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After a flight, my jaw is sore, can barely move it, can't chew, help?

Almost immediately after I got off a plane last night, my jaw began to tighten up. I thought it would go away right away, but today it's much much worse. I can barely chew, can't clench my back teeth down at all.

During the landing, I was opening and closing my mouth in a yawning fashion to relieve the pressure in my ears. I've done this before. Normally I use the gentle nose trick or chew gum etc but this seemed more fun at the time. I'm thinking this may be related... maybe I strained it somehow? I don't think I was clenching my teeth...

I took an antihistemine before the flight since I was a little stuffy and that always helps, but I still feel like I have pressure in my ears that's popping and my jaw only seems to be getting worse. Hopefully I don't have oral cancer, sinusitis or an impending heart attack or something (thanks, web MD).

I think I just tweaked it somehow and it will recover in a couple of days and I'll see how it feels tomorrow, but thought I'd see if anyone had any similar experiences or know what to do about this kind of thing. Everything I've found through google so far is just about people who clench or grind their teeth in their sleep, etc or people that are about to die from something.
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Go see a docktor.
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It sounds like you might have a sinus block, where, since you have a cold, the mucous membrane of your sinuses are swelling, and equalization can be more difficult. Usually, using something like Afrin will help it, but I would suggest seeing a doctor first.
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I had a similar experience in Nov. We went on a cruise, and the flight home was kinda hard on my ears. I woke up a day later with an earache and soreness in my jaw, turns out I had swimmer's ear. Had to take anitbiotic eardrops for it.
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I just started reading stuff by Dr. Andrew Weil, and I seem to remember something about taking an aspirin(?) as a blood thinner before flight.

However, after asking Jeeves, there seems to be plenty about inner ear damage, and perhaps in doing what you did you aggravated it rather than prevented it?

But, like sdk said, go see herr doktor.
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I thought for sure this said after a fight. Now I'm completely disinterested.
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Originally Posted by Roto
I thought for sure this said after a fight. Now I'm completely disinterested.
Me too.
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Seeing a doctor costs $$$ and my coverage sucks.

I'll give it a couple days and if it gets worse or isn't markedly better, I'll see about a doctor. I'm not congested any more, but I think the congestion coupled with the pressure may have certainly had an impact. Hopefully it just goes away and isn't something major... or even minor for that matter.

Pain killers tonight, yippee!

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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Seeing a doctor costs $$$ and my coverage sucks.
You should have a talk with your stingy boss
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hey...what did you expect when you rushed towards the cockpit.
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http://www.dental--health.com/faq_jawpain.html

http://www.dental--health.com/jawpain1.html
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when's the last time you had a tetanus shot? sounds a lot like lockjaw. any pain in your neck or stomach muscles?
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Go wax the tadpole. It cures a lot of ills.
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Originally Posted by brizz
when's the last time you had a tetanus shot? sounds a lot like lockjaw. any pain in your neck or stomach muscles?
Tetanus shot... it's been a while but I think I'm up to code.

No neck or stomach pain... it's only my jaw, towards the very back up in front of my ears. Probably a swollen gland or something. Not much different today than yesterday, though I can close my back teeth down today if I try. I'm trying not to too much so I don't irritate it though.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Probably a swollen gland or something.
Please refer to The Cow's advice.
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Using something like Afrin will help clear you sinuses if it is an equalization problem.
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Originally Posted by Roto
You should have a talk with your stingy boss
I'd punch him in the face, but something tells me that would only make the problem worse...

Originally Posted by nazz
Please refer to The Cow's advice.


I think I'll combine these two pieces of advice and go wax the boss' tadpole. Excuse me for a minute...
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http://www.entnet.org/healthinfo/topics/tmj.cfm
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That looks about right. I think I'll try heating it a couple times today to see if it helps and opt for some softer foods for a day.

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