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Hello, I have a number of health concerns.†

Headaches, they're not terribly painful but they are draining. I get pain in my shoulders, neck and all around my head. It feels like a belt being tightened around my skull and I usually get around three of these per week.

Sinuses, they pop multiple times a day and although It's not painful it can be uncomfortable and it feels strange. After a recent flight it felt like I had pop rocks up my nose.

Ears, whenever I open my mouth I can hear a grinding or popping noises. I also get ringing in my ears from time to time and if I have drunk a lot the ringing can be very loud. The problem with my jaw is constant.

Eyes, when I get headaches it's usually accompanied by pressure behind my eyes and pain across my cheeks. I usually wake up with puffy eyes which go down around lunch time.

Neck, sometimes I get a noise and feeling in the back of my neck which can be compared to a rain shaker! It's like a crackling or popping sound which sounds and feels wired.

Anxiety, these symptoms have made me very anxious and I do suffer from minor panic attacks where I find it hard to breath and stay still. These aren't common but they are scary when they happen as I seem to convince myself that something bad is about to happen.

Twitches, I get twitches mostly in my legs. These aren't painful but add to the concerns. I do have bad circulation which might be a cause. Sometimes when I'm laying in bed I will get a full body jolt, this isn't regular but it does happen and it's always a worry when it does.

Tirdness, I'm not always tired but I can come and go suddenly and when it does I can feel extremely†fatigued, so much so that I have actually fell asleep at my desk at work. I could drink lots of coffee or energy drinks but that brings on some of the other problems.

Irritability, sometimes I find it hard to concentrate and also like I'm not present. I find communicating a huge effort and can get irritated if people are talking to me. Once again this isn't an everyday situation but when it happens it's problematic.

Very few of these symptoms are constant but they're common enough for them to be a problem and I would like to get them sorted.

What I've done, I went to the opticians and had a full eye exam which was all fine. I don't need glasses.

I visited the doctor who first told me I had sinusitis despite me not having discharge, they recommended a spray but I decided to go elsewhere for a second opinion. The second doctor told me I had TMJ as well as bad posture! I'm trying to improve my posture as I know it's a problem, I've been thinking of getting one of those back braces.†

I have been to the dentist who has agreed with the TMJ diagnosis ans I will be getting a mouth guard made soon which hopefully might help with my jaw. My jaw is my biggest problem but not my biggest concern.

Has anyone ifound any solutions?


[QUOTE=GaMo;5446263]Hello, I have a number of health concerns.†

Headaches, they're not terribly painful but they are draining. I get pain in my shoulders, neck and all around my head. It feels like a belt being tightened around my skull and I usually get around three of these per week.

Sinuses, they pop multiple times a day and although It's not painful it can be uncomfortable and it feels strange. After a recent flight it felt like I had pop rocks up my nose.

Ears, whenever I open my mouth I can hear a grinding or popping noises. I also get ringing in my ears from time to time and if I have drunk a lot the ringing can be very loud. The problem with my jaw is constant.

Eyes, when I get headaches it's usually accompanied by pressure behind my eyes and pain across my cheeks. I usually wake up with puffy eyes which go down around lunch time.

Neck, sometimes I get a noise and feeling in the back of my neck which can be compared to a rain shaker! It's like a crackling or popping sound which sounds and feels wired.

Anxiety, these symptoms have made me very anxious and I do suffer from minor panic attacks where I find it hard to breath and stay still. These aren't common but they are scary when they happen as I seem to convince myself that something bad is about to happen.

Twitches, I get twitches mostly in my legs. These aren't painful but add to the concerns. I do have bad circulation which might be a cause. Sometimes when I'm laying in bed I will get a full body jolt, this isn't regular but it does happen and it's always a worry when it does.

Tirdness, I'm not always tired but I can come and go suddenly and when it does I can feel extremely†fatigued, so much so that I have actually fell asleep at my desk at work. I could drink lots of coffee or energy drinks but that brings on some of the other problems.

Irritability, sometimes I find it hard to concentrate and also like I'm not present. I find communicating a huge effort and can get irritated if people are talking to me. Once again this isn't an everyday situation but when it happens it's problematic.

Very few of these symptoms are constant but they're common enough for them to be a problem and I would like to get them sorted.

What I've done, I went to the opticians and had a full eye exam which was all fine. I don't need glasses.

I visited the doctor who first told me I had sinusitis despite me not having discharge, they recommended a spray but I decided to go elsewhere for a second opinion. The second doctor told me I had TMJ as well as bad posture! I'm trying to improve my posture as I know it's a problem, I've been thinking of getting one of those back braces.†

I have been to the dentist who has agreed with the TMJ diagnosis ans I will be getting a mouth guard made soon which hopefully might help with my jaw. My jaw is my biggest problem but not my biggest concern.

Has anyone ifound any solutions?


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Hi GaMo,

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Many of your symptoms can be a result of jaw dysfunction so I believe you to be in the right place for possible answers. I myself struggle with neck, jaw, face, and head pain.

Have you had an injury to your jaw/neck prior to these symptoms starting? Or perhaps you have been under a lot of stress lately? Maybe you are clenching your jaw in your sleep or throughout the day causing stress on the muscles? The popping/grinding sounds when you open your mouth do sound like you could have some disc damage. You may want to look into a tmj specialist and have some imaging done. An MRI or cone beam scan to better understand what is going on with the joints and discs.

I can suggest some home remedies that have helped me and that I have heard from these boards that have helped others. Moist heat on the jaw/neck/shoulders, or ice if that seems to help your symptoms better. You could try taking magnesium as that supplement has been shown to help ease muscle tension. I have heard some people actually place magnesium oil onto the muscles with the most tension. I take a muscle relaxer called skelaxin which seems to help without making me too tired. I also like to take the hottest showers I can stand as the hot water on my shoulders helps to loosen the muscles up for a couple hours. Try ibuprofen as the anti-inflammatory benefits may help some too. Definitely don't chew hard or chewy foods.. avoid gum. Be very good to your jaw. I tend to stick with very soft foods like pastas, chicken, and soups when my jaw is very sore.

I am currently going to a chiropractor and getting massages to help find additional relief. Maybe you could look into alternative therapies such as these. I also would like to add in accupuncture but just not sure I can afford it at this time.


I think I have thrown a lot at you... I hope some of this may help you start to feel a little better. Good luck.





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