Sore jaw from clenching teeth

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I do it to some extent under any circumstances, but when I'm under a lot of stress I will routinely wake up with sore jaw muscles, and sometimes sores on the inside of my mouth (from biting it). I brought this up to my boyfriend the other day, and he said that he'd hard it was symptomatic of PTSD. Just wondering if anyone had heard anything about this.
There is no direct correlation between clenching of teeth and migraine. Clenching of teeth results in TMJ which can cause one sided temple pain and throbbing. Howvever there have been reports that in migraineurs clenching of teeth can precipitate an attack. http://www.drjimboyd.com/book/11th_sth.htm Hope this helps!
I have ear and jaw pain from this almost unconcious and continual jaw clenching and slight rubbing back and forth of my front teeth. I also probably grind or clench at night although a sleep study did not confirm this. (I wake up everyday with a significantly sore tooth that gets better through the day) I have tried chewing gum during the day and that seems to help some, although I will even stop chewing the gum to clench my jaw.
Can jaw pain and constant sore throat be a symptom of Fibromyalgia / CFS. I was diagnosed with CFS a few years ago and had glandular fever when I was 19 (am 48 now) but have had bouts of feeling flu like and general fatigue over the years. I have had a consistant sore throat, bit of ear pain, swollen glands and jaw ache, plus sharp pain in jaw when trying to eat, for over a month now. Dr gave me antibiotics but it hasn't helped. Has anyone else experienced this please?
He now thinks that it's a localized infection, but can't explain the teeth soreness (except to say it could be from jaw clenching; however, I don't think that's it, since it's never happened before). Any ideas about that?
UGH Have a new symptom, excessive teeth grinding/clenching. I have always grinded my teeth at night, but now I do it all day, it's gotten to the point where it's because very uncomfortable and painful. I literally can not stop, no matter how hard I try. I understand that this could be related to anxiety, but sometimes it literally happens all day on days where I have no anxiety. Anyone experience this???
Do you grind /clench your teeth at night? Do you mostly get this pain after waking up from sleep? Then most likely it's TMJ. Also, If your dentist mentions that you have some teeth-wear ( Attrition), then you are most likely grinding/clenching your teeth at night. Though I don't know what the reason could be for your throat closing up...
im am 21 years old, and about 5 years ago I remember eating some hard candies and my jaw locked up on me. It wasnt painful but a slight annoyance up untill this point. It wasnt every day that it would lock up at the begining ( for about the first year) and i could force it open by opening my mouth really wide and it would click very loudly.
First i got a mri scan of my brain the results where normal,then i went to the ent clinic and done some ear test and some time later they found nothing so then i read somewhere about tmj and vertigo and it made sense to me that this could be an answer as i have also been suffering since i was a teenager on and off -locked jaw-clicking jaw on the right side-and i think i m grinding my teeth too at night because when i wake up some mornings my jaw feel soft and sore .
Hi recently I have been having jaw pain/soreness and like a pressure feeling. I think ive noticed myself clenching my teeth. I also feel like my arms ache or like they are sore. I always think the worse and catastrophise like a heart attack or stroke but I say to myself I'm only 19 I cant be having things like that. I mean I know a heart attack, stroke can happen to anyone no matter what age but I try to tell myself young people rarely have heart attacks or strokes.
im taking amtriptyline 20mg at night to prevent me from clenching me teeth together! I feel like a new person , I even lost my job through feeling so ill all the time and taking sick days! I did not have aMRI they dioagnosed on consultation and pysical exam.
Stress really does effect it, that supprised me but its something to do with clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. I use a low dose of diazepam 2mg every now n then to just help it ease n relax, maybe once a week or so, heat, a bite gaurd to sleep in (don't bother with it as much as I should) paracetamol, a nice relaxing bath and making sure I have me time. My specialist made it clear I have to take time every day to relax!!!
Hers is because she grinds her teeth at night but I do not grind my teeth, I only clench my jaw at night. I do not know how to stop from clenching it. It's natural. It is how I sleep. A mouth guard will not stop me from clenching. So what can I do then? It's just going to keep getting worse unless I can do something, and if it keeps getting worse, some day I'll be reduced to eating baby food through an IV because I won't be able to chew or even open my mouth anymore.
Do you ever wake up from feeling tightness around your teeth/ Do you ever wake up from clenching teeth? Clenching teeth usually has effect on teeth as well. Clenching, bruxism (grinding) leads to making top of your teeth looking smooth. (Like that - http://0.tqn.com/d/dentistry/1/0/f/2/bruxism.jpg) Abscess is also possibility, again they would have to do exam/x-rays. Hmm, you can try messaging Scottma to ask more about TMJD.
The pain is pretty severe, yet only lasts a few seconds and extends from under my ear down across the front of my jaw and up the other side symetrically. This ONLY happens on the first bite of food (when I havn't been eating for a while). It feels like my jaw has a reaction to food being put into it initially but then is completely free of pain for the rest of the time i'm eating. Wait a few hours... Next FIRST bite, same pain few seconds gone...
