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   Posted 2/19/2012 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Could this be TMJ I am having? Symptoms are as follows: Headache & Pressure in back of head, Pressure under both sides of jaw and chin; my throat feels tight and my jaw muscles ache and I have some dizziness. Does anyone suffer from TMJ? Do you have these same symptoms and what are some good home remedies? Help?? smhair

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   Posted 2/22/2012 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have TMJ I believe. I always bring it up to my dentist and my neurologist but no one seems to take it very seriously. Mine got so bad that my jaw hurt for days without any relief. It still hurts when I open my mouth wide. It does sound like what you deal with could be TMJ but it could probably be something else as well. It's probably a good idea to see an oral surgeon and get xrays to see whether something is going on. I went to one and it ended up being a waste of time. He said I had arthritic changes of the bone and that I should take fish oil. Unfortunately, the fish oil gave me GI issues and I had to stop taking it. Hopefully you have more luck diagnosing/treating yours. Did you try taking an NSAID for the pain?
The oral surgeon said opening and closing the mouth while putting some pressure on the jaw with a warm compress can be helpful.
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   Posted 2/23/2012 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning, yes I have a tmj disorder. I would suggest seeing a dentist who specializes in tmj disorders. A physio therapist who specializes in these disorders or head, neck and jaw therapist can help as well. You need a thorough workup with a tmj disorder. They will take all the special xrays needed as well. You can also have an mri done that focuses on this area as well. At home you can try having a soft diet only, smoothies are excellent. No foods that you have to chew well or bite into such as an apple. No gum chewing. Try alternating heat and ice. You can talk to your doctor about trying meds such as muscle relaxants or anti inflammatories to start with. Tylenol or advil might help you. I use ice on my head for my continuous headaches. Massage can be of help as well.

Keep posting and let us know how you make out.

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