I've been fairly strict paleo for a little over a year (though I eat commercial - i.e. non-grass-fed meats) with little to no dairy (butter, occasional cheese and 90% dark chocolate).
2 mornings ago, I woke up with a sharp pain at the junction of my jaw, cheekbone and ear (roughly corresponding to TMJ, as I googled), which has the following symptoms:
I'm travelling overseas, in India, where I've had mostly grilled chicken and veggies, though i cheated last night - had a half cup of fig ice-cream (first ice-cream since doing paleo). Also, the local food includes lots of paneer (a type of fresh cheese), which I've been eating. Going to eliminate both from my diet for the next few days, to see what happens.
I am going to see an ENT and dentist about it, but not excited about either option, due to my significantly enhanced skepticism of doctors since going paleo. Might also consider a chiropractor. Curious to hear if anyone on this forum has any thoughts on what seems to be a really weird problem?
Further health info: I'm a 30 yr old male, no medical issues, have been to a doctor only 4 times in the last 12 years (first two for infections, second 2 for sports injuries). No historic medical issues either. I'm in good shape, and haven't experienced anything like this before.
As you probably know, TMJ disorder can be caused by a huge array of things. When I had it a few months ago, it was due to stress. I just had to deal with my problems head on, and make a concerted effort to relax. Several days later, I noticed that the pain had disappeared.
You might be grinding/clenching your teeth while you sleep without knowing it. That could be why it's worst in the morning. If you don't want to see your dentist, you can buy an over-the-counter mouth guard kit at the drug store, which you can mold to fit your mouth and wear at night. It's a little uncomfortable at first, but I found it to help tremendously with teeth grinding/clenching and the associated jaw pain.
A dentist can make a better one that's custom fit, but in my experience, the drugstore version helps a lot.
There is a lot going on this region; TMJ, multiple neural pathways, parotid gland, wisdom teeth, or even referred pain from a trigger point... and the list goes on. Chiropractors are very well trained at diagnosing disorders of this area, and the testing and treatment are as non-invasive as they come. Best of luck.
My Grandmother suffered a condition called a "Jaw tic" or short for aka "tic douloureux" sounds like (Tic-Doodle Rue- or maybe Roo). My mother inherited this same condition. My grandmother had surgery for hers. My mother took a strong drug for her condition that's used for seizure patients call tegretol sounds like (Teg-row tall). The problem with the medication is you should be tested ever so often for medication levels in the body. Odd thing...since Christmas-eve I have been suffering a similar condition and I'm very worried. But my RN at work is also worried about my condition. I have a history of 18 heart attacks in a matter of just a couple days. Three massive. I'm a "Widowmaker" surviver with 98% blocked at the time. I passed all 18 attacks off as Acid reflux. My attacks were nothing like I have been told over the years. Some people suffer back pain an jaw pain. Good luck to everyone here. Oh BTW my grandmother lived to be 107-1/2. Mom passed away Christmas several yrs ago @ 71. Oh also my pain is in my LF-jaw as was mom's and grannys. One thing I have noticed, if I hold my finger on the area right below the ear opening the pain goes away for a few moments. If I massage it ...it goes away for several minutes. I don't know whats going on??? I have most all teeth pulled.
God Bless to all and Happy New Year!
I just started experiencing the same issue, only left side. I think I slept oddly (one of those 'too exhausted to bother with comfort' nights). I try to avoid unnecessary medical visits, and the only agitating factor with this "spasm" or whatever it may be, is that when I chew/sing/yawn/etc, I feel a muscle or tendon tighten up to just above my left temple. Im not in pain or discomfort though, and Advil/muscle relaxers from a car accident last year seem to help. How long did it take for your symptoms to pass?
Almost all chicken in India is farm raised, in not the best conditions - including rampant use of antibiotics etc. and if you are buying prepared grilled chicken from the market, beware of the worst possible oils used for marinating/basting.
It is much safer to eat goat meat in India, as goats are almost never farm raised - they are left to graze and generally eat wild bushes. If you can cook your own, it is better, you can choose the quality of the cooking medium - Ghee and coconut oil are plentiful in the sub-continent.
Your problem seems to me a minor infection, ear or dental (wisdom teeth). Depending upon where you are in India - good medical services are easily available in all big towns. Use a doctors advice.
One more thing - Paneer is something you should avoid for some time - Milk in India is not the best, too much rBGH, too much growth hormones, too much anti-biotics _ there are no controls over the abuse of these substances in farmed cattle.
*strong text*I have had this same thing with my jaw for a week. Let me say this: To each his own, and I have a total respect for that. But for me personally, I would not consider a Chiropractor. I quit going to them when mine told me he could help 'cure' my wife's cancer.....anyway, I am taking all of the advice I've seen on this page, especially the post about the mouthpiece. Thx, Bill