| | Shell389....are you there?
How are you doing lately? You should be about weaned off of the flexeril now, huh? That probably is a good idea to get off of it for awhile, so in case you need it again (hopefully not) it will work. Otherwise, you'd probably have to take 20's to do what the 10's did in the first place. Good for you, you should really feel like you've accomplished something!
As for my son, he wore his new splint last night, and this morning said that his molars didn't hurt like they usually do (which I take as a good sign, but it's alittle early to tell) his 2 front teeth hurt some though. That should pass. We see the tmj doc tomorrow to pick up the repaired splint and for him to read the MRI's himself. So, in the morning, I have to go to radiology and pick it all up. We'll see what he says this time. He has a dentist appt. coming up for a cleaning, but doesn't want to go back to the dentist that he feels did this, at all. So, I have to start fishing around for a new dentist-preferably one that has some tmj knowledge so that he understands at least, what he's dealing with. I'm surprised that you can still go back to your dentist since it sounds like he's had a hand, if not caused all of your problems. I think that I'd be clenching just sitting there and looking at the man!
Do you like how when they can't figure out why you have problems they put you in the over-stressed nutbag category? It does sound as if yours and his problems are quite similar. Your teeth even sound the same on the bottom how they sort of slant inwards. And tell me that if you have anything sticking up on one side and not the other you're not going to bite down more?! It sounds as if this caused a nasty habit of clenching for the both of you. Ya know, I often wonder if I didn't have similar problems myself if I'd understand at all. I guess it's a blessing in disguise that I do, otherwise, maybe I'd just chalk it up to a mild headache for him.
As for family, my husband is very understanding. Even though people don't understand the pain, he's seen me at my worst, not being even to lay my head on a pillow because it hurt so bad. So, he is compassionate with my son too, he saw how it made me into a "different" person for awhile there. I'm glad your husband understands, too. But I feel that until a person feels what this is like, they don't know. It's so nice to be able to talk to you because you do understand fully, you deal with it! I really enjoy talking to you, Shell.
On a lighter note, concerning your impressions tomorrow. When I was about 18 or so, I went for impressions for a retainer that would pull my top teeth back. My appt. was early in the morning, and I didn't want to be too late for work, so I ate breakfast, brushed my teeth and ran out the door. I was getting the impressions done, and when they pulled out that stuff, there was a cornflake stuck in it!!!!I was SOOOO ashamed. Apparently, I didn't brush as well as I thought I had. Well, let me know how things are, and before you go for your impressions tomorrow, brush well!!!! Take Care,
[This message has been edited by CherylLynn24 (edited 10-30-2003).]