Teeth grinding & Stress Control

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   Posted 2/22/2008 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone ! last weekend I woke up and my jaw was killing me. I have been a teeth grinder for years but suddenly it has become so much worse. I got a mouth guard that have been wearing all week which is helping. From what I have read this is  often caused by stress. Between Crohns, this skin condition pyoderma gangrenosa (PG), and now teeth grinding. I just continue tp beat my own body up. What do you do all do for stress management? Looks like I do not think I am doing enough. I also had a Remicade infusion yesterday to help with the PG, everything went well. Thanks for ay suggestions !
28 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenos (PG) Nov '07, currently on Prednisone 20mg for PG, slowly tapering from 60mg ...  most importantly the taper is in effect !

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   Posted 2/22/2008 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I would take up a hobbie something to help you relaxe. I do digital photography.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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   Posted 2/22/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I used to grind my teeth also. a hobby is a great idea. I like to sew and it really helps me relax. I also feel so good when i create something.

Also, try to relax as much as possible before sleep. I find a warm bath sometimes helps.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...

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   Posted 2/22/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive always been a grinder and it has gotten worse since I was diagnosed with Crohns last November my problem with grinding is at is worst when Im asleep so I had to have my dentist order me a night guard they are a bit expensive and most insurances wont cover them, but I was doing some serious damage to my teeth....
currently taking

pentasa and one week off prednisone
and advair for asthma

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   Posted 2/22/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I am also a grinder and my jaw is actually really bad from years of grinding. 

There is a great nightguard out there that prevents BOTH grinding and clenching (the clenching can be very damaging to your jaw) and I have one of these.  I hope it is ok to mention it on here, if not I do apologize...it is the NTI Nightguard.  Not every dentist makes them but I know if you do a search, you can find one in your area that has them.  This has really helped me with jaw problems, as well as migraines that have stemmed from grinding and clenching. 

I hope you can also find something to help with your anxiety.  I have way too much anxiety!  I cross stitch, read, walk, do whatever I can to try to reduce my stress. 

Best of luck with everything!


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   Posted 2/22/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I love waking up with a migraine because I've grinded my teeth like a cow chewing curd all night long! Mild exercise like walking will help you relax even if it's only 10 minutes a day. Learning to do deep abdominal breathing exercises help me also. If all else fails....Lexapro! I use all three of these to help me. Haven't grinded in months.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 2/22/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a serious clencher. ambien helps and the mouth guard is a must. as for stress relief, the funny thing is I clench my teeth when I do yoga yeah

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   Posted 2/22/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hubby is a teeth grinder (has no GI issues, I'm probably his main stress factor LOL...he wears a mouth guard everynight, it's about the only way to save your teeth, he went too long without one and it messed his teeth up which used to be beautiful.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/23/2008 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I was a serious teeth grinder for years. Never thought to see the dentist about it...then someone mentioned it but by this time we had moved, I had no dental coverage, and we simply couldn't afford it....I ended up grinding so badly that my jaw has totally collapsed.Now the problem is arthrits in the jaw and sever spasms . The doctor has shown me how to massage my jaw to help relieve the spasms....a warm compress helps as well.
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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