Put your fingers on your temple and then clench your teeth. Do you feel how strong the movement is?
Do you tend to clench your teeth for long periods? I do and catch myself doing it. That's the hardest to do.
Do you suffer from dizziness also? I have BPPV. When it comes, the distress of the dizziness and vertigo cause me to be really guarded and my eyes seem to squint a lot (as if bracing myself).
I agree with Emsybobs, it could also be related to your neck -- but it all seems to go together.
You could try to put a cold compress on that area, or a warm compress, massage that area too.
I see a chiropractor regularly for major pains in my head that are neck related. The route is from C1, up the side of my head, over my ear and into my temple.
If I massage that whole route area, it is sometimes relieved.
Have you been diagnosed with vestibular problems?
I'm new to the boards.
Hope this one didn't last too long.
It's all a matter of perspective!
I notice in another post you said someone had mentioned Tempero Mandibular Joint Disorder to you, so you are probably already aware that head/neck/sinus pain and eustachian tube problems (that you've spoken about elsewhere) and dizziness can all be off shoots of a tmjd problem. If you know you're a clencher that's a pretty big sign right there that this could be your problem. You may also be clenching at night and be unaware of it. When people do this it creates a force in the head greater than that used to crack a nut - then all these 'lovely' problems can follow. You might benefit greatly from the use of a night mouthguard/splint.
Do you know for sure you have BPPV? Dizziness can also, as you say, force you to guard yourself, which then creates back/neck/tmjd problems, but it can also work the other way round. I started off with dizziness and what felt like eustachian tube problems - ear fullness, and also ear pains, the dizziness has subsided a lot. At 7 months in the jaw tension kicked in and now I am currently experiencing facial and neck pain - a new joy - which I guess are temple spasms (Quincy is right Micheal, you should also consider a clenching problem). It looks like my problem has probably been tmjd all along.
Hi there Emsybobs,
Sorry you are still feeling bad, I'm in a bad muscle spasm spell at the moment - stress from a piece of work I'm doing, but it does come and go.
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I haven't been diagnosed with tmjd, but I probably have it. My jaw used to lock and needed valium to relax it. That was in my late teen and early 20's. When I was 11, I fell and probably gave myself whiplash. Soon afterward, I had "wry neck", used to wake up with my neck spasmed so badly. The vertigo started shortly afterward. That was in 1966. I was officially "diagnosed" with BPPV in 1975. Same symptoms, but now with a name. You see, I've had it for almost 38 years. Yes, I have it.
But, I also have anxiety, I know and recognise the difference in the sensations and symptoms. I've also had lung surgery for spontaneous pneumothorax in 1975. So, that (right side) and neck problem (right side) make a lot more pain for the compensating left side. While in the hospital, I was sent to a leading (pioneering) specialist setting up a clinic in the same hospital. So, I've been through all the tests, treatments, all the fancy stuff. It's now, as of the last 5 years in both ears, not only the one. I have no choice but to be in tuned with all of this stuff.
I also have Ulcerative Colitis and asthma, depression/anxiety. It's all controlled with meds, so, I don't really mind if TMJD is officially diagnosed. It's just something else I have to do or accommodate...I'm being a rebel here.
I have considered a mouthguard, but my symptoms seem to be more from my neck because the chiro can relieve the pain. Mine is between C-1 and occipital. Not the best place.
You know when being out in the sun and squinting? That's a different pain. Same with not eating or hormone fluctuations. I know them all. Aspirin and caffeine are my friends!! ;-)
BUT all that aside, I'm starting stretching and will be starting a yoga routine. I've heard people have great relief from that.
I should also mention that I was a sign language interpreter (since quit) and my other profession is a hairstylist (now self employed). So, back,neck, shoulder, jaw, arm problems and pain are something I live with, but could certainly do without. I suppose being on these boards and having verbal diarrhea doesn't help either!! ha!
I truly believe what you said about the force of a clench. Biting the tongue or lip while eating actually shocks me because of the intense pain and sometimes damage it has done.
I hope your TMJD is treatable and your facial and neck pain are able to be alleviated. Would you ever consider accupuncture? I've just heard about one and I'm thinking of going. NOW...I wonder which problem I should consider first??? sheesh!
Would massage help you? or maybe something different like Cranio Sacrial work -- I've had it done inside my mouth...weird feelings. It did seem to work for other stuff tho.
Anyway, should sign off before your eyeballs fall out.
Best to you,
It's all a matter of perspective!