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Chronic face and jaw pain

Feb 28, 2016 4:52 PM

Hi, I'm new to this, have suffered with daily headache and severe jaw pain for the last ten years and am really struggling to cope with it. Any tips?

Feb 28, 2016 7:35 PM

Have you gone to a neurologist or any doctor for it yet?

Feb 28, 2016 7:48 PM

Do you have TMJ, or neck disc issues? Are the headaches diagnosed specifically, like migraines, tension, cervicogenic, etc? I received epidural steroid injx for cervicogenic/migraine headaches and it helped a lot. I have a shoulder wrap hot pads (can be frozen too) that helps a lot also.

Feb 29, 2016 6:28 AM

Hi guys, I was diagnosed with migraine at about 19, have always clenched my teeth due to the pain and now it's almost a compulsion like I can't relax my jaw, seeing a specialist dentist tomorrow so that should shed some light

Feb 29, 2016 7:15 AM

I have constant facial pain mainly left side. Mine started after a visit to my dentist were he gave me a crown after that constant pain. I also had cluster migraines in my early 20's but grew out of them. For 3 years I had so much pain felt like toothache and migraine at the same time would last 3-4 days then ease off for a couple of days then came back also alternating sides I mainly slept as I could not work, use computer, watch TV etc. Thankfully I lived with my parents who supported me and still do. I hope you find out the course. I also have noticed I clench my teeth. My face swells up and I dont get the migraines as often as I once did. Hope I did not put you off going to the dentist I just think I had a not so good dentist as we believe he caused my brother trouble with his teeth. We changed dentist and he is really good. He has worked hard to get me into hospital and specialist dentists.

Feb 29, 2016 8:15 AM

I had exactly the same! Root canal and a crown cos they thought it was the tooth, only to find I still have the same issue, hence the referral as she didn't know what else to do :/ thanks for your advice and glad you have support to help you through :)

Feb 29, 2016 1:42 PM

Look up tmj.
Mine is caused by my muscles and clenching not deterioration of the joint like some is.
Muscle relaxants and heat help a bit. Eat soft food. Try to relax. And try to pay attention to when you clench and try to force your self to stop.
I clench when i drive so i try to keep my tounge between my teeth so that i don't clench.
Also your dentist should be able to get you a splint for when you sleep so you don't damage your teeth more.
And there are exercises that can be done to help.

Feb 29, 2016 1:49 PM

I was told that mine is not tmj, had the mouth guard did not help me, I clench my teeth when playing games on android, I have been eating soft food for a few years now as I can only eat one side as I had teeth removed on the left. Hope those things help hpl as we are all different and what works for one does not always work for another.

Feb 29, 2016 1:59 PM

Do you get muscle spams or muscle tightness? Tight muscles can push on the nerve cluster that sits in the jaw. Which will result in face pain.
Also only eating on one side will cause one side to become stronger than the other and cause an imbalance which can cause irritation on the nerve which will cause pain.
The splint doesn't help with clenching, it does hold your jaw in the right position though (if the dentist built it right) and should take some of the impact do you don't crack your teeth from clenching.
My dentist said tmj, my doctor said irritation on the facial nerve caused by muscle issues not tmj. But usually face pain comes from that nerve cluster in your jaw joint.

Feb 29, 2016 2:04 PM

No just constant pain on the left side mainly on the cheek area and around the left eye. My cheek swells up making me look like a chipmunk with a nut stuck in my mouth lol.

Feb 29, 2016 2:12 PM

Thank you everybody, sometimes it feels like I'm the only one suffering with this. I clench my teeth all day and in my sleep, I've had a splint for the top set of teeth and one for the bottom and neither worked, it's difficult to describe I just feel like I can't fully relax my jaw, il see what tomorrow's assessment brings. Thank you again everyone

Feb 29, 2016 2:27 PM

Oh man that sucks. I get swelling sometimes too but never that bad.
My pain is constant in my right side.

My muscles never relax even with massage, physio and meds so i just assume it's the cause.
Hope you find the cause of yours and that is treatable.

Feb 29, 2016 2:28 PM

Thank you so much

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