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Jaw Pain Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Jaw pain - electric shock in ear: 5 weeks ago I started having shooting pains in my right ear.

I thought it might be an ear infection until about 3 weeks ago when the pain spread to under my ear and jaw. 10 days ago I went to see a doctor and he suggested it might be TMJ syndrome and prescribed Lortabs and Etodolac.

Since then the pain has gotten worse and now I have muscle aches and pains all over my body. I have lost a lot of sleep and my patience is wearing thin. My jaw does not hurt when I open or close my mouth, nor does it hurt when I am chewing.

When I do eat it, the first bite of food feels like an electrical shock in directly in front of my ear. It is excruciatingly painful, although it only lasts for about 5 seconds. ...Visitor from TX

I agree with the doctor who thinks this is TMJ syndrome.

I usually try prescribing a low dose of valium (2 mg) a night for 14 days to decrease muscle spasms. I also get the patient in some kind of night guard to decrease grinding at night which is almost always a causitive factor in TMJ dysfunction.

It sounds like you need to see a dentist who treats TMJ or a neuromuscular dentist.

Many good neuromuscular dentist are trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Continuing Dental Education (LVI). You can find an LVI trained dentist at www.neuromuscular--dentist.com.

Be sure to look for somebody who has participated in many courses, not just one or two.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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