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Hey Candace sounds like you may be developing TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint )pain. My suggestion would be like you are doing and relaxing the jaw. Lay off the gum, coffee, and sour things; these are things that seem to irritate the joint the most. I recommend Ibuprofin 800mgs every 4 hours to try to get some relief. It is an anti inflammatory drug that should give you some relief. They do make a mouth guard that you can buy at any drug store which you can try to get some relief. If after trying this, if it doesn't work, you may need some muscle relaxers to give some relief. Wear the guard at nite at first and see if it gives you relief. If yes, continue just at nites. If not you need to get in for an exam to rule out other problems that may be present. Hope this gives you some relief.