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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Jaw hurts for no reason

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3 Potential Spontaneous Jaw Pain Causes

  1. 1.Chronic Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)

    A salivary duct stone is the most common disorder of the salivary glands (where you make spit). They can range in size from tiny particles to stones that are several centimeters in length.

    Symptoms last 26 days on average

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling on one side of the face, swollen jaw, spontaneous jaw pain, painful jaw swelling, painful face swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  2. 2.Acute Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)

    A salivary duct stone is the most common disorder of the salivary glands (where you make spit). They can range in size from tiny particles to stones that are several centimeters in length.

    Symptoms last 26 days on average

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling on one side of the face, swollen jaw, painful face swelling, spontaneous jaw pain, painful jaw swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Infection of the Salivary Duct (Sialadenitis)

    The ducts that create saliva can be infected by bacteria and is typically found after surgery in the mouth and in the elderly that take medications that slow saliva production.

    Prognosis is good if you get treatment early, very poor if not. 78% of people die if treatment is not started in time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, swelling on one side of the face, pain on one side of the face, swollen jaw
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Spontaneous Jaw Pain

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you feel a painful, tight knot or band in your muscle anywhere on the body?
  • Q.Have you been experiencing dizziness?
  • Q.Are you feeling less alert than normal?

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Spontaneous Jaw Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced spontaneous jaw pain have also experienced:

    • 12% Stiff Neck
    • 12% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 12% Headache
  • People who have experienced spontaneous jaw pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Less Than a Week
    • 35% Less Than a Day
    • 15% Over a Month
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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