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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

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I am kind of curious - when were you diagnosed with the LPR - of which I am not familiar with - is it similar to a hiatal hernia or esophogial spasm?) - was it before or after the crown was done.

I have read other posts from members with sore throats - basically all I had and still do to a degree was a lump in my throat and difficulty swallowing - it felt sore but different than a sore throat due to a cold - more like it was dry and achey. So yes - it can be a symptom of tmj.

Not everyone experiences jaw pain as is often thought and not everyone experiences problems with their tm joints as is often thought. When tmj symptoms develop due to bite issues such as malocclusion (even a high or low filling can cause that) or clenching/grinding it usually causes muscle strain and produces that tired, fatigued feeling you mentioned about needing to rest your jaw, cheeks, lips or mouth/face in general. As the bite continues to shift - teeth and jaws no longer match up as they did and the jaw may tend to deviate which then impacts the tongue (it can become sore, achey, stays on one side or has problems functioning) and the neck muscles, if not the actual cervical alignment.

For many people tmj is probably the last thing considered when trying to nail down seemingly unrelated symptoms - many get treated for a host of other problems as the untreated tmj condition continues to progress.

It sounds like you may have an issue on the left side - the clenching, fractured filling/tooth (which was crowned) and 3 rcs all point to that side as having a bite problem - along with the facial/jaw fatigue. The best thing to do would be of course to see a tmj or neuromuscular dentist and be examined. But a word of caution: it is often difficult to diagnose and treat tmj symptoms that are of a bite or occlusion origin - even for some specialists in the field - so proceed slowly, ask a lot of questions and don't make any rash decisons in terms of doing anything permanent to your teeth. A good tmj dentist should first be able to resolve the symptoms (ususally with a splint or orthotic) and then decide how to fix the teeth to ensure the symptoms do not return - not the other way around.

Also, just one more thing, sometime cervical or neck problems can cause similar symptoms - the jaw and neck share the same muscles so a neck problem can impact the jaw - so you may also want to consult with a chiro. Most tmj dentists can often refer you to a good one.

Hope that helps a bit.

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