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Upcoming trip airline travel question

I have an upcoming trip to and from Chapel Hill, NC. While there, we will be traveling to the Washington DC area. My return flight leaves RDU, near Chapel Hill and routes through IAD, Dulles, at DC. Skipping the flight from RDU would save about four hours of driving back to North Carolina and realistically provide another full day in the DC area. Can I do this? If so, what are the restrictions and gotchas? Can I roll the RDU-IAD flight revenue over into a seat upgrade? Personal experiences with trying to do this welcome. Direct experience from airline and travel pros also welcome. Speculative answers less welcome. Thanks very much! [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me avoid hypochondria

Recently I've noticed that I often "crack" my jaw, although never with any associated pain (yet). Is this a symptom of TMJ or otherwise something I need to be concerned about? Snowflake details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Jan 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Help for jaw neuralgia?

In May, I went to my dentist for a deep root cleaning on my upper and lower teeth on the left side (with the right side to be done the following week). After the Novocain wore off, I had the usual mild soreness that has accompanied similar cleanings in the past. However, after a couple of days the pain started to migrate over to the right side (i.e., the side that had not been cleaned), at which point it gradually flared into an intense upper and lower jaw ache that was reminiscent of the pain of getting my braces adjusted or the pain that followed my jaw surgery about 9 years ago. The pain lasted off and on for about a month, then gradually went away – until... [more inside]
posted by scody on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Tips for surviving osteonecrosis of the jaw

I have a moderate case of osteonecrosis of the jaw (search google images at your own risk). Did yours get better on its own? If so, what did you do for it? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Jul 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Hit in the chin = concussion? And what about my teeth?

I just got hit really hard in the chin, directed straight up. I have a mild headache in the front top of my head. I've had concussions before so I have a good idea of what to watch for, but is it even something to worry about with this kind of injury? And...what to do about the teeth? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Feb 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Did I break my face?

10 days after a particularly potent dose of MDMA, I'm experiencing jaw popping and soreness. Can I do something to make this go away or have I caused permanent damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 19 answers

TMJ problems after a cold?

I had a flu/cold a week or so ago and now my TMJ is killing me. Could they be related? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jan 10, 2012 - 9 answers

I miss eating sandwiches.

I had a wisdom tooth extracted. Ten days later I still can't open my mouth more than an inch or two without experiencing pain. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Oct 29, 2011 - 16 answers

My Ear Feels Weird

My odd, chronic jaw & ear symptoms are growing ever more uncomfortable and crazy-making. The specialists I've seen are stumped. I'm hoping the AskMe-verse might have heard of this, or can offer some suggestions, advice, or support. [more inside]
posted by granted on Sep 27, 2011 - 20 answers

Salivary gland pain

Help! It stings in my salivary gland area when I chew. Have you dealt with this in the past and if so what should I know? [more inside]
posted by hegemone on Apr 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Where has the health of youth gone!?

YANMD: Ear crinkling sounds, teeth grinding, and more fun. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 2, 2010 - 18 answers

Should I up my SSRI dose or try a different brand?

Should I up my SSRI dose or try a different brand?
I've been taking Fluoxetine 20mg for about sixteen months for my anxiety. It's helped a lot in terms of curbing panic attacks and making me less moody, short-tempered and irritable – a huge plus when you're living with someone. My OCD is also much better than pre-Fluox. CBT has also gone a long way in helping me manage the anxiety. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jul 6, 2010 - 10 answers

At least it's not lockjaw

YANMD or dentist: Sometimes my jaw sort of gets stuck closed. I know how to sort of manipulate it to get it open, so it doesn't seem like a big deal, and there's no pain at all. Do I need to see my doctor or dentist? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on May 3, 2010 - 11 answers

What is that thing that Gordon Brown does with his jaw when he talks?

What is that thing that Gordon Brown does with his jaw when he talks? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Jan 28, 2010 - 10 answers

TMI on TMJ

How do I change sleeping behaviors that seem to be causing TMJ? What kinds of treatment are effective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 - 8 answers

An Inconvenient Tooth

My jaw muscles and cheeks have been getting progressively tighter and more painful for weeks now. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Jan 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Oral sex and jaw pain.

