I got diagnosed with TMJ today..

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   Posted 3/30/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
And i know there is another person on this board who has it.

What do you do to get through the pain? They prescribed me Lodine for the pain and the discomfort but what else is there they can do for you?

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   Posted 3/30/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
First, good luck with your bipolar management.
I do not have BD, but was a long-time TMJ sufferer.  I eventually had majoy jaw surgery on both jaws.  By rearranging the jaws, the pressure was taken off that joint and I was cured.  My case was severe, however.
Here are tips for mild cases:  don't chew gum or chomp on ice, etc; don't eat a lot of chewy or tough meat and cut food into small pieces; try not to yawn
Put a hot washcloth (folded) on the sore jaw joint and that might help themuscles relax.  I had major congestion with my jaw joint problem and took a lot of sinus pills.  I also cleared my throat often, particularly while eating.  Try to talk less when the joint hurts and eat soft foods.
Jaw and teeth shape and arangement are hereditary.  Doctors often prescribe a splint to hold the teeth in the correct position.  Ask a good dentist who understands TMJ (most don't) and maybe get a referral to an orthodontist who specializes in it.  It all depends on how bad your situation is.  Mine started at age 18 and I was 39 when I had everything fixed.
The #1 cause of ear pain in adults in TMJ.  I suffered with earaches for several years.  HOpe this helped.  APG

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   Posted 3/30/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
It helped alot. Thanks so much for that information. Makes things easier to do now :)

olivia of course
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   Posted 4/2/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I too had severe TMJ and eventually my jaw started locking.  So in the end I had to get surgery on both sides, and things are almost back to normal
wspanicgirl21, I would have to 2nd what APG said too.  What really helped me was the application of the hot towel to the sore areas.  That allows the muscles to relax.
When things go really bad my doc recommended a soft food diet, for a few days till the pain lessened.  This way you don't have to put too much pressure byt chewing too much.
Also, I found myself clenching my jaw when I was tense, that is also something to watch out for.
I hope you find something to alleviate the pain. 
Best Wishes, :-)

@~ Olivia

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And the greatest good is little enough:
for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams."
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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 4/2/2007 3:13:36 PM (GMT-6)

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