Can Stress Cause your jaw to pop and hurt
I am just wounding if my jaw pops and hurts is it stress or TMJ?
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- Anxiety and stress can cause night clenching and facial maucle tension during the day which mimics TMJ.I know because i just went through multiple dentist and specialist visits to be told my jaw and tooth pain is stress related not a TMJ problem.
Tyna#1; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:28:00 GMT
- If you have TMJ, stress can definatley cause your symptoms! Usually when you are stressed or have anxiety, it will cause those muscles to tighten up thus causing jaw tenderness, face pain, headaches etc...#2; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:29:00 GMT
- Hey! Did any of you ever have pressure in your head from tensing & clenching your teeth? I have stress problems, TMJ problems, & for the last few months, pressure headaches on the left side of my head & behind my eyes. It almost feels more like a shooting pain than an actual heaadache. It is everyday & advil/tylenol does not help it. Just curious if anbody else has this!#3; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:30:00 GMT
- tooth grinding when asleep is common too
a football mouthguard or splint made up by dentist stops the jaw from overclosing and allows the teeth to move around
some dentists now say that most tooth damage is caused by tooth grinding :eek:#4; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:31:00 GMT
- Kimme i have the same things. pressure headaches and the left side of my head hurts in the afternoons as well as my neck and arm muscles. I have been stressing out like crazy these last 2 weeks, so i'm sure it is stress related.#5; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:32:00 GMT
I've been (how the dentist explains it) clenching my teeth while I sleep. I do it even when I nap, I can feel my jaw/face muscles are sore when I wake up. I started to have headaches--behind the eyes sort of like you said--it almost felt like sinus pain/pressure, but not exactly the same. I was having ear pain too.
Anway, I got fitted with a night guard at the dentist so that I can't lock my jaw and clench my teeth--I wear it at night. My head/face/ears feel so much better. I didn't know my teeth could make my head feel like that!
In response to the poster--my jaw pops too, but not as often since I've been wearing this night guard device.
I hope this helps...#6; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:33:00 GMT
- I have this often also. My dentist said it can cause absesses of the teeth too. So if your getting really wierd feelings along the side of your head in addition to the regular pain you may want to get your dentist to check for an absess.
I found out a really neat thing about relieving the tension in the back of the jaw area.
Take a wet or dry wash cloth, pull your tounge out and twist it one way and hold then the other way. Doing this relieves the excess tension on the muscles that are part of the cause of clenching. I does seem to help. I also message the area by the ear and down along the jaw bone, and up around the back of the ear where the neck connects to the ear. Seems to help some for me.#7; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:34:00 GMT
- this is a really interesting thread as im going through something similar.
my jaws been popping for ages now and now i cant chew on 1 side and if i sleep with my face on the sore side, this pain goes right from my jaw all over that side of my face to my ear.
and i wake up with a sore face!
im hoping itll go away soon!#8; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:35:00 GMT