Pain in jaw just below ear

I'm used to being a pain in the neck :) But this is just something else.

On an off over the past few weeks I've had this pain just below my ear and in my jaw. If I massage it it goes away for a minute or two but then gradually builds up again. It's a really weird sort of pain... as if I have something clenching deep in the joint of my jaw just below my year. It can turn into face ache :) and develop into a headache... while all the time this jaw/ear pain is there. It's really starting to get me down. I do clench my teeth alot - I'm trying not to but keep finding myself doing it unconciously. Also, I'm finding that I'm also getting shoulder/neck pain on the same side.

Has anyone else had these symptoms? Could it be related to the quit or is it just me?

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  • it could well be where u are clenching your jaw i tend to like click my back teeth alot since quitting completely sub-conciously and its not until i get face ache or bite the inside of my cheek that i realise and sometimes if its hours later my teeth wont line up 100% for a few hours after stopping myself from doing it

    i could quite believe it could tense other muscle get it checked out if you are worried

    boo

  • I think I would see your dentist. If you are a tooth clencher and you grind teeth in your sleep this can cause problems in your jaw joint. My jaw dislocated and I had to wear a splint during day for 2 months and at night for a few years.:(

  • No I have never had these symptoms but I am sure it can be sorted. Like Becky and Boo said I would see your dentist or GP.

    Let us know how it goes.

  • Hi

    Hopefully you're feeling a bit better. I ditto what Boo, Beck and Haze says, I would see Dr/Dentist.

    Fi x

  • Hi it's the jaw clenching that doing it..

    Iv done it for years even when I was a smoker.. And sometimes I did t no I was doing it..

    I didn't have a clue wot it was and it was my dentist that told me that. I do it and notice it now more but that's cuz I'm stressed out all the time

  • getting better

    Hi all, thanks for the responses.

    It's definately the jaw clenching. I haven't been to the dr's but I have been conciously deliberately relaxing my jaw muscles and checking myself every time I clench my teeth, and the pain is getting less and less every day.

    Not nice, but getting better

    :)

  • Hi all, thanks for the responses.

    It's definately the jaw clenching. I haven't been to the dr's but I have been conciously deliberately relaxing my jaw muscles and checking myself every time I clench my teeth, and the pain is getting less and less every day.

    Not nice, but getting better

    :)

    Excellent news Lauren! glad it is getting better! needed some good news!:)

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