There are many anxiety symptoms that are not well known among those that only recently began experiencing anxiety. Most people are familiar with the nausea and rapid heartbeat of anxiety, but what many don't realize is that there are countless other anxiety symptoms that can affect nearly every part of your body.
This can create a problem, because unusual or unexpected anxiety symptoms can lead to further anxiety, and in many cases result in doctor's visits that would otherwise be unnecessary. That's often what happens when anxiety causes jaw pain.
Is Your Jaw Pain From Anxiety?
Anxiety can cause jaw pain through clenching, tension, and more. It can also make you more aware of jaw pain that otherwise you would easily ignore. Our free 7 minute anxiety test can give you more information about your anxiety, its severity, and whether it may relate to your jaw pain.
Obviously jaw discomfort can be caused by any number of dental issues as well. That's why it's always important to speak with a dentist, especially if it's been a while since you've visited one. Jaw pain is also rarely the only anxiety symptom you experience.
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What's Causing the Jaw Discomfort?
Many of the physical pains of anxiety are caused by muscle tension, or simply tension in general. This tends to be especially true of jaw pain and most jaw and tooth discomfort. The association between anxiety and jaw pain isn't always obvious, but there are generally two causes:
- Facial Tension All forms of facial tension may lead to jaw pain. You may not realize you're tense either. Hormones in the body can tense your muscles and joints even without any action from you. Facial tension can be felt in many ways, and often jaw pain is one of the symptoms.
- Clenching Jaw clenching is perhaps even more common. This form of clenching may not happen during the day either. Many of those with anxiety clench their teeth at night, sometimes with grinding, and when you wake your teeth and gums have experienced so much pressure that they cause you considerable amounts of pain.
Stress can also have an unusual effect on your body, including your jaw and teeth, so you may find that your pain is due to something other than the above two causes. Furthermore, anxiety can make what would be regular jaw pain feel more pronounced, so less jaw pain feels more painful because your mind can't stop focusing on the discomfort.
How to Stop Your Anxiety Jaw Pain
There are some quick fixes to control jaw pain from anxiety. The best place to start is with a mouth guard to prevent any sleep clenching. There are several mouth guards for those that grind their teeth at night, and this can provide some relief for those with persistent anxiety.
Greater mindfulness can also provide some relief. Pay attention to your anxiety. When you feel yourself getting stressed, see how your mouth feels. If you find that you're clenching, stop. Eventually you can train your brain to stop automatically clenching your jaw during periods of intense anxiety.
Yet the key is going to be to stop your anxiety altogether, because only then will you automatically start to relieve tension around your mouth and facial area. You can try traditional options, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Herbal strategies.
Yet there are other options out there that have very high success rates and can be completed in the comfort of your own home.
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Author: Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology, last updated Sep 28, 2017.