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   Posted 2/6/2007 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
hey guys....ever since i started having my anxiety disorder (about 2 years) ive had this bad sensation in my mouth...around the jaw area. inside my mouth i feel pressure and tightness and at times i feel that it is hard to breathe. it comes randomly...like when im on my way to school, and it ALWAYS happens while i sleep...my doctor says its cus i clench my teeth at night.  i checked for problems and they say its nothing...its just "sinus pressure" well its not going away and im worried.  is it mostly anxiety? have you guys experienced this?

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   Posted 2/6/2007 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I get this too, a real feeling of soreness/tightness around my jaw.  It also travels down my neck and into my shoulders.  I think I get it from clenching my teeth when I'm anxious.  I also grind my teeth at night.  I think it is probably anxiety related but you might want to try using a mouthguard at night in case you are grinding your teeth.  I find the more anxious I am and the harder I try NOT to think about it the worse it gets.  Funny that! Try some deep breathing/relaxation exercises when it starts up, and if it still really bugs you go back to your doc and get checked.

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   Posted 2/6/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello nikool
Yes same here I get it from clinching my teeth. I have to watch myself constantly to make sure I'm not clinching thru the day.
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   Posted 2/6/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   

I too clench my mouth , sometimes I massage it to relax it.

I used to grind my teeth (in my sleep) when I was under extreme stress but I don't think I do now as my partner hasn't said so??

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   Posted 2/9/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how you feel. I have the same exact thing. I clench my jaw especially at night. I went to the dentist becaise I was having severe jaw pain, and it traveled to my throat, and hurt when i touched the outside of it. He said that i gave myself TMJ from clenching my teeth because of stress. He made a mouthguard for me to wear at night, but it is very uncomfortable. He also said that when I have severe pain to take 4 advil or motrin (800mgs) because it is also an anti-inflammatory. I am sorry that you are going through this. I know it can be very painful.

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   Posted 2/11/2007 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   

jaw clenching and tooth grinding are common for anxiety sufferers, can lead to TMJ, details on the net, the sore jaw mucle pain can seem to come from behind the eyes

a beta blocker med may help

a football mouthguard or splint from dentist can help if these problems happen at night

the grinding often causes tooth and filling problems

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   Posted 2/11/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
can you have tmj and no jaw clenching or teeth or tooth trouble , since i have headaches on my face next to my ears running upwards

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   Posted 2/12/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
There's a really good way to get rid of that tightness in your jaw,or wherever there's tension like that. Clench your teeth together as hard as you can and lift the muscles up in your neck,so your basically tightening up your whole jaw (i dont know if everyone can lift the muscles in their neck) hold it for about 5 seconds and then completely let go,you'll feel the tension going away and you'll jaw will feel much lighter and relaxed. It's all a result from tension which is all a result from your posture or not breathing properly,so concentrate on those things too i guess.

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   Posted 2/13/2007 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input Shine
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