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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board


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First off, relax and try not to stress. Worry will only cause you to clench more at night and hold yourself tight. (I know, easier said than done)

With that being said, it does sound to me like you have some sort of jaw dysfunction going on. I'm sure the Specialist that you're seeing on Monday will be able to offer you more information, upon examination. Write down all of your symptoms to tell him/her, as we often forget when we're in their offices.

Have you tried taking Ibuprofen and if so, did it help? As for the Norflex, that's entirely up to you whether to try or not. TMJD doesn't have a cookie cutter solution, so what may work for one, might not work for another. I've met people that muscle relaxers work wonders for and others who see no relief from them.

What you can do prior to your appt. is try using heat on your jaw/neck and wherever you're feeling pain. (I think they sell those "Bed Buddy's"/microwaveable rice bags everywhere) Try the Ibuprofen if you haven't already. Also, have you already thrown out your old pillow? If not, go back to using that for a while and see if your pain levels improve. Quite often, a new pillow can cause havoc on your jaw and neck.

Above all, don't assume the worst and try your hardest to relax. As I said, the more tense you are, the more you'll clench and hurt.

Hang in there and let us know how your appt. goes on Monday.



Here are the symptoms of TMJD from the post pinned at the top of the page, on case you didn't see it.

The Kinnie-Funt Visual Index of Head, Neck and Facial Pain and TMJ Dysfuction:

Eye Pain and Eye Problems:
- eye pain above, below, behind
- bloodshot eyes
- blurring of vision
- bulging appearance
- pressure behind the eyes
- light sensitivity
- watering of the eyes
- drooping of the eye lid

Head Pain, Headache Problems, Facial Pain:
- forehead pain
- temporal pain
- "migraine" type headache
- "cluster-type" headache
- sinus headache under the eyes
- posterior headaches, back of head, with or without shooting pains
- hair and/or scalp painful to touch

Mouth, Face, Cheek, and Chin Problems:
- discomfort or pain to any of these areas
- limited opening
- inability to open the jaw smoothly or evenly
- jaw deviates to one side when opening
- inability to "find bite" with teeth

Teeth and Gum Problems:
- clenching or grinding at night
- looseness and or soreness of back teeth
- tooth pain

Jaw and Jaw Joint Problems:
- clicking, popping jaw joints
- grating sounds
- jaw locking opened or closed
- pain in cheek muscles
- uncontrollable jaw or tongue movements

Ear Pain, Ear Problems, and Postural Imbalances:
- hissing, buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds
- diminished hearing
- ear pain - without infection
- clogged, stuffy, "itchy" ears, feeling of fullness
- balance problems, "vertigo", dizziness, or disequilibrium

Throat Problems:
- swallowing difficulties
- tightness of throat
- sore throat without infection
- voice fluctuations
- laryngitis
- frequent coughing or constant clearing of throat
- feeling of foreign object in throat
- tongue pain
- salivation (intense)
- pain of the hard palate in the mouth

Neck and Shoulder Problems:
- lack of mobility - reduced range of movement
- stiffness
- neck pain
- tired, sore neck muscles
- shoulder aches
- back pain upper and lower
- arm and finger tingling, numbness and or pain





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