He did not see anything wrong with my jaw and has suggested I might benefit from massage therapy. Not sure if I'm going to do that or not. I'm just about tired of it all. Hoping it goes away on it's on. I am starting to have some good parts of some days. I wonder if it doesn't have something to do with a herpes virus...maybe PHN and I didn't notice the rash...or at least the doctors didn't.
I am currently taking hydrocodone, 100 mg - 120 mg a day for nerve pain. Also 800 mg neurontin, and 40 mg celexa. I am experiencing teeth clenching and extreme jaw pain, "jumping" or muscle spasms, and changes in my vision, blurry periphial vision. Are these symptoms from long term use, or the high dosage? I am also building up a tolerence to the hydro, but from what I read, I don't want percs or oxy, which would be what they would change me to.
Although you say you wake with this pain in your jaw, is there a chance that while your asleep you are clenching your teeth together? as this would sure make your jaw muscles sore. But it wouldn't cause swollen glands. Maybe you have an infection of somekind that is causing all ur symptoms.....???
Just the other night my teeth started aching, then my jaw felt sore and my ears felt plugged. The next morning when I woke up my head hurt, my teeth ached, my ears ached and were plugged and it was hard to swallow. My glands under neath my throat were even swollen. I have never felt this kind of pressure in my ears and jaw that wont go away. I have taen everything and more to stop this most uncomfortable pain. Help me. PLEASE....
Two weeks later again i feel headahces, earahces, sore thorat, jaw joint pain, foul smell and taste from back up my throat.... i have had a thorat CT and a brain MRI and i am waiting for the results.... hoefulyy they will show what i think it is nost likely I have... a sphenoiditis or sphenoid sinusitis..... Takae a look at this interesting article about the Sphenoid sinus: http://www.emedicine.com/ent/byname/sinusitis-sphenoid-acute-surgical-treatment.
Your jaw pain could indeed be caused by anxiety. You could be clenching your jaw without really realizing you are doing it. As far as the lymph node goes. Are you palpating it all the time? If so, this can cause the lymph node to become swollen and sore. The internet search was a bad idea. All it does is feed into the anxiety. Because of your anxiety you will only be keying in on the negative things you read so don't use the internet for that purpose right now.
Went to TMJ specialist, and he thinks since it hurts on upper, then lower and into jaw, that possibly the ligaments of the root-canaled tooth are inflamed, from grinding/clenching on it. He took nightguard out of occlusion(small amt). He put me on motrin 800/3 times day, and a muscle relaxant to sleep with. Told me not to chew on that side either. I have had some relief about 5%, but tried a small amt of chewing on it and caused flair/soreness of pain.
I also thought it took like 2-3 days for that to happen (I've had dry sockets before). I am wondering if I was grinding my teeth/clinching my jaw in my sleep . I hve always done that so maybe i was pushing down hard in m sleep and made it swell worse/hurt worse. I dont knwo for sure. It does look puffier today (my whole face). I dnt think i have fever, so hopefully its not infection setting in. I go for my appt this a.m., will find out then I guess.
at the dentist yesterday they told me its wasn't an infection but they thought it was a side effect from unknowingly clenching my teeth, and rubbing against my tongue due to the adderall. i slept with a bite plate thing's last night to protect the sides of my tongue and they were a little better today. but now the tip of my tongue has all these little irritated taste buds and feels like i burnt it.
2 weeks ago i had 2 teeth filled with white fillings, they were very sensitive to cold and still are, i noticed myself being woken up att night jaw clenching and the pain was excrutiating coming from these teeth. I can not bite on these teeth at all without pain! Brushing them is also painfull. A week later i had 2 bottom teeth filled and these are the sensitive to cold and when i apply pressure to the inside of them with my tongue its almost like a feeling that my teeth are loose.
If your bite is correct and all your teeth are meeting properly it can be from nighttime grinding and clenching. Perhaps a night guard might help. Pain, when biting down that is not from infection is commonly from clenching. It can be quite severe, too! Hope this helps.
clenching hands and odd twisting, limb and heavy hands/arms all when sleeping, grinding teeth resulting in sore jaw (dentist looked at teeth). invol Twitching in muscles around neck and back, dizzy, trouble seeing at times- blind patches. Blank moments where time has gone by! Unable to think fast enough! On one occasion, was unable to move legs for 30 seconds while in a standing up position, feet locked into floor! Feeling tired.
I am finding that I am grinding or clenching my teeth a lot when I sleep now...could that be caused from stress too I don't really feel the stress but I know now that just because I don't feel it, it can still be there...any suggestions or comments to that?
I have a pretty bad overbite and the tooth feels very sensitive and sore behind it were my bottom teeth would either be clenching against it or grinding it during my sleep. I also have off and on facial pain. The only thing is I don't have jaw pain. My jaw feels a little stiff when I open my jaw in the morning, but no pain. Is it possible to have TMJ without jaw pain? And if so, what type of dentist or doctor do you see for TMJ? I have been seeing a Neurologist for my headaches.
They will check muscles in the area of the TMJ, look for asymmetry or inflammation in your face, listen for joint clicking or scraping sounds, test the range of motion in your jaw, and examine your teeth for evidence of jaw clenching or teeth grinding. With the diagnosis they will determining which treatment or combination of therapies will work best for you. Take care and keep us posted.
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