Hi everyone this might get lengthy but I'll try not to. 10 years ago I was in a auto accident 2 years ago I was diagnosed with TMJ from my dentist after fractures a tooth in 6 places clentching and didnt know I did that until then, after fixing that he fitted me with a NTI which I dont think helps much now, I wake up and my teeth hurt more then without it I truly think I cant manipulate enough in my sleep to get me RT side teeth together even with it in but they dont believe me. Over the past year I have been suffering from chronic headaches basically daily at this point. When I first saw my family Dr. he tried the tension headache story telling me I was stressed or depressed put me on meds that all they did was make me a drugged out person with a headache. I have now gone to 2 chiropractors which help if I go 3x/week no less but now my wonderful ins. wont pay for that any more and i cant dish out 800-1000 $$$/month. I wonder if any one else out there has had this or similar I have been given 2 stories my TMJ is from my neck or my neck(diagnosed with cervico-cranial syndrome) is from my TMJ.....whats right? At this point the headaches are daily without treatment no meds make them go away, it effects my vision with pain radiating into my shoulders and numbness in my hands, ear fullness also my jaw rarely ever clicks or pops and only hurts with palpation.......anyone out there been here?????I see my family doc again tomorrow because now I actually am stessed out from all the headaches I assume his next step is a Neurologist ..and of course my dental ins say TMJ is the medical ins responsiblity and the medical insurance CIGNA!!!!! says TMJ is of course covered i hate the fact Im in the healthcare business when I cant even get help myself thanks to insurance companies..thanks for listening..
I also have Cigna insurance, unfortunately. They manage to either "not receive" submitted claims, or they don't pay for much. For awhile I was wearing an NTI type splint at night and I managed to grind and clench on mine too. My teeth hurt all the time too. Now, I wear a hard acrylic splint day and night except for when eating and my teeth still hurt b/c I grind on this one. Just recently, I managed to go a whole week without a bad headache, but now they're back again, along with the facial pain in my cheeks and/or jaw. For years I was told my headaches were sinus, so I treated them that way. When I was younger I was in several car accidents and sustained about 5 whiplashes. I've got arthritis in my neck and right TMJ, which contributes to all the pain. I don't have numbness, vision loss, or hearing problems, so I guess I should consider myself lucky. HA!!!!!!!! BTW, my jaw doesn't pop that often either and I don't have a problem with my jaw locking open or closed. Now, I've got a couple of periodontal pockets that just happen to be on the lower molars that I grind on, so I have to go for cleaning every 4 months instead of every 6. I'm so stressed out by all these problems and pain too. I hope your family Doc will be of some help to you. Let us know how it goes and if he can prescribe something to relieve the pain!!!!! Sue
I have had TMJ problems off an on for 20 years. 8 months ago a TMJ specialist diagnosed me with a completely displaced disc. 7 months and $4000 dollars ( 600 paid by insurance)later, the pain is better but not much else. My regular M.D. has suggested it might be partially caused from my neck too, I have a reverse curvature, he suggest I might try accupuncture, he says it helped him, I don't know if it will help but at least most of it will be paid for by insurance. Just a suggestion. good luck