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Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Question: I have had pain in my upper right jaw, just below my ear. I feel it when I chew, went to doctor last week, got a nurse that gave me amoxcilin for a possible ear infection. Didn't work. Its not a tooth issue, it feels like its where the hinge is for upper and lower jaw. Any ideas?
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Answered by Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It's jaw joint /surrounding muscle inflammation.

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,
Thanks for the query. I understand your concern.

* The pain which is not due to ear or tooth problem seems to be due to-
- Toncil or adenoid infection in throat
-Over stretching causing dislocation of jaw
- Blow to the jaw or chewing very hard substance causing injury to the joint (arthritis)OR strain to muscles involved in chewing.
- Chronic habit of clenching teeth.can cause it.
* such pain needs to be confirmed by an ENT / Dental specialist with a detailed examination &x-ray or MRIas per need.
* The treatment is by anti inflammatory drug/physiotherapy /steroid injection. joint or surgery as per need.
You need the consultation of an expert(ENT surgeon/Dental surgeon)
* self-care before you can consult consists of-
Avoiding jaw movements Taking food in a liquid /semisolid form.
Avoid overstretching of jaw /clenching teeth.
Hot saline gargles or cold pack
Can take over the counter pill like Ibuprofen.

I hope that helps you. Any follow up query is welcome.
Thanks
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I have had pain in my upper right jaw, just

Brief Answer: It's jaw joint /surrounding muscle inflammation. Detailed Answer: Hi there, Thanks for the query. I understand your concern. * The pain which is not due to ear or tooth problem seems to be due to- - Toncil or adenoid infection in throat -Over stretching causing dislocation of jaw - Blow to the jaw or chewing very hard substance causing injury to the joint (arthritis)OR strain to muscles involved in chewing. - Chronic habit of clenching teeth.can cause it. * such pain needs to be confirmed by an ENT / Dental specialist with a detailed examination &x-ray or MRIas per need. * The treatment is by anti inflammatory drug/physiotherapy /steroid injection. joint or surgery as per need. You need the consultation of an expert(ENT surgeon/Dental surgeon) * self-care before you can consult consists of- Avoiding jaw movements Taking food in a liquid /semisolid form. Avoid overstretching of jaw /clenching teeth. Hot saline gargles or cold pack Can take over the counter pill like Ibuprofen. I hope that helps you. Any follow up query is welcome. Thanks