For those of you suffering GERD/LPR do you have TMJ also?
Most of you know my history and background already but for those of you who don't....
I've been dealing with "LPR" symptoms for about a year w/o relief from medicines even a Nissen.
I went to see my dentist today to see if I can do some repair work on my teeth as I some wear from what I believe was acid coming up.
She did a very good exam and concluded I had major problems with my mouth, jaw, bite, and airway. Basically I had two bi cuspids (upper teeth...not sure which ones) taken out when I was little. I had ortho work done to straighten my teeth. However, my jaw was badly misaligned and constricting my airway....all this without me even knowing. I knew my jaw was crooked a little but nothing serious I thought. She said, the wear of my teeth is not from acid but from clenching and grinding and could manifest in the pains I've been feeling in my mouth and lips.
I'm going to get upper and lower splints to fix my bite and airway which she believes will help alleviate my symptoms.
What a great doctor/dentist! It started make sense that LPR is directly related to your throat/airway and by fixing the actually anatomy not just medicines this can be fixed. I'm actually optimistic of this approach. I did a quick search online between the correlation between TMJ and GERD and found so many connections. I wonder why I never thought of it before. I hope this will help me.
By the way....I was getting desperate early and tried something called "Oil Pulling." You guys can do a google search on it, but it suppose to be great for oral health. You swoosh 1 tablespoon of seseame oil in your mouth for 20min first thing in the morning, spit it out, rinse, and go about your day. It's an Indian remedy....hey I was desperate lol. It may have not fixed the burning I felt in my mouth, but it made it super white! I did maybe 3x and it looks like my teeth were professionally whitedned....amazing.
Anyways......I get my splints formed on Monday....I will keep you guys updated.
Oh, I told my dentist about my Nissen surgery and that I'm about 1.5 months out. I told her my surgeon said it takes 6 months for complete healing. So she told me well, if fixing your TMJ doesn't help your symptoms, you are correcting something now, that will prevent a lot problems for you in the future and in the process you are giving your surgery more time.
Let me know if any of your have TMJ too....thanks guys.