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Old 04-21-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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Ear and jaw pain

I wasn't sure where to post this. I have been having some weird symptoms the past 6 weeks. It started out with a toothache, but two visits to the dentist came up with nothing. The pain started to spread throughout my jaw and back toward my ear. It has also increased, and I am taking ibuprofen all day for the pain. Also, at the same time, I started having this weird sound in my right ear (same side as pain) that a doctor told me is pulsatile tinnitus. I can hear wooshing or buzzing noises that coincide with my heartbeat, but only when lying down, and only on my right side. I will be seeing an ENT doctor next week, and they have given me pain meds, but I am really confused. Could it just be TMJ? I do have a clicking sound in my jaw, but that joint does not hurt, and I have had no problems before. The pain is more in my lower jaw. Has anyone experienced anything like this? It has really become quite bothersome. I would appreciate any advice.

 
Old 04-21-2007, 11:20 AM   #2
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Re: Ear and jaw pain

I can't imagine it would be missed with a doc visit but your symptoms sound very similar to the early stages of a middle ear infection that I experience all too often. My infections do not take that long to reach full blown pain but who knows.

Have you gotten water in your ear recently (like about 6 weeks ago)? That is often the beginning of an ear infection. I was always the first of the year to get "swimmers ear" (simply a poor reference to how you get an infection) but since the lakes were still frozen, was quite a misnomer.



The other thing that sounds possible would be TMJ but from what I have heard from those that do have it is it does not pop up overnight. There are usually long term symptoms.
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Old 04-22-2007, 01:37 PM   #3
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Re: Ear and jaw pain

U r having tinnitus which is most probably due to infection in right ear .Thats y u have pain on right side and now u have tinnitus on that side .U should c an ent and take some antibiotic drops for it .It can't be tmj .Tmj pain doesn't cause tinnitus (noises that u can hear .)

 
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Re: Ear and jaw pain

It actually sounds a lot like a sinus infection to me.

The ENT should be able to shed some light on it.

 
Old 04-23-2007, 06:25 PM   #5
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Re: Ear and jaw pain

It sounds like TMJ to me. Have you been checked by a dentist? You can post on the TMJ board of this website.

 
Old 04-26-2007, 05:45 PM   #6
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Re: Ear and jaw pain

I have taken antibiotics and they did nothing. Also blood work, x-ray. All fine. No infection. Today I had an MRI and it came back clean, no masses, tumors, anything like that. They are sending me to an oral surgeon, but I won't be able to get in for several weeks. I'm eating ibuprofen like it's candy, and I can't sleep. I'm at my wits end and the pain is getting worse. Any ideas??

 
Old 04-27-2007, 04:12 PM   #7
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Re: Ear and jaw pain

please be careful with the ibuprofen. Son in law had a perforated ulcer that the surgeon said was probably due to excessive ibuprofen intake.
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