If these are sounding familiar to you…it could be due to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint is your jawbone (the mandible) that attaches to the skull. It is very easy to feel it move- put your fingers on the back of your cheek, right in front of your earlobes. Now, open and close your mouth and you should be able to feel the joint moving!
Is it smooth or maybe you feel a pop?
If you felt any popping or clicking this could be due to a condition called TMJ. This is a condition in which the cartilage disk in the joint between the bones is no longer providing enough cushion between the bones.
This can often happen painlessly.
When the muscles around the jaw become irritated, they can become tender leading to jaw pain and headaches or weakness leading to an inability to fully chew tougher foods.
When this irritation stops you from eating the foods you like, or keeps you from social outings, it can be disruptive to your life… but there are steps you can take to get back to eating the foods you enjoy😊