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Suggest remedy for throbbing sensation in jaw in an elderly person

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Posted on Fri, 11 Dec 2015
Question: I had a throbbing sensation in entire lower jaw this morning. It's gone now but I'm concerned. I am 53 years' old and somewhat sedentary--but I do live on the third floor with no elevator and I am up and down stairs quite frequently.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (56 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Medical evaluation needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Lower jaw pain in most cases is caused by gum and dental problems ( teeth decay, dental abscess etc.), jaw muscles and salivary glands disorders.

Only in few cases, coronary heart disease may cause lower or under jaw pain.

In this case ( heart condition ) other symptoms coexist such chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea and dizziness.

In such case ( in other words if you experienced some of above mentioned symptoms ), you should discuss with your primary care Doctor about having done a complete cardiac work up.

A Dentist examination also is needed to expose the cause if it is of dental origin.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho (18 minutes later)
This condition was not painful. Just a very strong throbbing pulse sensation.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Most likely an isolated benign condition.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back.

You mean like spasms right?

In this case it is most likely related to muscles or salivary glands spasms and usually these are isolated benign conditions.

If the symptoms repeat, consider consulting your primary care Doctor.

Hope this helps.

Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho (16 minutes later)
No, not at all like spasms. It felt like a very strong heartbeat in my jaw.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back.

In this case then, the best is to have a medical evaluation by your GP and an ultrasound of the neck vessels, cardiac work up too.

Discus with your primary care Doctor.

Best regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho (4 hours later)
Thank you. Is this a stroke risk????
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Not a stroke.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back.

No, it is was not a stroke, probably it was an increase in blood pressure values, but still examination is needed to understand better the nature of your concerns.

Hope this was of help. Greetings.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Suggest remedy for throbbing sensation in jaw in an elderly person

Brief Answer: Medical evaluation needed. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. Lower jaw pain in most cases is caused by gum and dental problems ( teeth decay, dental abscess etc.), jaw muscles and salivary glands disorders. Only in few cases, coronary heart disease may cause lower or under jaw pain. In this case ( heart condition ) other symptoms coexist such chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea and dizziness. In such case ( in other words if you experienced some of above mentioned symptoms ), you should discuss with your primary care Doctor about having done a complete cardiac work up. A Dentist examination also is needed to expose the cause if it is of dental origin. Hope you found the answer helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care.