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enough
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   Posted 7/21/2009 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my, tmj is awful right now. Having arthritis in the jaw doesn't help either. I have no dental insurance and my medical won't pay for any treatments. Sleeping is nightmare,both ears hurt so much and I get lower back pain when I sleep on my back too long. the pain in front of the joint is so bad today, maybe from rainy weather, but whatever is the reason, who cares, it's just awful. I get pain on the top of my head too. could be sinuses as well. They are stuffed too. I dont' mean to moan and groan, but I am at my wits end. Feel free to complain with me. Thanks for listening.

straydog
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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Enough,

I have TMJ from an old car wreck and let me tell you, you have plenty of reason to hurt, its an awful pain and a hard one to deal with. Mine caused terrible neck pain, headaches and I had started gritting and grinding my teeth, which in turn caused terrible jaw problems. Eventually I got the dx and started treatment for it. My treatment back then and this was when they first starting treating people was a muscle relaxer and something for pain. I had a mouth appliance that back then was like $500, that was alot of money in the really, really  early 80's. I also used moist heat, I cannot do the cold stuff and I was also put on an anti-inflam too, A friend of mine went thru the horrific surgery to correct hers, she was alot braver than me. She dropped a ton of money on her mouth believe me, ended up in braces for 3 years. After surgery her mouth was wired shut for six weeks, I remember her sipping stuff thru a straw and I remember how painful the surgery was for her.

If you do not have an appliance to wear you can get them at the drug stores I think maybe $25. Most likely at night you are grinding on your teeth and may not know it. It may not do a thing for the TMJ but it will sure cut back the grinding and save your teeth. They now make them so you don't have to put them in boiling water to get them to conform to your mouth. I had to wear mine in the very beginning 24 hours a day, what a pain. Felt like I had a mouth full of crap. My old wet/dry heating pad crapped out on me-so what I do is take a hand towel and wet it, wring it out, then put it in the micro wave for a few seconds and voila, I have a moist heating pad. Moist heat is much better. Careful not to get the hand towel too hot.  Other than this I really cannot offer up much more other than alot of moral support. I hope you can get this settled down.


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
  Dear Enough,
 
     Good afternoon! *huggs* It is good to see you again. I am so very very sorry you have pain in your face! I dont have TMJ but there are folks here and in my personal life that do have it. It "seems" to me that it is like an "ladder effect". Pain in the jawa, then the neck, then the headache.. Ive noticed everyone with TMJ getts horrible headaches that seem to last about a week. You have my utmost sympathy and respect. I hope it eases sometime within the next few days.
 
*warm Huggs*
   dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


enough
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   Posted 7/21/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for your warm replies. I do use the warm compresses and it is a big help. it feels so good. i am afraid to try the mouthguard from the drugstore, they all say not to use with tmj. YOu had luck with it? I guess I can try. I am desperate. Even crackers was rough today. My temples hurt too, like someone is pulling my head from a ponytail. Soooo annoying.

I hope you guys are doing well. Thanks again.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
    Dear Enough,
 
    Mornin'! *huggs* How is your jaw joints feeling? Gosh I hope it eases to tolerable level for you. Forgive me if you ve already answered this... Have you talked to your denrtist about a "mouth Guard"? I bet they would have some cool & comfortable options. ..Humm... But asking the denists for help could prove costly.... smhair   Maybe isnt such a good idea afterall. *sigh* 
 
*Huggs*
dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


enough
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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to a neurodentist and the total treatment for "fixing" me was .... are you sitting down? $6500.00 I do not have dental insurance, so even if I found someone for $1000.00, I can't do it right now unless I was guaranteed it would work. Thanks for your good wishes.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
     Dear Enough,
 
     I don't think sitting made that number seem any smaller! smhair   I knew a lady once thou, that needed some kind of speciality dental work done, and was able to get on a "waiting list" of some kind at a dental school down south. Are there any in your area?
 
     Just out of curiousity, I don't know about you... But what DOES dental insurance cover? I get better deals with cupons! My insurace.. *sigh* LIterally cannot eat and they say "only one set of X rays per year or you must give us your soul in writing, in triplicate, post dated yesterday."  nono
 
    smhair
*huggs*
dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


enough
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   Posted 7/23/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I hear you. It doesn't seem to cover anything. I could try a dental school. I never thought of that. the closest one is an hour and a half away in an awful part of the state, so if I started treatments I would need my husband to be there too. it is really rough there, so it may not work out, but I am getting pretty desperate, so I will give them a call and see what they offer.

Thanks for your suggestion. Have a great day.
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