Anyone suffer from headaches due to TMJ disorder?

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tmjpain
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   Posted 12/1/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if anyone else has terrible headaches from TMJ? I have been reading on the chronic pain board but no one there seems to have tmj. I have had tmj for eight years and am presently on sick leave from work. This current headache has been present for more than a year and is terrible. Wanting to share experiences with others that have tmj and suffering from headaches.

Jen77
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   Posted 12/4/2008 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have TMJ, and I also suffer terrible headaches. I think sometimes there is for sure a connection for me. I'm also a jaw clencher and teeth grinder at night, which makes my TMJ worse too.
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Follydarling
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   Posted 12/5/2008 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have TMJ and have migraines from it. Wearing a night guard helps.

tmjpain
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi.

Is your mouthguard helping you? What kind is it? Mine is a bottom guard which I wear at all times. It is made so there is only one place for my teeth to come together-where they are suppose to be. My bottom jaw needs to come forward to give more space at the condyle head. He said to give it at least 4 weeks for some effect and it's been six weeks now. Seeing him on Monday for ? adjustment. It was all done thru a computer to see exactly where the top and bottom teeth should be. Quite precise. But in the mean time I have had this terrible continuous headache for more than a year this time round and have had to go on sick leave from work due to the increased pain and now my body is in shut down mode. I am always tired. Just trying to get by one day at a time. Taking meds as needed. I have had tmj disorder since 2000.

Tell me your story and maybe we can help each other. And thanks for replying.


TroubleMaker
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   Posted 12/15/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey TMJ,
 
I've had tmj most of my life, luckly it wasnt too bad, just clicking when I open and closed my mouth.  Lots of popping and freaking people out. LOL.... I loved to see the dentist and do it, he'd fall out of his seat.
 
In 2005 I started having major back problems, and for me to get up I'd grit my teeth, so I started getting migraines do to that.  I had surgery in April of 2007, but I still have problems with migraines.  They have put me on some different meds for migraines, most I could not get because I didnt have insurance and could not afford them, so I suffered.  When I get a bad one, I have to get in a dark room and put a pillow over my head and just sleep.  That usually helps, but I keep a headache most days, some are worse than others, but I can not think of a day in over 3 years now that I've not had a headache start or continue from the day before.  They can last up to a week at a time.  They do give me Vicodin for my back, and I try to take them sparingly, they can knock it down enough some days so I can atleast finish work and get home.
 
I dont have a guard or anything, I dont grind my teeth I just grit them.  I wake up at nite gritting them and have to open my jaw to stop.  I've just got back on the board, I'll try and come on more often.
 
Hope that helps, I know sometimes just knowing your not the only one helps too....
 
Talk to ya soon
 
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tmjpain
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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
hi
I am still hanging in there but it certainly is a tough go. So my tmj specialist said all is in place now and the joint space has increased decreasing the compression. Just need the muscles to cooperate. Still experiencing the continuous temporal headaches with jaw and face pain. I am still mostly in bed due to the amount of pain.
Sounds like you have had a lot of pain as well. Are you seeing a neurologist for yours? They seem more like migraines where as mine are muscular due to a jaw disorder.
I am in Ontario and it seems so difficult for those in the states to get meds, insurance and doctors etc. It just isn't right that you can't afford your medications!!
 
Wishing everyone a low pain day.

user15
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   Posted 12/22/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   

HI,

one of my frnd was suffering from tmj, she reffered 1site which was helpful to  her,i'll refer that to you may be i'ts helpful 2u. www.top3dentists.com. take care

 


tmjpain
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   Posted 12/23/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks but I am canadian so it doesn't apply for me.

indigosunrise
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   Posted 12/23/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi tmjpain,

I have had tmj problems for years...the nightguard I use is the NTI.  From what you said, it sounds like you use the same kind maybe?  The NTI has done WONDERS for me.  However, I still clench during the day, especially when under a lot of stress, and that will give me a migraine.  One thing that has really helped my headaches more than pain meds is taking a xanax.  It helps "relax" me and often my headache will go away shortly after. 

I sure hope you feel better soon!  TMJ problems are a REAL pain and so, so painful!

 

 

 


tmjpain
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   Posted 12/24/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   

No, I do not use that kind of splint. It is a full bottom made specifically to correct my bite and advance the lower jaw to give more space in the tmjoint. This is what is causing my headaches. Now the muscles need to relax and I should be better (that's what I've been told). So I am still waiting for my day. These headaches defintely are a pain!!

Glad that you feel better.

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