I wanted to share my 22 year migraine journey in the hopes that it might help others who are still suffering. My daily migraines started right after a car wreck in which I got whiplash. They sent me in for Cat Scans, tests, gave me pills like there was no tomorrow, but nothing could touch the migraine pain that I had on a daily basis. My life was pure hell! I felt like I had tried everything over the years to "properly diagnose" & cure my migraines. I saw specialist after specialist and yet no one could seem to do anything to help me.
When I got into that car wreck it knocked my neck out and left untreated & in the incorrect position for years (the doctors never felt they should send me to a chiropractor & I being young @ the time did not know any better) my body compensated & over time set itself to where it thought was a correct position. Once I went to a chiropractor he immediately found one problem to my migraine journey....the misalignment of my back/neck due to it being out for so long. I saw a chiropractor for many years as well as a massage therapist. It helped quite a bit, but not 100% & only having a peice of the problem being attended to it did not stop the migraines.
After many more years of migraines and also progressively getting worse & taking more pills (I became addicted to the caffeine in my migraine medications, which is pretty common by the way) I was urged by my dentist to see a TMJ specialist to just see what he had to say. I was skeptical because my jaw did not hurt, but what did I have to lose @ this point! That meeting I had with Dr. Steven Rose in San Jose, CA (408-578-5595 www.tmj-solutions.com) saved my life!
Many people are under the wrong assumption that to have TMJ means that your jaw hurts. I was under that assumption as well & boy was I wrong! My migraines, back & neck problems (my neck would go out 20 or more times a day even with chiropractic help!) were all caused by an extremely bad case of TMJ! I was floored! I had no idea I had TMJ! Everytime I opened my mouth/chewed my muscles/body/TMJ were @ war against each other thus causing my neck & back to go out all the while causing migraines.
I made the commitment to drive from Monterey to San Jose several times a month to go thru Dr. Rose's TMJ therapy for several years & I am thrilled to say that here I am 22 years after that infamous car wreck that started it all & I am 99% better! I now get 1 migraine a month due to my hormones. I don't get them on a daily basis thanks to Dr. Rose. He gave me my life back! Without him I am sure I would have overdosed by now. The amount of pain meds I was on was pretty astounding.
I hope that my story helps other migraine sufferers to explore the possibility that you might actually be suffering from TMJ & not even know it. I would like to point out that you need to go to someone who specializes in TMJ. Find a specialist! It could make all the difference in the world. They have the extensive training & equipment to properly diagnose & treat TMJ that you really need to have when dealing with this issue. I live in Monterey & even my Dentist sends her difficult TMJ patients up to Dr. Rose in San Jose for treatment.
Not only do I feel 99% better, but I can also see and hear better! The ringing in my ears has lessened alot & my perscription for my contacts went backwards! TMJ not only affected my jaw/neck/back/head, but also my hearing & vision. It's amazing how it ruined my life & I had no clue that I even had TMJ!
I wish you the best of luck & hope that you too get your life back.