WatchingPaintDry, I have TMJ, and I found relief by taking a teaspoon or more a day of Cherry Tart Concentrate!! For YEARS I suffered and I went to my dentist, doctor, oral surgeons, etc. I finally went to a Maxiofacial surgeon! He was WONDERFUL, compassionate, sweet, and HELPFUL!!! I wish that I could recommend him, but he's in PA, so I don't know! But anyway, I went through all kinds of procedures and pain meds to help that too, and nothing was helping until I tried the Cherry!! I was in the same pain, I was so bad I couldn't sleep and I would just moan and cry!! And I can handle pain VERY well!! I had a constant headache, was always nauseous, couldn't eat, sleep, function!! I was REALLY bad! I couldn't open my jaw more than 1/4"!! I look back on that and get very upset!! Mine was caused by this doc that took my wisdom teeth out, he dislocated my jaw and didn't tell me, put this device in my mouth, that was a one sized fits all, and I have a small mouth!! But when I finally found this GREAT maxiofacial, he told me what they probably did, so I have a slight dislocation in my right side too, so I still get the pain, but I am doing GREAT with that one, now it's just a VERY bad back!! LOL! But I wanted to tell you, that it's about 15 years out now, and I've gotten relief from that, and I have told MANY others that have had the same results!! My mom found the info watching Fox 29 news one night, she said that people with Gout, Arthritis, TMJ, etc. found relief, so I tried it, and I was amazed, I felt the relief STARTING about 1 month in, but didn't get results immediately, but was feeling much better in about 3 months! So, I would suggest trying it!! I got it at the Health Food Stores! I wish you the best of luck!! And any questions, please feel free to ask! We're all here for you!!
PALady, yes, it works GREAT!! I haven't really been taking it through my back pain, as I didn't think it would help with the nerves, BUT it has the antioxidants that everyone says decreases inflammation, so it should help!! I was totally AMAZED when it started to help! I was shocked and still am, though I'm getting into Homeopathic meds now, because I have many health issues too, not just the back, but this one helped me more than any other treatment that I had!!
With the TMJ, they had injected me at the trigger points, they lubricated my joints, they gave me topicals, steroids, NSAIDS, pain meds, Neproxen, you name it, they did it!! Only they didn't do any major surgeries, I'm SO glad they didn't!! When I found that Cherry Tart, to tell you what kind of sincere, sweet doc he was, I told him and he was almost in tears with joy for me and told me that he CAN'T WAIT to tell his other patients!!!! I was in that bad of shape with my TMJ! The Maxiofacial had never seen anyone so bad, and he was with the U. Penn doctors!! I was SO lucky to find him, and the Cherry Tart!! That was such relief for me, you couldn't even imagine, well, then again, you all can relate, with such pain, just being GONE!!! I was functional again, sleeping again, until I was rear ended and in pain again!! LOL! But that was my Godsend, you know, I can't even explain how wonderful it was to be pain free for a while! I didn't need any medication for my TMJ, I still don't!! I still eat a good bit of cherries when their in season, and I go through very minor pain at times (nothing like my back or what I went through, not nearly!), and occassionally my jaw will pop out of joint again, and cause a little pain, but that Cherry Tart is the key!!! I LOVED IT!! And you can add it to juice, it was good with OJ, sounds funny, but it was good to me! Or, as I did, took it like a teaspoon of medicine!! It's not sweet, so don't think it is, or it will shock you!! LOL! It did me! My mom laughed at me because of the face I made, but I got very used to it and was glad to do it daily! You couldn't believe how alive I felt after that!!
Thanks for the interest PALady! I am SO glad to share!!
Good luck to all, and I wish you all some sort of relief!!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 7/11/2008 4:29:18 PM (GMT-6)
Actually you can eat just cherries, but make sure that you have a good bit of them, I can down a whole bag myself!! LOL! I just love cherries, but you definitely can get the same effect from the tart cherries!! Just make sure it's the tarts!! But I've eaten other types of cherries and it's helped too, they say that it has to be the dark berries, but that the tart is the best one! My mom and I did a LOT of research to find out more because of the great effect it had!! I think they say that 25ish or something cherries will be about a teaspoon of tart concentrate, I'm not positive though, but the cherry tart concentrate is good because it's the main part of the cherry! And it comes right from the cherry, so really, it's better because it's fresh! Being fresh you get more vits and minerals, and especially if their organic!! I have read that organic, just so you know, has about double the vits and minerals than regular food!! I was shocked to read that! But I've been trying to get organic food, and I've tasted and noticed a HUGE difference too! Just a tid bit of info here!!
Also, I did want to add, that I did try PT for my jaw, and it helped a very little, and they did the ultrasound on my jaw, which felt great, but as soon as they were done, the little relief was done too! But, I wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide, and we are here for you!! If you ever have any questions, I, or someone here would be GLAD to answer!! Good luck to you all and I wish you all relief of some sort!!
So, if it wasn't the "TMD", then what was it?
Sorry that you had such a hard time at the ER!!
Glad you're getting some relief!!
Good luck you, and to all!!
D_Davis777, I hope that it helps you as much as it's helped me!! I really, truly do!! That was SUCH a Godsend!! Best of luck to you, and tell me how you feel after a couple months!! Usually a teaspoon a day is good, but I have taken more at times, because I liked it so much, so if you like it, try a little more than a teaspoon in the begining, maybe you'll get faster results?!
I have had the mouthpiece too, that didn't fit after they did a root canal, and the insurance only allows you to get one every so many years, but they said it costs about $250 or so, it is expensive, but WELL worth it, especially if you clench or grind!! I liked it, at first it was a little annoying, and I'd wake up with it sitting on my bed somewhere!! LOL! But I got VERY used to it, and it was almost comforting to put it in!! Though you have to keep some denture cleaner on hand, to keep it clean and without bacteria, etc. Very good investment, even with the Cranberry!!
And I'm SO glad to hear that it's not TMD, that's GREAT!!! The muscles respond better to treatment sometimes!! I wish you the best!!
Any other questions, please, feel free to ask!!
Good luck to you, and all!!
Closure, I had to laugh at your post, mainly because I've been through that "search mission" before!! I'm sorry that you did actually lose one though!
They really are pricey for what they are, and I wish that I had the license to do it, they are SO easy to make, but then there's the legal aspect, and I just wouldn't want to get involved in that!! LOL! But, for being just acrylic, they are WAY too expensive for what they are, but when you need one, and you need the relief, you don't care!! LOL! Well, we do, but sometimes it's just worth it to get out of the pain or discomfort!
Closure, how is your TMD? What are/did you do for it?
Best of luck to you all!