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Painful Jaw Lump Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand painful jaw lump symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Painful Jaw Lump Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

4 Possible Painful Jaw Lump Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced painful jaw lump. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Osteonecrosis of the jaw

Osteonecrosis is a process in which bone cells deteriorate and die. Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) occurs specifically in the cells of the maxilla and mandible jaw bones. This is a rare condition associated with dental extractions and bone therapies often used in cancer treatments, and occurs when jaw bones become uncovered by the gums and lose adequate blood flow.

Symptoms that may indicate a developing case of ONJ include pain, redness and tenderness of the jaw, jaw numbness,(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/trouble-swallowing/). Once ONJ has developed, usually over eight weeks, the primary symptom is lesions that expose bone.

Surgery or surgeries to remove the affected bone is often necessary with ONJ. Other less invasive treatments may include antibiotics and over-the-counter pain medication.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: jaw pain, jaw lump, toothache, swollen jaw, heavy jaw

Symptoms that always occur with osteonecrosis of the jaw: jaw pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Mononucleosis infection

Infectious mononucleosis, also called "mono" or "kissing disease," can be debilitating for a while but is usually not dangerous in itself.

Several viruses cause mononucleosis. It spreads easily through saliva and other body fluids. Sharing a drinking glass or a spoon, or kissing someone who has the virus – even they show no symptoms – will transmit the disease. It can also be sexually transmitted.

Due to lifestyle, teenagers and young adults seem to be the most susceptible.

Symptoms include tiredness, sore throat, fever, rash, body aches, swelling in the neck and armpits, and sometimes swollen liver and spleen. The symptoms alone are usually enough for the doctor to make a diagnosis.

Because mononucleosis is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help. Treatment consists of bed rest, fluids, and good nutrition. The patient should still be under a doctor's care due to the risk of secondary infections or damage to the heart, liver, and spleen.

Handwashing, cleanliness, not sharing dishes or drinking glasses, and not having unprotected sex are the best ways to prevent mononucleosis.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Fibrosarcoma

A fibrosarcoma is a rare, malignant type of soft tissue sarcoma that is made of fibrous connective tissues that connect, support, and surround the bones. They can spread and divide incredibly quickly.

Initial symptoms are not obvious, however, over time, you may notice a lump or swelling that may increase in size, pain or tenderness in the same area, fatigue, and(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/unintentional-weight-loss/).

A confirmed diagnosis of fibrosarcoma is difficult due to their rarity. The prognosis is generally poor due to the condition's aversion to radio and chemotherapy and a high rate of recurrence.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: neck bump, pain in one knee, abdominal bump, hard palpable mass, spontaneous bone pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Temporomandibular joint (tmj) dysfunction disorder

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is often caused by a variety of factors, including daily habits, your teeth alignment, and even stress. It usually affects one side of the jaw, but in some people it can affect both sides. People with TMJ dysfunction will typically experience pain on one side of the face that is worse with chewing, yawning, or other movements of the jaw. With some simple changes in your daily habits and other at-home treatments, most people with TMJ dysfunction will experience relief of their symptoms within weeks.

Treatment for temporomandibular joint dysfunction usually includes avoiding eating hard foods or foods that require a lot of chewing. Good posture and relaxation techniques may help relieve tension in the muscles that connect to your temporomandibular joint. In people who clench or grind their teeth, a mouth guard worn at night (and fitted by your dentist) may also help relieve your symptoms. Pain relievers, like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can also help.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: dizziness, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, history of headaches, jaw pain, pain in the back of the neck

Symptoms that always occur with temporomandibular joint (tmj) dysfunction disorder: pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Jaw Lump

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have a rash?
  • Have you been experiencing a deep, aching bone pain that started for no apparent reason?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Painful Jaw Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced painful jaw lump have also experienced:

  • 9% Jaw Pain
  • 5% Headache
  • 4% Moderate Jaw Pain

People who have experienced painful jaw lump were most often matched with:

  • 36% Mononucleosis Infection
  • 36% Fibrosarcoma
  • 27% Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw

People who have experienced painful jaw lump had symptoms persist for:

  • 37% Less than a week
  • 28% Less than a day
  • 19% Over a month

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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