How on earth can I give a blowjob to completion without my jaw recoiling in pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Oral surgeon in NYC area

Can you recommend a good Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon/specialist in the greater NYC area? This is for jaw discomfort and a really screwed up bite. [more inside]
posted by KHinds10 on Nov 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Yes really ear pain

Why does eating yogurt (particulary greek) make the area under my ears hurt? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy on Mar 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Liquid diet: alternatives to milkshakes.

In two weeks, I'll get both my jaws broken by my oral surgeon. Because of this, I might end up spending a full month on a liquid diet. Can you help me find some tasty alternatives to milkshakes? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 27, 2008 - 45 answers

Its snark is worth than its bite

What's the PSI force of the bite of an average adult house cat? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Sep 8, 2008 - 10 answers

Got a sore jaw: how come?

Tender under jaw where it meets the neck. Anyone know why? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Sep 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Ideas for pureed food for a 30-something who is really picky

Help "a meat-atarian" nourish herself post-jaw surgery. She needs ideas or recipes for pureed-consistency foods "that aren't gross". (Her words in quotation marks - she's very picky about food.) [more inside]
posted by jb on Aug 24, 2008 - 32 answers

Is my dentist too crazy to treat me?

I have pretty severe TMJ for my age (early 20s) that has been getting worse. My dentist seems competent (I think), but also kind of . . . kooky. Could other AskMefites, especially TMJ sufferers, weigh in on him and his methods? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 5, 2007 - 16 answers

What kind of specialist do I need?

What kind of specialist do I need for my jaw/headache problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Blush ain't cutting it.

Silicone cheekbone/jaw implants: advice or experiences about shaping a new skull? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2007 - 6 answers

Post wisdom teeth extraction problems

Seeking advice regarding Wisdom tooth extraction complications. [more inside]
posted by crack on May 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Seeking chronic pain treatment facility

My boyfriend's mother has suffered from a variety of chronic pain issues for roughly 15 years and is in the process of trying to find a facility that is best suited to her needs. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Feb 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Strange Jaw Problem

There's something wrong with my jaw: whenever I move it to the left or clench my teeth, I feel something bone-like moving in my ear. [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jan 12, 2007 - 18 answers

I need a ticket out of twitchy-town

Can an eye twitch move to your jaw? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Dec 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Jaw on Jaw

I've been having incredibly unpleasant jaw pain for the past week. What can I do to make it stop? [more inside]
posted by defreckled on Oct 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Chipped a tooth after filling came out, exposed dentin but doesn't hurt

InTheMeantimeFilter: I've got a formerly filled, chipped tooth with exposed dentin that doesn't hurt .. yet. What can I do in the meantime before the dentist visit? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Soft food is still food... right?

SoftFoodFilter: how do I retain a somewhat balanced diet? [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on May 6, 2006 - 8 answers

My jaw has shifted

It seems as if my jaw has shifted forward about an inch. How is that possible? [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Feb 28, 2006 - 12 answers

How can I make the right side of my body feel as great as the left side of my body?

For years, I've had mild soreness at various places on the right side of my body: jaw, shoulder, hand, hip, knee, and foot. Meanwhile, the left side of my body feels perfect. [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt on Feb 26, 2006 - 16 answers

Clicking Jaw...

Anybody ever have this happen: Every once in a while (but more often lately) when I'm eating, my jaw will "crack"right near my right ear and then hurts like a mother*@!$&. What causes this? I've never had my wisdom teeth removed...I'm wondering if that's related or not.....anyone?
posted by stevyb on May 13, 2005 - 17 answers

Post-Orthodontia

How long does it take for your teeth to fuse to the jaw and maxilla after having braces? I had braces some five years ago and wore a retainer. I sort of lapsed and have also recently restarted and was wondering what to expect. [mi] [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Jan 17, 2005 - 9 answers

Why do athletes chew gum?

Why do athletes chew gum? [no more inside]
posted by mdeatherage on Oct 20, 2004 - 10 answers

Jaw Pain

The TMD thread, below, made me wonder about my odd condition, which sounds a little like TMD, but not quite. I get a pain in my jaw-hinge sometimes after drinking alcohol. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't. Once I start to notice it, I know I have to stop drinking right away. If I have another few sips, it will become EXCRUCIATING. Anyone know what this is or how best to deal with it?
posted by grumblebee on Mar 11, 2004 - 12 answers

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