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659608 tn?1318289366

Jaw pain

I have recurring pain in my jaws, mainly the left side. I have been having it in the day and at night. It starts right at my ear, and extends down toward windpipe.Lately it is little sharp pains lasting just a few seconds, but really bothersome. I have been reading that women may have that kind of symptom before a heart attack. I had Rheumatic fever as a young child, and have never been told I had any heart damage. I have heart attacks in my family, my brother has had several bypass surgeries, and has a difibullar in place, and his heart is working at 20%. Is there a possibility this could be heart related, or is there some other cause? I would appreciate comments from anyone who has had this or knows someone who has.
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I think you would be wise to get yourself checked out by a doctor, just incase and to put your mind at rest.  If you are having any other cardiac symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, pain radiating down the left arm or anything like that go to the Emergancy department.

It is however more than possible that you could have an infection in your jaw, say, from an impacted or infected wisdom tooth.  Tooth pain can often make the ear and neck hurt as well (just as an ear infection can make the teeth hurt...).  There is also the possibility that there is nothing wrong with you dentally either and you are suffering from neuralgic pain.

The only other possibility that springs to my mind is that it could be related to a sinus infection since that can also present as jaw pain, and often feels worse when you lean forward.

Either way, get yourself to a doctor, and if he/she doesnt find anything, go see your dentist.  Its always better to be safe than sorry.
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659608 tn?1318289366
Thanks for the comment. I am sure it isn't my teeth, and could be sinus I guess, as I do have some allergies, and runny nose, etc. I don't have any of the classic symptoms of woments heart attacks, other than the neck. I some times feel like the glands could be a little swollen, but not much. My husband had a stent put in one year ago, and I was the one that recoginized his strange feelings in his arms could be heart related. It turned out he had a 85% blockage and the doctor said he would have had a massive heart attack if not treated. Even the doctor was surprised he had no chest pain or other symptoms, so I know heart attacks can sneak up. I guess thats what I am worried about.
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