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Tomorrow I'm going to see a maxillo facial surgeon, having being diagnosed with TMJD by an ear specialist who just did an endoscopy of my ears and didn't even feel my jaw or face. I don't understand what could be happening with me, the ear dr told me my jaw is swollen and making the inner ear swollen also, and prescribed anti inflammatories/muscle relaxants for a week, and using heat. Until I came on the net and read about TMJ I was under the impression it was no big deal, that I just had some inflammation from grinding my teeth and when the anti inflammatories worked I would be better. I now see things are far more complicated.
I'm not sure what to ask the surgeon tomorrow. I want to know if my disc is misplaced or damaged and if the TMJ is dislocated somehow. Will a simple x-ray show this? I also want to know here the inflammation is, what will make it go away, why exactly it has occurred. Also, I'm scared the condyle (bone?) could be eroded or degenerated, I don't really understand still all the ramifying effects a distorted TMJ can have, what is inflamed in my jaw for example, the muscle? Does more bone than the condyle (i.e. the whole jaw bone degenerate over time?) I'm pretty scared of what tomorrow will show.
[This message has been edited by Isobelj (edited 09-03-2003).]