Just hoping for some advice on how to get through this pain since my jaw popped. 39 yr old healthy female - nice/healthy teeth
I yawned and there was a loud pop on the right side of my jaw. The pain at the time of the pop was unreal, like being stabbed with a knitting needle. I was driving and almost had to pull over. Since, it's been a throbbing pain. I can't open my mouth all the way or bring my jaw forward. The pain is up into my ear too some, I put a cotton swab barely inside that ear and just the slight movement hurt so much. It hurts most in the mornings and is stiff. Usually it loosens up some, but there is always a dull pain and extreme pain if I move my jaw at all.
It's been about a week since it popped, so how long before it heals? Anything I can do besides taking Aleve to make it better? If the pain goes on, how long do I let it go before seeing a dentist?
My jaw pops from time to time (once a year probably) but it's never been this painful before. Usually a day or two and it's done... also the actual pop never hurt that bad before. What the heck did I do?