paxy - im 21, but i'll be 22 in 2 days. ewww. hehe.
a long time ago, an oral surgeon said to stay away from weight-lifting or anything high impact. instead, he suggested walking, biking, or swimming for exercise. perhaps it'd be better to try something that wont cause you a lot of strain which could perpetuate your pain and symptoms?
thank god.. i do have a bf, and i honestly have no idea how he puts up with me. he's stuck by me for the past 4.5 years, and he's seen me rock-bottom. sometimes i'll tell him to go find another chick who'll give him the world, but he never goes [thank god].. he wants to be with me.. [crazy guy..
i generally dont talk about my pain to anyone except for my bf when it gets really bad. i've found that most people are not receptive to hearing about my pain, so i dont burden them with it. however, finding this forum is extremely beneficial, since the people here know exactly what you're going thru. as well, they're extremely supportive.
anyway, i wish you luck.. and good health.