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Jaw pain Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Jaw pain. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had jaw pain?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. It is unilateral or bilateral?
  3. Is the jaw pain constant or intermittent?

    Why: intermittent pain may suggest trigeminal neuralgia or glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

  4. How would you explain the nature of the jaw pain?

    Why: e.g. lightning quality of pain suggests neuralgia; herpes zoster pain may be burning and have an abnormal increased sensitivity to touch.

  5. What aggravates the jaw pain?

    Why: e.g. pain increased by chewing often suggests being related to the temporomandibular joint, but it could be related to trigeminal neuralgia or dental caries; trigeminal neuralgia pain may be aggravated by talking, chewing, touching certain trigger areas on the face, cold weather or wind or turning onto pillow; glossopharyngeal neuralgia may be triggered by swallowing, coughing and talking.

  6. History of trauma to the jaw?

    Why: may suggest fractured jaw or dislocated jaw.

  7. Have you had a recent upper respiratory tract infection?

    Why: may suggest sinusitis which can cause referred pain to the jaw.

  8. Recent dental extraction?

    Why: may indicate cause of jaw pain or possible Actinomycosis infection of the jaw joint which causes localized swelling of the lower jaw.

  9. Past medical history?

    Why: some medical conditions may affect the temporomandibular joint e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis; trigeminal neuralgia may be caused by multiple sclerosis, neurosyphilis or tumor of the back of the brain.

  10. Abnormalities of teeth or gums (such as gum or tooth pain)?

    Why: may suggest referred pain from dental caries, gingivitis, oral tumors or alveolar abscess.

  11. Dental malocclusion +/- grinding teeth during sleep?

    Why: the basic cause of temporomandibular joint dysfunction is dental malocclusion.

  12. Vesicular Rash around the area of pain?

    Why: would suggest Herpes Zoster or Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

  13. Chest pain?

    Why: angina and heart attacks may cause pain which radiates to the left side of the neck and jaw.

  14. Symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

    Why: e.g. pain felt over the jaw joint and localized to the region of the ear but may radiate forwards to the cheek and even the neck; pain and limitation of jaw movements especially on opening the mouth, clicking and crackling in the jaw joint with movement.

  15. Symptoms of maxillary sinusitis?

    Why: e.g. facial pain and tenderness which may radiate to the jaw, toothache, post-nasal drip nasal obstruction, runny nose, cough, fever, bleeding nose.

  16. Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia ("tic douloureux")?

    Why: e.g. brief paroxysms of excruciating, searing jabs of pain like a burning knife or electric shock over one side of the face, rarely occurs at night.

  17. Symptoms of giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)?

    Why: e.g. headache over the inflamed artery on the temporal area, skin over these arteries may be red, may have pain in the face, jaw and mouth which is characteristically worse with eating, may have a sudden painless visual loss in one eye, generalized limb pains occur in 50% of people.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Jaw pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Jaw pain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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