You need to see a dentist if he thinks you have TMJ. Thats how I dx'd. I was rear-ended and thats what started my problems. I was grinding my teeth badly, terrible headaches up the back of my neck, terrific neck pain, jaw tried locking, not to mention all the popping when chewing food. It was awful. As a result of TMJ the dentist has a very difficult time working on me because my mouth does not open very far. And to think they still call me big mouth. lol. Before having dental work I have to take a pain pill and muscle relaxer, otherwise when they are done with me, I am in so much pain I can't stand it. My neck will get so stiff and painful and always a headache right after they are done. This goes for even having my teeth cleaned. Of course, its hard for him to work on me with a mouth that will not open.
I was put in a splint by the dx'ing dentist. I was put in it 24 hrs a day in the beginning and it drove me nuts. Finally made it to just at night time. I am suppose to sleep in one now but don't. I have too many other problems more important. My first splint cost me $500.00. My son also has TMJ from a neck injury.
that was very interesting regarding the Lymes. when i was 13 (about the time i contracted it) i would get lock jaw and the jaw pain was horrendous. & then sometimes i couldn't open my mouth! (mom was happy about that part at least. LOL)
you're right...when i was FINALLY treated for Lymes in 2001, the joint pain was eased with strong antibiotics. [ on high doses of antibiotics from 2001 to 2004 ] but having the Lymes for so long, threw me into an autoimmune mess.
right? isn't it fantastic to find a good Lyme Dr? they are hard to come by. at first, my PCP put me on the regular Doxy for 4 weeks and said that it should clear up fine! say what??
a 10 year neuro Lymes and 4 weeks of doxy! yeah OK.
but the neurologist i went to she was awesome. very very aggressive. a few years of heavy duty antibiotic cocktails to finally rid it in 2004. but the complications it left were devastating.
the best to you.