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Frenchie71
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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
 
thanks for writing to me.
 
So you have tmj too! It's a shame you could not tell me more, but I understand you were in pain and needed to rest. I wish we could talk again though because I feel like I could truly benefit from picking your brain about this. Actually, my original condition was the back but lately, I developped tmj and it got so bad it ended up outweighing my back condition. It's taking all the space now! What are your symptoms basically? As for me, my neck is dead stiff (can barely turn it) and the pain irradiates in my shoulders, my jaw hurts badly as well as my wisdom teeth, I have pressure and pain in my ears and I get vertigo and blurry vision on and off. Is that some thing you can relate to? What do you think is the cause of that?
 
Sorry to stone you like that, I'm just so desperate right now...
 
Thanks in advance
 
Frenchie

flower123
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   Posted 4/20/2010 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I only have a few minutes right now, but I'll write more later today. TMJ can cause neck pain, but it sounds like your symptoms are so severe in your neck. I do have neck problems, and I have been told that it is related to my TMJ, but it's not really a primary concern for me because there are so many other things going on in my neck. I started having problems with my jaw when I was young...a teenager. I went to doctors and I got a bite plate. I have basically dealt with the pain for years without seeking out treatment. I went to a doctor a few years ago and had an MRI. I have a small joint effusion in my jaw. I have disc displacement in both joints. I often lock shut (one finger). Recently, I've been locked shut for about a year or so, probably more. It's very painful. I do clench at night. I'm going to go to another specialist about it in the summer. It's good to go to one that is affiliated with a major hospital. I don't want to get surgery though. Hmmm. What else? Basically, I have to eat soft foods and I can't yawn. It's hard. I have pain in both ears, but no blurry vision. The ear pain lately is mostly when I chew. Do your ears hurt all the time, or just when you chew?

Have to go, but will write more later when I get home from work.

I don't always read all of the threads on here. When did your jaw problems start? What have the doctors said? Do they have a treatment plan in place for you?

Hugs,

Flower

Retired Mom
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   Posted 4/20/2010 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Frenchie,

I don't have it in my profile, but I do have TJM. Apparently it runs in my family and I don't have a "bad" case. My sister, however, has really bad TMJ and has had the surgery to correct it. She actually had to have her jaw broken and re-set when she was in high-school (30 years ago). She doesn't have too many problems now.

The rest of us still have the TMJ, but are able to control the worst of the problems by managing the clinching. I have had my dentist make the "grinding covers" for my teeth and I use them when I'm having a flare. Otherwise, I take controlled release xanax to help me not clinch. It also works for chronic muscle spams, anxiety, and the vertigo. Kind of kills several birds with one stone.

I can't comment on your situation because it is so severe. I can only offer support and encouragement. Perhaps appliances can help, but only a true specialist can help with this one.

I don't know your medical system there, but I hope you are able to find the best person to treat you for this problem. I'm not sure of the speciality you would use.
DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009, FIBRO, VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HGH DEFICIENCY, VIT D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, BLOOD SUGAR ISSUES, THYROID CYSTS, AND SERIOUS MOOD SWINGS :) 
 
 


flower123
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Frenchie. I couldn't find the post where you said what you have tried regarding your TMJ disorder, etc.? I'm not sure if you posted that...just curious.

:)

FLower
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