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Old 08-18-2008, 05:53 AM   #1
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My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

Since approximately april of 2002 I've had the same constant symptoms where the left side of my head/forehead and neck, as well as along the left side of my back to an extent, has felt constantly tight which has affected both my perception (because of the tightness around the left side of the head) and also my concentration.

So, since 2002 I've tried hayfever medication, accupuncture, nasal and brain mri scans, spine ct scans, chiropracter, physio, muscle relaxants, eye ear and nose specialists, a neurologist as well as an ultra sound of my neck and of the carotid artery and nothing has been able to determine what the cause of my very frustrating health problem is.

Recently I had a stress echo cardiogram, which showed the heart was fine, but the doctor there thought my jaw could potentially be responsible for my symptoms so my G.P. prescribed diazepam to take for a week (if it was a case of bruxism caused by stress) yet aside from making me sleepy the diazepam didn't do anything to relieve the symptoms.

After that, my G.P. suggested I see my dentist so they could tell me whether the structure of my jaw was responsible for my symptoms and I did that, and the dentist agreed there could be something to this theory and has referred me on to see a proper 'jaw specialist' for the 27th of August (which will be bloody expensive).

Since the dental appointment I have become more conscious of the fact that my teeth/jaw feels misalligned in that when I shut my jaw I feel that there is a certain amount of pressure upon the left side of the jaw caused by the way the teeth close together. and when I stretch open my mouth my G.P. said my jaw did not seem to be normally composed on the left side.

So, could I possibly, after six years of frustrating schlepping, be upon the precipice of finally resolving my health problem? Will this require some sort of surgery to correct to resolve my symptoms?

I feel cautiously optimistic but don't want to get my hopes up too much because over the last six years I've gotten my hopes up countless times only to be expertly quashed when something didn't work (ie: such as when I spent seven months at a chiropracter where I just ended up wasting more than $1000!).

Thank you.

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Old 08-18-2008, 08:55 AM   #2
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

It's called TMJ and it absolutely can be the cause. There could also be an underlying problem with the joint itself / bone structure. Hard to say what the course of action would be, but surgery would be the last option. I have it myself, but have not had any treatment for it (it doesn't bother me to the extent you are having with it). My dentist told me I had it a few years ago when he did an evaluation of my jaw.

 
Old 08-18-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
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It's called TMJ and it absolutely can be the cause. There could also be an underlying problem with the joint itself / bone structure. Hard to say what the course of action would be, but surgery would be the last option. I have it myself, but have not had any treatment for it (it doesn't bother me to the extent you are having with it). My dentist told me I had it a few years ago when he did an evaluation of my jaw.
Considering the severity of my symptoms (which has considerably affected me physically and mentally), if this is what is causing it, I should think that surgery will be necessary.

 
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

Probably lots of dental work, possibly a night guard to prevent bruxism.

Rather than go whole hog and do the joint replacement surgery you could have arthrocentesis of the jaw to "clean" the joint of any debris. This often reduces inflammation considerably.

Other surgical options are disk repositioning or discectomy. If you've heard "popping" noises coming from your jaw, it's likely you have a slipped jaw disc. The discs are made of cartilage and protects where the jaw joint joins the skull.

 
Old 08-19-2008, 01:15 AM   #5
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

So, the "jaw specialist" will have a variety of options to choose from in addressing this issue yet hopefully whatever is deemed the best path will resolve my symptoms (the tightness along the left side of my head, and to an extent along the left side of my back, which has adversely affected my perception and concentration) as the symptoms have had a constant negative impact over the last 6 years.

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Old 08-19-2008, 05:14 AM   #6
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Probably lots of dental work, possibly a night guard to prevent bruxism.

Rather than go whole hog and do the joint replacement surgery you could have arthrocentesis of the jaw to "clean" the joint of any debris. This often reduces inflammation considerably.

Other surgical options are disk repositioning or discectomy. If you've heard "popping" noises coming from your jaw, it's likely you have a slipped jaw disc. The discs are made of cartilage and protects where the jaw joint joins the skull.
I have a problem with the jaw popping consantly. Now I find that Ive got an aching ear...or it seems like its the ear...and it goes down into the neck area, where the glands are directly underneath the ear. Not nice

 
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So, the "jaw specialist" will have a variety of options to choose from in addressing this issue yet hopefully whatever is deemed the best path will resolve my symptoms (the tightness along the left side of my head, and to an extent along the left side of my back, which has adversely affected my perception and concentration) as the symptoms have had a constant negative impact over the last 6 years.
unfortunately when it comes to the face/jaw/neck, things are all connected and something minor can cause the WORST discomfort. Sometimes surgery isn't a quick fix, which is why it will be the last option. They will want to do an X-ray probably to see if there are any physical problems with the joint and bones. Also, they may try night guards to force your jaw into alignment, maybe muscle relaxers to release the tension in the jaw muscle. There are many options that could work, but no one can say for sure until they look at your jaw structure which method will be best. good luck, I hope they figure it out for you!

