... Keep us updated. Its a slow path but Im sure you will get there. Another drug to consider for pain relief- is antiflammatories like Celebrex. Inflammation can also cause pain, so if you haven't tried it - you might want to discuss this with your doctor - Gabepentin from what i understand works on nerve pain so its slightly different.
I don't know what scans you've had... (11 replies)
... based off my own research, I can never seem to get a doctor to do an MRI on me. ... (11 replies)
... sts office or dental radiologist and the exray machine kind of moves around you. Its a first step towards identifying any kind of abnormalities or damage to the jaw and TMJ joint but by no means conclusive. ... (3 replies)
... I am sorry to hear you are going through this. I think you need to find a new doctor - it seems based on your history - splints are not the way to go for you. I don't know what you meant that both jaw joints are in poor condition -does that mean there is arthritis?
You should never rush into surgery - it should always be a last option - but sometimes its necessary - I... (2 replies)
... I am a 33 yr old female that started developing Tmj symptoms when I got my braces off at the age of 16. It started off as a clicking on my left jaw joint. I dismissed it only for it to worsen considerably over the yrs. By my mid twenties it was bad enough that I sought a Tmj specialist. ... (2 replies)
... Hello, im Emily and im 34 and new here. I first had an issue withthe left side of my jaw at the age of 13. ... (2 replies)
... I had arthocentis. IF you are in pain its important to speak to your oral surgeon right away. If you don't do the joint exercises you risk scar tissue/ adhesionsl building up again. (2 replies)
... OK so these were the findings she knows nothing about the tmj, she just sent me for the Mri because of my ongoing issues w my jaw...The findings were Identical bilateral Anterior Displacment of the Articular disk in Closed postion. ... (4 replies)
... It took me a while to find diagnosis, a good specialist, and an approach that worked for me. I had discs that had slipped which resulted in my lower jaw being pushed back into my ears. ... (7 replies)
... nothing worked ... the MRI revealed that i have dislocation in both sides of the jaw the surgery was supposed to be an hour long but it took more that 3 hrs .. my surgeon was shocked of the amount of adhesion that made my joint stiff and stuck .. ... (2 replies)
... I had my MRI done on October 25th, haven't heard anything about the results yet. Stupid jaw is making me extremely ill and brain dead lately, lots of weird neurological problems from the TMJ but nothing wrong as far as I know. ... (13 replies)
... Hi Mountainreader, I have alot of pre existing ear problems before my jaw started up but now my Tinnitus is way worse..I had an Mri recently that showed identical bilateral arterior displacmentof articular disk In closed postition, and recapture on opening of both, what do you thiink? ... (26 replies)
... At the same time, I agree with Canuck that you need an MRI to have an accurate diagnosis. If you know a good oral surgeon, I would start there. Dentists cannot order MRI's, only doctors and oral surgeons. ... (6 replies)
... the muscles were spasming badly. I had an MRI and which showed an anteriorly displaced disc and some joint space narrowing in the right TMJ. ... (7 replies)
... Thanks for the great replies guys I really appreciate the advice here. Yes medication I do try to stay away from for the most part. I do take a medicine called Baclofen which is some sort of muscle relaxer, Paxil for anxiety attacks, Ibuprofen a couple times a day, and Excederin every now and then. I am mostly an addict of opiates and uppers.. I may trying some type of Benzo... (18 replies)
... the MRI shows soft tissues. ... (18 replies)
... Honestly I think it is professionally irresponsible for dentists not to order CT scans or MRIs when trying to diagnose TMJ problems. I know they can be expensive but these give images of the joint and soft tissues and I don't how you diagnose anything without looking at the joint itself and CT and MRIs are the best way to do this. Yes a dentist can tell how a muscle feels by... (6 replies)
... I have not had a cat scan of the Jaw Joint in particular. I did do some sort of scan with the TMJ specialist. ... (18 replies)
... Looked around in my mouth, felt around the muscles in the back of the cheek, looked at my neck muscles. Watched the videos of my moving my jaw while sleeping said it definitely looked like some type of TMJ related issue. ... (6 replies)
... I would keep looking.
First, it sounds like you may be grinding or clenching at night - so a flat plane night gaurd is not bad idea. Its safe - its not going to permantly alter your bite or the position of your jaw. It doesn't prevent clenching but it does help reduce the impact on the joint. But you need to have a dentist who knows what they are doing in making the... (6 replies)