What Causes Pain On The Right Side Of Your Jaw And How Can You Fix It?

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Asked by Marissa

What Causes Pain On The Right Side Of Your Jaw And How Can You Fix It?

Hello! My name is Marissa and I have been experiencing pain on the right side of my jaw. It hurts when I open and close my mouth the most. If I don't move it it doesn't hurt, but when I chew it hurts as well. It's like the part of my jaw that's right under my right ear if that makes sense. My teeth don't hurt at all. It's just my jaw on that side. Does anyone know what this might be?

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Marissa,

I'm sorry you're experiencing this pain. It can be confusing sometimes, but going to your doctor or dentist will likely be very enlightening.

We can't diagnose problems here, but sometimes we can help with a little information you can take to your doctors to begin a conversation.

Have you ever talked with your doctor about temporal mandibular joint dystfunction? This is also known as TMJ and can be quite common. I have no idea if this might be your issue, but it might be interesting to start your research on, and take to your doctor for a good discussion.

This doesn't sound like it's likely to be a Migraine problem, but again, only your doctor can get a good hold on what's going on with you by looking at your personal medical history and with a physical examination and some questions. I encourage you to seek this kind of help soon so you won't have to be in so much pain anymore.

If your doctor isn't able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special?

~Ellen

Here are some other links that might be useful to you:

Diagnosis of TMJ Disorder

Using Tylenol Responsibly

Let's Talk Pain Meds