completely chewed the inner gum of my right jaw, it looks like a circle and I can tell where my top teeth was biting down on it caught in between my back bottom molars. I have NO idea how I could practically shred my gums and not wake up noticing it. I grind my teeth also, but not often. I believe this time my gums inner cheek gums got caught in the way, OUCH OUCH OUCH! So not only does my jaw/ear hurt, but my shredded gums are killing me.
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replied October 9th, 2009
my jaw hurts
my jaw has been hurting for three days now at the back where the hings are. it only hurts when my mouth is closed
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replied October 10th, 2009
hi all, iv been having really bad jaw pain for a while not been able to eat properly open my mouth yawn so i went to my dentist who sed nothing was wrong and gave me a mouth guard it still hurt so went back apparently nothing was wrong so went back yet again still the same i decided to go to my doctor and thankfully i got sent to a specialist at the hospital and now awaiting surgery on my jaw so guys go to ur doctors before its to late xx
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