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Crying or Very sad ok i am not sure what is wrong, but i went to the emergency room the other night and got diagnosed with an ear infection i am 26yrs old. they put me on amoxocilin. i woke up this morning and my cheek is swollen. my tooth has been bothering me and now my tooth doesn't hurt that bad but my cheek hurts and is swollen. i have no idea what to do. i have no idea what it could be. can someone help me. it is my bottom right tooth that is messed up. i dont know if it is an absscess or what, maybe just an infection?
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First Helper pkaustin
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replied May 26th, 2007
Oh no! hope it's sorted now. I'm not a professional in this area, but I know that your teeth can play a part in getting infections in other parts of the body like the throat, ears etc. I've just had my wisdom teeth removed after having months of feeling crap with sore throat and constant dull headaches...It was my bottom wisdom tooth that kept getting infected, and I didn't realise how much of an impact this could have on the rest of my health!
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replied April 24th, 2011
sore throat. tooth hurts. swollen cheek
i have the same thing. did the it help getting the wisdoms pulled?
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replied September 28th, 2008
Swollen Cheek
Hi i know this was wrote last year but i seem to be having the same sort of problem as yourself and wanted to know if you managed to get your problme dealt with?

I am currently 37 weeks pregnnat and all throughout my pregnancy ive had a swollen right gland and cheek its never really caused me much bother or been painfull until quite recently to which i have been back and forth to the dentist.

I had 1 xray just on my two back right wisdom teeth and it just showed a possible infection as there was shadowing on the gum(this was then referd to the dental dept at my local hospital). I have been on amoxocillin, co-amoxiclav and now I am on metronindazole (all to be the lowest dose due to my pregnnacy) as the others didnt seemed to have worked. My xray was referd to my local hopsital and the dental dept there advised I need my last wisdom tooth taken out (on the right side) as its impacted. As im a wimp I dont want to be awake even tho I will be going through hours of child labour! so i will have to wait until he decides to come?

im asuming this is a dental problem? I have as my right cheek,jaw and glands are swollen but not entirly painfull just an uncomftable sensation and the only time it seems to cause me mither is when I rise my mouth out with salt water its not painfull its just quite irratating and also this wisdom tooth seems to be slightly irrated as well, its just causing me so much trouble as I dont know what it is ( this is why im frustrated) and I cant sleep that well as its so I just wanted to know if you managed to get your problem seen to and what was the outcome?

I have been back and forth to my doctor and my dentist and no one seems to think anything is worng with me? My normal dentist didnt not even see from my xray that my tooth was impacted. Hopefully before im due to have the tooth taken out they can do a full xray of my face as no one seems to want to investigate what is wrong with me?

I have also been to see few Gp's they did blood tests for mumps & glandular fever andy any other infectiosn to which all came back negative they all seem to think thats nothing wrong with me I even vistedn an ENT doctor to which he advised my gland didnt seem swollen I know my own body and can feel its slightly swollen an my dentist even confirmed there was an infection or possibly still an infection?
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replied January 18th, 2009
omfg same here
it all started out with my throat hurting then friday [today is sunday] my throat stoped hurting and it felt like my ears were cloged. then my mouth started hurting on the right side. after that saturday i woke up with the same pain of my mouth hurting. i have no clue whats going on or whats wrong but today [sunday] i woke up and i look like a chipmunk. the whole bottem rght side of my face looks swollen. i have some tenderness in my teeth but other then that really nothing exept the slight pain and the swollen jaw well cheek what could this be?
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replied August 21st, 2011
.....?
Hi,

I am experiencing the exact same symptoms as this, did you get to the bottom of this?

Katie
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replied February 1st, 2009
MORE OF THE SAME!!!
Hello there.....i suffer from this exact same thing.. but mine happens quite often and is pretty consistently swollen...both cheeks....no pain but sometimes they feel tight or heavy...not quite sure how else to describe it....chipmunk cheeks is one way but i work with the public and am typically very self conscious all the time anyway....this is awful but i have been dealing with it for several years now....but lately it has been somewhat worse...meaning i have bigger cheeks more consistently....i don't know if i'm lacking a hormone...("hypothyriodism"...i've read about that as "swollen cheeks" go)....or if i'm lacking a vitamin or something but if anyone knows a home remedy or has ANY information that might help me.....please post a response....

I'm a 27 year old female and feel so helpless about this situation....THANKS!!!

