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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...
I always get an ear ache (sometimes in both ears) preceding a migraine attack. My doctor seems puzzled by this. Is ear pain something that other migraine sufferers have complained about or is this an uncommon symptom?
Thank you! Andra .
No, an ear ache is not unusual during a Migraine attack. The trigeminal nerve (TN) become inflamed when a Migraine attack begins, and due to the position of the branches of the TN, that can cause various levels of pressure or pain in the ear, along the lower jaw, above the eyes, and along the sinus cavities. This illustration shows this well -- Pathways of a Migraine .
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Full Question: Are leg aches a normal after-effect of a migraine? My so's legs ache after a long migraine (3 days or more). It hurts so bad that I have to rub Aspercreme on them, give him an Advil and an ice pack. Two neurologists have told me that they have never heard of this. He has been on three different preventive type medications - Neurotin, Torodal and Inderal when the leg cramps happened. Therefore, I don't think it's the medicine causing the leg pain. Even though his legs hurt, he is glad when it happens because he says it means that the migraine episode is ending. To me, that is proof enough that the leg aches are related to the migraines since a 10 year old could come up with that conclusion. He has been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines by one doctor and another says it is post-traumatic, complicated, chronic migraines. We are in the process of finding another doctor to confirm which type of migraine he has. We are also in the process of havin...
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