I too had severe TMJ and eventually my jaw started locking. So in the end I had to get surgery on both sides, and things are almost back to normal
wspanicgirl21, I would have to 2nd what APG said too. What really helped me was the application of the hot towel to the sore areas. That allows the muscles to relax.
When things go really bad my doc recommended a soft food diet, for a few days till the pain lessened. This way you don't have to put too much pressure byt chewing too much.
Also, I found myself clenching my jaw when I was tense, that is also something to watch out for.
I hope you find something to alleviate the pain.
"What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story,
And the greatest good is little enough:
for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams."
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Life is a Dream
Post Edited (olivia of course) : 4/2/2007 3:13:36 PM (GMT-6)