Now i'm not sure what it is, but my jaw hurts pretty bad. It's only on one side and it's where the bottom jaw and upper jaw connect on my right side. I think it might be the fact that I only chew on that side? Or it might have something to do with the weather? It started this year about a month or two ago. So any suggestions on what it is?
It could be for the chewing but you could also be cutting your wisdom teeth. They will cause pain swelling and can also get infected and you are at the age they will start. Mine took a year to completely cut through and got infected a couple of times. I had them pulled as soon as they popped out. If the pain last or gets worse or you notice swelling go to your dentist or doctor and have it checked. Good luck.
You may need a referal to see a chiropractor for insurance purposes. The thing of it is, even if the problem is as suggested by the other comments, the jaw can be off kilter, just like the spine can be. It can even be because of spinal issues. At one time no insurance covered chiropractic. Now, at least most do. I sure am glad that at least this type of "alternative medicine" is actually covered.
If it were a sinus issue, chiropractic can still help. It doesn't have to be instead of the other doctors if there is a sinus issue, but chiropractic really does help.
My chiropractor adjusts my TMJ as much as she does the spine. I just have to ask her to check the TMJ. She uses the actuator/activator to adjust the jaw. It definitely helps to adjust the TMJ. Doing this also helps with my headache issues. The TMJ issues can feel like ear aches, too. Sometimes if I'm seeing my PCP anyway, I'll have her look in my ears, because it really is difficult to tell if the pain is from my allergies, from the TMJ or even both. Chiropractic adjustments actually help the ear canals drain better when there is this fluid caused by the allergies.
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