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Old 05-22-2003, 08:10 PM   #1
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I have yet to locate and get to a TMJ specialist. We are on a very limited dental insurance plan (Aetna DMO) and may have to change. I live in the Princeton,NJ area? Anyone know a good dentist? What can I do for the pain until I see someone? I am trying not to talk, eat hard things, or smile. Both ears and jaws, my gums, my sinuses, and my neck hurt. At night my eyes and head aches as well. I have only tried Advil (not impressive) and have taken 2 at night along with a bit of Lorazapam (tranquilizer) in order to sleep. Should I ask my GP for a muscle relaxer?

Please advise!!!!! I am ready to take anything - heroin, morphine, you name it.

 
Old 05-23-2003, 07:00 AM   #2
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Hello,

What has finally helped me alot with the pain is taking the muscle relaxer flexeril 3 hours prior to bedtime. If you cannot get a prescrition for it from your GP another thing that might help some is applying moist heat to the area. For some reason Advil didn't help my headaches but aspirin did. I took Ascriptin the coated one to protect my stomach. But I took them for so long that they didn't work either. Alot of people say Aleve helps to, but I have never tried it.

Hope you get a dentist to help you soon and get some relief from your pain. Take care, Shell


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Old 05-23-2003, 08:56 AM   #4
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Hi!

Aleve works much better for me than anything else. Tylenol does nothing. Of course, these are just the over-the-counter medicines.


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Old 05-23-2003, 01:46 PM   #5
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Hi--

Just a thought, but my medical insurance is paying for my treatment. My doctor (an oral surgeon) doesn't use a diagnosis code of tmj and everything is being covered as medical.

Good Luck

 
Old 05-23-2003, 04:58 PM   #6
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Hi princessmom:
What treatment code does your oral surgeon use in order to get your medical insurance to pay? Does he use MPD as the diagnosis?
Thanks,
Tiffany

 
Old 05-23-2003, 06:31 PM   #7
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Thanks.

I will try to get the muscle relaxer from my GP this weekend. My psychiatrist, who has treated me for depression/anxiety prescribed neurontin today, which I will try for a few days.

I have an appt with a TMJ specialist on Tuesday and a neurologist later in the week.

Thanks for the advice. I will get through this somehow.

 
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