Could it be TMJ/TMD, Sinus? Headache, neck pain 2mos!

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   Posted 11/2/2012 3:46 AM (GMT -6)   
30 y/o female, good health, average weight - workout daily, a creature of habit - i.e. wake up early, eat breakfast, workout, and start my work day. I work at home, on a computer. about 2 months ago I had a general feeling of unwellness, I felt weak, dizzy, thought perhaps I had been stressed by my work load or perhaps working out too strenuously. Some rest and food, I still felt dizzy, weak and then I thought perhaps it's my sinusues - I've had sinus problems off and on, but since getting rid of my cat a few years ago, my allergies generally were morning sniffles and that was it. So I took some Mucinex, and that seemed to make me feel better. Then it came back - and I noticed my allergies were often exacerbated by the consumption of dairy, so I stopped that.

Still had symtoms - basically it was on and off and I switched b/w Mucinex and decongestants, and tried to take allergy pills and neti pot. Mind you - I was not sneezing or having a runny nose, I just felt congested, pressure (nose wasn't/isn't stuffy). Finally it just didn't seem to be getting better, a trip to the Dr.'s office and I was given a steroid shot and a fluticasone nasal spray which I used for a week until I worried about it making my symptoms worse plus the side effect of going blind freaked me out. Still not better, went to an ENT who looked in my nose with a scope and told me my sinuses looked healthy. Waited for a week til I went back to my general practitioner, and she gave me a Z-Pak in case I had an infection I was fighting off. At this point my only symptom was a constant, dull "headache." More like an ache in my head though I did start to have aches in other areas of my head, which I don't doubt was due to stress and tension from wondering what was/is wrong. Finally I got a CT scan - the CT scan clinic called back and said results showed nothing abnormal; my doctor called and said there's some slight inflammation in the sinues and a slight deviated septum - probably acute sinusitis - and to come back if the headache persists. I have yet to go back, I feel indecisive ...

Well - I don't know anymore. As I think back on it - I have also had a sore neck and shoulders this entire time - which I attributed to my vigorous workouts. As well as perhaps bad posture at working on my computer everyday. Having some difficulty opening my mouth, and an uncomfortable feeling when I yawn or stretch in the area where I am having this "ache" in my head, which I can only describe as above the roof of my mouth, behind the bridge of my nose. I did go get a massage a couple of times where the masseuse helped the alignment of my jaw and I feel that I found brief relief. But I am still not 100% - and though I can function, it is very tiring and difficult to concentrate. And I don't know where to go, who to see... I am wondering if this could be some kind of TMJ/TMD - though it doesn't necessarily seem like the jaw joint, but perhaps muscles that work with the jaw and head area, that also connects with neck and shoulders.

So currently I:
- have an ache in my "head" that feels like a sore muscle, it feels tight - I would almost describe it as a pressure
- I feel uncomfortable when I bend forward, as if something is pulling from the center (behind bridge of nose, above roof of mouth)
- sore neck and shoulder area, can turn my head no problem
- difficulty concentrating, but I can workout (cardio, yoga, no weights, would be too scared of hurting myself to lift anything) - and I feel generally good after my workout though all my symptoms are still there (I probably just feel less depressed after a good workout)
- I do not, as far as I know, grind my teeth; I DO often catch myself making awkward faces when I concentrate .. which I have been trying to be mindful of

Any thoughts would be appreciated, especially if you've had any experience with similar symmptoms and/or diagnosed with TMJ/TMD.

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   Posted 11/11/2012 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you been tested for Lyme or its co-infections by an LLMD? I was diagnosed with having a few of the co-infections from a tick bite and get mild headaches in the front of my head that I thought were sinus headaches but I doubt it since at one point they were daily for two months. A stiff neck I hear is a typical Lyme symptom. Just a thought.

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   Posted 11/14/2012 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Get an OT consult for your posture. What meds help your pain? Have you tried any? All medications you have taken are either for allergy or an antibiotic.

DW had deviated septum and ALWAYS had stuffy sinuses and nose, runny nose. She got a surgery done and it is pretty much fixed.

Visiting a chiropractor won't be a bad idea either.
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   Posted 12/5/2012 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds exactly like my symptoms,started two yrs ago,been too the dr. numerous times,can't put a finger on it,but reading what you said about neck pain got me thinking maybe some nerve problems,i'm scheduling an appointment with a different chiropractor,i'm also on the gerd forum,I take ppi's daily so im not ruling out the meds being the problem.
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