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Get to Know the Surprising Causes of Jaw Pain

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We all know that snacking on something that’s chewy or crunchy can leave your jaw feeling sore and achy after some time. However, it’s not just enjoying your favorite treats that can be blamed for the issue, but many other things as well.

Below you will come across some really surprising causes of jaw pain. Just remember: none of the things found below should be mistaken for professional medical advice that can only come from the mouth of a doctor.

Stress

 

It’s not unlikely for your muscles to become tensed whenever you are stressed out, and they include the muscles of the jaw. That is why failure to manage your stress effectively can leave you with jaw pain from time to time.

Anxiety

Just like stress, anxiety is also something that can leave your jaw muscles tensed. Luckily, anxiety is a mental disorder that can be easily managed with the help of some home remedies, psychotherapy and even intake of certain medications.

Teeth Grinding

Various things can cause you to grind your teeth, and they can range anywhere from stress, anxiety and sleep apnea. Also sometimes referred to as bruxism, teeth grinding is not only something that can leave your jaw achy but also your pearly whites damaged.

Gum Disease

An advanced case of gum disease can wreak havoc not only on the teeth and gums themselves, but also the jaw bone. It’s for this reason why it is a good idea to see a dentist as soon as you suspect that you are suffering from gum disease.

Cavities

Everyone knows that cavities can leave the affected teeth feeling painful. Did you know that cavities can also cause neighboring areas such as the jaw to feel achy, too? It’s what people in the medical community call referred pain — pain felt in an area other than its source.

Tension Headaches

Just because a headache is called that way doesn’t mean that it’s just the head that may hurt. For instance, tension headaches, which are deemed as the most common form of headaches, can cause other parts of the face to ache as well, and that includes the jaw.

Sinusitis

Put simply, sinusitis is the inflammation of the lining of the sinuses, which are hollow cavities in the skull. There are many sinuses scattered all over the face, and that’s why a bout of sinusitis can cause facial pain that can include the jaw.

Arthritis

It’s true that some joints in the body are simply more prone to developing arthritis than the rest, and they include the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrist and fingers. However, it’s possible for arthritis to affect many other joints, including the jaw joint.

TMJ Disorder

Short for temporomandibular joint disorder, it’s something that affects the jaw joint as well as the muscles that move the jaw. There are many different things that can be blamed for TMJ disorders, ranging from physical injuries, teeth grinding, infections, arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

Heart Attack

Not everyone who is having a heart attack experiences jaw pain, but some do. Especially if the aching of your jaw is accompanied by unusual symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating and heart palpitations, seek medical attention ASAP.

An Injury

Well, this is not really a surprising cause as it’s something to be expected. Especially if jaw pain is experienced after an accident during a game of contact sports or one that involves slipping and falling, then it’s likely that an injury that needs to be treated is the culprit.

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Hepatitis A Causes and Symptoms

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Generally speaking, hepatitis A is more common in parts of the planet that are developing. It’s for the fact that sanitation and food handling practices are by and large poor. However, medical experts say that living in developed countries can also put you at risk of having hepatitis A, but it’s really a rare occurrence.

Just like what’s mentioned earlier, hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. It can be spread around by someone who has hepatitis A because he or she is a carrier of the virus behind it. It is said that a person with hepatitis A is most infectious about 2 weeks before he or she begins to experience signs and symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that hepatitis A is spread around:

 

Consumption of food that is prepared by a person who has hepatitis A. This is most especially true if he or she has not properly washed his or her hands.

Drinking of water that is contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

Intake of raw or undercooked seafood obtained from contaminated water.

Close contact with someone who has hepatitis A. This includes having sexual intercourse with an infected person, especially when the rectal or anal area has been touched with the fingers, mouth or tongue.

Using illegal drugs, especially when paraphernalia contaminated with the hepatitis A virus are used.

Symptoms

Medical experts say that it may take a while before the various signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A show up. They say that someone may experience them about 4 weeks after getting infected. It’s even possible for someone with hepatitis A to not experience any sign and symptom at all.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include:

Tiredness and malaise
Achy muscles and joints
Pain in the upper right section of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
Mild fever
Headaches
Sore throat
Diarrhea or constipation
Hives or raised rash that’s itchy

These initial signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few days only to a couple of weeks. Afterwards, as the infection of the liver progresses, the following may be experienced by the individual:

Jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin as well as the whites of the eyes (sclera)

Pale colored stools
Dark colored urine
Skin itching

Tenderness and swelling of the upper right section of the abdomen

Although it rarely happens, hepatitis A can cause liver failure. When such develops, the person who is infected may experience severe vomiting, frequent bruising, bleeding of the nose and gums, drowsiness and confusion.

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Busting myths around blood donation

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As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

Contrary to the myth about blood donations making a person weak or anaemic, the body replenishes the lost blood in a matter of a few days, say experts.

“A healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets, so there is no question of becoming weak, much less anaemic. It is a myth and should not deter people from donating blood,” says Dr RK Singal, chairman, internal medicine department, BLK super-speciality Hospital.

 

The donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components, as there is sophisticated equipment available these days that extract relevant components from blood and the rest of the blood can be transfused back to the donor.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

About 65% of India’s population is young and if this section donates blood regularly, chances of the country facing blood shortage will be remote. Hence, there is all the more reason for people, especially youngsters, to come forward and be regular blood donors.

How to prepare

Have enough fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate

Have a full meal 3 hours before donation; never on an empty stomach

Have some rest for about 10-15 minutes after donation

Have some snacks or a juice with high sugar content after donation

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Erectile dysfunction’s connection with lifestyle

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By Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal

healthy-lifestyle-can-reverse-effects-of-hypertensionAll over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED).

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED). From my research, I have found a strong link between ED and stress. Other major causes include smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My advice to these patients is — do not get even more stressed over this situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

 

DIAGNOSIS OF ED

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions that we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in the particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection or not.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION, LONG-TERM CURE

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment.

In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure and anxiety. So, changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling help in treating ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months by which time lifestyle changes start to take effect and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist or andrologist; get the necessary advice/medication; and go on to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

The author of this article is Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal, head, andrology, department of urology sciences, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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