TMJ, anxiety, tremors, tingling

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   Posted 8/31/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am 25 years old and I was diagnosed with TMJ about a two yrs. ago. I've went through alot including my jaw locking, terrible headaches, spasms all over my body including my jaw area and temples, feeling like my teeth was going to fall out of my mouth. But since I have gotten braces those symptoms have stopped, except for the tingling around and on my nose and lip is almost like a wrinkling, tingling feeling that I have 24/7 I also still have the symptoms of not being able to get enough air in, and chest beating fast, nervousness, and sometimes even slight tremors around mouth and nose area. I use to love people and loved meeting new people, but now since being diagnosed with TMJ some of these symptoms seem like i have anxiety now, so I have been almost hiding from people, because when I'm excited to see someone or feel energrtic this weird feeling comes over me and i get really nervous and want to hide. And also when i SMILE MY LIPS TEND TO TREMBLE OR SHAKE!!! and that makes me feel uncomfortable. I was wondering if this had something to do with maybe a nerve in my facial area being pinched because of the trauma the TMJ may have caused or I really dont know what else to think PLEASEEEE help me figure this out. Im a second yr. nursing student and I just enjoy helping people, but this situation is kind of putting a hault in the middle of what I hope to do in my future!!!!

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   Posted 8/31/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am not familiar enough with TMJ or braces to know if they are causing your sx .  Please do talk with your dentist re the strange sensations.
I have read that people with TMJ are often worried, depressed, and anxious.  Perhaps a trip to your PCP is in order as you may benefit from therapy or medication to help you through this stressful time.
I wish you the best in your nursing career.  You will make it through.
Take care and again welcome,


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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I have TMJ also but it came along after my anxiety. I think the tension that caused ny TMJ came from my anxiety. As Kitt stated you should consult your Dentist to see if these are normal TMJ symptoms.
This too shall pass...

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   Posted 9/17/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have already seen many doctors and they don't seem to know what is going on. Thank you for the encouraging words!!

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   Posted 9/18/2009 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   

I was diagnosed with TMJ several years ago. The best thing to help is a splint worn at night (which would be tough with braces) and I massage my jaw, temples etc. Its painful, but I have not personally experienced the mouth tingling that you refer to. I am with Kitt- I think you should confer with your orthodontist, and at the same time maybe see a therapist about your anxiety?

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