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Question:
I had polyps removed from my left sinuses almost 2 yrs ago. I now have some soreness and tightness in my left jaw just above my earlobe. I also have pain when I am opening my mouth and also when not doing anything.

I get pain when I press my left temple and it feels like there is fluid in my head. What can I take to ease the pain? It gets worse each day. ...Visitor from Toronto, Ontario Canada

Answer:
It sounds like you have a classic temporal headache with soreness. The fluid "feeling" could be a result of edema in your left jaw joint. I have some suggestions for you but first I would like to suggest seeing a dentist who specializes in TMJ symptoms.

Home care instructions include:

1. Sleep on your back rather than your side or stomach
2. Hot compresses on hurting joint(face towel with water as hot as you can stand it)
3. Ibuprofen or Tylenol as directed if you can take these
4. Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth during the day. Teeth should only touch for chewing and swallowing
5. Avoid gum chewing
6. Avoid caffeine and sugar

I hope this helps. Good luck

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