It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

jaw locked...need some support

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-22-2005, 11:29 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 31
RachelS HB User
jaw locked...need some support

Hi all,

So my jaw hasn't locked this badly in a long time, but I woke up at 4 this morning and found it locked and I can only open my mouth maybe a centimeter at the most. It's 10:30 now, and I'm definitely freaking out a bit and could really just use some reassurance. For some reason when my jaw locks like this I can feel myself getting an anxiety attack which the the absolute last thing I need to happen right now.

Here is what I've been doing:
took Flexeril (muscle relaxant)
icing it, will start alternating with heat

Also, it is most definitely the right side (it usually is) giving me so much trouble.

is there anything else anybody knows to do? Also, at what point do you think I should call my dr?

thank you!

Last edited by RachelS; 08-22-2005 at 11:31 AM.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 08-22-2005, 08:57 PM   #2
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 84
pwc HB User
Re: jaw locked...need some support

hi rachels,

if you are not adept in unlocking your own jaw or have tried and cannot unlock it, i would recommend that you go see your dentist. since you are locked closed you probably do not have to go to an emergency room. i would save the e.r. for an open lock. both open and closed bring on panic but open can be pretty tough to handle. (i've had my share of both.) when i was locked closed i was able to pop my joint in and out and was able to open my mouth. unfortunately, it wouldn't stay and i would have to do this all day long. i would just move my jaw at a certain angle and was able to open it - or - it would "pop" open. you are doing what you can right now. try the muscle relaxants and the moist heat and try (i know, it's hard) not to panic until you can see your oral surgeon/dentist. in some cases, your dentist may be able to inject some cortisone into the joint. it may lubricate the joint enough where the disc can move freely again if it is not displaced too badly. good luck. please stay calm.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Soul Support Orthotics Dancinboots Foot & Ankle Problems 0 04-23-2010 08:05 AM
Dad probably being moved to the locked unit Gabriel Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 21 01-27-2009 03:26 PM
Locked Joints, Please Help LilBit318 Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 5 10-26-2008 09:02 AM
Undiagnosed brainstem lesion - locked in syndrome LIS phil1972 Brain & Nervous System Disorders 3 10-23-2007 10:54 PM
Sort of "Locked Focus" feeling Snapps Eye & Vision 0 08-10-2007 11:53 AM
Taking a poll for locked jaw une_fille TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 2 07-11-2005 02:44 PM
Locked Jaw And I Need My Wisdom Teeth Out! Anyone? Carey TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 8 05-06-2004 05:48 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:18 AM.

2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!