I work in a position with very high stress levels. Newspaper. When I'm in a situation that is really causing a lot of stress, I start feeling a strange numbness pressure in my lower jaw, that eventually subsides. Should I be concerned?
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Heart disease can be very difficult to diagnose, especially in females who can manifest symptoms in more ways than males. Because your symptoms are related to stress, and involve the jaw, there is some suspicion that this could be related to your heart. I suggest you make an appointment with your physician for an evaluation. He will perform a history, physical examination, and electrocardiogram. He will then have a better idea of what the problem could be. He might request further testing such as a stress test depending on his findings.
I hope this has been helpful.
Martin Cane, M.D.