Over the top TMJ!

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/23/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel like a cry baby when I complain but sometimes this condition gets me down... or mad or both! Seems like the problems travel all over your body choosing one place to goof up at a time so there's always something out of commission! Starting about 6 weeks ago I noticed my left jaw muscles seizing up when I was chewing. I tried to ignore it and figured it would go away. One morning I yawned and the whole thing popped out of joint! My daughter was in the kitchen with me and was totally grossed out by the way my face looked.

My face was chipmunk cheeked on one side for a few weeks and I couldn't close my mouth all the way or chew on the left side at all. I used ice, ibuprophen till my GERD came back, heat, chewed with my front teeth, wore my bite plane 24/7... and endured till now. Today I realized it's finally back to normal and I can chew and talk and actually close my mouth correctly for the first time in over a month. I certainly do appreciate that it's better! I was afraid I might have to be that way for the rest of my life! Still have residual pain and still afraid to have a big yawn but almost as good as new.

I guess I just wanted to vent and sympathize with others who endure this darned TMJ. I've had problems with it before but nothing this bad or this long. It's no fun!!!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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Ginny
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   Posted 7/23/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Jeannie, TMJ = YUCK!
 
I had TMJ in the left side for a long time.  Ended up having surgery to correct a very disfigured piece of cartilage. That cartilage was the main reason for my lock-jaw episodes.  That was when I was 17 years old.  Depending on how I positiond my lips and tongue, I could play a song with my popping jaw!!  I know - WEIRDO!!! shocked    Fast forward to now - it was the start of my Fibro..... I don't have any more lock-jaw moments, but I do have to be careful how hard I bite or how big I make my mouth! LOL.  I know your pain and frustration all too well. 
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Littleneck
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   Posted 7/24/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I had been wondering about the tight jaw and something popping when I chewed a certain way. My jaws have been feeling ... well, "poorly-hinged" was the best I could describe. I thought I might have been griding my teeth as I slept. It only worsens when I have not fully wound down from the day before going to bed.

AustenFan
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   Posted 7/24/2009 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
 
I don't have any advice, but I can sympathize, empathize, and send out great big cyber (((hugs))).
 
I've dealt with TMJ for many years myself, and had the worst bout I've ever had last Christmas.  It was miserable and lasted a couple of weeks.  Ugghh.
 
I'm glad you are better now.  Soup and ice cream can get kinda old.  I got to the point I was eating spaghetti sauce as a meal just for something different.  wink
 
Hugs - Austen
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Sherrine
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   Posted 7/24/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Awwww......Jeannie!  That had to be terrible and sooo painful.  I'm glad to hear that you are nearly back to normal.  Let's hope that is the last time  you have to deal with such bad TMJ.
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 7/24/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not had that problem, YET, but it sounds so painful. Jeannie we are only human and sometimes we can only take so much before we have to vent and get it all out. I think it is very healthy to release all that frustration and anger over this DD and renew our strength and go on.
 
I'm glad you are better.
 
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   Posted 7/24/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   

I have TMJ so bad that no one wants to sit next to me when I eat from the crunching sound that comes from moving my jaw to chew.  I have a mouth guard but it gives me canker sores.  The discs, or whatever they are have completely disinigrated now, so I don't have the pain I used to.  I am not opting to have the titanium joint replacement which is my only option at this point.  But I know exactly what you are experiencing...for me the headaches were the worst. 

Hope you feel better...

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/24/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
You're all too kind. And Austen... spaghetti sauce, omgosh! You had me laughing out loud!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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