Patient Comments: TMJ - Symptoms


Besides pain, what TMJ symptoms do you experience? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Marcia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

My TMJ (temporomandibular joint) symptoms come mostly from stress - grinding my teeth. I have a mouth guard but even with that, the jaw is still affected by bearing down so hard while sleeping. I feel like I have a toothache that can jump around from tooth to tooth. My dentist keeps a check on it. It is what causes my tinnitus which can be nerve wracking. Sometimes I can hear my heartbeat in my ears. The problem is doctors that specialize in TMJ are very expensive! Have to pay in full before filing insurance.

Comment from: Heather, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I was recently diagnosed with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome by my primary care physician. I experienced trauma to the right side of my face via being knocked out. My cheek bone received a hair line fracture and my jaw was slightly misaligned. This was around 7 years ago. The symptom I question is feeling fluid movement in my ear along with a dull ache in the ear. The fluid will 'release' and move in my ear and causes a 'tickle' feeling.

Comment from: Veerpal , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I have 24 hours discomfort feeling from TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), like my jaw roots are expanding inside.

Comment from: Sam2018, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I just started having severe pain what I believe is TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). It started with my neck hurting a bit, then it progressed into my left ear and now anytime I open my mouth I have a sand like sound. When I press on my joint and open my mouth at the same time, I can really hear the popping and grinding sound. The pain radiates from my jaw to my temple, to my ear, left side of my neck, and I have severe health anxiety so this new onset of pain does not sit with me at all. I wonder if anyone else can relate to me.

Comment from: Toby, 55-64 (Patient) Published: July 03

I have ear ache and what feels like a moving tooth ache from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

Comment from: TRACY, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

My TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain feels like a horrible toothache and earache combined. Miserable.

Comment from: Luv2travel101, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I have a terrible ear ache from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Comment from: machoochoo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

My pain started when I was twelve years old. My jaw locked open when I tried to bite into a hotdog! Fast forward 25 years. I fell headlong and landed on my chin. I had severe headaches after that and my primary care physician sent me to an oral surgeon who thought it might be TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). I'd actually torn the meniscus in the joint and over time I'd worn away the jaw joint. I had to have the meniscus repaired and an artificial joint placed in the jaw. Now, 28 years later, I'm having severe headaches, tinnitus that runs me nuts, ear ache, neck and shoulder pain. I've an appointment next week with a dentist who specializes in TMJ dysfunction. I'm about at the end of my rope!

Comment from: T, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I have had optical migraines, constant earaches, mostly right ear, neck pain, and most of all jaw pain for over a year. The hospital has just diagnosed me with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). I'm on so many drugs I'd rattle if you moved me! The ear pain is so bad sometimes I can hear my heartbeat. I'm at my wits’ end I've been sent here, there and everywhere at the hospital to find out what can be done. It's very depressing.

Comment from: Bck, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I am only 21 years old. In 5th grade, my orthodontist decided I needed a maxillary expansion device to expand my top palate before getting braces, due to a very slight under bite and slight crowding. Of course I was a child and had no idea the pain that it would cause and damage it would do. It expanded my roof so far my front teeth had a half inch gap. Anyway, I know this was the cause of my double sided TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). Very seldom I'll have a two or three day period of relief where I can feel I can do things and get stuff done. But most of my days are spent with severe headaches in my temples that no OTC pain reliever can phase, as well as tender to touch face around the joint itself and all around my ears. Not to mention the neck pain right at the base of my skull where the tendons are. No amount of massage helps. Nothing really does. Both sides of my jaw click multiple times when I open my mouth wider than to just say a word or sip a drink. Right side really hurts worse and gets more tender than the left, but the left clicks more consistently, and well constantly. Both of my ears pop all day every day. I get vertigo every once in a while with dizzy spells. It is misery but I am trying to learn how I can manage the pain without having to sleep life away.


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Comment from: Heather, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I was told I have TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) at 17. I thought everyone's jaw popped. For years I thought this was chronic sinus problems. I went to a sinus doctor and had a CAT scan done. Sinuses are good. It is the TMJ causing so much pain in daily life that it prevents me from doing things; very depressing. I take antidepressants. This Friday I go to a sport and spine doctor. I am hoping something can be done. I am 44 and can’t believe how much of my life is ruined by having TMJ. On top of everything, a few years ago I had narcotic abuse because of this pain.

