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Jaw Pain
February 2002

Q. In the past few days I've had sharp shooting pains in the area where my jaw meets just under my ear. Is this anything I need to be worried about? I've been taking Tylenol and it eases it, but this has woken me up for the past two nights.

A. You should see your doctor to determine the cause of the pain. Establishing a diagnosis will determine if this is anything significant, and if so, what treatment is indicated. Pains in that area can originate from a wide number of sites including the mouth, teeth, ears, sinuses, and the jaw itself. A physical exam may be all that is needed to sort things out!

http://www.familydoctor.org/flowcharts/511.html

http://www.familydoctor.org/handouts/686.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm

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