For the last few months I have noticed my jaws are stiff ,particularly on one side and I cannot open my mouth as wide as I would like. I have even noticed the stiffness affecting my speech sometimes but thankfully I don't think it is noticed by others. I went to the dentist recently and apologised in case I could not open my mouth wide enough, I said it was due to my RA ( sero negative) and he seemed very surprised saying that as far as he knew you did not get arthritis in jaw. This shocked and worried me as he is a very experienced dentist. I did not like to say much more but just commented that I had seen articles about it on the web and so had presumed limked to RA. I read it tends to be one of last joints to be affected.
I am due to see my Rheumy again in a few weeks and I have just started on Mtx after much hesitation ( no side effects yet but early days !) I will mention my stiff jaws to him but in the meantime I am hoping for some improvment with taking the Mtx.
I have searched through posts but find little reference to jaw pain so I am now questioning myself. The stiffness does respond well to anti inflammatories and I have had no injury so assumed it was RA linked. Hope this does not sound too odd.
Thank you so much for all the support on this forum, it has been an enormous help to me and given me the confidence to start on Mtx.