... Hello, I have the same problem. I believe my TMJ started back when I was a child and had my tonsils removed. The clamp that they use to keep your mouth open during surgery was apparently extended to far. ... (4 replies)
... If you think your problem is mostly muscular, then do whatever it takes to relax your jaw and your body. Have you tried Flexeril, or even smoking weed? ... (20 replies)
... really understand TMJ, all they want to do is give you a splint that cost thousands of dollars and they ignore the real issue which is treating the cause of your TMJ problem. ... (10 replies)
... Smoking puts a lot of pressure in the muscles in your cheeks....I know because it happens to me all of the time and I wonder how much difference it'll make if i do quit. But, whenever I smoke is usually the same time that I stop losing feeling in my cheeks, when I have more pain in the face and I have two spots underneath my lips that always swell right up when I smoke a lot. (4 replies)
... Please try quitting smoking..i know it wont be easy but it adds extra stress to your jaw muscles which you dont need as a rule of tmj is you shouldnt suck with straws etc or chew pens but smoking is doing that .. ... (4 replies)
... I'm not sure but from what I've heard it doesn't make matters any better. I guess it has something to do with the motions and the muscles at work. I quit because I had tmj symptoms and I was aware of the effects it had on my jaw muscles and maybe it was the period of rest that eased my symptoms or a bit of everything but I'll attribute it to my quitting as well. Good luck if... (4 replies)
... Yes. It is even bad for those who don't have TMJ. It tends to bring on cancer and a shorter life span. I have also heard that the pain of lung cancer is way worse than that of TMJ. Also, it can bring on something called emphysema. (4 replies)
... Is smoking bad for people who have TMJ (4 replies)
... Its not much time for any dentist to be honest - but you may still have to see one once your past the wedding and honeymoon though.
The following was posted previously by a member here which I saved since it seems to cover all advice I have seen or heard over the past few years.
Also you could try and see a chiro before your big day - I preferr NUCCA or ICAK but as long... (2 replies)
... to all my checks next week and will write back later in the week, letting you know what is working for me and what is not.. i so want everyone to get better.... tmj should be advertised on t.v just like quit smoking is because then i wouldn't of clenched and been in this position. ... (1 replies)
... I'm not sure if I have a TMJ disorder but I have had ear fullness for about 6 months. ... (48 replies)
... I found this from a previous post from Missy - thought it might help you.
Simple Self Care Management Techniques are:
Eating soft foods like baby food, soups, milkshakes, eggs. This is to relieve the load on the TM joint to cause less muscle activity. Severe cases may need a liquid
Avoid hard foods like French bread or bagels. Avoid chewy foods like steak or candy.... (10 replies)
... smoking, I have definitely had to cut down on beer, but I still have a few when I get home from work. Smoking can cause all kinds of health problems that in turn may be contributing to your headaches but I don't think it is the sole cause. ... (4 replies)
... Find a dentist who is skilled in diagnosing and treating TMJ.
Stay away from alcohol if at all possible. I gave up drinking a year ago, and don't miss it. Lost weight from doing so, added bonus.
I suffered through wicked migraines. I couldn't drink with them, period. I didn't want to have something in my routine that could potentially cause headaches, and thus removed... (4 replies)
... I have been suffering from debilitating headaches for 11 yrs now...I've gone through many ideas of what the problems could stem from. Last year however, when I was under a lot of stress- I would get these headaches every day. My eyes would burn and I would get neck stiffness and terrible headaches. On Saturdays I would usually be in bed throwing up from the pain. That's... (4 replies)
... my jaw gets very tired and I have to take a break, like lock jaw or something. The past week I have also had a really bad cough, i just figured this was from my smoking or the change of weather. My mother suggested that it could be sinus's. But i can breathe perfectly fine out of my nose and im not spitting up anything nasty. ... (2 replies)
I've read a lot of threads and feel for everyone on here.
I had 4 wisdom teeth extracted back in May. I felt great for about 3 weeks after the extraction. 3 weeks after my stitches were out I started feeling a minor pain in one of the extraction areas and at the back base of my tongue on the right (around the Papillae glands?). The tongue pain was similar... (5 replies)
... common. I also stopped drinking caffeine which I think can contribute to the stress to your body, the nervousness, and the bruxing and clenching. I also stopped smoking and drinking wine which I did infrequently. ... (27 replies)
... I was told my tmj is causing my neck pain. I started chew alot of gum to stop smoking. Besides stop chewing gum what can I do? ... (18 replies)
... There are a few threads about biofeedback, and the grindalert device -
one was titled: brux-care Grindalert
another: Anyone tried Grind Alert??
another: home biofeedback device
Basically no one has said that it's helped or been successful, only that it keeps them up at night so they wake up tired and unrested. There have also been complaints about the company (it's not... (14 replies)