TMJ problems after a cold?
January 10, 2012 7:19 AM Subscribe
I had a flu/cold a week or so ago and now my TMJ is killing me. Could they be related?
posted by empath to health & fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've had a clicking in my jaw for probably close to 15-20 years now, and it's only rarely been painful, but every since this cold, opening my mouth all the way has been really painful. A couple of days ago, it was more popping then clicking and it felt like it was sleeping out of joint, but for the last day or so, it's just been more tightness than pain, and my jaw doesn't really want to open wide enough to eat, say, a large sandwich.
Aspirin seems to help quite a bit.
Is this something that might be related to the cold I had, and if so, is it something I should wait a few days to see if it keeps getting better, or should I go see a doctor? It's such a sudden change that it seems weird that I would all of a sudden need surgery for it, when i've had the clicking thing for 20 years with seemingly no progression up until then...