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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am having trouble with my jaw muscles burning.
User :   Hello
Doctor :   hello
User :   ok, HI
User :   I'm trying to determin if jaw is burning like this because it is becoming weak or if it may just be TMJ
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   40 female
User :   Hello
Doctor :   and since how long you have been facing this problem
User :   about a week or a little more now
Doctor :   is the sensation constant ?
User :   no seams to come after laughing or eating the most
Doctor :   how long does it last ??
User :   about an hour or so, then it lets up quite a bit, only to return again. When I first get up in the morning, I dont feel it then, but as the day progresses it happens more
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical condition ?
User :   back last year I was being checked for some neurological stuff, but all test such as MRI and EMG and blood work were all clean
Doctor :   can you tell me in detail what was it regarding ?
Doctor :   any headaches ?
User :   well I came into my doctors office with my legs feeling very shaky and she started checking my reflexes and said they were brisk, and then she checked me for clonus and I had some. She sent me for a CT-scan and it was clean, so she sent me to a neuro and he is the one who checked me for things such as MS, ALS, thyroid issues, diabetes, sed rate, EMG, all were clean, but had no explaination for it all and said maybe virus or anxiety
Doctor :   ok
User :   The back of my head does hurt with this as well as my kneck
Doctor :   any fullness of the ear ?
Doctor :   or ear pain ?
User :   on occasions yes for the fullness but no ear pain
Doctor :   well you do have some symptoms that suggest a TMJ disorder
Doctor :   and i suggest this should be discussed with your physician so that we can be sure about it and you can be treated accordingly
Doctor :   and the pain in MAJORITY of the cases just goes away in it self
Doctor :   Treatment may include simple things you can do yourself, such as eating soft foods or applying ice packs
User :   Do you think that it may be a sign of my jaw becoming clinically weak?? I still worry a bit about the neuro stuff they were checking me for.
Doctor :   no dont worry that in your age is not a cause
User :   Really?? ok good
Doctor :   you do need a dental evaluation too
User :   ok
Doctor :   also i will recommend you to do some physical therapy
User :   if I get on here later and pay for another question would I be likely to get you again or would it likely be another doctor
Doctor :   that is you can
Doctor :   Passively opening and closing the jaw, massage, and electrical stimulation help to decrease pain and increase the range of motion and strength of the joint.
Doctor :   you will get a another physician as our shifts changes.
Doctor :   and if you like to speak to a specific physician you can always ask for them
User :   oh I see, well I really appreciate your time and information
Doctor :   thank you
Doctor :   your take care of your self
User :   you too and thanks again, have a good day
Doctor :   you can always ask for me and if i am around i will be glad to help you
Doctor :   your feedback is always appreciated
Doctor :   you too have a nice day
Doctor :   good bye
User :   Oh, ok then that great, and yes I will leave good feedback, byebye
Doctor :   bye
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