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Have jaw spasms when anxious or nervous. Advice?

Hello. I have jaw spasms. This can occur at any time. But when I m feeling anxious or nervous, they happen more frequently. This has affected my social life. When a spasm happens, I make the excuse that I have bitten my tongue , because I am sure that it is very obvious to the person I am speaking to at the time. I am a podiatrist and this happens when I am working. It doesn t physically affect my treatment, but it has a devastating effect on me emotionally. Please advise me on what I can do to alleviate these spasms. I have only told my mum about these. I am married with children who have now grown up. Nobody else in my family is aware I have any problems whatsoever. Kind regards. Dawn
Asked On : Sun, 5 Aug 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic Public Forum

from your description it appear that you have some form of anxiety disorder. You may also have some pathology related to teeth or jaw which cause spasm and anxiety is exacerbating your jaw spasm. Sometime anxiety disorder itself can present as jaw spasm, but it is better to rule out oral pathology.

As problem is prolonged or severe and leading to frequent interpersonal problems, then for assessment and treatment, you should visit specialist like psychiatrist and dental surgeon together.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Wish you Good Health.

Dr. Ashish Mittal
Answered: Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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