Just wondering wether this is my sinuses playing up or my TMJ.
The other day I was walking outside for approx 1/2 hour it was blowing cold wind on my face. Then I noticed one side of my face (cheek and eye) began to feel tender and slightly swollen. Can anyone relate that cold weather can make TMJ worse or could this be my sinuses flaring up even though I didn't have any nasal discharge or anything.
I live in Arizona, so usually the cold is not too much of a problem for me. It's now November, and it's supposed to be 80 degrees on Friday! However, in the mornings it's starting to get a little chilly. This morning it was cold and windy, and it made my jaw hurt soooo bad. Cold is bad enough, add wind to that and I'm a goner. I don't have a car so I walk to work, and this morning I couldn't walk fast enough! I want to get one of those ski masks where just your eyes and mouth show. I'm sure I'd get a lot of funny looks, but at least I wouldn't hurt!
YES! It makes it SO much worse when it's really cold. I think it's because when you're cold your entire body tenses up and shiver, and that can definitely put a lot of stress on your jaw. Also, it's sort of the same thing if you've ever broken a bone. It can cause the joints to swell and hurt more in the cold.
I hate to say it but yes, cold weather does cause your jaw to hurt. I've been in a flare up for almost 3 weeks now. I noticed once the weather started getting cooler, my jaw would hurt, especially at those friday night football games. I also noticed that with the rain and cold, its making it 100 times worse, and since I live in Illinois, thats all we seem to be getting lately. Soo good luck with winter coming!
Yes, most joint problems seem to get worse with changes in weather. Coldness and dampness are the worst.
Keep in mind that when you are in a situation like that to be very mindful of your posture. Squinting eyes from the wind or sun, leaning into the wind with frontal head posture and clenching teeth from shivering are all major contributors to inflaming those jaws and making them sore.