Jaw pain after chewing

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  • Discomfort of the jaw muscles during chewing

  • Can't eat firm foods because it hurts my jaw

  • Pain of facial muscles

  • Chewing problems

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Jaw pain after chewing

Possible Causes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    An inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints, especially in the hands and feet. The cause is autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)

    Inflammation of the large blood vessels in the body, caused by autoimmunity (the body attacking itself). Importantly, the blood vessels to the eyes may be affected, causing blindness. Risk factors include advanced age, female gender, and other autoimmune diseases.

  • Takayasu's arteritis

    Takayasu's arteritis is at type of vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation). The big artery that conducts blood from your heart to the rest of your body (aorta) and its primary branches are damaged. The exact cause is unknown but could be due to an immune system disorder.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have jaw pain shortly after you start eating?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Do you have a fever?

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