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Old 10-30-2002, 05:59 PM   #1
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Question tmj tmj will it ever go away?

FOR THOSE OF THAT HAVE HAD TMJ SYNDROME FOR A WHILE AND KNOWS WHAT THE OUT COMES ARE. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT EVER GOES AWAY, OR DOES IT JUST GET BETTER? IM NEW WITH THIS AND TRYING TO FIND OUT ALL I CAN. ALSO WHAT IS IT CAUSED FROM? I NEVER WAS IN AN ACCIDENT OR ANY TRAMA TO THE HEAD OR ANYTHING AND THAT SEEMS TO BE WHAT SOME OF THE SITES I HAVE LOOKED AT HAVE BEEN SAYING. CAN YOU TELL MY DR WAS AS A WONDERFUL EXPLAINER? THANKS EVERYONE

 
Old 10-31-2002, 02:58 AM   #2
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A lot of the posts you're reading are from people that have had multiple surgeries, implants and treatments that did not work. Most of these surgeries and implants are not even done anymore. A lot of us have problems created by these procedures due to nerve damage, scar tissue, muscle problems, etc.

A truly ethical Doctor or Dentist who is trained to treat TMJS or TMJD will most likely try the most conservative treatments possible to help you.

ADVICE:
Find a Doctor/Dentist who will talk to you and who is listed as a TMJ specialist.
Check out any type of treatment that is suggested.
(you have access to all kinds of info that we did not have 20 years ago, EDUCATE YOURSELF)
Read everything on the net you can find.

Be very careful, there are some Oral Surgeons that are "experimenting" with surgical procedures.

Unless you have soft tissue damage/derangement or bone loss (which can only be seen with an MRI) splint therapy, massage, soft diets, stress management, and other non-invasive treatments can work.

I don't want to sound like a know-it-all, but I was born with mal-formed joints. I started treatments and surgeries 25 years ago. (Very little was known about TMJD then.) I have had seven surgeries and am in a terrible mess that can not be fixed. There are folks on this board who are in a worse mess than me, due to implants.

So again, learn all you can and be very careful.
TMJ syndrome can be treated and cured with the right Doctor/Dentist.
Good luck,
Cymy Sue

 
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Old 10-31-2002, 10:50 AM   #3
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thank you so much for helping me. to let you know i have never had braces and my teeth are not straight. but for my teeth not being straight is that a reason i would end up with tmj syndrome? i mean it just came all of the sudden. im sorry for not being a very smart person with this, so i appreciate any insight or help anyone gives thanks nicole

 
Old 10-31-2002, 12:33 PM   #4
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Hi,
I'm sure you're going to be just fine.

What kind of symptoms have you had so far?

Did you see a dentist yet?

I'm seeing a dentist, and he gave me a nightguard and it helped with my symptoms immediatley. I will have to get a splint when I get the money, but for now, it really eases the pain.

Be sure to keep a few things in mind:
Don't bother looking all over the internet about TMJ. You will find a lot of negative things that will get you down. Be sure to stay positive and know that you will get better. :-)

Make sure you stretch a lot, and take up Yoga or something relaxing that will stretch your muscles. Your muscles are probably all twisted up right now. You also might want to consider seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor. Sometimes your insurance will cover it.

Be sure to sit up straight and keep good posture. Try some neck stretching exercises. I do yoga a lot and it helps sooo much! :-)

You can use a hot water bottle or hot wet towels, or heating pads to help relieve the pain too. Just hold them against your neck or jaw.
Make sure you don't chew gum, or eat anything sticky or crunchy when you TMJ is really hurting.

And be sure to find a qualified dentist. Stay away from Oral Surgeons. I know that are usually the only doctors covered for TMJ, but they sometimes suggest surgery, and you wont need that. :-) You might have to save up some money to see a dentist, but it's worth it. You can also see if they have a payment plan. Mine does.

The best advice I can give you, is to stay positive and know that you will get better, even if it takes a while. TMJ sucks, but there is so much they can do to help you!
Good luck, and best wishes, Icecreamprincess

 
Old 10-31-2002, 12:52 PM   #5
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thankyou for the positive reply. i really like hearing that right now. um my syptoms are headaches over the temples and jaw pain. my jaw dosen't crack or anything but it feels a stiff type feeling alot,(hard to explain) thankyou again

 
Old 11-01-2002, 04:40 PM   #6
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you just need to stretch. It will probably go away on its own. But you should see a reputable dentist. The majority of people with TMJ just have the facial pain. It usually gets better with time.
Just be sure to STRETCH!

