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Anyone experience lower jaw tooth pain from neck pain?

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 290
edited 11/23/2015 - 3:00 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
All my info is below. I've had this off and on since it has started...So when the nerve gets really pinched on the left side of my neck and shoulder the pain goes up behind my left ear, up the back of my head, up the back of my head on the left side over on the top left and sometimes around the left eye...

Then it migrates into my lower teeth on the left side inbetween the jaw and the chin bone is where it hurts on the molars I guess. I know it isn't wisdom teeth pain, because well that feels different.

I also get pain down my left arm and leg when all of the above happens.

My question I guess really has anyone experienced this? Heard of it bothering the teeth? or has ever had a doctors response to it?

Thanks!
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  • my lower jaw and similar areas do too...bummer
    William Garza
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  • It is possible that you have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder-otherwise known as TMJ. Does your jaw crack or "crunch" when you open your mouth? Do you grind your teeth at night or anytime during the day?
    Is your jaw stiff and fairly immobile?

    I ask all this 'cuz it sounds just like me. Especially when we are anxious. We tend to clench our teeth without realizing it and grind our teeth-called bruxism. (sorry, I'm a disabled nurse that sometimes really, really misses her job!)

    I have so many diagnoses similar to so many on this site-as I've seen so far. Both upper (cervical) and lower (lumbar.)

    I also suffer from Depression and Chronic Anxiety and am Bipolar. Not a lot of fun. Between the pain meds; muscle relaxers; neurogenic drugs, psychotropic drugs, Migraine drugs, Asthma inhalors and medications, hormone replacement therapy (total abdominal Hysterectomy due to various conditions) and non-sleep and sleep drugs, my body doesn't quite know what to do! I am narcoleptic and have sleep apnea-using a C-PAP at night and, due to the Fibromyalgia, I have insomnia. Makes for a fine mix with all the cervical spine and lumbar spine disorders and the osteoarthritis.

    Sigh.

    Well, after my whining, I hope this gives you something to think about. I have it, like I said, and it sounds like you due too.(TMJ, that is.) The rediculopathy-or numbness and tingling in arms hands, etc-may be due to a compressed nerve. If you have some foraminal stenosis, that may be why. I also have this. Along with Facet Joint Disorder and DDD-both cervical and lumbar. Ain't it fun? NOT.

    Take care and God bless,
  • Anniesgirl i suffer from the same symptoms as you, and i agree its probably TMJ...
  • ButterflyPain said:
    All my info is below. I've had this off and on since it has started...So when the nerve gets really pinched on the left side of my neck and shoulder the pain goes up behind my left ear, up the back of my head, up the back of my head on the left side over on the top left and sometimes around the left eye...

    Then it migrates into my lower teeth on the left side inbetween the jaw and the chin bone is where it hurts on the molars I guess. I know it isn't wisdom teeth pain, because well that feels different.

    I also get pain down my left arm and leg when all of the above happens.

    My question I guess really has anyone experienced this? Heard of it bothering the teeth? or has ever had a doctors response to it?

    Thanks!
    Several years ago I suffered from incredible headaches/jaw aches. I really was in terrible pain. I also went to the dentist- nothing. The Chiro practer tried to sell me on pillows and just caused more pain. In fact I am pretty sure this was brought on by my chiropracter at the time who I was seeing for lumbar issues. My PCP sent me for an exam with a Neurologist who ordered an MRI and then he sent he to a NS. I had a small bulge at C2-3. The pain was unbearable I couldn't sleep I truely wanted to die. It took 6 months to see the NS who simply ordered oral steroids and it worked like a charm. I was better in days. 6 months of PT, Chiropractic, Massage etc....

    So I say yes. Check out this deratome map.

    http://www.backpain-guide.com/Chapter_Fig_folders/Ch06_Path_Folder/4Radiculopathy.html
  • I never realized how inter-dependant our bodies were. And the amazing thing is that if you don't describe the textbook symptoms the doctors are at a complete loss!!

    Butterfly your pain may be connected directly to your spine problems or it may be due to TMJ as others suggest or some combination of both and muscle or nerve tension/spasms.

    I would have your dentist check to make sure there is nothing else and to make sure you aren't damaging your teeth by grinding or just shifting your jaw as you try to ease the pain.

