| | I think I may have TMD
Well, I'm new here. Yet I'm afraid I may be a fellow TMD sufferer, and I think I may have been since 1996. At the tender age of 20) I am so angry with all the ENT specialists, doctors,, allergists and neurologists I have visited over the years to find out what my problem is. NOT ONE of them paid any serious attention to me. They declared me well and fine, allergy free, sinuses clear, hearing perfect...and made me feel like I was insane.
I'm FINALLY going to a TMJ specialist in 2 weeks. I really hope she's good and she can help me (she's the only one within my HMO so she better be good). For the past 7 years I have had considerable hearing problems. My ears are always clogged up, or so they feel like they are. Popping them doesn't help. My lymph nodes swell a lot, my muscles ache, my jaw pops, my neck hurts me all the time, I wake up at least 10 times a night because of this weird clicking sound in my head (I thought it was sinuses...it sounds like fluid moving around), I'm tired all the time, and just singing or talking a lot makes my jaw ache.
Do you all agree this could possibly be TMD? I'm becoming more and more convinced. What I wouldn't give to be able to hear normally again! To breathe normally! I could even live with the jaw popping if I could just not feel so clogged all the time--if I could relieve the pressure behind my ears. Does anyone know of any self-induced relief I might find in exercises or anything? I just don't know what a TMD specialist will be able to do to help me, since no one else has in 7 years.
Thanks everyone...I look forward to learning more about this disorder from all of you fellow sufferers.