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Cartilage injury of the jaw joint - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My jaw cracks a lot when I yawn but this time I yawned too big and I felt a pull all through my sinuses and right by both of my ears. Now it hurts and it is really sore right by the joint near my ears and my sinuses hurt really bad now also. What do you think I could have done? How do you know if you tore a cartilage?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   It seems that you might have hurt some cartilage in your jaw joint, (Temporomandibular joint)
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   33
Doctor :   And how long have you had the symptoms from ?
User :   I just did last night
Doctor :   Can you tell me the severity of the pain from 1 to 10 ?
User :   it ranges from a 7 to a 9
Doctor :   Do u have any trouble hearing ?
User :   No I don't think so
Doctor :   Any sore throat , nasal congestion ?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Yes nasal congestion, all pressure
Doctor :   What you can do now, is to apply some ice at the affected area
Doctor :   Take some tylenol or ibuprofen for a day or two
Doctor :   this will relieve the inflammation and pain
Doctor :   By a few days , your symptoms should subside
Doctor :   Do u have trouble chewing ? or swallowing
User :   So if I did hurt some cartilage then that will heal right?
User :   What about the if I had trouble hearing then could that be permanent?
Doctor :   Do u have trouble chewing ? or swallowing ?
User :   I have some trouble chewing
Doctor :   This is not a permanent issue
Doctor :   It will definitely resolve
Doctor :   this includes the hearing loss, which u fortunately do not have
Doctor :   the hearing loss , in this context was to know if there was any cause of problem in the ear
Doctor :   Any jaw, involvement can cause ear ache, but not hearing loss
User :   even if you tear cartilage than can not affect hearing loss?
Doctor :   The pain and trouble chewing will subside with treatment in a few days
Doctor :   the cartilage in the jaw joint is not connected to the ear in anyway
Doctor :   and will not cause any hearing loss
Doctor :   the question i had asked, was to rule out any cause in the ear ?
User :   Got it
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   For now, you try tylenol or ibuprofen for 3 -4 days
Doctor :   the pain will defintely subside
Doctor :   also avoid chewing hard foods
User :   So my jaw cracking all the time though will not affect the ear
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   thats right
Doctor :   You need to eat light and also give some speech rest
Doctor :   speaking much and chewing hard foods can prevent much needed rest
User :   My jaw cracks all the time and this is the first time though I felt a pull all through my face like this and all the pressure
Doctor :   In case you feel that this is a long standing issue
Doctor :   you might use some dental guards, to prevent such issues in the future
User :   I just got very concerned that I did something permanent so thank you for letting me know that this is not permanent
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   just be careful to avoid such incidents in the future
User :   ok thanks so much for your help
Doctor :   you are welcome again, i hope i have answered your queries
User :   yes you have
Doctor :   please laeve your feedback at the end of the chat
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