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Old 05-07-2003, 03:36 PM   #1
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Question fatigue

just wondering if fatigue and brain fog are common symptoms of tmj???

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Old 05-07-2003, 04:05 PM   #2
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I hope so because I am constantly in a daze!!!

Old 05-07-2003, 04:08 PM   #3
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have you been diagnosed with tmj? I'm pretty sure I have it I just have to wait 2 months for my appt so Im just a little anxious to get started on the road to recovery!

Old 05-07-2003, 04:10 PM   #4
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Yes fatigue can be a symptom of TMJ but fatigue and brain fog can also be a symptom of fibromyalgia.

Old 05-07-2003, 04:14 PM   #5
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what is fibromylgia? I think its tmj cause ive grinded my teeth forever and have to wear a night guard. My jaw is always so sore.

Old 05-07-2003, 09:46 PM   #6
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heya lucy25! How come you have to wait 2 months to see the doc? Yes I get fatigued often but I think that has to do with the meds I'm on. Sorry to hear about your problems. What other symptoms are you suffering with?

Hope you feel better tomorrow!

Old 05-08-2003, 10:46 AM   #7
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Thanks for you replies. The reason I have to wait two months is because I get dental coverage through my work then. I just hate having to wait another minute without a diagnosis. My symtoms have been going on for approx 2 years and I ve seen an ENT (for my hearing difficulties & sinuses) a neurologist, allergist, naturopath & of course a psychiatrist(because its all in my head!) These are my symptoms...I grind my teeth so bad that i wear a mouth guard to protect my teeth because Ive had most of them filled in due to heavy grinding since I was a child. I wake up with a headache every morning - my face, neck, mouth & head fell like Ive received a serious beating! The brain fog usually sets in about an hour after Ive awaken and last for most of the day getting worse in the evening. When I chew, I hear a grating sound and sometimes I get these shooting pains in my ears like someone just stabbed me with a real sharp pencil! I don't have pain behind my eyes but they feel so tight - like I cant open them fully. All of my muscles are pretty weak - and I think that could just be the depression setting in from all the negative test results ! Im getting a lot of anxiety because everyone tells me "it will go away". Sorry so long but I have two months to kill!
Does this sound like it could be tmj???Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Old 05-08-2003, 01:42 PM   #8
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Hi lucy25,

Yes, it does sound like TMJ to me. Anxiety/depression are "part & parcel" with TMJ, or any type of chronic/continual pain suffering. Sounds like you've ruled out anything else with all the doctors/specialists you've seen. At least you know what it's "not". Might I suggest while you're waiting to see the TMJ dentist, you ask your doctor for a mild/low dose of an anti-depressant? It may help "take the edge" off. And don't let anyone tell you "it's all in your head" - well ... it is in your head, but not the way most doctors are referring to!!


Old 05-08-2003, 03:25 PM   #9
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Thank you so much for your reply Marlene! The docs have allready tried me on 3 different antidepressants and they don't "agree" with me. Probably cause they are trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist! I'm just finding it hard to believe that all this brain fog can be caused by something like my jaw - but I guess the docs do to (thats why they say its all in my head) well thank you again - I hate having to feel so alone in this long long process..

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