ETD and TMJ disorders
Since 10/99, I have suffered from chronic vertigo, tinnitus, extreme pressure on the right side above my ear and fatigue. Years prior to this, I had TMJ disorder w/dislocation of the TMJ and it was discovered on MRI, that both TMJs were dislocated with a small bone spur and deterioration of the joint on the right....the side where all of my vestibular symptoms are also. Last summer, after an MRI of the internal auditory canals, the ENT decided to place a tube in my right ear. This greatly relieved the pressure in my head but I still have noise and fullness at times. The vertigo is better as long as the pressure is relievable. I've had 2 tubes placed in the right ear and now have a tiny hole above the tube. All of my symptoms are on the right and I am still struggling with all of this. I have a splint to wear for my jaw but what I am wondering is this; can TMJ cause all of the ear problems and could the pressure have caused permanent nerve damage to the inner ear? I have been to so many specialists that I can't count them all and none of them have a definitive answer. I know the nerve is involved by test results as well as by activities that are limiting or that exacerbate my symptoms. I would appreciate it if anyone could shed some light on this. MRIs of the brain do not specifically show the IAC's or the TMJs and until I pushed to have both of these done, I was only being treated with meds w/o a real diagnosis. Now that I know there is pathology on that side, could one have caused the other?