Yesterday my jaw started hurting, this morning I couldn't open my mouth it hurt so bad. I looked in the mirror tonight and it seems as though the left side of my neck is a tad swollen. My jaw also cracks when I open it. I looked online and TMJ was mentioned a lot. Should I go to the ER? Does anyone think its serious?
Having people guess on here isn't the greatest, but I may as all offer a "theory" too....
I'm wondering if your neck is swollen because you have swollen lymph nodes, and if the swelling is enough to make your jaw a little out of whack. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck (on one or both sides) can be felt if you feel the "dents" just below your ears and feel the area around there. A cold, ear infection, broken skin on your head or neck, or any number of things could cause that.
I couldn't resist mentioning that three of my wisdom teeth were just coming in when I was 33/34. It runs in the family.