 
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I think it is hard sometimes to be positive about TMJ....but I have to admit to being like you and reading everything I could get my hands and eyes on about TMJ disorder. Unfortunately it is scary, and seems so frustrating. I take a break when I need one, but this board has helped me a lot. Everyone here knows what you are struggling with, and they take them time to share their thoughts and ideas. My TMJ was caused by a dental procedure. It wasn't caused by my bite or an accident.... I would agree with everyone else, definately check with someone who has TMJ disorder knowledge! Goodluck to you!


Iceprincess:

I just wanted to say that I practice yoga, and it really is a great help! I was just excited to find someone else who practiced yoga here! How long have you been practicing??

Hugs to everyone

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Hi Cat, I've been practicing yoga off and on for about 7 years. I started doing it every day when my TMJ started, and it has been a life saver. I do not take medication like a lot of people do for their TMJ. The yoga helps me in a natural way. I don't know what I'd do without it. :-)

 
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By the way Cat, what is your diagnosis. I have disc displacement.

 
Old 11-02-2002, 03:41 PM   #10
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The causes of TMJ disorders can be numerous. Some even say that the facial structure you were born with could be a predictor of a TMJ problem in the future.
The fact that your jaw doesn't click may be a positive sign. I agree with the others who suggest that you contact a dentist who specializes in TMJ disorders. The chances of beating this thing are so much better if you catch it early. You may only need physio-therapy to get your muscles back to normal.

Best of luck.
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Old 11-02-2002, 05:12 PM   #11
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Hi iceprincess!

I'm still in the early stages of my TMJ disorder diagnosis. So, all I know is that I have it....and I need to find a TMJ specialist, which has been difficult. My TMJ disorder was caused by a dental procedure, believe it or not, a filling.....and the pressure the dentist put on my jaw..as in leaning on my face and chin while filling my tooth!

anyways, I've been practicing yoga for almost 3 years. I took a break after the first year, then after that it has been ongoing. Once I found out I had TMJ(the beginning of September of this year), I was worried I couldn't keep up the practice. but, I have been able to, and I really believe it helps me. I'm really a believer in yoga, and am greatful to have been able to continue practicing.

How long have you had TMJ disorder? (I apologize if you've already posted that!)

Hugs

Cat

 
Old 11-02-2002, 11:22 PM   #12
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Nope my friend,
It will never go away! You just have to learn to live with it and keep control over it. Using your ice or heat, splints, medications, exercises, stretches, stress managment, prayer!
Sharri

 
Old 11-03-2002, 04:26 PM   #13
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not to be dumb but i am very confussed. some are saying it will go away and now someone says it will never go away. does anyone know which it is. i hope that it does. sorry again i just need to know for myself. but i will say that since my doctor told me i had tmj which was around september 20th of this year this weekend i really feel great. i have had a little discomfort but not as much as the previous weeks. thanks everyone

 
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I apologize if anything I told you was confusing, depressing or frustrating. That was not my intent. 20 years ago, there were no books, no computers, no reliable way to diagnois the severity of the disease and very little information about this condition.

I MADE EVERY POSSIBLE MISTAKE REGARDING TREATMENT THAT COULD BE MADE, EXCEPT IMPLANTS. MOSTLY, I LET THEM START HACKING ON MY FACE.

YOU MUST REMEMBER WHEN YOU LOOK AT THESE BOARDS, A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FOR MANY YEARS FROM "BAD TREATMENTS" AS MUCH AS FROM TMJD. I WISH I HAD OF KNOWN. I WISH SOMEONE COULD HAVE TOLD ME.

I truly believe that TMJS can be treated, controlled, and/or cured.

I believe this due to reading books and websites written by TMJD specialists, who now know that conservative and non-invasive treatments are working.

I also believe that TMJS can be transient. I have a friend that slept with her head in bent position on a long trip. She immediately developed joint or jaw pain. She was terrified. She had really bad pain for several months, had her Dentist keep an eye on what was going on, and it did go completely away. She had just hyper-extended some of the muscles on one side of her face and it eventually corrected itself.

"AND" I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT ONE DAY SOMEONE WILL COME UP WITH SOME HELP FOR THE "MUTILATED".

Until then, I pray that we all can continue to help each other , with information and experience. Being alone with TMJD is the worst part of all.

Cymy Sue

 
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don't let pessimistic people like sharbear bring you down because its not going away for her doesn't mean it won't go away for you just keep up with conservative treatments ex. splints, muscle relaxants etc. etc. for most people it gets better over time. i am not even doing anything for mine and it has gotten better on its own i have fewer symptoms then i had in the beginning...later

 
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