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I suppose the temporal bone could effect your TMJ, but I would guess that most of your problems are because of the mandible bone. The temporal bone is very locked in place where as the mandible can move all over the place.

Have you had X-rays and MRI's done on your head?

With me... My only TMJ problem before everything went crazy was the occasional left side TMJ disc popping out when I chewed gum. But it always popped back into place within a couple of days without any pain. (maybe happened 10 times in the last 49 years. (I'm 50 btw)

Then on Jan 5th it popped out again (while chewing gum) but this time it stayed out and caused my body from the neck up to go crazy with TMJ disorder symptoms. With me it was 2 months from hell! I had headaches, painful scalp, pressure behind the eyes, ear pain, clogged ears, dizziness, nausea, throat clicking, neck stiffness, arms and finger tinglings & numbness, very bad blurry vision, etc...

Everyday was a new symptom! My vertigo and vision got so bad (I was literally walking into walls) they rushed me to the hospital. Where the neurologist thought I may have a brain tumor because so many of my symptoms where neurological in nature. I had every test done though and the diagnosis was severe TMJ disorder.

Now here is the strange thing... My left TMJ disc being out of place caused TREMENDOUS pressure on my right TMJ disc (it felt like my head was in a vice for 2 months) finally forcing it out of place. That's when most of my symptoms gradually subsided to where now I have almost no symptoms at all. My jaw is now in some sort of equilibrium.

Of course the overall problem isn't fixed. I'm working on it.


I have noticed that when I stress out over my jaw condition some of the symptoms return.

I hope some of this helps...

~~~
Tom
[QUOTE=PatientZero;4741885]I suppose the temporal bone could effect your TMJ, but I would guess that most of your problems are because of the mandible bone. The temporal bone is very locked in place where as the mandible can move all over the place.

[b] I know the temporal bone is supposed to be stationary, and while I recognize and agree I do have severe TMJ,which typically only involves the mandible, condyle and disc. My theory, based on MY symptoms could be that the temporal bone is effected more then WE know or any of us know, given the neurological symptoms many of us do experience.[/b]

Have you had X-rays and MRI's done on your head?

[b] I had an MRI of the brain with and without contrast, read to be normal. I have had CT scans and MRI of the TMJ. MRI of TMJ back in 2004 showed both TMJ to have anterior sublaxtion so that the disc on left rested upon the retrodiscal tissue and on the right the disc rested upon the deformed band of the retrodiscal tissue.

AT that time in 2004 my only symptoms were stiffness and saome pain mostly in morning and clicking all the time in LEFT joint. I could live with that.

I had splint therapy back then and tens therapy? It was very manageable, was able to work and live life.

June 2010 Due to neck injury I was placed in cervical traction, too detailed but because of the way the traction unit rested and pulled under jaws, up and down I had to get them to stop machine after 7 minutes with this intermittent mechanical force pulling jaws up and down.

I left right after and noticed my right side of bite felt odd, like my right side of mouth was clenching down on that side and teeth touching way too much, not my normal bite at all. They never used traction again and during that time the clamping on the right side grew worse and put pressure on a front bottom tooth that had an old root canal, I asked dentist to pull it and he did while under conscious sedation as I always have had. I am scared at dentist.

The only odd thing after leaving dentist as compared to other trips was I was majorly sick to stomach all day and night, I had no suction capability and this was not just due to being numb, we know the difference and that wears off, also I had a large hematoma in the right side back of mouth from what he says was the inferior aveolar block ( injection)

1.5 days later woke up in the morning with excruciating pain in RIGHT JAW, locked jaw closed and muscle spasms in head, neck, face, arm, rib, all on right side. CT scan done said rt side jaw dislocation, but wondering of they meant disc, but it said jaw and closed permanent lock moderate bony changes right condyle, synovitis and more can't remember.

This was JUNE last year I have been incapacitated by this and my neck problems so bad I am embarrased to tell it all again.

It started with my neck and now all of this and I can not lay down to sleep, eat properly, talking aggravates the mess, spasms in head, jaw neck hands tremble, severe headaches and pain that switches from right jaw to left back and forth and encompasses the entire side from front to back. Numbness and when I lay down too I get a sensation that there is something draped over my ears, across my nose and under both eyes, but when I sit up it will go away. There has to be something being impinged from my jaws when I try to lay down. When I finally pass out around 5 each morning and wake it takes 3 or more hours to get to a point where I can even TRY to think, walk or move I feel like my whole body is in spasm on waking.

I do not want to live this way forever. I want some portion of my life back, this is miserable. I can not work, I do not have any life at all. Times we even just have gone to eat, I have went out to car and sat because I could not sit in restraunt sometimes because its just too much pain and symptoms, I battle a series of symtoms 24/7 and the dizziness and balance are incredible and I just don't know how long I can take it all. I have had a better day 2 to 3 times a month and think i may live, but it comes back, now i focus on knowing i did have a somewhat better day 2 times a month and cherish those days I get a little relief, not total obviously, but really, 2 days a month I think I may live the day.............I am beside myself. [/b]



With me... My only TMJ problem before everything went crazy was the occasional left side TMJ disc popping out when I chewed gum. But it always popped back into place within a couple of days without any pain. (maybe happened 10 times in the last 49 years. (I'm 50 btw)

Then on Jan 5th it popped out again (while chewing gum) but this time it stayed out and caused my body from the neck up to go crazy with TMJ disorder symptoms. With me it was 2 months from hell! I had headaches, painful scalp, pressure behind the eyes, ear pain, clogged ears, dizziness, nausea, throat clicking, neck stiffness, arms and finger tinglings & numbness, very bad blurry vision, etc...

Everyday was a new symptom! My vertigo and vision got so bad (I was literally walking into walls) they rushed me to the hospital. Where the neurologist thought I may have a brain tumor because so many of my symptoms where neurological in nature. I had every test done though and the diagnosis was severe TMJ disorder.

Now here is the strange thing... My left TMJ disc being out of place caused TREMENDOUS pressure on my right TMJ disc (it felt like my head was in a vice for 2 months) finally forcing it out of place. That's when most of my symptoms gradually subsided to where now I have almost no symptoms at all. My jaw is now in some sort of equilibrium.

Of course the overall problem isn't fixed. I'm working on it.


I have noticed that when I stress out over my jaw condition some of the symptoms return.

I hope some of this helps...

~~~
Tom[/QUOTE]





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