Comment from: vs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

My TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) symptoms were, my jaw would lock shut, and I would have migraines that would upset my stomach. The vertebra in my neck are displaced due to inflamed muscles, and I have muscle spasms in the joint and neck.

Comment from: Allan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 01

My TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is so bad, that I am continually biting my lip when eating, even though I try to be extra careful, and chew slowly. I also wake up having bit my lip. I have tried to wear an appliance at night, but I also have a CPAP mask, and it makes me claustrophobic.

Comment from: pandora22, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

My doctor couldn't find anything wrong with my jaw, however, although I only experience mild pain, I have a horrible itch at each side of my face that starts right after I start chewing. The itch lasts sometimes for hours and nothing will calm it. I used to have this on occasion but it has gotten worse and now I have some pain with the itch. I'm sure it has something to do with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problem even if it was diagnosed as neuralgia. The itch is internal since there is no redness on my skin and no visible external abnormality.

Comment from: RebeccaH., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

My TMJ symptoms started off after visiting a dentist and I ended up having an earache (felt like a needle pushing on ear drum). I went to the doctors and he said the drum looked fine. I had crepitus in my left side jaw when chewing and yawning and mainly in my neck when I turn my head. When driving I hear popping sound. After a few weeks I noticed symptoms of tinnitus and ringing constantly. I have trouble sleeping and feel tired constantly and I yawn a lot which makes things worse with pain.

Comment from: chronicpain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

Since my TMJ (temporomandibular joint) began six years ago, my jaw has drifted to the right and is dislocated. My teeth do not line up any longer and my bite is off so it is quite painful when chewing. The muscles on the left side of my face are in constant pain. I have had cortisone shots in both sides of my jaw and physical therapy with no relief. I use heat and lidocaine ointment which relieves the pain for 20 to 30 minutes. TMJ is a never-ending battle of chronic pain with headaches, tenderness, muscle spasms, clicking and crunching of the jaw, jaw drifting to the right, and trouble sleeping. I wish this on no one and I am searching for relief.

Comment from: lvarmadillo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I have been grinding my teeth for many years to the point that I have crowns on all my back teeth. About 3 years ago I got severe dizzy spells. I told my family doctor and he sent me to his friend orthodontist who specialized in TMJ. He made me an appliance to clip to my bottom teeth. That stopped the dizzy spells but he told me to get implants in my entire mouth but that would cost $40,000. I was not willing to spend that much. Now, 3 years later, my appliance has worn to the point that my teeth separation is not correct anymore and I am starting to feel some ear pain. The orthodontist that specialized in TMJ has retired and now I am looking for another one.

Comment from: lucy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I believe arthritis has set in. The pain causes me to chew the inside of my cheek. Then the pain goes up into my temple where I had a traumatic injury. My whole face hurts. And the pain TMJ disorder causes prevents me from my daily activities. What makes it worse is some other oral problems I have going on (such as dental problems). It's just too much. It used to be so much worse that I couldn't open my mouth for days and had to eat through a straw. I believe it got so bad from getting hit there. Regardless it's very depressing to experience; not much quality of life.

Comment from: Rosie May, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

Soreness when eating or chewing food is my symptom of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).


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Comment from: RENEE, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I woke up a few days ago with the right side of my face hurting. Not sure but I think I was gritting my teeth in my sleep. I think from what I have read I have TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome)! The pain is unreal. I just have it on my right side in front of my ear and jaw, neck area! Hope this does not last long because the pain is excruciating!

Comment from: tramirtion, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I'm reading the symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome) and I'm horrified. I'm really sorry for all of you who have suffered from this. I don't know yet what's going on with my right jaw, but I know it hurts. I mostly feel it first thing in the morning when I wake up and I try to brush my teeth or even talk, or if I try to open my mouth too wide. I had never heard of TMJ, but I started researching this pain after almost 2 weeks of this pain that seems to be getting worse, especially when I try to eat and have to open my mouth beyond the normal. I at first thought it might be lockjaw, which I've heard about but didn't know much about, but that seems a bit more serious as the cause is a bacterial infection from a break in the skin or nails. I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow, hopefully they'll be able to tell me something. I'm getting pretty frustrated with this pain in my jaw, and my neck and ear hurt as well.

Comment from: Audrey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I have suffered from problems with my TMJ since I was a child. When I was 10 years old, my mother used to complain of me "clicking my teeth" on a spoon when I ate. The trouble is, my teeth never came near the spoon. The sound she heard came from my jaw popping. My jaw now dislocates constantly. I can't eat pizza or french bread, or even sing, without it locking. I wake up several times each night having to relocate my jaw. There is no pain just a jaw that can't seem to function normally. Brux guards do nothing. In fact, the only thing that seems to keep my jaw from popping and sticking is applying pressure to the left TMJ. I have to sleep these days with a hard pillow pressing against the joint, or it pops out constantly. It's clear that something is keeping my jaw from aligning properly, but no one seems to be able to help me fix it.

Published: July 25

I never clench or grind my teeth and I am constantly doing it now. The side of my face in front of my ear feels swollen, as does that side of my neck and the ear itself. My neck and shoulders ache, and I am constantly swallowing saliva. The back of my neck hurts. My ear rings and kind of feels numb at times. The predominant symptom I have is the neck pain. Even the bone in back of my last tooth feels swollen.

Published: July 09

I have every symptom. Some more than others. About two years ago my jaw suddenly "locked" and I didn’t know why. It would only happen a few times a month. Then it went away for like 6 months. A year ago my jaw locked again, but this time it was like that constantly. It wouldn’t open normally at all and I couldn’t fit anything big in there at all. I could only open my jaw about one and a half fingers wide (and my fingers are thin). I would have popping sounds and clicking. There were times where I would grind my teeth while asleep. I had and still have ringing in the ear, and fullness of the ear. I get dizzy ALOT and it’s horrible. I constantly have headaches and my jaw hurts immensely when I try and open it wide, or when I chew hard foods. I get even worse headaches when I attempt to yawn (I say attempt because I can never open my mouth fully and it hurts so much since my jaw is forcing itself to open wide when yawning). The worst symptoms for me are the headaches and the dizziness. I found out that I had TMJ about 5 months ago. I’ve been doing jaw exercises and I think my jaw is getting a bit better but it hasn’t improved that much.

Published: June 24

I have had joint pain and severe popping and cracking in my right jaw for 20 years. I am now 35. I have tried all the recommended treatments and have had very little success (braces, night guards etc.). I experience headaches, ear fullness and pain, facial pain in front of my ear, extreme pain when opening my mouth wide to yawn or laugh or eat followed by cracking (that can be heard up to 5 feet away) and dislocation.

Comment from: Sadie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

Believe me! The pain is more than enough! Let's hope you have never had TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) nor will have it. By the way, Tylenol really works to allay the pain. It's really very powerful stuff.

Comment from: J. Fielder, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I wonder if anybody else has painful spasms that make your teeth grind together violently. I swear that my teeth are breaking off every time it happens.

Comment from: Miah, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

There is sound while opening my mouth wide. It was there for 5 years. Now the sound is present even when I open my mouth a little and I have tinnitus in both ears.


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Comment from: joe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I have sore jaw with TMJ. At the end of the day, it feels real sore. When I close my jaw it's sore.

Comment from: bookish1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

After a TMJ injury when my articular disk was pulled out of place and I had malocclusion, I was in terrible pain for about a year. I could no longer eat most of my favorite food. My pain has subsided somewhat so I can eat somewhat more normally now.

Comment from: VIKRAM, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I have pain on the back side of my jaw for more than two months. I feel pain when I open my mouth or yawn. I also have a feeling of something being stuck in my throat, like a pill, which goes away when I eat. The jaw joint muscle is looking lighter in color on both sides inside my mouth. I am stressed and don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Tarmstro, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

The symptoms I experience with my TMJ are: severe headaches (thought to be migraines), neck pain (reduced range of motion), ringing and painful ears, and a sore jaw.

Comment from: tracemaster82 , Female Published: September 03

I am 25 and have been dealing with TMJ for a while. I had braces in the past. I have been experiencing pain on my right side. It seems my bite is uneven on this side. Now I am looking to treat it and have been told by my dentist that he could file my teeth down. I also went to another woman that specializes in TMJ and she said I should get a splint. I’m still debating which action to take…

Comment from: Jean , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I have had TMJ for many years and it was very painful to go to the dentist because I could not keep my mouth open that long or it would be hard to close my mouth. I also had popping and crunching when I would open and close my mouth. That has gone away, and I can open my mouth wide now, but when I bite down, the left side does not touch but the right side touches and sort of feels like when you are having an imprint of a tooth made, soft and squishy.

