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Jaw lock problem and can't open, pains, to open mouth adjustment of upper and lower jaws to be done, can't open mouth wide, face bones pain in the joints, - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello Dr. Good morning
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good morning.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i have problem with my Jaws, it some times struck and i can't open my mouth. it pains a lot
Doctor :   Proceed with your query.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   when i close my mouth it locks and i have to move both upper and lower jaws side ways to adjust and open my mouth.
User :   the bone just next to my ears pains a lot.
User :   age 27, male.
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   since last 2 years.
Doctor :   Since when are you having these symptoms?
Doctor :   How frequently do you get these symptoms?
Doctor :   * I mean this problem?
User :   now a days it's very frequent. now i can't open my mouth too wide
User :   no i dont have any problem with my body.
Doctor :   Do you feel stiffness of the body whenever you have this problem?
User :   only the face bones pains
User :   i mean the joints.
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you chew tobacco, pan or other use tobacco containing products?
User :   No.
Doctor :   Do you have diabetes, hypertension or thyroid related problems?
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Let me explain to you now.
Doctor :   Inability to open mouth normally is defined as trismus in medical terms.
User :   okey.
Doctor :   They can occur intermittently where the problem resolves after some time to recurr again. Or they can be present permanently.
Doctor :   Based on your description, it appears that you have this problem intermittently.
Doctor :   There are various causes for such episodes of trismus (intermittent forms of trismus)
User :   ok
Doctor :   It could be related to infection, changes in the body temperature, Temperomandibular joint (joint above the jaw near the ear) dyslocations, some medications, injury, convulsions and so on.
Doctor :   In your case, it seems that it may be due to the joint dyslocation.
User :   ok
Doctor :   In simple terms, there could be weakness of the TM joint leading to the difficulty.
Doctor :   I suggest that you see doctor for examination.
User :   okey. I'll do that
Doctor :   You may need an xray of the jaw bone and few other test to rule out the other possible conditions.
User :   yeah.
Doctor :   Treatment can be best formulated once the source of the problem can be identified.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no. i am fine. I'll consult a doctor and follow next steps.
User :   thanks a lot Dr.
User :   bye.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   You are welcome.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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