Is TMJ a symptom of Lyme? Do you have TMJ?

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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just told that I have the beginning of this. Is this a symptom of Lyme?

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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. I had TMJ for a while until I went on Zithromax. My jaw would pop. Sometimes, if I let out a big yawn, my jaw would stick. It hurt very badly to pop it back into place. My dentist wanted me to have surgery, but I refused. I knew that it was just a symptom of Lyme.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have that also. My Dr. also said it was a symptom of lyme, and told me to take magnesium pills. I actually woke up this morning feeling like I was punched in the back of my cheek, hurting more on the inside. I don't remember it hurting this much b4. I guess the magnesium pills aren't working that well. I'll have to tell her next time.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, many w/ lyme have this side effect.

I believe it's related to a sfiff neck. That's my opinion and also if I have a touch of this, it started with a stiff neck.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
YES. For years I thought my headaches were all because of that, 'cause that's what my dentist told me. Turned out the TMJ was all because of lyme, and now that I'm better I don't have it any more. Hang in there!
Lyme and co-infections since approximately 2002. Diagnosed in 2005. Treated for two years solid. Diagnosed with Lymphomatoid Papulosis in October 2007. Currently back on abx.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
To put it another way, TMJ is a disorder of a joint, so it makes perfect sense that Lyme would be a cause of it.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree with the rest of the replies to this thread. Yes, symptom of lyme. Most likely, TMJ surgery won't cure lyme disease (wink).


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   Posted 3/3/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had problems with TMJ for years, long before I got Lyme disease, but it acts up particularly when I'm under stress or sick. So, when I got sick with Lyme, it did flair up and became worse again. One thing that has helped a lot is a bite splint. I went through my dentist to get one made especially for me, but they also sell them at the drugstore.


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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had TMJ for a long time and didn't realize it was a symptom of LD
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Currently on Dr. Zhang's protocol 

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   Posted 3/4/2009 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I see a physical therapist who is also a certified manual muscle therapist, the only one in PA, and she does a relase procedure along my jaw line and inside my mouth. I had tears from the pain while she was doing this but when she was done, oh my God, such an improvement. It comes back now and then, and when it does - she does her thing and I am good again (at least in my jaw).

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