Kathryn
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replied May 14th, 2009
confused
I'm 25 yrs old and I woke up this morning with my bottom left cheek swollen and feeling somewhat numb (kinda like when you go to a dentist and get prepped for dental work). I have no pain and had no pain in my teeth or gums so I can't tell if its dental related. I got scared and brushed very very very well in the morning followed by mouthwash. In the shower, I just faced my left cheek up to the hot water because my cheek felt somewhat tight and I figured maybe hot water would help. Its been somewhat swollen all day although it seems to be decreasing now. I'm scared (no health insurance), what should I do?
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replied July 10th, 2009
help..my face wont stop swelling
i appear to have a similar problem. For approximatley a year my left cheek has been swollen, on the inside. no pain, though a bit of sensitivity on my top left gum, where a wisdom tooth is coming through. over the year this swelling has never went down, and slowly got bigger. No1 can really see it apart from me, unless i ask them to look very closely. However over the last few weeks i have felt the other cheek swelling too. Again no pain, however when i shave my skin feels extremely sensitive and i feel as if my face is massive. If i move my tongue up and down inside my cheek i can feel what appears to be a swollen muscle? .. on both cheeks now. Also it feels as if the bit underneath my chin where my windpupe is has 2 solid oval objects in it? The swelling has now spread up to my just below my eyes (where the cheekbone just ends and there is a hole where my eye is. and I am extremely scared my eyes are going to be swollen over. Have been to see an ear nose and throat specialist who stuck a scope up my nose, gave me all clear on that. Am due to see a oral surgeon maxollifacial(sp?) specialist in a few weeks. This is having a severe impact on my confidence now and is really really making me feel down. The swelling isnt very evident on the outside.. it does feel mostly inside. but because it has never stopped and now my other cheek has started to swell i am extremely frightned that my face is never going to return to normal, and that there is something wrong with me (facial tumor perhaps?) ... sorry for the long winded post, I am just at my wits end and dont know what to do.
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replied May 10th, 2011
Any Solution?
I have a lot of the same symptoms and feel like I've exhausted all types of Dr.s. This has taken over my life. Can you tell me if the your cheeks thickness swells, If you place your hand on the outside of your cheek and press against it with your tongue you can feel the thickness. My goes back and forth between left and right. Also, do your fingertips prune up like you've been in water? Did you ever find out what is causing all of your symptoms? I just realized how long ago you posted this. This has been going on for over a year now for me.
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replied August 6th, 2009
You know how you will often times see Ear, Nose, and Throat clinics? That is because these systems are all connected. Anything that happens in one often times affects more than one. A problem that starts with a tooth can result in infection which spreads to the tissue around it. That infection can then spread to the ears causing an ear infection, the nose causing a sinus infection, to the tonsils, throat, and lymph nodes. Swelling is the bodies way of reacting to a foreign presence in the body (infection, transplant, or an irritating substance)With these systems especially it is perfectly to have a symptom in one place such as pain and tenderness in the ear canal and find out that the cause is somewhere else such as a bad tooth. Or you could have a sore throat and find out the cause is an ear infection. In these situations it is necessicary to treat the cause first so that the body is no longer sending infection through the blood stream to the rest of the system.
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replied December 18th, 2009
Hi I still haven't had this sorted out my son is now 14 months! and i have now been refferd to a univestity dental hospital in manchester. My local dental hospital don't seem to know their arse from their elbow so i changed dentits and they have refferd me to this other dental hospital - Ive had and xrays and they cant find anything wrong i had an mri scan done and was advised i have a pocket of fluid on the right angle of my jaw - to which another dentist said i didnt it just looks like that on the scan from where my wisdom tooth was. I haven't got a clue whats up with me i am showimg signs on tmj but i think i have have an infection in my gum that was at the back of the lower right side that has spread to the tissues and to the jaw and really dont know why its not showing on xrays? i have enlarged sore glands under my jaw and in my neck ive even had earache really bad in both ears and now its started on my left side - my cheeks and both side of my jaw are swollen as well as my gl;ands and i seem to have swelling and a weird sensations at the angle of each jaw - my face swells up and goes really hot and my gum throbs - i also suffer from dull headaches more or less everyday|! - in march this will have been going on for 2 years and stil no health proffesional can diagnose me or treat the problem- personally i think i should be offerd deep gum cleaning and then a course of antibiotics to which im refused- i also want another mri scan done on my jaw and face this time instead of just on my glands as this will be able to see into my bone and tissues but again i am being refused this - when all in all i will just keep returning until they do decide to do something
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replied May 29th, 2010
i was sucking on my cheek because i hurt a little i started to shuck on it for hours and i started to feel my cheek get a little big but i thought its not that bad next thing you know my cheek got 2x bigger then it got huge Ive been rinsing my mouth with warm salt water and putting ice on it its helping a little but its still pretty big
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replied June 14th, 2010
I have had a swollen cheek now for 2 days. Not surprising to me i get this about every 6 months or so. It also starts with my upper left side tooth hurting the first day and then my cheek swells and the pain lessens on my tooth. sometime it will cause my eyes to swell or stays lower to my cheek and neck area. I get to the doctor fast and get an antibiotic . It eventually goes away. i sleep sitting up as much as possible because that prevents the swelling to get to my eyes . i feel it has something to do with my sinuses
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replied August 17th, 2010
Has anyone here had result's from treatment. I see a long list of everyone having pretty much the same issues, but no treatment results. I'm the same, going on two years now. They are now thinking, possible "gland stones" almost the same thing as kidney stones, but in my glands. More test this week, another ct scan, blood work. I'll keep you posted.
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replied August 24th, 2010
Hi, I have had similar for a year and a half now. Mainly in my right cheek. The doctors have done various blood tests and a CT on my sinus area and all clear, so the doctor is certain it is dental. The dentist has looked and said all is fine with my teeth/gums, but did confirm one side was more swollen than the other and referred me to the maxo dept at hospital. They checked and said all was fine. So getting no where fast. To add to all this though, the glands on my neck and under my arms also flare up at same time as my cheek. Be good to hear more from pkaustin. Dentist checkup again soon, so plan to give dentist hell and try and get to bottom of this.
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replied August 24th, 2010
I'll know more later today, tomorrow; i'll keep you posted.
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replied October 14th, 2010
Sorry everyone, I listed a website so this site took off my post. Anyway, after numerous Dr., Dentist, MRI, blood work out the Yazoo. Conclusion is I�m a big time clincher while sleeping, not grinder or that would have been easier to detect by chipped teeth etc., clincher. After doing this probable for many many year�s (we all do it to various extremes) and even more over the past two to three years I�ve built up my masseter muscle in my jaw. Just like if you constantly worked out a bicep or calf muscle. The masseter is already the strongest muscle in your jaw/head, working it out all night every night started to make me look like a chipmunk, but with headaches, earaches, all kinds of pains etc. Even the muscle above my eye temple area is noticeable bigger looking back at pictures. Your jaw is only connected by muscle and other tissues, and flexes when it need to with extreme use. I�ve also formed these two bone knobs, for lack of a better word under my tongue. They say that�s the body adding support like structures to the jaw because it�s being so worked. They gave me valium for 20 days, my headaches went away, pain in the jaw went away, my son in from college hadn�t seen during this time said it looked slimmer. Obviously don�t want to be popping valium every night. Treatment in two weeks is Botox injections, directly into the masseter muscle. They say this alone will reduce the swelling thin out the jaw and basically paralyze the muscle so I won�t be able to clinch during the night. Just like stopping doing curls, your bicep gets smaller. And all the pain related with it. Need to try and chill and I�ll possible add a mouth guard also, for clinching, not grinding, there different. It also needs to be performed by a very trained person with Botox, not a wine and Botox party kinda person or you may not be able to talk for 4-6 mths. Usually a Prosthodontist, or possible a plastic surgeon. All the doc�s I�ve seen over the past many months basically said, ahhhh, that makes since, so we�ll see. Having the procedure in two weeks. Might not be what yall have but might want to look into it. Good luck!
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replied December 1st, 2010
I woke up with the left side of my face swollen, with no pain?
spooklyt .. i have had the same things happening to me. I have flare ups in the pits of my arms, and pain in my left temple. 3 days ago, I woke up with my left cheek swollen. The swelling goes up and down. I have no pain in my mouth or face around the swelling! The only pain i have, is a stabbing sensation in my left temple every now and then. (very scary dont know what to do), i have already been to the doc and all tests were normal
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replied August 12th, 2011
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Your lymph nodes are swollen. This is either viral, Bacterial or in the worst case scenario a free radical cell has began spreading and reproducing inside of that particular Lymph node system which can become cancerous. I believe the swollen Lymph Node system you are describing is the cervical system. This is a hot spot for cancer in women aged late 30's to mid 40's. I highly recommend you get checked out.

