I sympathize. Full blown TMJ is very disableing without having anything else on top of it. The only thing that finaly stopped it on me was a level of drugs that had me sleeping like the dead.
A really serious TMJ problem is hard to distinguish from chronic sinusitis for Doctors. They are trained for sinusitis and not trained for TMJ symptoms and the real pain, plus the refered pain, plus the Trigeminal nerve involvement, running by the jaw joint, which feeds to most of the face, eye muscles, teeth, plus the fact the SCM muscles in the neck are usualy involved also and causes severe refered pain to the forehead, and you got a mess. Also, it messes up swallowing correctly and you can feel like almost choking on the sensation of stuff running down the back of your throat, or feeling like your throat is hurting, tickleing and even closing off.
Long story short, the full list of potential symptoms from fully involved TMJ are so close to a raging case of chronic sinusitis they are hard to tell apart. I treated mine as sinusitis for about
6 months. A ear, nose and throat Doctor had me taking antibiotics for 2 months because it wouldn't clear up and she was sure it was a sinus staff infection. I was steaming my sinus's twice a day for months, pouring saline throw the nostrils, trying every different allergy medication, steroid spray.
If you happen to have allot of neck pain and forehead headache/pain along with your TMJ you should investigate the condition of those SCM muscles on your neck. The SCM's refer pain directly to the forehead, so if your getting neck pain in those muscles, and your getting forehead headaches, just grab ahold of the neck muscle and squeeze and hold the muscle and if its refered pain from the neck, the forehead pain gets allot worse. Trying to fix a tight jaw with messed up SCM muscles is a tough fight because they mutualy aggravate each other.
How I finaly found out it was TMJ was I went to a Chiropractor and the first words out of his mouth looking at me was "you have TMJ" I asked him what that was and how he knew and he took me to a mirror. The right jaw muscle was so tight the right cheek was actualy bruised from the muscle pulling on it.
Getting a massage therapist to do serious work on the neck and all the jaw muscles for months reduced it back down to the feeling of just having a tight jaw coming and going, but that never went completely away until the drug enforced deep sleep.
Now it is actualy reversed where it doesn't bother me unless I stretch or massage the jaw. Or if I spend allot of time at the computer which stresses the SCM's and tightens the jaw.
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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 12/24/2008 4:38:01 PM (GMT-7)