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Last December, my first TMJ dentist gave me a TMJ relaxation CD. I can't say it has helped for certain. I often fall asleep about 5-10 minutes into it. He told me I was getting the rest subliminaly. It certainly doesn't cure anything, but as a holistic approach in addition to everything else, I figure it can't hurt. I know all the stress of the TMJ and its side effects can make me much more tense on top of the tension from the TMJ.

You may not be ready for it, but the orofacial releases I have gotten have seemed to make the biggest difference in helping me relax my muscles. I still have a long way to go in relieving my tension, but I'm in a much better place now than I was last December. Last winter, I even tried muscle relaxers and anti-depressants to try to help with no real results. My PT with the orofacial releases has been the most effective. There is a good book on trigger point releases, but I have a lot of trouble doing the facial releases on myself. They really do hurt a lot, especially in the beginning. I knew the pain was worth it in the long run though.

Have you tried looking into seeing a Cervical Care Chiropractor? They do manipulations without any cracking at all, just gentle pressure to help with alignment.

My ear ringing comes and goes. It was really bad last winter. My ear still hasn't popped though. I can tell a difference in the tension around my ear though now that I'm a couple months into therapy. The ear doesn't hurt as much.

I've had a lot of sinus headaches over the years. Some were truly from allergies, but I'm wondering now how many of the headaches were in connection with TMJ.

My TMJ splint treatment I started in June appears to be different than anyone else I've talked to in the last year. I have the repositioning splint during the day. Most people wear that one 24/7. At night, I have the upper splint that keeps my bite a certain distance apart, but it also has that post in it that forces me to keep my jaw in the forward position. I wore a flat plain night splint for 9 years before finding out it was contributing to my TMJ problems. This splint has a wedge in the front that settles behind my lower teeth and forces me to keep my jaw forward. After 2+ months, I'm still not entirely comfortable having the post, but I'm certainly not bruxing and my lower jaw isn't settling back into my ear like it used to.

I can't speak to your traction and spinal issues since I haven't had concerns as bad as yours in this area. I will say that one of the first things my new TMJ specialist did was take various pictures of my posture. He showed me how my head has moved forward over the years and how TMJ is connected to my neck. I've had neck tension for years without realizing how bad it was. I took it for normal. I also connected it with shoulder problems I had surgery for a couple years ago. I've also had hip and lower back problems due to things being out of alignment. I think I could progress faster with my treatments if I could afford to see specialists much more often. As it is, I run out of authorized PT visits in a week. I struggled to pay my co-pays, there is no way I'll be able to afford the full cost of treatments in the near future. I still have one more Phase 1 tmj appliance to purchase and to find money for Phase 2 down the line.

I wish I had ideas for you about the lying down thing. I can say that I've slept on an incline for several years due to reflux issues. Might be worth trying to lay down with your bed propped up about 8 inches to see if is is as bad. If not, what about a wedge pillow that keeps you propped up while sleeping?

As for the nausea, I have prescriptions of Phenegren and Zofran I keep on hand. Haven't needed them as much recently, but had troubles often enough in the past that I need to be prepared.

I wish you well.
[QUOTE=MountainReader;4312174]Last December, my first TMJ dentist gave me a TMJ relaxation CD. I can't say it has helped for certain. I often fall asleep about 5-10 minutes into it. He told me I was getting the rest subliminaly. It certainly doesn't cure anything, but as a holistic approach in addition to everything else, I figure it can't hurt. I know all the stress of the TMJ and its side effects can make me much more tense on top of the tension from the TMJ.

You may not be ready for it, but the orofacial releases I have gotten have seemed to make the biggest difference in helping me relax my muscles. I still have a long way to go in relieving my tension, but I'm in a much better place now than I was last December. Last winter, I even tried muscle relaxers and anti-depressants to try to help with no real results. My PT with the orofacial releases has been the most effective. There is a good book on trigger point releases, but I have a lot of trouble doing the facial releases on myself. They really do hurt a lot, especially in the beginning. I knew the pain was worth it in the long run though.

Have you tried looking into seeing a Cervical Care Chiropractor? They do manipulations without any cracking at all, just gentle pressure to help with alignment.

My ear ringing comes and goes. It was really bad last winter. My ear still hasn't popped though. I can tell a difference in the tension around my ear though now that I'm a couple months into therapy. The ear doesn't hurt as much.

I've had a lot of sinus headaches over the years. Some were truly from allergies, but I'm wondering now how many of the headaches were in connection with TMJ.

My TMJ splint treatment I started in June appears to be different than anyone else I've talked to in the last year. I have the repositioning splint during the day. Most people wear that one 24/7. At night, I have the upper splint that keeps my bite a certain distance apart, but it also has that post in it that forces me to keep my jaw in the forward position. I wore a flat plain night splint for 9 years before finding out it was contributing to my TMJ problems. This splint has a wedge in the front that settles behind my lower teeth and forces me to keep my jaw forward. After 2+ months, I'm still not entirely comfortable having the post, but I'm certainly not bruxing and my lower jaw isn't settling back into my ear like it used to.

I can't speak to your traction and spinal issues since I haven't had concerns as bad as yours in this area. I will say that one of the first things my new TMJ specialist did was take various pictures of my posture. He showed me how my head has moved forward over the years and how TMJ is connected to my neck. I've had neck tension for years without realizing how bad it was. I took it for normal. I also connected it with shoulder problems I had surgery for a couple years ago. I've also had hip and lower back problems due to things being out of alignment. I think I could progress faster with my treatments if I could afford to see specialists much more often. As it is, I run out of authorized PT visits in a week. I struggled to pay my co-pays, there is no way I'll be able to afford the full cost of treatments in the near future. I still have one more Phase 1 tmj appliance to purchase and to find money for Phase 2 down the line.

I wish I had ideas for you about the lying down thing. I can say that I've slept on an incline for several years due to reflux issues. Might be worth trying to lay down with your bed propped up about 8 inches to see if is is as bad. If not, what about a wedge pillow that keeps you propped up while sleeping?

As for the nausea, I have prescriptions of Phenegren and Zofran I keep on hand. Haven't needed them as much recently, but had troubles often enough in the past that I need to be prepared.

I wish you well.[/QUOTE]


Thank you for the further info, I find myself researching everything under the sun with symptoms remotely like mine, which obviously leads me to scary information.....and then its back tot he boards reading others symptoms and each time I hear anyone with a hint of the same symptom I have, it is a little reassuring and thank you again for sharing such detail with me.

I have tried sleeping straight up even with pillows, like 6 propped around me, but can not fall asleep like that, when I try the recliner, which has the best elevation its the same thing, for some reason there is something pressing nerves when I lay down and I have to lay down to fall asleep, I have always been amazed by people who can sleep sitting up.....I am just saying and I totally appreciate the advice....I do need some relaxing cd's or something, but I need to lay down with them :(. I think thats why my nerves are worse because I am getting no rest, or if I do finally fall asleep and stay asleep, wake up later mid morning feeling disoriented and guilty for still being in bed, GOD knows I need the sleep though, and I am talking maybe a few hours of sleep.....whew, I should not feel guilty about that, its just the timing of when I finally pass out!

Well I have whined enough, I hope and pray that I get as strong as many of you seem here ......I go back to Dr in a few days and already know he wants me to see nerurologist...I do not think he thinks the numbness and weird feelings across eyes and nose is TMJ related and that is what scares me too, him not thinking so...but I had recent MRI of BRAIN and it read normal! So I am at a loss@





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