(Closed) Owwww… now that I hit my 2 month mark I have serious jaw pain from stress ..

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s called TMJ. It’s very common and is brought on by high levels of stress and anxiety. Mouth guards don’t necessarily help. I have to wear a special mouthguard and went on heavy anti-inflammatories for awhile. It’s like arthritis inflammation in your jaw. It can get incredibly painful.

I’ve been suffering in the last few weeks. I’m very irritable and catch myself clenching my mouth and i carry stress in my face anyways.

I went to a few dentists/doctors before they figured out it was TMJ.

Post # 4
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have been having that same problem too…it is really annoying!! I have to conciously NOT clench my teeth!

Post # 5
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have the same problem, TMJ. It can be very painful and I too have a mouth guard to wear at nite. I dont like wearing it because it hurts my teeth for a while (hard plastic compltely covering my teeth) but it ususally feels much better in the morning. Taking some IB profen helps too, and my dentist told me asprin daily is also good to help the inflamation, but it upsets my stomach to much.

I’ve noticed that when im stressed, my jaw hurts the worst and it get to a point, when I can’t really open it at all, so eating becomes a problem.

So your not alone!

Post # 6
49 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I also have TMJ.  I get mild jaw pain; I actually have more issues with my ear – it’s like there’s water in it.  My mouthguard doesn’t seem to alleviate the issue.  I didn’t have it too much on the honeymoon, but I’m just back to work after 2+ weeks off, and am experiencing it quite a bit ๐Ÿ™

Post # 7
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I have so many problems with TMJ. I hate wearing my bite guard. ๐Ÿ™

Even the bite guard doesn’t really help that much.

Whenever I concentrate, I clench my jaw. Whenever I’m stressed, I clench my jaw. Whenever I sleep, I clench my jaw. I really need to stop doing that. :p


Post # 8
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I tend to clench my jaw when stressed or concentrating. I too went to the dentist thinking it was a cavity…I just try to actively pay attention to whether or not I’m doing it. Luckily I don’t do it in my sleep!

Post # 10
2641 posts
Sugar bee

Yay, a TMJ support group!!!  I’ve had it for a few years.  Man it sucks.  Sometimes I can’t sing my favorite songs while I’m driving ๐Ÿ™  And sometimes it’s so bad, I get headaches from it.  My mouthguard helps some.  But it’s not all better.  That’s for sure.

But thankfully, no problems today!

Post # 11
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

BOooo tmj. i wore my mouthguard last night and woke up with a pounding headache. Why I sleep so tense is beyond me.

Funny, it all was gone during the honeymoon! that should say something =]

@MsHymanRoth, i’d go see a doctor. It may have progressed up higher into some softer tissue near your ear and/or you might also have an ear infection. something is going around right now…

also swimmers ear can cause that in your ear and developes suddenly. it hapens when water gets trapped in your ear and makes you susceptible to infections after even a shower. i have to use a kleenex all the time now whenever i get water near my ear

Post # 12
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m sitting here rubbing my jaw, willing it to not hurt so much as I’m reading this thread!  I have a night guard also that I SHOULD wear but I don’t think it fits properly and it hurts my teeth…sometimes I even take it out while I’m sleeping and wake up in the morning and find it on the floor! Frown

Does anyone’s jaw click when they bite into/chew tougher foods? 

Post # 13
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Isn’t TMJ a pain?  The weeks leading up to the wedding my Fiance would literally wake me up and tell me to unclench my jaw or put the bite guard back in….the popping would wake him up!  It’s much better now 2 months afterwards now that I”m less stressed but MAN what a literal pain….sorry you girls are in the same boat ๐Ÿ™

Post # 14
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Ugh, I have the same thing & it’s been a pain in the jaw (bad joke) since I started stressing in college over 10 years ago…& it has never let up.  GRR!

Post # 15
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

YAY, I’m not alone!!! Somedays I wake up and my jaw is sore from clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth at night! Very painful! =(

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