Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

159 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What causes severe headache with clicking sounds in the jaw joint?

Answered by
Dr. Ishu Bishnoi

Neurologist, Surgical

Practicing since :2007

Answered : 830 Questions

Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017 in Brain and Spine
Question: Dear Sir,
I am suffering from terrible headache since last 3 months. The only thing which i have observed is that while moving my head from either left to right or right to left i am getting clicking sound. Its not coming from neck but its coming from head. Please help me to find the reason for this clicking sound.
Note that i was having clicking sound from TMJ while opening mouth from since last 1 year on both left & right side. I did X-Ray of open & close mouth even MRI of open & close mouth @ same time. X-ray is showing Lower jaw is not properly opening & closing for left & right side but MRI is showing no abnormality. After consulting with a doctor, there is no clicking sound from left joint but clicking from Right jaw is happening rarely. Can you please help me why there is difference between X-ray & MRI.
Which report i have to consider for my TMJ.
Also, please let me know clicking sound from head while moving head from right to left or left to right, whether is it coming from TMJ. Note that earlir i was getting clicking sound from TM joint itself in mouth opening position but now i am getting clicking sound from head while moving it from R to L & L to R.
I am getting severe headache from bottom of head (i.e. part of head starting above neck) towards temple & forehead. I am doing yoga as well but not getting relief in headache.
Please help me to find the reason for clicking sound from head & also suggest the reports which i needs to do for the same. I am not getting time from office hours to visit a doctor as i joined the company newly.
Please help me soon as headache is unbearable. My life is impacting because of this.
Answered by Dr. Ishu Bishnoi 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Clicking sound is considered as normal

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking from HealthcareMagic for your health related doubts

I can understand your concern. First of all I'd like to tell you that as your MRI is normal so I don't think there is any serious underlying problem. X-ray of TMJ showing that lower jaw is not moving properly and this is not a thing to concern. A repeat X ray should be done to find out if the thing is repetitive.

Movement of jaw results in clicking sound in some individuals and this should be ignored.

MRI is a very sensitive investigation while X ray has not much sensitivity.

For headache drugs like TCAs can help. Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline etc can be used for relief of headache. Regular use of these drugs will also reduce the occurrence of clicking sound coming from head too. So you can visit a doctor for evaluation and if needed start taking the drugs I've mentioned.

Thanks. Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Drug/Medication ,  
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Severe headache

doctor1 MD

I have been experiencing rectal bleeding in the last 2 days. I have had this in the past, but when it was gone, I figured it was nothing. I do have other conditions that may or may not be connected.. I have a petechiael rash all over my upper body (have had for a couple years) I get massive headaches daily, and last November I went 8 months with no period... any suggestions before I head back to a new DR?

doctor1 MD

I have had diarrhea for 2 days and it sometimes will happen to leak into my underwear without me noticing throughout the day. I have been tired for abou two months, i can have 12 hours of sleep but be extremely tired all day. I have a sore throat and a dry cough until about last night which it is now a bit Flemish. I have lower back pains and my whole body aches. I have had severe headaches as well

doctor1 MD

hi i m 17 years old now,when i was 10-11 years old i met with an accident on my head that time nothing happened but after 3 months i suffered from a severe headache then i consulted to a doctor he gave me a medicine named epilex i think that medicine affect my growth alot is it be possible ?

doctor1 MD

my blood uric acid is 8.8, right foot is swelled to some extent, getting pain in one of end right foot finger, What should I do. Doctors prescribed me Zycolchin .5 for 10 days followed by Febutaz 40. But on taking Febutaz 40 for 2 days I stopped it for severe headache in night though . I was feeling better and swelling also reduced during taking medicine time. But I am without any medicine for last 5/6 days Please advise

doctor1 MD

Hi sir, I'm 30 years old I have been suffering with severe headache from past 10years. 5 years ago I consulted a neurologist and got diagnosed with a pineal region epidermoidal cyst but the size is 12*12*12mm so no need of surgery. and from then I...

doctor1 MD

hi, my wife is 48 years old and is a housewife. no children at home. for past 1 week she is facing major giddiness, severe headache , panic attack , depression and lack of sleep. i am her husband, travelling mostly for work. she was treated with...

doctor1 MD

I have ingested fish with cigutera! What is the best way to handle the symptoms? Headache, diarrhea , sensitivity to water.... Also, should I try to eat?