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Why do I have a stiff jaw?? watch

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    Ok as the title says.... And before anyone asks, no I haven't recently been involved in any penis related activities with my mouth :giggle:
    It's basically really stiff, has been for a couple of days, and I can't open my mouth properly to eat food and stuff. I have a few mouth ulcers but I think it might be unrelated as I get them a lot (I munch my cheeks in my sleep)
    Does anyone have an idea as to why this might be? I know you're not doctors and stuff but I don't really want to bother my GP if it's a normal thing / easy to resolve / will go away by itself.
    Thanks all
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    Try adding some omega oils to your diet if no effect or gets worse see a dentist.

    It might be the flu, get some rest

    What you're describing sounds like symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), which basically means problems affecting the jaw joint. Common symptoms are aching, reduced range of movement, clicking in the jaw, earache/headaches. TMJD is pretty common and generally there's no treatment except to try and reduce what's causing it.

    You said you chew your cheeks - that sounds like it's likely to be a possible cause. One of the most common causes (at least in young people, without other health conditions like arthritis) is the joint being overused, e.g. teeth grinding in sleep.

    Things that can help: household painkillers if the pain is bad - paracetamol/ibuprofen/etc. (stick to the usual recommended doses). Sometimes jaw clenching is caused by stress - do you think that could be possible for you? If so, try some relaxation exercises or anything to reduce your stress which might stop you overworking your jaw so much. Other than that, just try to rest your jaw when you can - eating fairly soft foods, not yawning too widely, etc. Basically anything which feels painful or puts a strain on your jaw - try to avoid.

    Chances are it will subside soon enough, especially if you try some things to reduce the causes. If it doesn't improve or gets worse, you can see your GP. They might suggest some physiotherapy exercises to help your jaw, prescribe painkillers, and look into other possible causes/contributing factors.
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