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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

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Hi MalAlPal6,

So sorry I didn't respond sooner....have been busy, and mistakenly thought I had already responded.:o

To answer your question, I really don't have a plan yet because, although I've received my MRI results, I don't see the TMJ specialist until next week. The ENT doctor who ordered the MRIs mentioned that treatment would likely involve (splints?) night AND day, possible cortisone injections in the jaw, and surgery only if all else failed....but I don't know if he was mentioning those as standard TMJ treatments, or because he thought they were the solution to my specific problem.

As far as my symptoms, yes, I guess I'm really fortunate that I don't have pain all the time as you do, or headaches, etc. the way many people seem to. I do experience pain in my jaw, and sometimes discomfort in my ear, when i chew. I do experience a diffuse tenderness, mostly under my chin, especially if I've eaten something crunchy. I stick mostly to a soft diet and try not to force my mouth open too wide. I also have what I think may be slightly swollen lymph nodes (?) at the top of my neck (maybe due to the inflammation the MRI shows?).

I'm sorry to hear that not only do you have the problem on both sides, but that it hurts constantly. What kind of treatment plan is your TMJ specialist recommending, and when do you begin? Are you eating a soft diet?

I'll let you know what I find out when I go to the specialist in a few days....

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