There are many anxiety symptoms that are not well known among individuals who only recently began experiencing anxiety. Most people are familiar with nausea and palpitation of anxiety, but what many don't realize is that there are countless other anxiety symptoms that can affect various part of your body.
This can create a problem, because unusual or unexpected anxiety symptoms can lead to further anxiety and anticipation, and in many cases result in doctor's visits that would otherwise be unnecessary. One such symptom associated with anxiety causes jaw pain.
Obviously, jaw discomfort can be caused by any number of head/neck or 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 rarely occurs as a solitary symptom of anxiety.
What causes Jaw Discomfort?
Many of the physical pains of anxiety are caused by muscle tension brought on by stress in general. This tends to be especially true of jaw pain. 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.
- Clenching Jaw clenching is perhaps even more common. 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 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.
How to Stop Your Anxiety Jaw Pain
There are some quick fixes to control jaw pain occurring due to anxiety. The best place to start is with a mouth guard to prevent any clenching during sleep. There are several mouth guards for those who 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.