Hello,I have been experiencing pain around my right ear and a dull ache in the jaw. I also have a neck muscle that gets very tight and "snaps" when this pain is occurring. I'm not sure what initiates this pain, but it comes all at once and doesn't necessarily start from chewing. What could it be?
The jaw/ear area is one of the most complex 'joints' in the body and the only way to figure this out is to see your doctor. It could be a number of things, including TMJ, or it could have something to with your cervical spine or the tendons in your neck. Only a doctor will be able to do the necessary exams and imaging to diagnose the problem. In the meantime, you might want to try heat, relaxation exercises, anti-inflammatories, and very mild neck and shoulder stretches. Good luck!
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Thanks for the information. I saw my family doctor and he just prescribed naproxen for 15 days and if I still have issues to come back. I am also doing neck and shoulder exercises.