I have had tmj since late 2000 i embarked on intensive physio as when seeing a physio she determined i had a neck prob causing it. Now i was doing ok from about this time last year after commencing the physio in late 01. I trusted her and what she said but this year around about april i got a severe cold and my gland swelled up really bad and i was very sick for at least 3 weeks.I also went through some trauma with putting down and animal i had in the family for years. Putting it mildly i bawled my eyes out for maybe 3 days. The thing is the tmj is back with a vegeance. How can that be so, the physio was supposed to fix it especially if it were neck related.The weird thing is my physio isn't really saying much and i feel like i could of been ripped off. I have been seeing her for ages and ikept going back cause results were coming in i was getting better but now i"m back to where i started from. Its just shattering i don't know what to say to her and what questions to ask i asked if a splint would help and she said my mouth or jaw would fight it it didn't work before mind you cause that was the first course of action i took (getting a splint in may 01). Here i was thinking that physio had helped YET i am writhing in pain once again.I feel like i have been taken on a ride. I dunno if maybe it will improve again but it doesn't look like improving. Any advice how could i have got relief then only for it to come back even worse. My year has been a shocker lots of stress and a severe cold but geez it should be able to survive that if its ben worked on properly.HELP. I cannot go on like this i thought i had beaten this evil thing.
I agree with Diane. Seek out a TMJ specialist who can properly diagnose and treat your problem. Beg, borrow and steal if you have to.
I've been to several therapists who claim to know all about TMJ disorders but don't have the paperwork to back it up. I'm not saying that they can't provide SOME relief, but I believe they should be used to complement proper therapy from somebody who is specifically trained in treating TMJD.
I'm so sorry that your pain has returned. Maybe your phisio doesn't know enough about TMJ. Perhaps you should consult a TMJ specialist and the two of them working together might be able to get your pain back under control. I hope you are able to get out of pain soon.
Diannetmj do you know where the neuromuscular dentist are in oz?? I don't live in melbourne or sydney but brisbane and i have found not alot of people in brisbane know anything. I don't know where to start looking i didn't think i would have to, things had been going so well but obviously one form of treatment will never bring it under control. Can you help or give any further info. Even getting names for Sydney or Melboune may lead me in the right direction.These citys are a long way from Brisbane oz is a huge country.
I so sorry to hear that you are in pain again. I have been in pain for 6 years but I had periods that weren't as bad and then things like extreme stress or a lot of crying automatically make things 10000 times worse. I got very upset over something and cried for a couple of hours a few weeks ago and since then my pain has been the worst it's ever been. I have never gotten any real treatment for my pain. I don't know what your exact problem is but I think that whenever we have some physical problem and even when it gets better, our body remembers what was wrong and we are more sensitive to the same thing happening again and things- like a bad cold or crying - that wouldn't really affect anyone else this way do make our condition worse. The fact that you did get better once is a sign that you can get better again. You just have to find a good doctor than can help you make your treatment more permanent this time.
Good luck and I hope you feel better soon
When a neck problem doesn't resolve, it may be that the leg muscles have not been properly evaluated and treated. Your physio should have taken out a goniometer and measured your pelvic angle for anterior rotation. Excessive anterior rotation of the pelvis is caused by tight leg muscles in the front of the thigh, the quadriceps muscles. Pelvic anterior rotation leads to a forward head posture. The forward head posture creates and/or perpetuates excessive tension and spasm in the tmj muscles. If the physio treats only the neck, you have a therapist who is chasing symptoms and doesn't get the whole picture, however well trained, well-meaning, caring and skilled. The physio may just be doing what they know and have never been trained or taught to see that tmj for many people is a whole-body syndrome.
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Dianne tmj yes starthpine is close very close thankyou for the advice. I will look into it. What is the las vegas institute and what do they do? PLymouth also I haven't had my legs measured etc which now has me thinking? If my neck has probs why isn't she looking at my pelvic area also. Lots of food for thought. I will investigate that woman at strathpine and find out what she does because its here in my city and thats the best news. Thankyou one and all for the advice. I'm sure i;ll be back on the boards things aren't the best.