I have TMJ disorder.
If you press near your ears on the jaw joint where it
opens and closes... try pressing on it and
opening and closing it.. if you feel pain.. you may have TMJ disorder... it is very common.. but you may want to check with your doctor.
My face pounds next to my ears because of the TMJ then it spreads into a full-blown migraine. *blech*
I have some jaw pain when I
open my jaw wide....
There are many treatments for TMJ disorder.. I am too stubborn to get any of these options.
1 is a mouthguard... you can get it recommended by your dentist and he/she will recommend you most likely to a facial pain center. It is not covered under dental insurance and it will run you probably $500.
2 is the cheap mouthguard. These are absolutely awful in my opinion. I slept with one in my mouth for one night and woke up every five minutes and when I woke up in the morning my mouth was in seering pain so much that I tossed it in the garbage. ($25 at Walgreens.... another waste of money... blech)
3 is a splint... which I believe you have to wear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to correct the problem.
4 is surgery. This is worst case scenario... one of the surgeries I read about
it is that they go into your ear... make a tiny incision.. and insert a tiny camera... and then remove all the inflamed tissue in both jaw joints. (GOD I'D LOVE to have this surgery... seriously)
So talk to your doctor or dentist about
it if you experience the pain above mentioned in your jaw joint when you press on it.
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."
DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Lorazepam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (20 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines