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What causes stiffness in the jaws?

hi a week ago i felt like my jaw was a little stiff so i put my finger and pressed a little where your jaw meets your ear ,and i worked my jaw open and when i did my jaw popped and since then my ear has been ringing and my hearing muffled not really much pain except when jaw cracked
Wed, 31 May 2017
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Hi..
Thanks for the query.

Stiffness of the jaws along with popping and pain with ringing in ears is appearing to be due to disturbances in the functioning of the jaw joint..
Due to clicking and grinding sounds you can experienced ringing in ear too..
However muffled hearing is not due to it so once you should also get an Otoscopy of your ear done..
You should get a Panoromic x ray done so that the jaw joints can be examined and the exact cause can be ruled out and treated..
As of now take anti inflammatory painkillers like Ibuprofen and muscle relaxant like Tizanidine..
Take soft diet and avoid excess mouth opening like during yawning and laughing..

Hope this helps..

Regards..
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