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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

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The past few weeks have been awful, and I'm really seeking reassurance about what I'm dealing with. Three weeks ago I started having worsening pain in both ears that I thought were ear infections. I went to urgent care and got antibiotics even though the doc said he didn't see an infection. These didn't help, so I went to my primary care doc who thought maybe it was something to do with my eustachian tube or inner ear. I finally went to an ENT last week who said my symptoms were probably TMJ.

This is what my symptoms have been: constant, aching and stabbing ear pain, up to a 7 in severity (ouuch), and mild ringing in both ears. I had NO jaw pain for the first 10 days - even saw online that ear pain could be caused by TMJ but decided it wasn't since I had no jaw pain at the time. Then on the 10th day I woke up with bad right-sided jaw pain. I've only experienced this one other time, after yawning and popping my jaw open, and during that time I had no ear pain at all. I've had no hearing loss and not really any other cold symptoms. My ear pain is there all the time. I've been treating with heavy ibuprofen and heating my jaw since my ENT appointment a week ago, and have had minor improvement but nothing crazy. I've never had ear pain in the past and I don't think I clench my teeth at night, although I have noticed my jaw being tight during the day a few times. Does this sound like TMJ? I just want it to get better :(

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