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Old 05-11-2013, 11:08 PM
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My jaw has always has a click on the right side when I open it up. Usually it's only when I open it wide, but sometimes it's when I'm chewing. It's never caused me any pain, though the neurologist last year said it could be contributing to my headaches.
The clicks have turned into a much louder pop in the past two months. Loud enough that people near me comment because they can hear it, and its more often - chewing, opening my mouth/yawning, even talking or laughing. The past two weeks I've been feeling pain with the pops.

Wed when I woke up I had a lot of jaw pain, I figured I must've been clenching my jaw in my sleep... I've been really tense and stressed lately and I have chronic nightmares all the time/ don't sleep well so I wasn't too concerned about it. But the jaw pain is getting worse and I feel myself hesitating to talk and clenching my teeth because its hurting (vicious cycle). I've taken OTC pain killers and ill be trying the heating pad tonight.... I'm really concerned how it will feel in the morning; I have a busy day and week planned and no time for any weird health problems lol. I've been googling (big mistake I know) and I wasn't sure if this continues should I see a dr or a dentist. Thing is, I have good insurance that covers dr visits well, but no dental insurance and I don't have a ton of extra money laying around for yucks dentists! lol! Advice please???

And sorry so sloppy... I'm on my phone
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:30 PM
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Sounds like TMJ to me. I have it, it sucks dentist won't do much for you. Only thing mine does is put me on anti inflammotories when he has to do dental work more than an hour. Google it, it is very common
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:15 AM
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Get a mouth guard and wear it while you sleep. Dentist can't do much, other than attempt to correct with surgery which many won't do unless its to the point of affecting your daily life.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:03 AM
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Sounds like TMJ to me. I have it, it sucks dentist won't do much for you. Only thing mine does is put me on anti inflammotories when he has to do dental work more than an hour. Google it, it is very common
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My friend has it and went to the doctor for them to diagnose it. I don't think they did anything special for it though.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:06 AM
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TMJ's a major b*tch. I clench at night when I'm stressed and it's been wearing down my teeth, giving me horrible headaches anmd my jaw clicks with varying degrees of severity.

A mouth guard really helps (when I remember to use it). You can get one designed for sleeping at the pharmacy for 30-40 bucks. You boil it, then mold it to your mouth. That's what I use and it works great.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:40 AM
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I had a 'clicky' jaw for years! Sometimes would kind of lock too. Sometimes painful clicks.

It's OK now, perfectly fine.

Not sure if it was just whilst my wisdom teeth were coming through, or what...
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:07 AM
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Try a mouth guard. But the ones fitted to you work sooo much better. Or feel better anyway!
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:19 PM
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I don't think they did anything special for it though.
They don't. When I go to the dentist he is extra careful. I have to use a block thing to keep my mouth open for root canals ect.

I have never used a mouth guard, but have heard they can help. An ice pack and heating helps me after long dental visits, usually rotate them.

I have a fb friend who is all holistic and she swears that chiropractors can help..so maybe something to look into.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:47 PM
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TMJ.. I didn't have it before, got surgery on a broken jaw& have it now It stinks but not much can be done other than what was mentioned.
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