Thanks for the replies... as I said, going tomorrow to the dentist, can't wait. Fortunately for me, my brother is an engineer at Colgate and has been doing jaw / teeth work all his life.. he referred me to this dentist, knowing my symptoms.. hopefully all will work out ok.
As far as other symptoms go, the only real symptom I seem to have is the locked jaw and grinding teeth, which I am told is not every night. I know that when I close my jaw my wisdom teeth are getting in the way (which I am hoping to get removed sometime soon)... I'll let you know how I make out tomorrow, and thanks again for the responses / support.
UPDATE 05/22: Went to the dentist yesterday, it is indeed just an infected tooth, thank goodness... but this should make for a nice warning for anyone who thinks they may have TMJ... good luck all.
[This message has been edited by hassmaschine (edited 05-22-2003).]