I have what seems like a really dumb question, but it is driving me crazy.
I am 62 yrs. old, and am around 10 lbs. overweight, but I do some exercise and never eat red meat or fried foods. I am what you might call a "health nut" taking many supplements each day, and keep my cholesterol down to a fair number.
When I was 32 yrs. old, I was in a terrible accident that smashed my jaw against a hard front seat, giving me TMJ for years. I finally got it taken care of by a smart dentist, who made me a plastic mouth guard to be worn at night. Now, I can't wear it anymore due to some dental procedures over the years.
Now, here lately, I feel that the TMJ has returned, but it concerns me because I have an ache in my left jaw off and on. My neck gets stiff, and the bone around my shoulder is very sore and it acts like a pinched nerve, but could also be pain radiating down my arm.
My question to all you smart readers...how do you tell the difference between the jaw pain and arm pain that accompanies a heart attack from the pain that comes with TMJ. Please try to explain the difference.
I have a doctor appt. next week, but am wondering if I should even wait that long. Also, my blood pressure seems to be creeping up on me. I used to have very low BP, but now it is a little above normal.
This thing about symptoms of women's heart attacks can drive you crazy because it is all so vague. Thank you for any help you can give me.