What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Tetanus?

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Risk factors of getting tetanus include:
  • A foreign body, such as a nail or splinter
  • An injury that lets tetanus spores into the wound
  • Failure to get vaccinated or to keep up to date with booster shots against tetanus
Common signs and symptoms of tetanus include:
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Painful body spasms lasting for several minutes, typically triggered by minor occurrences, such as a draft, loud noise, physical touch or light
  • Spasms and stiffness in your jaw muscles (trismus) Stiffness of your abdominal muscles
  • Stiffness of your neck muscles
I have pain in my right jaw at night when I am sleeping, never had this before no infected teeth or other problem that I know of. It’s odd never felt anything like this before. Third night and a little worse. I work in the yard lots & get stuck by numerous things. Haven’t had a booster for tetanus in years.
It does not seem to be tetanus, since insect bites would definitely not cause tetanus. A possible etiology is temporamandubular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. You can see a doctor and get a TMJ MRI scan.
So, I just got back from going out with my family from Halloween, I laid down because I had a headache, I woke up at around 12:00 at night, shivering and my jaw kinda feels achy, but none of my muscles are stiff, and I can swallow fine
Then did you have a fever? Maybe you just caught a cold at the holiday, causing you headache and night shivering. Cold heals on its own.
I may have had a fever, but I can't be sure, it was extremely cold outside during trick or treat, and I was only wearing jeans and a sweater, so it's very likely my body was trying to warm up too much after the quick return home since it was cut short by a heavy rainstorm, which wouldn't of helped a bit
OK. How are you doing now? Drink water to prevent dehydration.

I suffered tetanus yesterday. I was doing daily chores, and suddenly I felt my body was tense, my hands got weird itchy feeling. My jaw locked and was hard to breath! Horrible! The experience reminded me that I have not got myself vaccinated,