Post # 1
Wellllll, The other day i yawned, my mouth opening really wide and I got, what my DH calls, a “Jaw Cramp”. It was almost like it was painfully locked in the same position for about 25 seconds. Well, everyone has done something like that before, so it shouldn’t require asking on here about it, HOWEVER, the pain won’t go away. It’s hard to eat, I can’t open my mouth past a certain point or else the joint hurts really bad, and it pops every time I try and open my mouth wide to “work the muscle out”. I’ve been reading online and I’ve come across to reasons as to why my jaw keeps hurting. One reason most have said is Wisdom teeth, which coincidentally, I am getting in. BUT why would it just randomly start hurting when I yawned? You would think that it would be more of a gradual thing. Also, another is something called TMJ, but from what I understand it, also, isn’t something that just starts happening at the drop of a hat. Also, another thing I should mention, about a week and a half ago, my sheet music was lying in the floor with one of the staple prongs up, and I stepped on it. It only bled for about 30 seconds, so nothing major. Also, the staple wasn’t rusty I should add. Anyone got a clue?
Post # 3
I would go see a dentist. Sounds a lot like TMJ, maybe associated with the wisdom teeth problem. Do you grind your teeth at night? That could be a major cause as well. He will probably fit you for a nightguard. (I’ve had these problems before as well, and I also used to work at a dentist office!)
Post # 4
I would definitely follow up with your dentist. There is a ton of information online about medical issues, which can be good and bad, but sometimes it can make people more worried because of all of the possibilities.
Post # 5
I agree that it sounds like TMJ, or a muscle spasm from the yawn. I really doubt that you have lockjaw, especially if you’re not due for your tetanus shot, so I wouldn’t worry about the staple. 🙂 A muscle spasm can take a while to go away, so if it’s bothering you I’d see your PCP about it. You might need a muscle relaxer or something. In the meantime, try some heat or cold and an antiinflammatory to see if it helps. I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 6
Yes I would say TMJ probably, but could be made worse by wisdom teeth. If you grind your teeth or are stressed it can cause a flare up. I would check with your dentist about a night guard.
Post # 7
I have TMJ and the lock jaw things happens a lot. Sleeping on certain side can help and not chewing gum, anything chewy or sticky, stuff like that can help. The wisdom teeth may bring on your TMJ, that mixed with genetics brought mine on. My jaw pops when it opens and I chew and sometimes I have to adjust my jaw before I can open it all the way to chew, talk, kiss (hahaha my FI is used to it but I used to get super embarassed when we would be kissing and I had to stop to adjust my jaw!).
The mouth guard may help, it never did for me. I would go to my dentist and if it’s anything that they cant do, they’ll refer you to a specialist. It’s really no big deal, I mean, something you may have to get used to. I have. It sucks sometimes but in a lot of cases, there’s really nothing you can do for TMJ. It does cause headaches, just so you know. I have migraines every now and then.
For lockjaw, what works for me is massaging the joints and/or laying on the side that is locked so it pushes it back in to place. Sometimes, chewing gum will help because it’s forcing your jaw to move and pop back into place. It can be super scary but I’ve never had to go to the hospital or anything, although I’ve been freaked out enough to where I’ve wanted to! Stress can also make your joints hurt more and cause it to lock more frequently.
I’m sorry you’re going through this, hopefully having your wisdom teeth taken out will help!! PM if you need to!
Post # 8
UGH, i have TMJ. ACtually i’m trying to figure out why it hurts RIGHT NOW this very second. It really blows, lemme tell ya. One day in OCtober I woke up with jaw pain and a tugging feeling and it’s been intermittent since and I’ve been on medication for it since freakin’ october. lock jaw is a common side effect of it though.
i saw a dentist at first (make sure they specialize in it–my regular dentist does not treat tmj) and now i’ve moved onto an oral surgeon, who seems to be MUCH more specialized in the jaw area, so I’d reocmmend that.
Post # 9
From a fellow TMJ-er, sounds like you have TMJ! Wisdom teeth do affect this, but teeth/jaw alignment is also a major factor. I have TMJ because I had braces when I was younger and the realignment caused my jaws to lock up. I would suggest having an oral surgeon check it out before it gets serious (e.g. “permanent” locked jaw requires surgery to unlock). Not fun!