I was having issues with my jaw. I've been sore.
The last couple of days I've been having issues with my face, not just my jaw. I've had various levels of headache since yesterday. Made it difficult for me to sleep last night; I woke up in the 3 o'clock hour and took a while to fall back asleep.
The headache is in the front of my head, where I don't usually get headaches. And my jaw continues to be sore.
At various stressful times in my life, I've tended to clench my jaw. In high school I went to a dentist's appointment and my family dentist was impressed enough with my jaw muscles that he was calling people from other parts of his office into the exam room he and I were in so they could feel it...then he prescribed a mouth guard that I used for a couple of years to cut down on my clenching. Maybe that's what's happening now. (Okay, I reduce my stress right now how...?)
The soreness knocked me for a loop today. I didn't want to do anything, when yesterday I's been hoping to do more stuff today. Instead I took it easy, rested, sometimes in bed, sometimes in my front-room rocking chair with a blanket on me.
And this headache isn't anything like the migraines a lot of you all deal with, so holy shit you have my sympathies for those.
The discomfort at the moment is more a dull roar, not as bad as it has been. This afternoon I took a late shower, my first today, and put a warm towel on my jaw. I just finished a cup of tea, alternating between drinking it and putting the mug on my jaw. I can take more ibuprofen later. We'll see how sleeping goes tonight.
One honestly big relief: I DO NOT HAVE A FEVER. I checked carefully around noon to be sure. A fever might have meant, um, you know, something worse. (Please don't get worse.)
So. Pain. It sucks, but most of you know that.