What Can Cause Jaw Pain On Left Side And Severe Headaches?

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Asked by danyelle

What Can Cause Jaw Pain On Left Side And Severe Headaches?

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?

Answer

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

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Best of luck to you!