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You should get the caloric tests done. Rule out all vestibular disorders.
If you see an ENT he will almost certainly refuse to entertain the notion that your dizziness is caused by TMJ problems. He just will not accept it. Just let him do his thing. When he finds nothing he will simply say you have a form of mild menieres or some such drivel to shut you up. My dizziness started within an hour of having an aggressive dental extraction - and despite all the anatomical links between the ear and the tmj, he would not have it! So bollocks to him. When I had the caloric test (normal - even siad I had very good balance!) I told the technician what he said about Menieres and she utterly refuted it . She happens to be a big cheese in the menieres society so was very sure of her opinoin on this.
SOOOOO...for you...
Look up TMJ/Vertigo on the web. Lots of research and articles will come up and will help you understand how it all works. However, with tmj and dizziness the causes can be manifold and not as simple as they might seem. The neck plays a very important part in the process with the proprioceptive nerves which form a part of your balance system being affected. Much of my dizziness is actually cuased by a long standing neck problem/injury. The tmj has just made it worse and more frequent. Today for instance I was dizzy, but I knew this was becuae I had slept with my head in a bad position. It is slightly different in nature and my neck is painful. when you are dizzy, are you aware that your nexk is tense? If so, try "shrugging" your shoulders and holding them in that position for a good ten to fifteen seconds. This will take some of the pressure off your neck. Sometimes, doing some trigger point therapy on your sternocleidomastoid muscle can relieve the dizziness. Also on the muscles in the back of your neck.
If your jaw problem is knocking your neck muslces out of whack this can be affecting it. Also, the problems with the tmj can cuase some physical changes in your ear. It is not strictly speaking advisable, but putting your hands on either temple and squeezing your skull together can give instant relief. But the dizziness will comeback when you release it. This squeezing affects the major bone at the base of your skull called the sphenoid. This is an important part of the whole problem as well. But I would not advise doing that too much! There are many factors contributing to this - fluid in your spinal column, parts of the membranes, bones, pressure, nerves, blood vessels.
Anyway, get to see a cranial osteopath if you can. I just noticed your earlier message to me. Sorry I missed it.
I do not necessarily favour one type of treatment. I do wonder about some of the people I read about on here who go from one doctor or practitioner to another - often at the same time. I wonder if this is not just adding to the frustration and suffering.
With dizziness issues you have to rule out all vestibular causes. Once done, you can move onto the next phase.
I happen to believe in cranial osteopaths for a number of reasons.
1. they have forgotten more about anatomy than most doctors ever knew. They do five years training an then another 2 post graduate for the cranial aspect.
2. They take a practical and "non-quack" approach to the issue..very logical as most anatomical issues tend to be.
3. they are very very gentle but vey very effective.
4 they do not deal in any sort of aggressive "cracking" - especially not in the head and neck region.
5. they do not use weird devices or techniques
6. they have an amazing ability to feel what is going on in seemingly totally unrelated parts of your body (I have amazing stories about things my osteo was able to tell from feeling the anatomy of my cervical spine!)

After my first visit to my CO my dizziness was much more stable. I have not seen him for a couple of months and it is getting a bit less predicatble now.
He certainly made a difference.

I would have NO hesitation whatsoever in advising you to see a cranial osteopath. I think there are so many treatments out there for tmj which are just so aggressive and counter-productive. TMJ smptoms can be very acute but the problem itself relatively small and easy to fix. Not always of course but often.

The only CO I can vouch for in London (I think he is in Tooting now) is John Trigger. The Osteopaths society or college will have his number. My own one in Maidenhead is very good and lectures on the subject and his name is John Qureshi.
Good luck


[This message has been edited by MichaelV (edited 06-05-2003).]

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