The first sign that I was aware of was a chronic ear ache. That was about 4-5 years ago, and it has gone downhill since then. Thinking back, I realize I had other symptoms, but it was the ear ache that took me to the doctor's office.
My first sign was when I came off the roller coaster ride and I could not walk even after 10min. When I still felt very banged up after a month I knew something really happened to me on that ride. The very next day after the roller coaster my ears were very sensitive. The doctors told me I had a headache and perscribed tylenol, but also gave me a neck brace. that should have been my first clue. All of my symptoms really happened overnight for me. That roller coaster broke my body in a way I never dreamed of. The hardest part for me about that evening was I was the one convincing my friends that we needed to go on it. It was our last ride. I never thought it was going to be my last ride forever. I remeber how I used to be... and I see how I am today, talk about living to different lives. I used to be normal, now i don't even know that means.
Like Crystal, my first sign was a chronic earache but looking back now I realize that my jaw popping and clicking as far back as I can remember wasn't normal like I thought it was. Anyone else have popping and clicking for a loooong time before any other symptoms showed up? Is that weird?
Well, I had really awful headaches for years and never could pinpoint why. But that I don't consider my first sign bc I never did anything about it.
About 3 years ago one day I just couldn't turn my head. Then all the sudden I had unbelievable feeling of fullness/pressure in my ears. It would not let up and I truly felt like sticking a knife in my ear to try to relieve the pain. I can't even describe how awful it was - lasted for a couple months and no one could figure out what was wrong. I have experience a few other bouts with "fullness" but seriously nothing like this. I thought my head was going to explode. And my back/neck hurt so much I could barely get out of bed.
My symptoms first presented after an acute ear infection. At the time, I thought I just had a bad case of the flu (nausea, vomitting, dizziness, etc.). After the acute episode was over, the dizziness/light-headedness/"swimming" sensation in my head remained, along with ear fullness/pressure.
My first signs were: a slight weird dizzness in the head that lasted for a few years that would come and go, a clicking in my right ear when I would bite into a apple or something, but rarely, and then a full blown tmjd after yawning and felt a pull along my jaw from the ear. Headaches and pains came with it.
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Hey all! Mine started with a horrible ear infection plus plane right that sucked the fluid in. My voice changed tremendously.. then the jaw started aching. I went to have a hearing test as I couldn't hear certain sound very well. The hearing doctor said that loss of hearing wouldn't change my voice that drastically that fast. hehe I still remember her standing back staring at my face.. then touching my cheeks saying 'there is something odd going on here and I suggest you go to doctor right away'.
My son's first signs began following a sinus infection.(while having braces on) Mine-I was in a pretty bad car accident (whiplash) and shortly thereafter blew up 100 balloons for a birthday party, (putting too much stress on the muscles, I guess) and the rest is history.
Hi Mine was bad tooth ache on the right and in the gums then progressed to not being able to eat my jaw was so sore Ear fullness popping ringing in the ears headaches all related or caused by a neck problem supposidly although I'm starting to wonder. Dreadful stuff all in 2001 sought physio thought i was going ok till a week ago got a severe cold and have many of the symptoms back. Hilarious hey.