Have you ever seen your dentist re: TMJ? Right now I am in a flare-up and in treatment for TMD and TMJ. That will give you pretty bad pain in the cheek bones, teeth and gums. That is where my pain is right now.
I have to were splints, upper and lower, to ease the pain in the face and muscles in face and head. The dr. also puts me on a TENS unit to relax the face muscles. It is very painful. Ask your dentist, and if he doesn't know I can send you to a good specialist. (or at least ask if he knows one where you live.) I live in Wisconsin.
My TMJ and TMD only act up during a flare-up. Good luck.
untill i read this i was going to yell at my dentist, who swears i have no cavities, despite my pain. he says "maybe you have an nfected gum" its been 7 months.. its not an infected gum. and its not just in that spot anymore..
the more i read in this forum the more i want to be tested for fibro ._.;
Please excuse any gramatical/spelling errors, I have a verbal disability.
I had a condition known as trigeminal neuralgia. Your pain symptoms sound similar to what I experienced. There is a nerve that runs over the top of your head, runs down each side of your face, then branches off in three different locations: eye, top jaw, lower jaw. When this booger is flared up, it is very painful. I ended up going to a pain clinic that took dental specialty patients. The doctor treated the condition with botox injections to relax the twisting muscles around my neck, back, scalp (fibromyalgia caused the muscle problems). Once he paralyzed the muscles with the botox so they could rest, the neuralgia became better. A lot of physical therapy helped also. The trigimenal neuralgia was a side product of the muscles being very knotted in my back, neck and scalp (isn't that weird that the scalp muscles can seize up, but they do!).
You might research pain clinics, or fibromyalgia clinics in your area. Usually by the time you resort to a pain clinic, the technician realizes you are desperate and will actually listen to you. The doctor I saw at this pain clinic interviewed me for an hour, so I knew I was in the right place. The clinic was part of a teaching hospital in our area.
hi everyone, just a word of caution about dental TMJ with my own experience. If you have decided to pursue dental treatment you might want to verify that the dental specialist is actually trained in fibromyalgia treatment or at least has an awareness of it. Here is what happened to me. I was seen by 2 different dentists both specializing in TMJ--initially at that time I had not yet been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia---and, neither of them asked or pursued that evaluation/concern in relationship to TMJ. I was later diagnosed with FM by 2 rheumy docs. In the meantime however I was very expensively treated by both of the dental specialists; and, my dental insurance would not cover ANY of it. I am not sure whether the dental treatment I received ever really changed anything as I still have problems with it; just not the hard popping/clicking now, but still pain on occassion during FM flareups. My dentist now (son of one of the other dentists I saw) is also a TMJ/bite specialist; and, like his father, he doesn't seem to have a clue about Fibromyalgia. The problems I have now are during FM flareups, and since my dentists seems to not know about FM and its dental relationship, I choose not to pursue the TMJ treatment line of services with him. Therefore, since the initial treatments years back with both his father, his father's partner, and with him hasn't eliminated the problem I choose to not pursue further treatment with him regarding TMJ; just basic dental care.
I would be interested in knowing from some y'all if you have found that dental specialists who had specific awareness and a treatment plan for Fibromyalgia as opposed to just general TMJ problems?? If so, I would continue in my pursuit to find a dental specialist with awareness if it appears that some dentists are actually getting specialized training associated with fibromyalgia. Thanks
One of my most painful/annoying symptoms with this fibro is that my teeth and gums will ache; it's hard to describe but I feel like my gums are inflamed and like my teeth could fall out.
I also notice my face is very tender and my jaw aches as well.
Anyone else have this problem or know why it would cause this kind of pain?
Hi I am a new member to health message boards and read your above posting. I was shocked to read your symptoms because mine are the exact same and I have fibromyalgia. I'm trying to find answers. How did you know that the gum inflamation and teeth pain was related to Fibromyalgia. I've had root canals trying to get rid of the pain. My dentist cannot figure out why I still have pain in my teeth. He also has wondered if it wasn't related to fibromyalgia. Please reply and let me know how you are currently and any information that may help me. Thanks.
I don't know if it's Fibro related or not, but dental work that requires numbing first results in a complete and wonderful lapse in all the pain.. even my feet stop hurting. But when the novacain wears off, I have the absolute worst pain immaginable from my chin to my ear and up my temple to the top of my head. I suspect it's that nerve that runs through there going berzerk. It lasts about one and a half to two weeks and no pain pill has given me any relief from this pain, and alterating hot and cold compresses only dulls it. Odd thing is, it stops suddenly once it's run its course, and my pain is back to normal levels. I have Fibro, but I've not been Dx'd for the TMdj as of yet.
Good luck to you, and keep reading these threads.. someone will have an answer for you, or a lead to help you out.
I have a friend that has the same symptoms as you, she had three root canal jobs and nothing has changed. The pain has been constant for over two months. What did you do to fight off that pain. The dentist sent her to a neurologist that gave her something ;but it will take 3 weeks at least until she has the proper level of the medicine in her blood stream to see if it makes any difference. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.