For the past three days I have been waking every morning with a severe headache, and whenever I open my mouth I have serious jaw pain on the left side up near my ear. My jaw is also feeling very tense and I'm constantly wanting to grind my teeth. What could this be?
It could be a number of things including a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or an abcess. People who have TMJ problems often complain of pain in the jaw, a desire to grind their teeth, and a clicking sound when they open and close their jaw. A dentist should be able to help you identify what is causing your pain and suggest treatment. Here's a link to good article from the ADA on possible causes of jaw pain: http://www.ada.org/public/topics/tmd_tmj.asp
In the meantime, here are some articles on our site that might be helpful to you.
Using Mindfulness Meditation to Alleviate Chronic Pain
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Best of luck to you!
my jaw pain been slowly getting worse over about 4 months i have had this migraine for three day my rx med are not working.
there is a possibility that your bite is misaligned and this could cause to created prssure on the jaw ...thus causing pressure on the ear channal ...thus causing headaches...the problem could stem direclty from the jaw itself being misaligned.
The action of constant clenching of your teeth whether aware of it or not could be the culprit as well...but what ever the case may be a visit to your dentist or orthodontist is warranted
I am going through this now, I went to doctor twice they said I had fluid in my ears & put me on antibiotics twice-then went to ENT & he put me on more antibiotics because it still had not cleared up. Went back to ENT after two weeks he said my ear was all clear but I had TMJ-get me a nightguard to wear when I sleep & put heating pad on it & 4 ibuprofen atleast three times a day. He said soft foods & now gum or chewing ice & chew on the other side. I have done all this & ia m still hurting-he also gave me 5mg Valium to take every twelve hours-I am a/b to go crazy!!! Hopes this helps you.