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What could cause a stiff jaw when having a perforated jaw?

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My wife has a perforated eardrum and her jaw is stiff as if someone is pulling at it and she is drinking lots of water.

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Hasan replied 5 years ago.

Since how long she has this?

By stiff jaw do you mean that she has difficulty opening the mouth?

Does she have anything like deviation of lips on smiling?

Any ear discharge, fever, pain on pressing the ear from outside, dental diseases or pain?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

She was diagnosed with a virus four weeks ago. The doctor then said that he suspected this had caused a buildup of fluid in the middle ear but he could not see into the ear because of a buildup of wax he gave her some drops. When we went back they diagnosed a perforated ear drum. She does not have difficulty opening her mouth but she feels a constant pressure in her jaw, just as if someone is pulling on it. Sometimes she has a little bit pain. She has had two teeth removed from the opposite side three weeks ago. She is drinking a lot more water than usual. Would antibiotics help?

Expert:  Dr. Hasan replied 5 years ago.

There are few possibilities for her symptoms.

First of all, teeth problems are not likely to cause this.

If she has a perforated drum that can be inflammation of the external auditory canal, that is actually present behind the jaw joint and one can feel pressure and pain in that area. Moreover, there can be some parotid gland problem but not likely because of no relevant history. The third cause can be problem with the jaw joint (TMJ) but that is also less likely.

You can give her pain killer like Tab Naproxen twice daily, ITS OTC.

She should always put a cotton soaked in Vaseline or oil in her ear while taking bath to avoid water entry.

I would advise you to see a doctor because yes antibiotics will most likely help and she may need antibiotic ear drops if anything related to external auditory canal is confirmed.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Thanks but what about her drinking lots of water, much more than normal. She is also off her food.

Expert:  Dr. Hasan replied 5 years ago.

Thanks for your input.

Drinking lot of water is not related to this problem directly. If she is diabetic check her blood sugar and food intake getting decreased can be due to infection.

In my opinion she needs medical attention but nothing seems to be serious at least.

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