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Top 10 Heavy Jaw Causes

  1. 1.Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

    This is a condition where the jaw bone is exposed (this happens if it is not covered by gums). To be called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), this condition must persist for at least 8 weeks. This disease is common among people taking medications called bisphosphonates or RANKL inhibitors.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This condition is usually treated conservatively with rinses, antibiotics, and pain medication for the mouth.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    jaw pain, jaw lump, toothache, heavy jaw, swollen jaw
    Symptoms that always occur with osteonecrosis of the jaw:
    jaw pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Temporomandibiular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder

    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of the ear, and it connects the jaw to the side of the head. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a painful condition which can be caused by excess tension in jaw mucles, faulty alignment between upper and lower teeth, arthritis in the joint, or injury of the jaw or face.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This is a complex condition to treat, because the causes are not always clear. Treatment may include resting the jaw with a soft diet, pain medications, and physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, history of headaches, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, pain in the back of the neck, jaw pain
    Symptoms that always occur with temporomandibiular joint (tmj) dysfunction disorder:
    pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.New Onset Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease is a disorder caused by chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. The damaging inflammation causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition.

    You should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician within a few days to start diagnostic tests and discuss if a referral to a specialist is needed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Condition Causing Eyelid to Droop

    A drooped eyelid could mean that there is damage to the nerves of the eye, which can be very dangerous and irreversible if you don't receive immediate treatment. You should go see a doctor now!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    drooping eyelid
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Menstrual Cramps

    Dysmenorrhea is a term describing pain associated with menstruation (or when one gets a period). It's very common, happening to about 50% of women. Primary dysmenorrhea means that the pain is directly caused by a menstrual period, which is different than "secondary" dysmenorrhea, where a disorder is causing the pain.

    You can make minor lifestyle changes like exercising and eating better, which may improve your symptoms. For temporary relief, take an Advil, Motrin, or any other type of ibuprofen.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, lower back pain, abdominal pain that shoots to the back
    Symptoms that always occur with menstrual cramps:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with menstrual cramps:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Chronic Sinusitis

    Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses (hollow cavities behind the nose & cheeks) that lasts more than 12 weeks and can continue for months or years.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who may send you to a specialist to examine your nasal passages. A doctor may prescribe a topical or oral corticosteroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, trouble sleeping, headache, congestion, runny nose
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Influenza

    Influenza, or Flu, is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    If your flu-like symptoms are existing for less than 48 hours, it might be helpful to seek care by telephone or in a walk-in-clinic to get a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Most people will get better on their own by drinking lots of fluids and taking an over-the-counter medication such as acetominophen (Tylenol) to help with aches or fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, cough, muscle aches
    Symptoms that never occur with influenza:
    headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Hyperventiliation Syndrome

    In hyperventilation syndrome, one can experience shortness of breath and often a person breaths fast and heavily. There is usually no physical problem causing these symptoms, and symptoms are often caused by anxiety, stress or emotions. Next to shortness of breath, one can experience symptoms of chest pain, palpitations or tingling in hands, feet and face. These symptoms occur commonly as attacks.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose you by interview and physical exam during an attack of hyperventilation. Most people get better with treatment. Treatment of an acute attack often includes reassuring and breathing instructions and sometimes taking a tranquilizer. Treatment to avoid recurrent episodes may include behavioural therapy, physiotherapy with breathing exercises and medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, dizziness, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, chest pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hyperventiliation syndrome:
    rapid, deep breaths
    Symptoms that never occur with hyperventiliation syndrome:
    shortness of breath after a few stairs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 is a vitamin crucial to healthy neurological and cardiovascular functioning. If deficient, symptoms include trouble thinking, anxiety, stomach issues, and weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, racing heart beat, history of headaches
    Symptoms that never occur with vitamin b12 deficiency:
    menstrual period changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Atrial Flutter

    Atrial fibrillation or flutter is a common type of abnormal heartbeat. The heart rhythm is fast and irregular in this condition.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Your doctor will examine your heartbeat with an ECG (electrocardiogram) to confirm the diagnosis. Prescription medication is available to return the heart rhythm back to normal.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, shortness of breath on exertion
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Heavy Jaw

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Heavy Jaw Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced heavy jaw have also experienced:

    • 5% Fatigue
    • 4% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 2% Involuntary Movements
  • People who have experienced heavy jaw were most often matched with:

    • 11% Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
    • 8% Temporomandibiular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder
    • 5% New Onset Crohn's Disease

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