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Trouble chewing: can it be connected to neck pain????????

dbullwinkelddbullwinkel Posts: 224
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have been posting about the return of severe pre-surgical pain since my july 31st surgery. the return of pain started 10/3 following a pt session. I am waiting for approval from workers comp for mri.

BUT.......last nite something "clicked" literally! I have been having (can't remember when it started) MAJOR problems chewing on my right side.....like my top and bottom jaw don't fit together... I just chew on my left side. It just dawned on me that the neck pain and this may be connected??!!!

I researched TMJ and relation to cervical problems and I have found that there is a correlation. But what caused what??

Who would I call first? My surgeon or go to the dentist??

I am SICK of being in pain and going to doctors and REALLY need to get to the bottom of this.

Does anyone have any experience with the two issues?


  • First I would call the surgeon. If they have no advice or direction for ya. Then yeah try the dentist. Hey even calling your dentist and asking is ok.

    My cousin has TMJ and oh yeah it can be painful but her jaw locks up. Is yours doing that while you chew??
    Or does it feel like its just not aligned right???

    Anyways Iv never had this happen. Its gotten a little sore before but nothing like what your describing.
    It could be cervical it could be something totally different.
    Ya just never know. Im like the queen of never knowing whats this, whats that, could it be this. Ya will drive yourself bonkers ~X( ~X(

    So give the surgeons office a call and ya know a PA or the secretary will call you back.

    HANG IN THERE I know the frustration all to well.
    Terri O:) O:) O:) O:)
  • Terri..I can always count on you for a response! Even with all your troubles. No, it doesn't lock up; just feels like it isn't lining up right. Kinda hard to explain. I was going to call the dentist, but I think I will start with the doctor. thanks. hope you are doing ok!
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