I do want to know as well for fibromyaliga peeps, when your really in alot of pain does your jaws lock or hurt real bad, heres a first I think for me. I am in bad jaw pain right now, besides evey other inch of my body. It's the feeling of locking but it hasnt yet. just wondering if this to is a symptom for some... thankx
TMJ (temporal mandibular joint disorder, or eve bruxism) is common with fibro people. TMJ is a disorder of the jaw, it is painful and most TMJ sufferers clench their jaws at some point. Usually at night, or they grind their teeth which is called bruxism (sp?).
Your dentist can fit you with a lovely mouth guard to ward off the clenching or grinding. But you will want to hurl it across the room most of the time.
Try to be aware of when you do this, then just open your mouth a bit and place the tip of your tongue on the inside front of your bottom teeth. Hope that made sense, if you do this you cannot clench, but you also can't speak without sounding like an eejit !! So, if you need to speak just be aware of when you clench the most and don't do it, keep your mouth slightly open, not enough so you look moronic, but just a tad.
Best wishes Lori!!
Like sweet lemon so nicely described, bruxism or tightly clenching of the jaws, is a symptom of many neuro diseases. I would recommend a mouth guard, as unbecoming as it may be, as I managed to file my front teeth down to nubs (I got them fixed before my dental insurance ran out, TG).
Blessings to your mouth,
The Sweetest Hippie
It sounds as though you have / developing the dreaded TMJ my left jaw starting aching very bad about two weeks ago. I thought initially it was a tooth until I accidentally hit that side of my face with drumstick I saw rainbowws in my rehearsal room. A good dentist could help you here but I would not wish TMJ on you at all. My daughter has it far worse than me and has had 21 operations since 1991. Still in the long run it is better that you know or can at least rule one sympton out.
I know all too well about jaws locking. The first time it happened to me I ended up in the ER for the pain. It was horrible!!! Then I had a doctor who had no compassion and tried to gag me with a tongue depressor to get my jaws to open. Needless to say, she got reported. My rheumatologist was extremely ticked!!! I now have liquid hydrocodone at home in case it happens again. Plus I have a 4 year old so I have liquid motrin and tylenol. For a long time I did not know if my jaw pain/locking was because of the FM or from the lupus. It can actually be caused by both. So, if you have FM, it can happen and probably will happen again in the course of this dreaded "disorder". Keep the liquid motrin on hand and take something before they actually lock like mine did. Hope this helps.
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