Posted 2/18/2006 5:09 AM (GMT -7)
I do this a lot too with the jaw clenching.  I don't usually notice it but it is mostly during the day.  My teeth end up hurting by the end of the day. I will have to look into one of those splints.

~elisha
 

Posted 2/18/2006 10:38 AM (GMT -7)
hey after my first night of wearing the mouth splint my jaw is feeling a whole lot better and the severeity of my headaches especially in the morning has decreased, thanks for the messages
Posted 2/23/2006 8:56 AM (GMT -7)
Hey, after wearing the splint for 5 nights I still get headaches nearly all day. i feel a bit better in the morning but it gets worse throughtout the day and i dont grind my teeth then cause i am very aware of it or i just wear my splint most of the time. I still think I suffer from TMJ headaches cause it is chronic and a  lot of the symptoms are the same plus my jaw does feel very tight when my head gets worse. Does anyone have any suggestions that might help?
Posted 2/23/2006 9:17 AM (GMT -7)
You might want to try antidepressants and antianxiety meds - thats what I use right now (but I also have anxiety). My neurologist also suggested Zanaflex if the Klonopin and antidepressants stop working. Could you ask your doctor about that? Its a mild muscle relaxant used for headaches. I haven't tried it yet though, so I'm not sure how it works. Sounds to me though like your headaches are tension related.
How is your posture?
What do you do all day? Sit at a desk?
Do you excercise?

These are all issues that I've had to address with myself to fix my headaches. I know it sounds like a lot of work - but the benefit is far greater than the cost.

Best wishes!!
ali
 
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"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." - Marie Curie
 
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill
 
 

Posted 2/24/2006 10:59 AM (GMT -7)
Im taking your advice and working on my posture. I do have a lot of lecture classes so i do sit at a desk a lot but I find that my posture isnt that bad when comparing with most people . i also go to a chiropractor and thats a real drain on my wallet but it does help a bit. I do think that tension headaches plays a major role for my situation as I have a headache all the time which varies in severeity but its weird that sometimes I can have quite a bad headache even if im fully relaxed. im on a antidepressant called amitriptyline which  also helps the anxiety. I have been prescribed a muscle relaxant norflex (aka orphenadrine) awhile back which i completely forgot about but didnt take it that much cause usually i dont like to mix my meds, but i think im going to try it out now. I dont excercise that much anymore because if i do any excessive excercise me head acts up but i uually walk quite a bit and on occasion jog. Thanks for the advise.  
Posted 2/27/2006 8:34 AM (GMT -7)
Massage therapy is also a great option - and far more relaxing that visiting a chiropractor. If you can find someone who specializes in craniosacral and myofascial massage therapy then you should really try it!! Relaxing the neck and head muscles is SO important to preventing tension headaches.
ali
 
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"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." - Marie Curie
 
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill
 
 

Posted 3/9/2006 2:31 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Everyone

I too suffer from daily tension headaches and sore jaw and cranial muscles. I believe I just clench my teeth at night, no grinding, because my teeth do not show any wear. I have tried a mouthgaurd (the soft plastic mouth piece) and an NTI-appliance but neither seemed to stop me from clenching. Someone suggested a splint that would relax my jaw and keep me from being able to clench at night. My problem is that I think I have been doing this for over 10 years and that my muscles are just so trained to clench I don't know if another mouth piece would be worth it. In general I am trying to address my stress, anger, and anxiety issues which I believe brought on this habit but I need some relief for the short term. Any advice on splints?

thanks and happy health
Posted 3/9/2006 4:28 PM (GMT -7)
hey  ive tried the mouth splint but it doesnt work for me as it doesnt stop me excercising my jaw muscles at night. An NTI device
 works so that even if you clench your jaw muscles it wouldnt be worked as much as it keeps the canine and molar teeth apart so it minimises the effect. Ive also read somewhere that sleeping on your back is better for your jaw than on the sides. I think you should keep trying with the NTI and apart from anti-anxiety medications you might want to look into muscle relaxants. I know how you feel ive got tension headaches that im finding incredibly hard to get rid off. hope you find relief
Posted 3/10/2006 5:44 AM (GMT -7)
Yeah, I'm surprised the NTI device didn't work for you, just based on the fact that you cannot no matter what clench your jaw if its in your mouth correctly. The splint helps me in my case because my bite is very uneven - my molars on the left don't touch when I bite down, which is why the left side of my head always hurts. The splint creates an even bite plane so that the pressure of clenching is evenly distributed throughout my jaw, not just one one spot.

Ask your dentist about getting a splint made, with insurance it will be affordable. Also, visit a neurologist so they can evaluate your headaches and possibly prescribe a muscle relaxant like Zanaflex. I actually take Klonopin (a benzodiazepine used for anxiety) every night to suppress the urge to clench at night. I think addressing your stress and anxiety is the best way to prevent the clenching. Good luck :)
ali
 
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
 
"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." - Marie Curie
 
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill
 
 

Posted 12/26/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -7)

GOOD NEWS! NTI Safety, New Approaches, New Innovations for NTI wearers. :-)

I too have TMJ, face pain, and Fibromyalgia issues and I wear a bottom teeth mouth splint in the daytime and a bottom teeth NTI splint at night. I ran into a critical safety issue and I'd like to share it with you at http://www.aglasshalffull.org/NTIimprovement.htm .

And you need to keep in mind that if you have a dentist and Osteopathic doctor work on you at the same time, with the Osteopath checking cranial stress and the dentist adjusting the NTI, you can end up with a relatively comfy NTI that will help you sleep with minimal grinding and stress. Once the NTI is adjusted to minimal cranial stress, you'll begin to learn why it is such a great invention. If you hate TMJ pain, grinding pain, clenching pain, face pain, and general head/teeth/jaw discomfort as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to heed my words. I got my NTI optimized with the use of an Osteopath-dentist team, and it really helped a lot.

But also check out my safety article mentioned above. I have nothing to sell but some good advice. Sooner or later someone will choke to death on their NTI, but it's NOT necessary, if people heed my advice, which is not theoretical, but comes from experience: the experience of nearly choking on my NTI. :-)

Posted 1/2/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks for the advice. I have also ran across these articles on how dentists can help with headache/migraine pain:
 
 
 
I don't have experience with either of these, but found the articles really interesting!
 
~Sarah

http://www.myspace.com/nomoremigraine

Posted 9/8/2011 3:20 PM (GMT -7)
I got horrible tension headaches freshman year of college and couldn't figure out what they were from. I would wake up in the morning and be okay for a few minutes but then the headaches would kick in and my entire jaw, sometimes neck area and temples would be sore. Sometimes advil couldn't make the pain go away. So I went to a jaw specialist and discovered that whenever I am going through intense stress, I clench my jaw at night. I got a night guard a few days ago and haven't had a headache since. Though they are pretty expensive, the relief from the pain is worth the price :)
Posted 9/15/2011 1:43 AM (GMT -7)

Almost every day around 4:00 pm I start getting this terrible headache, well I do sit in front of my computer screen most of the day due to my job and I just can't get rid of this terrible sharp headache. So I tried taking a break of 15 minutes, it helps for 20-30 minutes but nothing more than that, unfortunately I can't leave the office before 6:00 pm...is there any natural way of getting rid of this daily headache? I just despise medications and looking for a natural solution that really helps - can anyone recommend or tip on a method that truly works?

 
 
 

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