Jaw pain and nausea are both extremely common conditions.
People of all ages and sizes can experience them.
Jaw pain is a symptom of osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and other conditions. Nausea is a symptom of conditions such as motion sickness, acid reflux, and food sensitivities.
But the underlying cause of both jaw pain and nausea is often the same.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to identify the cause of your pain and nausea. We’ll also explore some of the conditions that cause these symptoms.
How to identify the cause of jaw and food pain?
To identify the cause of your jaw pain and nausea, you’ll first need to make a list of your symptoms.
- Pain in your jaw. This is the most common symptom of jaw pain.
- Headache. This is the most common symptom of nausea.
- Tingling in your jaw. This is also the most common symptom of both jaw pain and nausea.
Keep in mind that the list is not exhaustive. You may have other symptoms that you’re not currently experiencing.
Keep in mind that you may experience jaw pain and nausea occasionally. This is usually because of the same underlying conditions.
What causes jaw pain and nausea?
Jaw pain and nausea are both caused by the same underlying conditions.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of arthritis. It usually causes pain and stiffness in your joints.
OA is the most common form of arthritis. It’s also known as degenerative joint disease.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, about 10 million Americans have OA.
Osteoarthritis usually affects one joint at a time. It can affect your:
The exact cause of OA is unclear. It’s believed that genetics, the body’s immune response, and factors related to your occupation and activities play a part.
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is also referred to as lumbar disc disease. It’s a form of degenerative disc disease that primarily affects the spine.
DDD can cause pain and stiffness in the lower back, legs, and hips.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, about 3 million Americans have DDD.
DDD is generally caused by wear and tear on the discs in your spine. This wear and tear causes the discs to rub together, which can cause inflammation.
In some cases, DDD causes the discs to break open, which causes the spinal cord to press on the nerves.
Other possible causes of DDD include:
- A herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- A tumor
Motion sickness is a condition that causes nausea and vomiting in people who experience it.
Motion sickness is often caused by motion. This can be in the form of:
- Riding in a car
- Riding in a motorboat
Motion sickness can be a result of your body perceiving you as being in motion.
For example, you might feel nauseous if you’re sitting in one position for too long.
Food sensitivity is a condition that causes you to experience nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms when you eat a certain food.
Food sensitivity is also known as a food intolerance. It’s a food-related condition that causes your body to react to certain foods.
Food sensitivity can happen with any food, but it’s most common with:
People who experience food sensitivity may find that eating foods that they’re not sensitive to causes them to experience nausea and other symptoms.
Food sensitivity can be caused by:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- H. pylori infection
- Celiac disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Food additives
Jaw pain and nausea can be a result of other conditions
If you’re experiencing jaw pain or nausea and you have one of the conditions we’ve described above, you’re not alone.
Jaw pain and nausea are both symptoms of other underlying conditions.
For example, a person with OA may be experiencing jaw pain and nausea, but they may also have a condition that causes them to experience pain and nausea.
This is because both conditions are caused by the same underlying condition.
Is one condition causing the other?
While jaw pain and food nausea are both symptoms of OA, they can also be symptoms of other conditions.
For example, OA causes the jaw to become stiff. This can make it difficult to eat and chew food.
This is known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
If you have OA, you may also experience pain and stiffness in your jaw. This is known as jaw pain.
Another example is when OA causes inflammation around the jaw. This is known as TMJ.
You may also experience:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw stiffness
- Jaw popping
- Jaw clicking
- Jaw popping and clicking
- Jaw pain and clicking
While OA and DDD are both conditions that cause pain and stiffness in your joints, they can also cause different types of pain and stiffness.
For example, OA can cause:
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Joint swelling
DDD can cause:
- Joint inflammation
- Joint tenderness
- Joint popping
- Joint clicking
- Joint popping and clicking
When to see your doctor?
See your doctor if you’re experiencing:
- Jaw or neck pain that gets worse or doesn’t go away
- Persistent nausea
- Persistent vomiting
- Joint or neck stiffness that doesn’t go away
- Joint or neck pain that gets worse with movement
- Joint or neck pain that’s more severe than usual
- Joint popping or clicking
- Joint stiffness that gets worse or doesn’t get better
- Joint stiffness that prevents you from moving the affected joint
Your doctor can help you determine the potential underlying cause of your symptoms.
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