| | Cervical Fusion & TMJ/Pain!! Please help!!
I posted some of this info last night but need a reply now please anyone....again, I found out 2 years ago that I had TMJ and have been wearing a nightguard ever since. To complicate things I had 2 rear end car accidents in one year and 2 years later had a 3 level cervical disk removal and fusion w/ the complication of a nearly severed spinal cord which I had been walking around with for at least a year. Since the surgery 2 years ago I've had serious neck pain and trigger points in the back of my head and neck. Thinking the whole time it was a result of the surgery (I have a titanium plate there) due to shortening of the muscles, etc. I finally realized it is TMJ for sure and need more than a mouth guard. I found a TMJ dentist in my area who is going to do a work up w/ tomograms and possibly prescribe a bionator if that's needed. I'm in constant pain in my neck and back of head which sucks because I travel (air) over 200 flights a year as a pharmaceutical researcher which makes the neck extremely uncomfortable. Has anyone had a similar situation and if so, did the surgery make the TMJ worse??