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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

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Oh please help
May 29, 2003
Has anyone seen a good specialist in Wisconsin...namely Madison if possible. I haven't been to work in a week. Ironically, since I discovered that TMJD existed and made an appointment (at the time I was just experiencing the ear fullness that I've had for 7 years, inexplicably...and the jaw popping) the next day all heck broke loose. I have been in misery. My muscles throughout my neck and shoulders are killing me. My jaw aches and isn't comfortable in any position (although I can open and close it and move it without too much does swing to the left though when I open it) the pressure behind my ears and in my whole face is so unbearable. And to top it off, the constant headaches and vertigo have left me literally stranded at home (who would dare get in a car?) I only have like 80 sick hours to use and I've already used 24. I even tried Urgent Care (although I didn't expect much) and the doctor lost all credibility when she said, "well, ear pressure is not a symptom of TMJD. Neither is vertigo". She wouldn't even prescribe me a muscle relaxant. I started seeing a chiro who regularly works with TMJD patients...Tues after my appointment I felt so much better, and he realigned my jaw, but soon it was dislodged again because of course I slept on it wrong, plus the muscles started spazing again. But he told me it would take time, and working with him and the TMJD specialist, I should begin to see improvement. BEGIN? I can't afford to not go to work. Plus my HMO sucks, they will only pay 1250 for TMJD disorders a year...and I am only allowed like 15 visits with a chiro. I don't make enough money to pay for anything on my own, and I don't know what to do. I am so scared, I'm scared this one TMJD specialist that is in-network will turn out to be a dud. I'm scared I will never be normal again. I'm scared I won't be able to go back to work (and I'm a graphic designer...sitting in a computer chair all day doesn't help matters any). If I could just have the ear pressure back, and the jaw popping...why is it that when I suddenly become aware of this "new to me" disorder it decides to flare up uncontrollably? I've been bed ridden and tiger balm has been my only relief. I've prayed so much for this to go away. I haven't cried yet...I guess I'm still soaking it all in. But I am so worried that I will be stuck like this for the rest of my life, or I may find relief, but at the tune of several thousand dollars or more.

I'm sorry to rant, but I'm so scared right now and I feel so utterly alone and helpless.

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