Hi Karlsmom, and welcome. I so understand how you feel. Over the past two years, I've had 5 root canals, 5 crowns, and two apicoectomies (surgeries for failed root canals). Between the constant tooth and TMJ related pain, there are days I feel like I'm going to pull my hair out. I also have a constant sinus headache, sinus pain in my teeth, sacroiliitis, and constant back pain as a result of two previous back surgeries. Uggh!
Added to the fibro (with its pain and fatigue), all of the above can be really hard to cope with.
It took a while for those close to me to accept my pain and limitations. I don't think they will ever be able to understand it. My husband is much more sympathetic than he used to be (not that he was ever horrible about it). I took him to a couple of doctor's appointments and also gave him some info. on fibro.
Also, the older I've gotten and the longer I've been dealing with all of this, the less I care about other's opinions of me. I'll tell people that I have health issues and can't do this or that. If they accept it, great. If not, that is their problem. As long as I know what I can and can't (or shouldn't do), then I'm okay with that. I know that sounds kind of harsh, but I've just gotten tired of being judged by others who have no idea what it's like to live in constant pain.
I hope you find some peace and I hope you get a good night's sleep soon.
Dagger, Thanks for the warning on the bite planes/splints. I've had one before several years ago (dentist made), but I couldn't get used to it. I know that an improper fit can make things worse, so I may just suck it up and try again with my dentist. My regular dentist (not TMJ specialist) can make one for a few hundred dollars, so I may go that route.
Hugs - Austen
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." - Jane Austen
Fibromyalgia, 2 back surgeries, Meniere's Disease, 30+ kidney stones, GERD, IBS, Asthma, Allergies, Endometriosis, Heart Arrythmia, Myofascial Pain, TMJ.