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Muscle pull in jaw - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   hi
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   i visited my dentist fairly recently and he advised that i have a muscle pull in my jaw
User :   i believe he called it an M.P something
User :   i just wanted to check on the net a few more things about this condition ...but i cant recollect what it is called could you help me out please
Doctor :   what was your problem in your teeth
User :   my wisdom teeth need to be extracted ...because of pains...
User :   i also have an issue when i drink anything cold my jaw muscles ache
User :   he relates it to this condition
Doctor :   Can you go back and tell me the problem that you had,..
Doctor :   because of which you saw the dentist
User :   ok
User :   i have had pains in my jaw, for the past few months now...and more recently i noticed a cavity in my teeth when i decided to see a doctor
User :   thats when he advised that i have 4 issue s
User :   one a cavity in the upper molar
Doctor :   ok, please continue
User :   two right 3 molar has to be removed
User :   three the other 3 molar bottom left side has a hockey stick shaped root hence i need surgery
Doctor :   ok, please continue
User :   four my muscles around my jaw tend to freeze , like a spasm each time i have something cold (like cold water etc)
User :   while the first three can be taken care of ..i was jus wondering what this condition is actually called , if you could advise
Doctor :   Without going into details of what this dentist has diagnosed,...
Doctor :   I can see that your jaws tend to tighten when you take cold food,..
Doctor :   There are various reasosn which cause this,...
User :   correct
Doctor :   One of these could be stress,..and cold food is a stimulus for this to happen,..
Doctor :   Do u live a stressful life,..I mean odd job hours,...
Doctor :   and do have pain in the jaws,..when u get up in the morning,..
User :   yes...long hours actually...have worked in a BPO for about 7 years now though dont work nights
Doctor :   which could be a sign of grinding your teeth in the night,...which again could be a sign of stress
User :   no pain in the mornings per se but on and off
User :   i see
Doctor :   Did the dentist prescribe anything for this condition?
User :   yes... unfortunately i dont have the prescription with me
User :   apologies!
Doctor :   I think it should not be a big problem,...because you have do not seem to be suffering from any neurological problems,...
Doctor :   Since you have had this only recently....
User :   ok...
Doctor :   Jaw muscle spasms can also be caused by badly aligned teeth,..
Doctor :   Since the Dentist u saw has not said anything about ur teeth alignment,..tht cannot be a problem,...
Doctor :   So,..the most probable case could be stress,...
Doctor :   so what I would suggest is tht u chill out for some time,...avoid the triggers of this episode,..which is cold food,..for sometime,..
Doctor :   Maybe 4-5 weeks,..
Doctor :   Things should smoothen it,...
User :   yes
User :   i am
User :   cool thanx
Doctor :   I thought u had taken a 'Time out'
User :   will take your advise
Doctor :   Anywayz,...
User :   :-)
Doctor :   I have not been able to zero in on the term,...
Doctor :   u wanted,..
Doctor :   But I hacve told u how u cud manage it,..
Doctor :   Do u want any other assistance?
User :   doest matter will check with the dentist again
User :   thanks Doc_____?
Doctor :   Thanks for coming this side
Doctor :   Feel free to refer ur friends to this service
User :   Thanks Doc you been very helpful indeed
User :   will do
User :   thanks again
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