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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

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I just need to vent a bit. I'm hoping those of you who have gotten to know me will understand. I'm a bit of a mess again.

I'm about 2 years into my treatment for TMJD and I'm now dealing with some reappearing symptoms I have had under control for a while.

I had wrist surgery in February. I was in a short arm cast for 6 weeks. I had to move my shoulder and elbow in different positions while in the cast, and still out of the cast because my wrist still has a ways to go to regain proper movement. Because of this, over the last few weeks, I developed some bicep tendonitis. That has led to spasms up my arm... to my shoulder... up my neck... and (you guessed it) into my TMJ. I now have spasming of the muscles again in my face over to my ear.

It took me a very long time and lots of treatments to get my original spasming under control. I had a minor setback when I got my braces on, but otherwise I have been doing well. It is so frustrating to have the spasms back. The worst part is that I can't get the bicep stuff under control until after I regain my wrist movement, which may be will over a month from now. I just started PT/OT on my wrist today. I did go to my orthodontic office and had some ultrasound done on the area, but I have to take off work and they are too far away for me to visit them much.

Also throughout this, I have had issues with the elastics on my braces, which are part of my Phase II TMJD treatment. At first, I couldn't get them on left-handed. Then when I developed enough coordination, I ran out. They have sent me 9 packs of elastics (all non-latex) in the last month and I've had problems with most of the elastics snapping while I'm sleeping. I hate waking with missing elastics. :rolleyes: All of this has delayed my molar eruption and delayed my getting my lower braces on by months. On top of all of that, about 1 1/2 weeks ago, my archwire started slipping and giving me daily pokies.

Just when you have things going smoothly, it really doesn't take much to cause a tmjd flare. Just one tiny thing can upset the balance of things. It takes much much longer to get that balance back even after you know what you should be doing.

I know my TMJD PT would help with all of this, but I've been saving my insurance alloted PT visits for my hand therapist/OT. While it might provide temporary relief to see my TMJD PT and get some neck therapy and orofacial trigger point releases again, I figure in the long run I need to focus on my wrist first in order to balance my jaw. Does that make any sense to anyone but me???

Thanks for listening,

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