I'm new here... 'Dental' pain

Hi,

I'm new here. After 30 years of musculoskeletal pain and migraines I've just received a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Still getting my head around it all really but, the more I read about the condition, the more it all seems to make sense. However, I have suffered for a long time with nocturnal earache (inner and outer ear) and now burning gums and jaw pain. Last night, it was so bad that I awoke and didn't know what to do with myself. A recent visit to the dentist revealed that I have a wisdom tooth lying dormant under the gum of my lower jaw but the dentist didn't think that this should be causing me such pain. Could this be from the Fibromyalgia?

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  • HI Miss_Kubelik

    Hello and Welcome to our lovely forum there are lots of lovely friendly people here.

    Shared experiences can be a massive support to everyone so please do keep sharing.

    Please do take a look at our mother site

    fmauk.org

    There is a great deal of useful and informative information. On the home page you will see pinned posts in blue and topics section underneath. All of which help with locking your post to the worldwide web and social media. Also navigation of site guidelines and symptoms and treatments of fibromyalgia.

    Good luck on your journey my friend

  • Thank you :)

  • Hi Miss_Kubelik welcome to our wonderful forum, I'm sure you will love it & find it invaluable in chatting to others who are experiencing the same as yourself & at different stages of their lives with fibromyalgia.

    I have copied this for you to have a read, I'm not a doctor, so not able to say, this is what you have but a lot of people with fibro do suffer from it & would be worth investigating further if your dentist doesn't know why you are getting this pain. I hope this helps and look forward to chatting with you on the forum.

    Peace, luv n light

    Jan xx

    Joint TMJD, caused by damage to the cartilage or ligaments of the temporomandibular joint. This can in turn be the result of prior injury, dental problems, or grinding of the teeth. This can present as popping or clicking of the jaw joint, the inability to open the mouth very wide, TMJ pain, and headaches.

    2. Muscular TMJD, which more commonly affects the Fibromyalgia patient. This affects the muscles used to chew and move the face, neck and shoulders. Muscular TMJD can be caused by a lack of sleep, muscular trauma, and stress. It can present as headaches, and difficulty with opening and closing the mouth.

    Stress has a major impact on both fibromyalgia and TMJD. Stress can cause some to clench or grind their teeth, causing continued stress on the muscles and the TMJ, making both joint and muscular TMJD worse. Stress must be brought under control: life styles may need to be changed, and medications may be necessary to relax the facial muscles, lessen the pain, and relieve the sleeplessness. Massage can certainly be of great value in such cases. Dental intervention is needed for those with missing teeth; and an orthotic occlusal plate can help to stabilize the bite and bring balance to the muscles of the jaw and head and neck areas. As with so many illnesses, a multi-disciplinary approach is best-and often most appreciated by the patient.

  • Thank you Jan... I do have the clicking jaw and the dentist did mention that there's evidence that I grind my teeth. Something to look into definitely :)

  • Hello and welcome to our friendly fibro forum where you can find advice, support, help and understanding, along with a chuckle or two to lighten the day.

    Our mother site is an excellent source of information fmauk.org as is the NHS site

    nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibromyal...

    As others have said, it certainly sounds you have TMJD and it is worth investigating further.

    Looking forward to seeing you around the forum.

    Kay

  • I have just nearly recovered from a bout of TDMJ........Came on suddenly and extremely painful so I do understand. Lived on smoothies and soup for a few days and really rested my jaw, used warmth and cold to relieve pain plus the usual pain killers we have....My GP said quite casually that if it hasn't gone in a month come back!!!!! Fortunately it was only really bad for a few days..Now I just have to be careful with yawning!!! Hope you get some relief soon....let us know how it goes....Hug x

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