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My lower left jaw had been hurting for about three weeks. It

wasnt severe pain, more like...
My lower left jaw had been hurting for about three weeks. It wasnt severe pain, more like a dull ache. This past weekend it became worse. I wasnt certain if it had to do with my tooth or jaw. Yesterday, the left side of my face hurt in general. I had been feeling like my sinuses were acting up as well, so I thought I had either a sinus infection, a tooth infection, or an infection in my jaw some how. I went to urgent care. The doctor prescribed Augmentin, stating whichever is infected, augmentin should work for it. Today, thw pain feels worse. The pain has moved into my cheek and temple area. I think I may also be aggravating it, because I am rubbing it as well. Do I need to follow back up with the doctor? I havent taken any pain medicine like tylenol, or aleve, I dont like to take it if I dont have to. I havent experienced symptoms this bad with sinus before.
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It sounds like you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or TMJ joint disorders are medical problems related to the jaw joint.

The TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear.

You should make an appointment to be seen by your regular physician- sometimes they may need to fit you with a particular bite block. In the meantime, eat a diet of soft food- try not to open your mouth too wide and do not grind your teeth.

You can apply ice pack to the side of your face.

Your doctor may prescribe- muscle relaxer, or high dose of NSAID.

A splint or Night guard can be helpful.

Please see your doctor and get this issue managed.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
it probably isnt an infection? Thank you

Dear,

Sorry for delay in reply.

Most likely, this is not an infection.

In medical terms, this is called as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

I don't think this to be infection. It is not related with sinus infection.

Please see your primary doctor and get this issue evaluated.

God bless you and take care.

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