Headaches/Jaw tightness

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smilingrose
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   Posted 2/15/2011 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
are these also symptoms of anxiety?
 especially the feeling of some tightness around the jaw when the headaches comes or when anxiety breathless episodes comes.
 
any natural remedies or stretchign exercise that helps for the above condition?
 
also i had a thorough heart checkup in mid 2009 after the first bout of panic attacks then.the tests/scans came out clear except stamina wise i was a bit down and was told to do some light exercises to build up the stamina.
 
its been almost 2 years since. in between, i lost some weight, had some anxiety... had a relapse panic attack,depression late last year... had the pains and aches that comes and goes. though i feel the past mth, i'm feeling much much better than before, and more days of feeling good than not good,  but i;m just thinking is it necessary to go for another thorough checkup again? (its expensive by the way) tongue   but since i hv some health anxiety, i don't know if i should.

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   Posted 2/15/2011 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you clench your teeth? I find on my high anxiety days/nights I tend to clench my jaws which in turn makes my jaw hurt and I get headaches. I use a night guard now and it really helps. I also use it during the day when I find myself clenching.
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   Posted 2/15/2011 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Rosie,
 
I had a friend that had TMJ. 
 
If you are just looking at the pain and clenching of the jaw you may notice tension on the teeth and the bones of the jaw.  This constant pressure of the bones of your skull may translate into various kinds of pain and ache, including headaches.

May I kindly suggest you see your PCP to start with. 

Please note these comments  are provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as Medical Advice.

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 2/15/2011 10:40:32 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 2/15/2011 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi S.R. I carry my tension in my shoulders, I can be doing something relaxing like cooking or reading, and all of a sudden I'm aware that my shoulders and ears are nearly touching! What's up with that? I guess we all have body stress, just in different places. Progressive muscle relaxation has helped me, and I'm sure it would be just as good for jaw/mouth tension.

I learned the progressive muscle relaxation technique in therapy, but there are a lot of sites on-line that teach it.

Here's a url that I checked out, and seems good...

http://www.lessons4living.com/how.htm

As far as the re-check for your cardio goes...I would call your dr. and give him/her a rundown of your lifestyle changes and let them decide what to do. Most likely no further tests are needed after just 2 yrs., but call to make sure:)

Take care, and let me know if the PMR works.
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smilingrose
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   Posted 2/16/2011 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Red 34: i didn't clench my teeth, but the jaws usually feel kinda tense/tight when i get a headache or anxious...and i'd be opening my mouth wide a few times to try loosen up the muscles there...

kitt: thank u for the information and suggestion...but i was wondering what does a PCP stands for? (pardon my ignorance on abbreviations)...

S.C: yeap sometimes its unexplainable these pain and aches just comes and goes?? thanks for the link, i'll check it out and update how it went..

thanks all :)

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   Posted 2/16/2011 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
PCP=primary care physician
GP=general practioner
A/P=anxiety and panic
p/a=panic attack
dx=diagnoses
sx=symptoms
Pdoc=psychiatrist

These are all I can think of right now...anybody else...this is a good list to have, as I remember thinking, hugh? when I was first posting too!

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   Posted 2/16/2011 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
SC is right on but here is an easy one:
 
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   Posted 2/16/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have TMJ, and I feel myself clenching my jaw when I am really tense/anxious. Even to the point of doing it in my sleep, then I wake up with a massive headache. I just try to find other things to focus on than my anxiety and remind myself to loosen my jaw muscles. It takes some time to remember to do so, but with time it can be done.

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Allestaria
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   Posted 2/17/2011 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I to have TMJ. It is highly suggested that you do not use an over the counter mouth guard.

Your dentist is best to see if you think you have TMJ. They will make a special mouth guard with muscle relaxing techniques to get your jaw and muscles into the right settings. If you read the labels on the back of the over the counter mouth guards they strictly state NOT to use them if you have TMJ.

My TMJ is so bad I have broken teeth. And have had to have several pulled before I knew what was wrong. I do not have a mouth guard instead use relaxing techniques to keep my jaw aligned the way it should be. And yes if left unchecked (by myself) I can get some pretty bad headaches and even ear aches along with very sore neck muscles.
So I have to keep on top of myself when I start to clamp shut (so to speak).

Good luck and do see your dentist. They are best to work with if you think you might have TMJ.

smilingrose
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   Posted 2/17/2011 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone for your replies and sharing..

S.C and kitt..tat was a good one..lol.

i went to the site u posted and tried out some of the exercises yesterday...bending the hand at the wrist one etc..it was good...

i just got back from my gp. the blood pressure is a little on the low side again. i was feeling quite alright at first but after being told abt my bp, i got anxious and felt 'faint' and had the fear of passing out. sigh.

any natural remedies with low bp? i don't wanna get paranoid or keep obsessing again...

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   Posted 2/17/2011 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I was having a similar problem and went to the dentist and had a mouthguard made. It has helped a lot. I was surprised when I took it off. There were grind marks on the part where I was grinding. This is actually my third one. I also chew gum during the day...when it is possible. I think my jaw is too tired after chewing gum, so my teeth grinding is not that bad at night.

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   Posted 2/17/2011 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
S.R. , lower blood pressure is actually good! The only time it poses a problem is if it's causing you to black-out. It sounds like you were fine and just caught the power of suggestion when you heard it was low, causing your faint feelings.

If in the future if you do have episodes of feeling faint from low b.p. there are a couple of tricks you can do. One is to do an isometric exercise such as squeezing a tennis ball and holding for 10 sec. repeat a few times (if you don't have a ball just flex and hold the muscles from your hands to your biceps) Another is to do some challenging mental math such as counting backwards from 100 by 3's.

Believe it of not, just these simple things can bring the b.p. up enough ponts to ward off the lightheadedness:)
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