I agree with Marlene. I would have never looked for TMJD information, if I had been well. In researching some kind of "New Treatments" or another type of surgery (I was desperate), I found this Forum.
When I first read the posts, I wondered, (in my stupidity) why "Marlene" continued to post "The Resident Success Story", when everyone else was sick and looking for help.
I thank her from the bottom of my heart for doing so. Her story and answers to my many questions lead me to ask about Splint Therapy, when I had been totally convinced for years this would not help.
I am not a "Success Story" (yet), but I am so much better. My condition is very different from hers. I am getting better after many years of surgical disasters and inappropriate treatment.
I hope by posting my progess, it will encourage others to never give up, don't take one Doctor's opinion and believe there is no hope.
I believe "Surgery" is needed in a small percentage of cases. I believe (now) Splint Therapy, Orthodontics (if needed) and many other non-surgical treatments can cure or at the least, relieve most of the TMJD symtoms we have.
I also think very few people would get involved in a Forum such as this, if they are well.
It would help so many people, if the "Successes" would post and elaborate on treatments and the Doctors who helped them.
Those of us, who are now being helped, can report it is possible with the right Dentist/Doctor. It seems the biggest problem for most Members is finding a Dentist/Doctor who will or can apply the techniques and theories that are working.
My prayers for all to find the "Best",