Lymph nodes (erroneously called lymph glands) are a part of the lymphatic system, a component of the body's immune system. Swollen lymph nodes may signal an infection.

There are several groups of lymph nodes, which are small, bean-shaped, soft nodules of tissue. The ones most frequently enlarged or swollen are found in the neck, under the chin, in the armpits, and in the groin. There is also a large group of lymph nodes in the chest, which are sometimes found to be enlarged on X-rays or CT scans
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replied March 1st, 2012
Face pain
Well reading all the possibility i can't seem to figure some of them out, but here goes. I woke up about a week ago with the right side of my face numb and it remained like that all day. The next day it got worst started to feel like water was running down the side of my face. After going to the doctors they said I'm fine. I read that stress plays a big part in facial feeling. I was also picking up weights for the past several months not sure if that had anything to do with it. Could neck strain cause the face to feel like this? And my last question will it go away?
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replied March 2nd, 2012
I noticed the other day my left lymph node was swollen, but I have no sore throat. But lately my whole left side of gums and teeth hurt. Was at dentist 2 weeks ago for 6 month check up and nothing was was wrong. I can't take the pain anymore! Any ideas of what it is???
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replied March 2nd, 2012
I noticed the other day my left lymph node was swollen, but I have no sore throat. But lately my whole left side of gums and teeth hurt. Was at dentist 2 weeks ago for 6 month check up and nothing was was wrong. I can't take the pain anymore! Any ideas of what it is???
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replied November 5th, 2012
just a theory
I was checking out this site coz of a numbness in my cheek. Mine I think is quite simple compared to what I have read but it might be of some help. I think if the numbness is directly the cause of infection it would get a lot worse an quickly too, it is properly pressure on the nerve, but that in itself can cause other problems just like if you have a pinched nerve in your neck it can cause pain in the arms an pressure around the ears an eyes. I am definitely not a doctor but I think that something like a minor infection added to pressure on a nerve, an then maybe over use of other muscles could build up a multitude of symptoms not even caused by the original problem an so dr's an dentist's could be looking in the wrong place.
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