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Is there a paleo explanation or solution for locked jaw?

Asked on April 27, 2012
Created April 27, 2012 at 3:05 AM

My husband wakes up occasionally with a locked jaw, like TMJ. He has a splint type thing from the dentist, to wear at night, but I have doubts that it does anything. We've been unable to pin point a reason why his jaw locks, and he says he doesn't feel any indications during the 24 hours before that it's going to lock, it just happens while he's asleep. He's not under stress and he doesn't grind his teeth. Sometimes it unlocks during breakfast, sometimes it lasts for more than 24 hrs. Exercises don't seem to help. There is almost no pain, he just can't open his mouth very far, so eating etc is difficult. He is about 70% paleo (not on purpose, only because I cook most of the meals around here), lifts 2x a week, plays basketball 2x a week. No other health issues.

So my question:

Anyone know why an otherwise healthy person's jaw would lock? Should I look at diet for a fix? (magnesium? collagen?)

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