| | Myofascial Pain: Cause or Effect of TMJ?
I've been doing a lot of research since I've come down with TMJ. I have been having nonstop head and neck pain for months and months, and I guess I just thought I had a bad headache aggravated by tension or something. But now I realize I have MPD (Myofascial Pain Disorder). My scalp is extremely tight all over and the base of my skull (upper neck) are horrid every single day.
I recall when the onset of this was. It happened after I came off Klonopin (a tranquilizing med and muscle relaxant I was prescribed in the hospital for a toxic reaction to another med). The withdrawal I had was very severe, and all my muscles tightened up all over the place, especially in my head, neck and shoulders. I had this severe muscle tension for a couple of months and then I noticed my jaw started clicking, and that's when my TMJ came into play.
So in my case anyway, it appears that it was the severe muscle tension that brought on the TMJ. I still have the head and neck pain very bad. But now, I have jaw pain and tightness on top of that.
My question is if a splint for TMJ could help the muscle spasm over the rest of my head because it seems in my case the muscle spasm was the cause of the TMJ - not the other way around like most dentists tell you - that the muscle spasm is caused by the TMJ. My muscle spasm was caused by drug withdrawal and not TMJ, so I'm wondering if a splint will even help my neck and head pain or if the TMJ and MPD are two separate problems. I hope this is clear what I'm trying to ask here.