(Closed) Jaw tension?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know that in your own mind you don’t feel stressed, but sometimes when you don’t feel stressed as in “argh” it can come out in other ways. My skin gets really bad and I also clench my teeth. We all get strange symptoms of stress. Try not to worry too much about it, but some relaxation exercises might help. I find that yoga is really helpful.

Post # 4
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would consider going to a doctor if it doesn’t go away soon.  I could be TMJ and they might have to give you a mouthguard or something to keep yourself from clenching.  You could be clenching your jaw even if you aren’t grinding your teeth.

Post # 5
4159 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was also going to say it could be TMJ.  Definitely talk to your doc who will refer to you a specialist.  I clench my teeth and grind them at night so I have to wear a splint, but when I was about 7 my jaw locked for almost a month.  I was due for surgery when it magically unlocked and it’s never happened since.  You definitely don’t want that to happen though Yell  I couldn’t chew and even opening my mouth to yawn was incredibly painful and I had to suppress them.

Post # 6
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

definitely sounds like TMJ.. i had an awful pain on my left side of my jaw and i thought it was my wisdom teeth but it turned out i was clenching my jaw in my sleep. my dentist made me a night guard and it’s been great ever since. sometimes i forget to put it on when i go to sleep but even so i don’t have any more pain! good luck!

Post # 7
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ll second (third, fourth?) the TMJ suggestion.

I don’t grind my teeth, but I clench them (at night and when I’m angry).  I went for a massage the other day and the lady said that when you chew, all the anger from the day is coming out in that, which is another reason you may have too much pressure in your jaw.  I thought that was interesting.

I know some people have had good luck with drug-store mouth guards, but I tried mine when my dentist-made guard was broken and it didn’t help.  But…I was able to return mine so if that’s the case, it can’t hurt…

Good luck!

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