fayanora: Magneto (Magneto)
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Went to the doctor today cuz when I chew on my left side, my jaw under my ear hurts. Looked it up online, one possibility was an ear infection. I had tons of ear infections as a kid, even had tubes in, so I went to the doc to see if that was it. Luckily, it wasn't. She commented on the scars she could see from the previous infections, but couldn't see any current infections.

Then she tried seeing if it was the teeth, even though that's not where the pain was. My gag reflex is strong, I've known that for years; can't even hold a pencil or piece of paper in my mouth without activating the gag reflex. But today I found out just how strong it actually is. Not only was her gloved finger causing me to gag, but also my OWN finger, when I tried it, did the same thing. And the finger was nowhere near the tongue, even. But we were finally able to rule out a toothache.

So no idea what it is. Possibly TMJ, but I doubt that, because I'd be waking up with my teeth hurting. (TMJ = grinding teeth at night.) Plus, they'd be worn down, and they felt pretty bumpy to me.

I suspect it's got something to do with A) Sometimes when I yawn, I yawn so hard I get a Charley horse in my jaw. B) Lots of chewing can make the muscles of my jaw hurt from the hard work, including the muscles at my temple.

Oh gods! I've just thought... it could also have something to do with the fact I've lately been chewing in such a way that the teeth grind the food forward and backward rather than up and down, which I started to do because chewing up and down was making the jaw muscles bulge painfully sometimes. That back-forth motion could be putting unusual stress on the jaw. Damn, I'll have to stop doing that and see if it helps.

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Date: 2014-06-06 02:21 pm (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Um... Teeth-grinding is bruxism; TMJ = temporo-mandibular joint -- basically the joint where the jaw hinges. To me it sounds like either a TMJ problem, or more likely muscle cramps.

Try massaging the muscle where it bulges, and if possible see a licensed massage therapist, who would have more specific training in muscle and joint problems than a doctor.

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