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my left ear hurts when i touch it and mainly the left side ...

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my left ear hurts when i touch it and mainly the left side of my jaw hurts when i move it, especially when i bite down, could it be a dental thing or a ear, jaw thing?

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Your symptoms of an earache, jaw pain and headaches could be related to a medical condition known as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJs). TMJ disorders are caused by emotional and physical stress to the structures of the temporomandibular joint. For example, clenching or grinding your teeth, poor posture, etc. are common behaviors that can aggravate the joint. The main symptoms are-

  • Headache
  • Earache (the joint is located right in front of the ears and can easily be interpreted as ear pain; in addition, pain may be referred to the ear from nearby muscles)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Dull, aching facial pain
  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking sound while chewing or opening the mouth
  • Grating sensation while chewing
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth

Treatment consists of Simple, gentle therapies are usually recommended first.

Here are some other steps to consider:

  • Maintain good posture while working at a computer, watching TV, and reading. Take frequent breaks to relieve stressed muscles.
  • Make a habit of relaxing your facial and jaw muscles throughout the day.
  • Avoid eating hard foods, like nuts, candies, and steak.
  • Drink plenty of water every day and get plenty of sleep.
  • Learn relaxation techniques to reduce overall stress and muscle tension in your back, neck, and body.

Please see this linked website for more information.

If you are still concerned about your symptoms, you should consult with a health care provider.

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