My Jaw is All in My Mind

One of the problems with being hypermobile, is the fact that my TMJ is loose, and prone to displace slightly and click horribly. The TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is, for want of a more simple expression, the joint that makes your jaw move when you speak or eat. Eating lovely crusty french bread can often be extremely painful if it makes my jaw click.

Anyway, I’ve had the feeling of soreness in the area just in front of my right ear, where the TMJ is situated for a few days, and I had convinced myself that I’ve somehow displaced my jaw. I’ve been trying to set it straight ever since – until today, when I got another symptom. Just above the TMJ, slightly nearer to my ear, I’ve been getting a feeling of discomfort, almost an ache. Odd, I thought today, as I was driving along the M11 – it hurts in my ear now……

I prodded it a bit, moved my jaw up and down and felt the bones moving underneath. Nope – all seems in the right place, and isn’t really giving me a problem, but now I come to think about it properly, there’s a distinct underlying achiness……..

I opened my mouth wide, and prodded the joint from the inside, but apart from a wet finger, it didn’t get me anywhere. Hang, on – I wonder…..  

I pressed on my back wisdom tooth, which is at a slight angle, but right back in that corner near my TMJ…. Owwww!!!!

Its my bloody wisdom tooth!!! I think its rotten.

Thing is, now that I know what’s causing it – I swear its hurting more. I’ll have to wait until Wednesday now to get it looked at. Damn.

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2 Responses to “My Jaw is All in My Mind”


  1. 1 ian 8 February 2007 at 1:20 pm

    and all while you were driving. I’m impressed

  2. 2 drunkenspaniel 9 February 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Yes, Ian. I surprise myself, sometimes!
    Nice to meet you, by the way.


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