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Anyone experience lower jaw tooth pain from neck pain?

ButterflyPainButterflyPain Posts: 290
edited 11/23/2015 - 9:00 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
  • 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!
  • most of them.
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