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For over a year now Ive had some very strange symptoms that kind of started out of no where. Ive seen numerous doctors, both in and out of state. Having spent thousands on doctor bills and still no definite answer as to whats causing my problems.

My symptoms consist of neck pain/stiffness, tension like headaches (constant pressure around my head), occipital headaches (at base of skull), some left sided shoulder pain, burning and tingling in my upper back and down left arm at times, left sided jaw pain that arises intermittently, occasional dizziness but not to the point of falling, occasional nausea, dry feeling in eyes and visual floaters, fullness in ears but no odd sounds or ear pain, slight pop in left side of jaw but no severe pain or locking. My head feels like Im constantly hungover is the best way to describe it.

The majority of my symptoms are classic tmj. Ive had brain and cervical spine mri's, mra's, ct scans, bloodwork, seen ent specialists, but no one has checked my jaw.

Most of my symptoms existed way before my jaw ever started hurting at all and even now, the jaw pain isnt consistant or that severe. Is it common to have tmj issues but no jaw pain or pain not that severe but thats causing many other serious symptoms?

Where does most neck pain occur with tmj? The back of my neck is always sore/stiff and the left side which is where my jaw pops.

Are there any good doctors located in South Carolina? Ive done a search and I can only find 1 true specialist near me. His name is Danny Crout. Does anyone have any information on him? How can I know if hes board certified?
What you describe is pretty much identical to what I have experienced, little pain in the actual TMJ but a whole bunch of knock on problems.

Symptoms coming out of nowhere (i.e no car accident, traumatic event etc), neck pain, horrible headaches, tingling in hands, dizzniness, dry feeling in eyes, clicking, but not much pain in the actual TMJ itself. Diagnosis was bilateral disc displacement.

The muscles that open your jaw are in the front of your neck so if there in any problem with the TMJ they will spasm and cause pain and as the neck is an interconnected whole the ones at the back will be affected as well.

Make sure the specialist you go to does good diagnostics; x-rays aren't enough, you need MRIs of the TMJs to show up any soft tissue problems.
[QUOTE=not4sakn;4093616]For over a year now Ive had some very strange symptoms that kind of started out of no where. Ive seen numerous doctors, both in and out of state. Having spent thousands on doctor bills and still no definite answer as to whats causing my problems.

My symptoms consist of neck pain/stiffness, tension like headaches (constant pressure around my head), occipital headaches (at base of skull), some left sided shoulder pain, burning and tingling in my upper back and down left arm at times, left sided jaw pain that arises intermittently, occasional dizziness but not to the point of falling, occasional nausea, dry feeling in eyes and visual floaters, fullness in ears but no odd sounds or ear pain, slight pop in left side of jaw but no severe pain or locking. My head feels like Im constantly hungover is the best way to describe it.

The majority of my symptoms are classic tmj. Ive had brain and cervical spine mri's, mra's, ct scans, bloodwork, seen ent specialists, but no one has checked my jaw.

Most of my symptoms existed way before my jaw ever started hurting at all and even now, the jaw pain isnt consistant or that severe. Is it common to have tmj issues but no jaw pain or pain not that severe but thats causing many other serious symptoms?

Where does most neck pain occur with tmj? The back of my neck is always sore/stiff and the left side which is where my jaw pops.

Are there any good doctors located in South Carolina? Ive done a search and I can only find 1 true specialist near me. His name is Danny Crout. Does anyone have any information on him? How can I know if hes board certified?[/QUOTE]

HI--look on his website or call his office and make sure he belongs to the American Academy of Orofacial pain, also, the American Academy of craniofacial pain. It's a huge plus if he's a Functional Jaw Orthodonist as well, because they understand the jaw/teeth relationship better than a regular ortho.--especially if you need braces in the phase 2 part of treatment. Take care...J. :wave:





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