I'll bite (no pun intended).
I was diagnosed with TMJ in 1991 ish. Symtoms started with clicking of the TMJ joint, progressing to finally the jaw muscles freezing up and having to eat thru a straw. I went to a TMJ specialist who basically used an appliance similar to a sports mouth guard to re-align my jaw over a 9 month period. Every week the appliance would need to be adjusted.
Then I went to the orthodontist up-stairs to get braces to move most all of my teeth to match my bite to the new jaw position. This took about
two years if I recall. I still wear a night guard to maintain the bite position and prevent clenching.
This was way before lyme time, so I can't blame it on the tick bite. After the first year of TMJ treatment I went deaf in my left ear while on vaca on Cape Cod. Dx was dead cochlear and only explanation was probably caused by a virus (maybe this was my first tick bite). My dead ear is still ringing to this day. Another year later I had a fast growing cataract removed from my right eye caused by a sports injury.
This Lyme thing is just another bump in the road.
Post Edited (tickbite666) : 1/10/2018 5:52:27 AM (GMT-7)