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Can Trigeminal neuralgia or TMJ be caused by cervical issues?

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 337
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
For the past two weeks I have been having one-sided facial pain. Over the eyebrow, along the temple, and jaw. It causes a lot of pain trying to eat. Can't move my jaw from side to side without sever pain, or yawn.Teeth sensitive. :''( I've used symptom checker, and read up on TN and TMJ. It's not a tooth problem. Has anyone had this problem cause by DDD, or other cervical issues? Can't see my dentist until the 30th, and I'm getting nowhere using anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and pain meds. At the end of rope, but hanging on. :& Any ideas would be really appreciated.



  • I think it may be that. Go to your Surgern or primary to get it checked out. That's outrageous to see your dentist late. Just tell them it's an emergency and they have to fit you in. Any Dentist I went to you just say it's an emergency. Have you had this pain before? No sinus problems?I hope you see someone soon to help use packs may help wrapped in a towel. Let us know what's going on. Take care .Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks Charry. It's not that he's booked, it's that he's gone on vacation! I live in a very small town 16,000 people, and he's the only dentist here I would go to. I had sinus surgery last August, asked the ENT's nurse, and she didn't think it could be from sinus's. Bad again today, couldn't sing in Church at all this am. I have been putting my BedBuddy sinus pack on my face sidways. May look funny, but does help some. Guess I'll just have to tough it out another week. Hoping it quiets down some soon. Hope you are having a good day. Think I'm going to take myself to the Indian Casino 4 mies from town, and distract myself for awhile.

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  • Maggie Not sure if your issue is the same but I got TMJ from wearing my Collar after my surgery. I now have to wear a mouth piece to bed at night and it helping. But my surgeon and the Dentist said it's pretty common after wearing one of these collars. I had the most pain when the collar was on and I was in bed.

    hope this helps you...

  • You can get tmj from neck problems. Your face and neck muscles are all connected some way or another. The more they pull the more they pull other muscles. Your upper disc in your neck effect your face more than the lower ones. You can even get rotator cuff tears from bad disc. It is all related.
  • Maggie P, I am brand new here to cervical pain but not new to TMJ. I have had many surgeries on the TMJs, 2 of them replacing my TM joints. In fact my new DDS is who took the xray of my neck and noticed all the issues going on with me. You very well could be having TMJ issues. Moist heat on the jaw and soft foods are my recommendation till you can get to your DDS. Good luck! ~Namaste~ lisalee
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  • I suspected that there was a relationship between my neck, DDD, arthritis, and the possible TMJ. It finally resolved itself for about 2 weeks, and now I can feel it getting worse again. My neck has been really bad lately too, so probably all things together are ramping up my pain levels. I am thanking the Lord we are finally getting Spring. Warmer, dryer weather usually makes me feel somewhat better. Sure hope that's true this year. Past winter has been awful, anythings' got to be an improvment :D Thank you all for your replies.

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