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TMJ Related?
Jul 27, 2006
I am trying to figure out if these symptoms I am having could be tmj related. I was told a few years ago that I had tmj and my symptoms lately have been horriable. They are as followed:
Tension type headaches, constant pressure feeling in my head like a ton of bricks are sitting on my head or a tight band around my head, pressure behind my eyes that make it difficult to focus/function, my eyes always feel tired, dry burning as if I haven't slept in days. If I close my eyes and look up I could feel the pressure in my eyes, at times it effects my vision as if my vision gets jumpy. Feeling disconnected from myself, dreamlike everything seems off Dizziness/Lightheaded this is my main complaint, I feel like I am on a boat swaying/motion sensation, sometimes it feels as if I am falling to the side or a dropping sensation the kind you get in an elevator. Best way to describe it..
seems to be worse when standing, sitting or walking, and subsides if I lay down. My head always feels out of it, like I am drinking all day when not!
My ears have pressure and fullness with some deep sharp pains now and then, A crackling sound that feels like I have a bad radio station connection, This is made worse or brought on with yawning, speaking, swallowing and loud noises, yelling, etc. My jaw has a popping, cracking sound directly in the jaw bone close to where your jaw and ear meet. Eating foods that are hard make this symptom worse among yawns that are big!
My neck and shoulders are always sore, I notice if I lean my neck back and move my head side to side there is a horriable cracking popping sound that comes from the base of my neck, my trigger points are painful.
I wake up everymorning feeling like I was hit by a truck, tired, jaw tightness, fullness and soreness in ears, swollen eye lids, pain in head around temples, lightheaded.. And on top of it all I have anxiety which I bet is no Big surprise. I guess my main question is does this all sound tmj related? I mean I know tmj can mimic other illnesses and visa versa but could these symptoms really be tmj caused or perhaps I should be looking into an inner ear disorder? I know tmj could be related to dizziness along with 1000 other illness. But I am wondering if the dizziness/off balance thing for me could be related to the jaw, it's not so much a spinning feeling more of a off balance swaying falling sensation . Any advice would be greatly appreciated and I thank you in advance. Sorry my post is so long but lately it seems like my symptom list is endless! :wave: Boxerlover

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