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Offline sally1959

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pain on one side of head when chewing
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:56:15 PM »
What could this be? When I chew there is definite pain on the right side of my head that seems to gravitate around my temple and upwards.

Has anyone else had this? Is it a cavity?
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Re: pain on one side of head when chewing
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 07:05:05 PM »
Do you know if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth in your sleep? Usually either you or your dentist will be able to tell due to chips, cracks, and/or excessive wear.

I do both, and I wake up with the type of pain that you're describing frequently. Your jaw muscles are huge, and it's strange how the pain can radiate along the sides of your head. Sometimes I only get pain on one side, sometimes it's behind my eye(s)-- it's really unusual.

We anxiety sufferers are well acquainted with stress, so this may be some stress-induced jaw clenching. :yes: You could try to put a warm compress on the side of your face and see if that eases the discomfort.
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Re: pain on one side of head when chewing
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 07:05:33 PM »
Does it feel like a real SHARP pain?  (Like a sharp bone digging into your temple when you bite down?)  If that is what you mean I get that, it feels HORRIBLE, but it doesn't last long - I chalk it up to TMJ.  If that's not what you mean, then I'm not sure, but it COULD be a nerve in a tooth.
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Re: pain on one side of head when chewing
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 07:12:09 PM »
Do you have your wisdome teeth out? Mine are so annoying and kind of hurt like what you are describing.
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