 
Old 08-19-2008, 10:36 PM   #8
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

When my G.P first suggested the jaw potentially causing the symptoms she prescribed the muscle relaxant diazepam to take for more than a week (in 2007 a neurologist had prescribed me the endep 10 muscle relaxant for 8 weeks and that didn't do anything) and, just like the endep 10, the diazepam did nothing but make me feel sleepy before bed.

Considering the length and severity of my problem I can't imagine an alternative to surgery or some sort of procedure to "clean up" the structure of the jaw which is causing the symptoms.

 
Old 08-23-2008, 05:57 AM   #9
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Originally I was meant to see the jaw specialist August 13th but the day before my appointment I got a phone call saying he had been injured in a chainsaw accident (jeesh!) and the appointment was postponed to August 27th.

I recently rang up to confirm the appointment on the 27th and she said that the specialist was only just getting out of hospital so was unsure whether he would be ready for the 27th, so this is all very frustrating....

Anyway, considering the length and severity of my symptoms (ie: constant tightness along the left side of my head/forehead and to a certain extent along the left side of my back which has negatively affected my perception and concentration) and considering that previous muscle relaxants have done nothing for me I assume some sort of procedure will have to be conducted? Whether it is to "clean up" the cause of the problem or to do a more intense operation?

I can't see a special mouth guard resolving this...

Thoughts?

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Old 08-28-2008, 07:18 PM   #10
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

Hey Jerry.. did you get to see the doctor yet or did they push it back further? hope you get some answers soon.

 
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Hey Jerry.. did you get to see the doctor yet or did they push it back further? hope you get some answers soon.
Unfortunately, the 'jaw specialist' was only recently released from hospital (he accidentally hurt his leg with a chainsaw) so my appointment has been once again postponed, this time for September 17th!

I was told that if there are any cancellations before then that I could potentially get in earlier though I will deffinitely see the specialist on September 17th.

I'm basically pinning everything on this 'jaw specialist' being able to locate the cause of the problem (as the 'process of elimination' over the last 6 years has essentially ruled everything else out) so that this horrendous 6 year health problem can finally be resolved.

Thanks for your continued interest.

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Since approximately april of 2002 I've had the same constant symptoms where the left side of my head/forehead and neck, as well as along the left side of my back to an extent, has felt constantly tight which has affected both my perception (because of the tightness around the left side of the head) and also my concentration.

So, since 2002 I've tried hayfever medication, accupuncture, nasal and brain mri scans, spine ct scans, chiropracter, physio, muscle relaxants, eye ear and nose specialists, a neurologist as well as an ultra sound of my neck and of the carotid artery and nothing has been able to determine what the cause of my very frustrating health problem is.

Recently I had a stress echo cardiogram, which showed the heart was fine, but the doctor there thought my jaw could potentially be responsible for my symptoms so my G.P. prescribed diazepam to take for a week (if it was a case of bruxism caused by stress) yet aside from making me sleepy the diazepam didn't do anything to relieve the symptoms.

After that, my G.P. suggested I see my dentist so they could tell me whether the structure of my jaw was responsible for my symptoms and I did that, and the dentist agreed there could be something to this theory and has referred me on to see a proper 'jaw specialist' for the 27th of August (which will be bloody expensive).

Since the dental appointment I have become more conscious of the fact that my teeth/jaw feels misalligned in that when I shut my jaw I feel that there is a certain amount of pressure upon the left side of the jaw caused by the way the teeth close together. and when I stretch open my mouth my G.P. said my jaw did not seem to be normally composed on the left side.

So, could I possibly, after six years of frustrating schlepping, be upon the precipice of finally resolving my health problem? Will this require some sort of surgery to correct to resolve my symptoms?

I feel cautiously optimistic but don't want to get my hopes up too much because over the last six years I've gotten my hopes up countless times only to be expertly quashed when something didn't work (ie: such as when I spent seven months at a chiropracter where I just ended up wasting more than $1000!).

Thank you.
how did you get on???.....judych

 
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how did you get on???.....judych
sorry?

 
Old 09-18-2008, 08:09 AM   #14
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

saw the jaw specialist and he said my problem is being caused by a part of the muscle (near the left part of the jaw) which has been consistently tight that has caused my symptoms.

For the next 3 weeks he wants me to take doxepin (25 mg) daily (second week two tablets per day then third week 3 a day) then I check back in with him to see how its going.

What do you all think? Should this resolve this sustained muscle tightness over the course of a few weeks?

Thanks.

 
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Well Jerry,

What do you have to lose. You have been suffering for six years. No good doctor is going to immediately suggest doing something major. They are going to try the conservative method first. You mention that this whole thing has cost you a boat load of money. Would it not be great if in fact this medication does the trick. You need to give this one a try and follow the instructions completely. I would say this would be the cheaper option.

 
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