i am 22 yrs old ive had tmj for about 7months or so, my jaw, gums, cheeks, and temples are hurting everyday. im so sick of the pain and regular advil doesn't work. i can't afford to go to a specialist just yet since i don't have any insurance. my question is has anyone found relief without getting a splint/nightguard? thanks stayinalive8
Hi and welcome to the board:
You didn't say if you have health insurance or not but if you do you might go to your regular doctor and ask him for something for pain and some muscle relaxers. Maybe those will help you out until you can seek a TMJ specialist. I am in the same boat as you in that regard. I don't have any dental insurance but I do have health insurance so I do what I can until I can afford a TMJ specialist.
no i don't have any insurance what so ever. i am wondering if someone could answer these questions. what is a splint/nightgaurd, what is splint therapy, can a regular dentist help with tmj? sorry im just getting irritated. my everyday life has been affected by this i can't seem to enjoy watching a movie. all i do is consintrate on the pain. thanks so much
Why don't you try a heat pack on your jaw and temple area. A good massage of your temples and neck might help too. MY tmj specialist taught me that you can take up to 800 mg of motrin, then wait three hours and take tylenol, then three more hours and the motrin again, and mix them like that. That way you don't have to go so long in between anti imflams. It might take a day or so of constant meds to start to help. Ice works for some people, and it did help me after surgery to reduce the pain. HOpe at least one of these ideas help. Hang in there, hope you can get to a Dr. soon.
I am sorry you are in so much pain, I know what you are feeling. But, without any kind of treatment, you may not get much better. I don't have any health insurance either, mainly because I am not working, I am not well enough to go back to work. But, I can tell you, even though you havn't got insurnace to cover your bills, you will find a way to get the money. If you are working at a job wait now, use that money for now, until you can find a insurance to cover it. Your pain will drive you to find a way. Please go to a tmj specialist now, and find out actually what you have, if your regular family Doctor can't help you any more. When I first had tmjd, I was always in pain, nothing seemed to work at first, but with time and with proper treatment, I felt better, but not cured. Everybody's result is different according to what type of tmjd they have. So, run to a specialist, not walk! Maybe somebody else on this board might give you some advice on how to control some of your pain, until you find a specialist in the meantime. How about trying a hot/cold pack on your joints.? Sometimes that helps me.
I am from Halifax too (living in Toronto now but am moving home att he end of this month), and was just diagnosed with a TMJ disorder....
are there amny TMJ specialists in Halifax, Dartmouth, etc....
I was planning on going to see my dentist when I got home as they have known me for about 10 years or so...
do you have any suggestions??
Wow, it's a small world!! I am so glad to hear from somebody who lives in my area! You are moving to Halifax at the end of the month? Where? I live in the north end just down at the McKay bridge. I just can't believe how small this world really is!
What dentist do you have here in the city? Is he a
general dentist, or what? Can you give me his name? My specialist is in Bedford wait now, but I am thinking of changing dentist because I find the location is not great for me for to get there. He's O.K. but not great. I have been looking elsewhere for another one, that's closer to me to get there. I have checked on the internet on the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain website at www.aacfp.org There, I located a Halifax orthodontic who has a tmjd specialist on staff. I had emailed him quite a few times, and he always returned my mail quickly. I liked the fact that he paid more attention to me. I had asked him alot of questions regarding his practice, I am seriously considering him as my next new dentist. But wait now, some things need to be finish regarding my current dentist, before I make a move.
What is your problem with your tmjd? What caused it?
heya stayinalive8, sorry to hear about your pain. It's frustrating I know. Things that have worked for me as far as over the counter is aleve (for the anti-inflmmatory effect).. usually 2 in the morning and then one every four hours. Then I ice down my face a lot which helps with the pain and swelling. I know this can be painful. Many of us here live with it everyday. I hope you get to feeling better!
You remind me about myself a year ago, I had no insurance of any kind and I thought I was going to go crazy http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dizzy.gif if I went one more day with this pain. Im 23, so I know how hard it is to deal with this pain everyday of every minute!
I started taking OTC stuff like candy and was out of control, becareful on OTC products, they are very bad on your liver and kindenys, I havent had the testing done yet, but my are probably ruin for life on how much I was taking and how long I did!
This was so bad, I kept popping more and more pills everyday,everytime I felt pain!, this is when the rebound headaches come on,(on top of everything else!) I have insurance now,but I really feel for you because I know how you feel, I was there in that black hole and thought I was never going to get out!
I would use heat on my jaw and cheeks like 4x a day,get an herbal pack,(you can buy them at the mall, or hot towels on you face,jaw,cheeks,) and I am telling you now, stick to a soft diet or you will be sorry later. I wish I did, but I didnt listen now 99% of the time I drink smoothies for my food and applesauce,how exciteing http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif I dont want to see you like that!
I am in CA, so I dont know how it is up there but when I use to live in TX they offer free insurance to people that could not afford it! you may want to look around, I forgot to see where you were from before making this post!
Stick in there honey, this board saved my life and you have all the suppport you can get from me if you need it, we are around the same age so I totally understand you!
here's to painfree days
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