    Good Luck
  • I too have TMJ, but I'm telling you, when I get my nerve block shots (anaesthetic) one of the areas where he inserts the needle, kind of at the base of my neck where the shoulder starts, the pain shoots right to my jaw and lower teeth on the same side. So I'm inclined to think, from that, that there are nerves in that area that affect your jaw and teeth.
    Kelly
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I had major teeth problems just recently. It triggered a moderate flair up (flair-ups are made up of extreme hyper sensativity & pain involving head/neck/shoulder blades,arms to the fingers. Mostly my right side. As soon as the cavity was fixed, the flair up subsided. For me it’s really frustrating, my pain meds kill my spit glands thus making my teeth susceptible to decay. I brush floss and rinse with peroxide. My teeth still give me problems
    JJ
  • Which meds cause the saliva glands to shut down? I guess this is another reason to go every 6 months to the dentist.

    Wish there was someone sitting on my shoulder pointing all this stuff out to me...guess thats what this place is for :)
  • Thanks for taking the time , and sharing your opinions and stories with me on this.

    I currently don't have dental insurance , so a dentist is sort of out for me. However I will ask my neurologist if he thinks it could be TMJ or if it is connected with my neck issues.

    The jaw pain isn't a constant thing and only arises when everything flares up at once , the left shoulder pain, the left arm pain, the pinkie and ring finger numbness, the left leg pain , left foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, my Lumbar pain from some arthritis, back of my neck and lower back of the skull pain, pinched nerve feeling on the top left side of my head, and pain around my left eye...When that happens the jaw/tooth pain happens.

    Thanks guys!
  • I can get my teeth looked into for free, maybe you have some thing like that were you are.If it is your teeth it could lead to something worst.
    good luck
    JJ
  • TMJ also usually hurts the most when you are eating, yawning, etc. I have TMD, the disc in my jaw is out of alignment which causes me pain during flare-ups, but my cervical issues cause my jaws to hurt most of the time. I go to dentist every 6 months, and he can't find any dental cause for the pain. I've had lots of X-rays, etc.. So I think, usless you grind your teeth massivly, (you would know, your jaw would be sore in am) I'm betting it's from your cervical issues. Good luck with getting it to quiet down.

    Maggie
  • i seem to have the same exact pain as you...unfortuanaltey i thought it was all always caused by my jaw and I got reconstructed jaw surgery in may....can you explain what you mean by flare ups....do some days is your pain minimual and then some days does it get so unbearable that you can't take it?
  • My "life" is just as you described it. Have been thoroughly checked out by dental surgeon and Ear, Nose, Throat specialist w/o answers.

    I just have to put up with it. Some days are worse than others. Laying down in a neutral position helps a small amount.

    I think it's from our necks...the more I move around, the worse it gets.

    jasro
  • multi-level foraminal stenosis C3-4, C6,7, C7-T1
    central disk spur complex T 11-12, T12-L1
    c8Cervical radiculopathy
    T-7foraminal stenosis
    conjoined nerve root L4-5
    disc protrusions L5, S1, L4,5 w/ radiculopathy down lege
    Had L4-5 laminectomy
    Now am really bothered by the pain going up my neck into my jaw. The left side of my face droops and i have weakness on entire left side as well as pain down left arm.
    Am looking for answers but even my neurologist says he just doesn't know. It feels like a heart attack, but has proven not to be.
    Am in Seattle area. Anybody know any great neurologist or neuro-surgeon in the area?
  • peppersown2ppeppersown2 Posts: 1
    edited 05/13/2013 - 6:10 AM
    I have the same problem, and have had two surgeries for disc disease. However, I've been researching this and it's possible I have something common to my age 68, called polymyalgia rhermatica. MyI head is so sore I cannot lie on my back or my right side, and my tinnitis is off the chart, along with pressure in my head, jaw pain, and tremendousely tight muscles in neck, arm pain, hip pain that is unrelenting. My neurologist has thought for some time I have other than fibromyalgia, another autoimmune disease. I'm seeing my rheumatologist tomorrow. This is a form of arthritis and is ofen connected with another autoimmune disease called giant cell arthritis...which is very serious. Maybe you should see a rheumatologist soon.
  • I have the exact symptoms you posted in 2009 from pain in left arm and leg to jaw pain to teeth hurting during severe flare ups My left leg is worse than my left but the spasm too and I have a tingling feeling that occurs during the severe flare ups... I was a very active women in my early forties till a few months ago ... I am now down for the count for these flare ups occur with walking small distances or sitting in certain chairs for too long. I am having a laminoplasty from c4- c7 3/14 for I have severe spinal stenosis at some levels and moderate at others. What caused you to have flare ups and have you had a cervical surgery?? I am scared to death and appreciate your response!!
  • Cat girl 00CCat girl 00 Posts: 1
    edited 11/23/2015 - 2:59 AM
    I have these symptoms exactly and happen In same order. I know this was posted few years ago. Ever get a diagnosis?

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