My face hurts so incredibly bad. The muscles that open and close my jaw are aching. It is nearly as painful as when my wisdom teeth were removed and Lyrica is not helping me anymore. Is there anything I can do for this pain?
Leotardbanshee, is the pain from TMJ? I have TMJD and I microwave a rice filled tube sock to hold on my jaws. I also use Voltaren gel at the joints. I also wear an orthodontic splint to keep from clinching or grinding my teeth.
Try massaging some type of pain ointment in and then use heat (not too hot). Hugs & prayers you'll feel better tomorrow. 🙂🙏🌼💕
I too get awful face pain with my fibromyalgia. Sometimes with a migraine and sometimes without. Heat is the best suggestion I have. Also maybe feel around on the inside of your mouth in the area and see if you find any swelling. I sometimes use an anbesol soaked qtip and put it as far back near the joint as possible inside mouth and hold it there until the numbness sets in, but I have teeth problems and one bad tooth can cause pain anywhere in your jaw.
There are good physiotherapy exercises for tmj. Night splint might be helpful too. The cause is most likely grinding teeth at night, and the reason that for is stress. tmj us often seen in other stress related disorders like fibro. So have your jaw examined and examine your stress levels. Only you can do that, no drugs. Take a look here too: http://physioworks.com.au/injuries-conditions-1/tmj_dysfunction
I wasn't wearing a splint until last year, and the grinding & clenching aggravated the bone loss. Now both joints are out of position and deteriorating. They were going to do surgery and replace the joints, while extending my lower jaw forward. But then we found out I have osteopenia and they did an MRI to check the joints, determining that all my jaw bones are deteriorating and likely wouldn't heal. So no surgery for me. Take care of your teeth & TM joints while you still can. Get a splint, and learn to identify when you are clenching/grinding, then use relaxation techniques. Neither I nor my dentist or doctors knew what was happening to my bones. 🙂🙏🌼💕
Is there any chance this might be neuralgia? I suffered for around 1.5 years being bounced from doctor to dentist both stating nothing wrong. Suffered bad ear pain with it too. It eventually subsided but dentist thought it was neuralgia. Even tramadol didn't touch the pain. Ironically have just been diagnosed with fibro. Hope you get relief soon.
I wish I could find out the exact cause. I have so many excuses for not seeing a doctor, mainly that I live in a small town and the quality of medical care here is low, I would have to drive 2 hours to see a better doctor, and the expense is just so much. My options are basically to treat my symptoms of pain or be in even more medical debt. I am already in debt just to have a vague diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Sorry to complain so much. It is frustrating to be in pain and feel like there is no way to improve it.
Aw bless you! I lost count of the amount of visits I had to both dentist and doctor- I totally sympathise- I was in misery throughout that period and that was with being lucky enough to have access to healthcare. (Forget how lucky we have it in the UK- only pay for prescriptions but not to see a doctor). No chance it could be from a damaged or infected tooth? During the period of my pain I ended up having root canal treatment, i still really don't know if this was the origin of my pain or not. Things are a lot better, apart from the pain seems to have moved to other parts of my body annoyingly. Just if any possibility of anything dental causing your pain no drugs in the world will relieve it, only treatment x
When my fibro flares in my face it feels like my face was just mugged by a steel baseball bat. I tend to get relief from Arnica in tablet form from whole foods, vitamin shop, etc. I am not a believer in homopathic meds but I am allergic to so many meds that I took a chance and tried it. I was very surprised how fast my entire face went from being puffy and my eyes pink to being tolerable again. Make sure you aren't allergic to any of the ingredients but it might be worth the $10 to try it too. If you want to explore it both the gel/lotion and the pills are on vitamin shop. Do not put the lotion/gel on your face.
Naproxen (anti inflammatory medication) is the only medication that helps my jaw pain. No "pain medication" (tylenol etc) will do anything at all. Mouthguard also helps. I could not stand it without my naproxen. Take 500 mg up to 4x a day.
I agree with all of the comments above above. But to let you know you're not alone, again, I too have severe TMJ pain. In fact it's been hurting now going on 3 months. When it first started the pain was in my ear! I was diagnosed as having an ear infection by 2 different drs! It was awful & unbearable! I finally went to a ear, nose & throat Dr who said it was never an ear infection. It was TMJ! I also have problems with my teeth. Wish I could offer advice but I think the other comments have that covered. Hope you find relief soon! I've heard the sock with rice, microwaved is a good way to provide heat to your face/body. Good luck dear! Kathy