Jaw Pain Heart Attack: Ear And Jaw Pain

Are you experiencing jaw pain one side? If so, you may be suffering from TMJ (temporomandibular disorder), which involves the temporomandibular joint and the muscles of mastication. This joint is responsible for connecting the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull and allowing the mandible (jaw) to freely move diagonally and up and down.

What Causes Jaw Pain and Locking

More than 10 million individuals living within the United States has been diagnosed with TMJ (NIH), with females being the higher target. Most symptoms of jaw pain often dissipates after a short period of time, while occurring in cycles.

You can actually feel the temporomandibular joint, if you open your mouth and place your fingers right in front of your ears. A disc that is situated between the condyle (rounded end of the mandible) and temporal bone provides a soft cushion for the temporomandibular joint, which also absorbs a lot of shock.

Arthritis and inflammation will attack the temporomandibular joint, but is often a secondary condition related to the primary mandible or temporomandibular joint trauma. It is important to note that a clicking sound, when opening and shutting the mouth is not a serious sign or will it lead to a severe problem, because many individuals exhibit these jaw sounds.

Jaw Pain One Side

A bad bite or poor orthodontic brace is no longer listed as causes of jaw pain (NIH). Other symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Mastication muscle stiffness with limited movement
  • Jaw locking
  • Pain that radiates down the neck and into the mandible and face
  • Upper and lower teeth will not fit properly together
  • Limited movement
  • Clicking and popping sound when opening/closing mouth along with pain

How To Relieve Jaw Pain

  • Eat only puree and soft foods
  • Apply hot and cold packs
  • Avoid extreme movements of the jaw, especially chewing gum and singing
  • Utilize stress reducing techniques (yoga)
  • Physical therapy
  • NSAIDs (ibuprofen) to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Corticosteroids may be required in severe cases
  • Botox injections

How To Stop Jaw Pain

Irreversible treatments (splints, orthotics) may be utilized to correct a poor bite, but these are only prescribed in continuing worsening cases. If your reasons for jaw pain is linked to teeth grinding, you may need to schedule a visit to your local dentist to be fitted for a bite guard.

Surgery may also be required in cases where the temporomandibular joint is severely damaged due to inflammation and trauma. The joint may need to be replaced with an artificial implant, but be sure to get several professional opinions, before undergoing any surgical procedure.

Jaw Pain Heart Attack

Nearly 735,000 individuals living within the United States suffer a myocardial infarction (heart attack) annually (CDC). This emergency medical condition is linked to inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle. Many victims (1 out of 5) of MI will not even realize that damage was done to their cardiac muscle.

Other symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Sudden onset of severe pain, spasm, or contraction
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Fatigue
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Unilateral radiating pain in neck and jaw, shoulder, and arm
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Angina (chest pain)

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