Published: July 16

I just recently began experiencing pain in my jaw. A friend of mine said I should look up TMJ. The symptoms I have experienced are pain of the jaw when chewing food or when opening my mouth to a point, headaches just above my jaw, and swelling along my upper jaw line. I have found that taking pain relievers (usually just headache medicine) and keeping ice in my mouth helps reduce the pain and swelling.

Published: July 09

I had severe, shooting jaw pain. Chewing seemed to set off the seizures. When in a full-blown episode, I could not talk. I Could not wash my face without experiencing pain. I could not stand even wind on my face. I was prescribed a seizure medication, which alleviated my pain for about 10 years. Eventually surgery was required. It was found that nerve bundles were strangled by blood vessels. I have not experience any pain since my surgery.

Published: July 09

I'm only 16 and I'm having extremely bad TMJ problems. It started out with the left side of my jaw. It would crack, pop, get stuck, anything, while I was eating. After a while it started to lock, causing extreme pain when trying to eat. It went away for a while, only to come back again, but worse. The left side pops and "catches" for anything I eat. Soft or hard. And now both sides of my jaw pop, "catch", and lock while eating. You can also hear a grating noise. There is always pressure and its sore most of the time.

Published: July 02

My symptoms for TMJ are headaches (although they've gotten better lately), mild dizziness (especially if I invert my head as in Yoga poses), constant ringing in the ears. I used to have severe neck pain, but not anymore. I've had popping in my jaw for over 20yrs; tinnitus over 10. I thought I must clench my teeth when stressed, my dentist said I don't grind, my teeth are fine. I think it also may have started with braces and a retainer to force my jaw a certain way!

Published: June 26

I play the clarinet and was worried that this was a major disease like lockjaw that could end my career. In the past two years I've developed some symptoms like the occasional locking, and constant clicking and popping. It isn't big problem now since I don't get facial pain, or headaches, but I need to correct it now, and I suggest others in my position do the same. For me this could be a career ending ordeal.

Published: June 20

I clench my teeth. I can't find a comfortable place in my mouth for my tongue. I often wake up with a very sore jaw on the left side. I get headaches. Recently my left eye has been twitching, probably due to all of the strain of using my left jaw on a constant basis. It's all driving me crazy. It's all day every day.

Published: June 17

It seems as though whenever I eat something tough or chewy that the next two to three days I remember: “Ouch! I should have remembered hey I have TMJ!” I forget after months of being good. The only thing that seems to help my TMJ is resting my jaw with softer foods and ibuprofen.

Published: June 13

I would hear “popping” sensations in my ear with pain all the way down my throat, plus clicking and popping in the jaw. I also experienced pain while eating. My teeth may or may not be meeting correctly.

Published: June 13

I am unable to open my mouth very wide and unable to eat meat or anything tough.

Published: June 10

Sometimes I hear a loud clicking in my ear when I open my lower jaw.

Comment from: Glad, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I’ve had my TMJ for almost seven years. It caused a lot of trouble for me. There’s a cracking sound every time I open my mouth. I can’t talk a lot to avoid pain, and during dental check-ups, I get scared if I open my mouth. What scares me is that when I see a photo, I noticed my TMJ is really getting worse. My face is not aligned anymore, and I can’t afford to pay for the treatment.

Comment from: tammy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I got TMJ for the first time after dental work. 7 years ago after the birth of my 3rd child My jaw locked for about 12 hours. 4 years later after the death of my dog it locked again this time for 3 weeks. Now it locks about 2 times a year. I found that if I sit alone and massage the jaw I can make it unlock. I have to be careful about how I sleep and how I eat certain items.

Comment from: Bruce, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

My symptoms are slight earache, crepitus in my right jaw when chewing and in my neck when I turn my head, full feeling in the ear and, after 2 weeks of these symptoms, tinnitus. I have made an appointment with my GP.

Published: July 22

My problem started with ear pain. I wasn't sure if my ear was making my jaw and neck hurt or the other way around. My whole jaw was hurting.

Published: July 18

I am having pain in my lower jaw, all around and way deep down in my ears, clicking, grinding and difficulty opening my mouth very wide. I can’t chew crusty breads or chewy things anymore. I also have headaches and neck pain and facial pain.

Published: June 11

I experienced upper jaw pain, ear pain and headaches.

Published: July 28

I have pain in my jaw, very restricted movement, clicking and grinding noises during movement.