Author Topic: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure  (Read 6875 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2011, 08:33:27 pm »
I'm really glad to have stumbled across this thread. I've been off xanax for just over 6 months now and this has been an ongoing problem since before I even started tapering, I started noticing it when I developed tolerance and started having withdrawl without even knowing it. The jaw and tooth pain and head pressure were some of the first symptoms I had appear in the beginning and also I don't know if this is similar to what some had described as there head feeling like stone, but I found the same thing and I just couldn't get comfortable, everything I even rested my head on felt hard like stone.
In the past few months I've seen a significant improvement in my symptoms overall but the jaw pain and head pressure seem to go on forever, they never let up and it's driving me crazy, I've compared the pain before as having my head and jaw put in a vice grip and having it squeezed tighter and tighter by the minute and it's becoming increasingly hard to ignore. I've also been getting allot of sinus, head and ear preassure with ringing in my ears and sometimes it makes me feel like my head is building up to explode.

Thanx for starting this thread, it seems to be a common problem throughout withdrawl for allot of people.
I'm hopping it get's better for every one soon.

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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2011, 11:03:46 pm »
thanks kc.  yes, i hope it gets better for all of us real soon, too.
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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2011, 02:32:30 pm »
[...],
I know that aside from being related to ads, that teeth grinding and clenching is also a side effect of being on the benzos and being in withdrawal as well...my jaw has been so tight at times, that is clatters - like, it vibrates uncontrollably. i have a custom made (read-expensive!) night guard that i'm having problems with. it's causing me pain and not fitting properly and i'm going in to the dentist today to have yet another adjustment made. talk about anxiety provoking. meanwhile, i did enormous damage to my teeth, they are all worn down and flat in the back, from the years i was on ativan. i was CONSTANTLY clenching my teeth when i was on the drug. also during my valium taper, as well. and now with the jaw tightness i'm having, it's really stressing me out big time.
[...], what you're experiencing sounds totally normal for benzo w/d.
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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2011, 05:20:16 pm »
Jestan and other Buddies,

My mouth and gum pain is not 100% of the time.  It generally subsides in the evening.  I also feel pressure over the bridge of my nose and my sinuses (sort of like the "stone face" some of you have written about).  Today I hurt pretty much the whole day.

My mouth guard does help.  Jestan, get your DDS to refit yours if possible.  For all you may clench during the day (when you're awake and can stop yourself) when you grind in your sleep there's no conscious limit.  Like you my teeth are worn down.  This is actually my worst physical WD symptom.  Through all my years (7) of low dose Clonazepam (and I never took more than 1 mg/day) I've been having this symptom and seeing various experts and no one suggested that being on low dose Clonazepam might be the culprit.

Hang in there - surely this subsides as the good old Gaba's recover!
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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2011, 01:50:02 am »
Glad I saw this, wondering why my jaw had started hurting this afternoon.
Kind of feels better if i push on my jaws right below my ears.

In second day of cut.
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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2011, 03:20:55 am »
hi [...],
 thanks for your reply..it does help to know i'm not alone with this (damage that i've done) it's a hard thing to reconcile. i did have a good dentist apt today, she saw what the problem was and made the adjustment. i'll wear it tonight and see if it feels any better. if i don't have to take it out during one of the many times i'll be sure to wake up during the night, then it's a good sign.  yeah, hopefully one day this symptom will be over as well...it's amazing to think that pre benzo withdrawal i never had this AWARENESS of my mouth that i've been living with now for months.  i cannot remember what it felt like to be blissfully unaware.
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Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2011, 05:12:58 am »
My w/d kicked off a slew of problems with my jaws, teeth and ears (and MUCH more).  in addition to the horrible tinitus, I developed TMJ and a toothache.  Naturally my dentist said I needed a crown..... which did nothing for the pain.  So a few months later, she re-did the crown thinking something was wrong with it.  My tooth continued to throb for several more moths so I was advised to have a root canal.... which I reluctantly did.  This brought me NO relieve either.  Finally, after about 8 months of throbbing tooth pain from hell ... I had the frigging tooth pulled.  And guess what?!

Go ahead, guess.....

I still had pain in the exact same spot where the tooth was.  I was mortified at the realization that I had a tooth pulled for nothing.  It was, after all, merely a withdrawal symptom from the lousy benzos.  Charming little story, huh?  I got a million of 'em.
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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2011, 01:43:46 pm »
ugh!  [...]!  i am so sorry.  well, i have had tons of tests of all kinds trying to figure out what was wrong with me only to come to the same conclusion.  the good news is that we are healing every moment and eventually we will feel incredible and have no more sxs popping up.  here's to hope!   :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2011, 05:06:34 pm »
You're exactly right, [...], the pain is a sign that the demons are being expelled.  I can't quite embrace the pain yet but I didn't have this pre-benzo so I'll likely not have it post-benzo recovery.  What I will have is a lot less healthy enamel on my teeth because of years of grinding.  Sometimes, when I'm by myself, I wear my mouth guard during the day.
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[Buddie]

Re: Head, face, jaw, teeth pain & pressure
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2011, 04:16:25 pm »
[...]-  i had heard/read that people have teeth pulled during this process, in hopes of seeking relief from the pain. i think it's in the ashton manual? so..know that you are not alone. and i maybe didn't get a tooth pulled, but like [...], i have done so much damage to my teeth and worn the enamel down, worn my teeth flat, etc.  i get very fixated on this sometimes and it causes me a lot of anxiety and distress. i have to remind myself that i get to have my life back and i need to accept my body in whatever state it happens to be in, when this is all over.
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