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Anybody who has done TMJ treament before?

Discussion in 'Community Off Topic' started by JeremyScott, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. JeremyScott

    JeremyScott Newcomer

    After a few years of severe ear pains, I finally went to see an ear, throat and nose doctor today, as recommended by my mother.
    It took the doctor 15 minutes to figure out that I have TMJ- my mom, who was with me, is a nurse, couldn't believe. She didn't realize it before. Partially that was because I never connected half the symptoms to my ear pains- for some reason, I thought it was normal for my ears to ring a lot, and accounted the fact that my jaw was sore and it was sometimes difficult to chew to my wisdom teeth, and their removal this summer.
    After figuring out what was wrong, the doctor told me that while the diagnosis was easy, the TMJ treatment is a lot harder. I'm going to be contacting my family dentist to see if they have a specialist who can treat it, and if not, I'll be asking my family doctor for a dentist that she recommends who can treat it.

    What I would like to know is if anyone here knows anyone or has personally dealt with having TMJ treated?
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  2. wakemeup

    wakemeup New Member

    I have been living in pain for almost 5 yrs. It took 2 yrs for my Chiropractor to ask my physician if anyone had done a TMJ MRI. Low and behold not one Dr had. They ran everything but that and thought I was crazy! My right joint almost all the way out of socket. I deal with facial swelling, ear bleeding and drainage, bellspalsy's symptoms, cystic acne along my jaw line.
    The pain is God awful! Most days I wish I was a horse they could just put me down.

    A dentist can diagnose it, but they usually refer to an oral specialist who can confirm with MRI. However, a lot of dentists, GPs and even some oral specialists aren't very knowledgeable about it and there's only a handful of specialists in this area because of its complexity. Apparently it's a really tricky area to treat and there are different variations of it too. Some people have these symptoms only mildly, rest their jaw or get a splint made and then it settles or disappears. Mine has become chronic and is getting worse (according to the MRIs) over time.
    Surgery is a last option as it has limited success and sometimes people end up worse after.
  3. JC-Denton

    JC-Denton Newcomer

    I had really really bad TMJ problems, and saw quite a few doctors who made me various splints to wear for my mouth.

    After years of trying different stuff and doing lots and lots of research, I decided to see a gneuromuscular dentist (GNM). If you don’t have success with any treatment that you plan on doing, I highly recommend seeing one if possible.

    Good luck with your treatment, feel free to ask any questions if you have them.
  4. Velvet_Hidden

    Velvet_Hidden Peer Supporter

    I had TMJ jaws issues and nerve pain with tooth #19 back in 2016.....

    I was unable to chew anything on tooth 19# (bottom left first molar) my jaw ached and I developed really bad hot/cold tooth sensitivity

    I was already dealing with back neck and shoulder pain by that time for 2 years

    I eventually decided to visit a dentist that was specialized in TMJ/TMD issues

    He had MRI's/X-ray done on my jaw/teeth...

    My TMJ joints were intact as well as my teeth yet I was still in pain

    His work on attempted to balance my bite by filing down some of my fillings wasn't helpful in stopping the pain I had....

    Later in late 2016 I realized TMS was the culprit for my tooth/jaw along with the other pain in my body

    The pain in my teeth/jaw was gone by late January of 2017 after re-reading Dr. Sarno literature and doing work in the Structured program on the TMS wiki daily...
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  5. codoe

    codoe New Member

    I tried to fight bruxism and TMJ issues for almost 8 years. After I had Botox injections which didn't helped, I found Dr. Sarno's books.
    I'm only into to it for a couple of weeks. But the fact alone that I stopped searching for a solution, has calmed my mind a lot. The jaw pain and tension headaches are not gone.. but maybe it is like tiny tiny bit better.
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  6. Velvet_Hidden

    Velvet_Hidden Peer Supporter

    Kudos to you for looking within for the possible reasons for you TMJ pain...

    It was close to a month before my TMJ issues/teeth issues faded for good after reading Dr. Sarno's literature...

    I do believe the Structured program was most helpful in helping to confront my inner turmoil that had my back/jaw and teeth hurting...

    Best Wishes to you
  7. Baseball65

    Baseball65 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Sarno himself discusses mystery molar pain in "Mindbody Prescription". Just like the sciatic gives us leg burn/spasm, the trigeminals are the culprit with TMJ/Mystery jaw pains.

    I was reviewing that book because of a 'tickle' as I like to call it (pain) in Both sides of my mouth. I had been grinding my teeth in my sleep for awhile but the spasms/pain/discomfort lasted into the day and eventually wasn't leaving at all....

    It all had to do with a painful situation with my GF and responsibilities and living situation stuff. I did the same thing I did to get rid of back/knee/shoulder/gut pain.... Re-read the literature, keep out a pen and scribble notes at every "aha!" awareness of my unawareness and most importantly....anytime I caught myself paying attention to it I turned my thoughts to an unsavory topic (like my rage about personal relationships). It was TMS and it did leave....

    I wish I had caught it sooner because I did shatter a few teeth and that hasn't been cheap BUT, if I had caught it sooner I wouldn't be me having my experience.... there is always a paradox or three in every TMS conundrum. The good news is that we can be free of the pain and simultaneously develop awareness.

    All TMS is shed by an emerging awareness of my unawareness.
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  8. mugwump

    mugwump Well known member

    a few years back I had pain in my jaw, I cannot chew well because I could feel the pain every time I move my mouth or chew something. I remember following an exercise that I did for a few days and the pain was gone
  9. JaneSandyJane

    JaneSandyJane Peer Supporter

    My jaw used to hurt from migraine, but haven't had that in a long time. Feel better.

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