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Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?
These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart can occur in many different forms. Although, once in a while, the location and description of the discomfort may be odd, but, fortunately, most of the time it is similar. The majority of the time patients describe a tightness, heaviness or constriction in the mid-chest or upper abdomen that appears to also be present in one or the other shoulder. The discomfort may also be noted in the upper biceps, elbow and wrist (on either side) and on occasion may feel like it is “going through” to the back. Heart pain can also be noted in the jaw and teeth. It is more common for heart-related discomfort to affect the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Occ...
Q. How can I tell if I have lymphedema? My breast area and upper arm have been a bit swollen, but I’m assuming that’s just a result of the surgery I had a couple of weeks ago. A. It’s true, you’ll see some swelling in your trunk and arm, especially on the affected side, for a couple of weeks after surgery. You can help bring it down by elevating your arm above the level of your heart several times a day, for about 45 minutes each time; prop it on a pillow as you’re sitting in a chair, or sitting up in bed. But if, after several weeks, the swelling doesn’t seem to be gradually going away, you may need some help dealing with it. Persistent swelling may be due to lymphedema. Luckily, most lymphedema doesn’t develop directly after surgery; that’s all you need, one more thing to worry about! Most lymphedema happens months or even years later. Q. So OK, I had surgery 18 months ago. My arm isn’t swelled up, but it feels…...
Alternative Names Dislocated jaw; Fractured jaw; Broken jaw; TMJ dislocation Symptoms Symptoms of a dislocated jaw include: Bite that feels "off" or crooked Difficulty speaking Drooling because of inability to close the mouth Inability to close the mouth Jaw that may protrude forward Pain in the face or jaw, located in front of the ear on the affected side, and gets worse with movement Teeth that do not line up properly Symptoms of a fractured (broken) jaw include: Bleeding from the mouth Difficulty opening the mouth widely Facial bruising Facial swelling Jaw stiffness Jaw tenderness or pain, worse with biting or chewing Loose or damaged teeth Lump or abnormal appearance of the cheek or jaw Numbness of the face (particularly the lower lip) Very limited movement of the jaw (with severe fracture)
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