Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles cause swollen glands in the neck?
My life became quite stressful a year ago when my newborn daughter suffered a stroke. She is fine now but I have been struggling with some painful and scary symptoms. When she was about 4 months old I had a dental filling put in. The dentist used a horrible dental dam contraption on a metal frame that really wrenched my mouth open. From that point on I have had face pain and noticed a swollen gland in my neck. I was very tense from the problems with my daughter and I notice even now that I hold my jaw tensley and sometimes clench my teeth. I believe that the stupid dental thing in my mouth injured the muscles/tendons in the tmj area and exacerbated any tension I already had in that area. Now I have alot of the typical teeth clenching/tmj symptoms such as occassional ear pain, head and neck pain and tightness down that side of my head, neck, and back, AND I still have swollen glands in my neck on that side. Has anyone else experienced swollen neck glands with TMJ and clenching?
Bruxism Treatment Guy answers:
You know what really sucks about that, is that you don’t know whether to go to a dentist or a doctor. I had pain in that area for two years and spent thousands of dollars.
Honestly, I think, a combo of your sinuses, ear infection and perhaps your bite. Go to a new dentist and get them to check your bite. Then go get some ear drops. Better yet, get some antibiotics if you can persuade your doctor. He’ll say, I can’t see any evidence of an ear infection. No, but beg him anyways. At least get the ear drops from him. Get some sinus spray from him too. Get a sinus X-ray, although they are not accurate. Sinuses can play a real havoc on your face and your jaw I think.
Suck on a candy to relax your jaw and produce saliva. It’ll keep your teeth from hurting too maybe.
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