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Jaw/Temple Pain - March 4th 2009, 07:37 PM

It wasn't until yesterday that I suddenly noticed a pain in my temple and my top jaw. I was innocently eating mike 'n ikes when suddenly I stopped chewing and I felt as if I'd just chew gum for 9 hours straight... an almost tired feeling in my jaw. Intesifies when I clench and hurts if I press my temples. I woke up this morning still in pain, but only when I clench my jaw, press against my temples or open my mouth widely. Any clue of the cause? Is it possibly from chewing all the candy and I had had my fair share of gum that day as well?


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Re: Jaw/Temple Pain - March 5th 2009, 03:21 PM

Do you find yourself clenching your teeth when you're nervous of anxious? If you do, you might not realise it until you actually know that you're doing it.

I do it and I'm even doing it now(nerves). The constant clenching gives you a sore head,jaw, teeth you name it. Are you nervous about anything? Just a suggestion anyway.

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Re: Jaw/Temple Pain - March 5th 2009, 07:47 PM

It could be the start of a serious tension headache. Or a sinus infection. If you're really worried.. I'd call your GP.


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Re: Jaw/Temple Pain - March 5th 2009, 08:17 PM

Thanks for the replies, guys. Well, I have been having a bad week so clenching out of nervousness or tension could definitely be a contributing factor.

The pain's pretty much faded away now, though... save a very dull pain upon putting pressure on my temples. Just came and went I guess. If it returns, I may take a trip to the doc just to be sure.

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Re: Jaw/Temple Pain - March 6th 2009, 03:25 PM

It could be something related to your TMJ (temporomandibular joint), too. I know it sounds similar to what I experience if I don't wear my mouthpiece at night. (Caused by clenching/grinding teeth putting stress on the joint and surrounding ligaments.)

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Re: Jaw/Temple Pain - March 6th 2009, 03:39 PM

I get the exact same thing, just randomly sometimes when im eating..... I usually just stop eating whatever im eating and it usually goes away in like a few hours or something. Maybe you could try that? I never really thought about what it could be to be honest

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