For about 4 years now I have suffered from a stuck jaw in the mornings, I also have fullness in my ears permenently. Most mornings upon awakening I can click my jaw back into position, however this morning it wont go back. This happened a couple of years of ago and it was out for about a week, is this a sympton of TMJ. I have been reading through a lot of the posts on here and I have to say that I dont experience any pain other then a few headaches.
I did go to my dentist couple of years ago and he said my problems were due to clenching my teeth at night and prescribed me a night guard, I tried using this but it made me feel sick and hurt my teeth, it felt really tight. I now have a phobia about dentists as I find it difficult to keep my mouth open for long periods of time and the dentists here in England dont seem to be very up on TMJ. I have also been to my doctors and he perscribed me anti inflammatories which I took, they didnt seem to do much either! I can live with fullness in the ears, used to that now and I can live with the stuck jaw in the mornings as long as it goes back into place when i wake up. I know now that I wont be able to eat much today as when the jaws out it feels weird and makes me feel very depressed. Not sure whether to go and see a chiropractor, find a new dentist (mines now left) or go back to doctors.
When you say you wake with a stuck jaw.... do you mean you cannot open it much at all?? OR... is it more a sensation of it being "disclocated" -- or out of line - where it's painful to move it. When you would "click" it back does it instantly feel all better - like a huge relief and you can move it freely?
If the root of the lock is primarily muslce spasm/tension in the chewing muscles --- perhaps from clenching/grinding --- you may do well with the proper neuromuscular splint... or tens therapy to help calm the msucles down.
There is the whole issue of disc displacement...but if your problem stems from the muscles... the disc has been known to be recaptured with the right therapy.
Try to find a competent tmj expert in your area. It seems important to get the right treatment as early in the game as possible.
thanks for that, the jaw feels discolated and soon as I click in back into place it feels immediatly better and the relief is amazing. Sometimes when im dropping off to sleep I feel it dislodge, its a weird sensation. I will take your advice and try and find a tmj specialist tho in England they are far and few between
Hi again Michelle,
I relate a lot to your description of the jaw going out of joint, and also to the amazing relief when it goes back. For me though... I've got this same syndrome happenning in other joints... my spine - my shoulder ... it's even happenned in my thumb?! I've been classified as having a hypermobility syndrome or loose ligaments. My Jaw can go in and out this way 20 times a day (or more). This type of subluxation causes muscle spasm.. which only makes things worse.
There is a doctor in London.. a professor Rodney Ghrame I believe who is a world expert in this syndrome.
Do you have any other joint issues... are you very flexible in your hands - spine - knees - other?
I do hope you can figure this out. I know how tough it is. I have a hunch that the reason it's not always easy to click the jaw back is the muscles tightening around the joint -- holding it.
Have you tried muscle relaxants... massage etc?
i have had problems with my knee joint, i slipped a few years ago and it dislocated, I have also dislocated the disc in my lower back. The thing is I worry about having TMJ but when I read other peoples stories they talk about pain and i can honestly say that i dont suffer from any pain whatsoever, I get the odd headaches but nothing to complain about. I find I cant eat anything that requires chewing without the clicking sensation in my jaw within 2 hours of waking up, if I do I can feel my jaw dislocating. It is so nice to talk to someone that understands what im going through, I really appreciate your postings cos altho im not in pain, the situation makes me feel really down at times.
It's really hard to say what is going on with you exactly. I had a jaw that clunked and clicked for many years before the full-blown pain syndrome presented. I almost think that some of us are pre-disposed by having connective tissue that is somewhat unstable - and if something comes along that "triggers" an episode -- things like herniated discs, dislocated joints - or tmj problems arise. For me there was a bad reaction to a myelogram test (where they puncture the spinal dura ...and spinal fluid leaked). This left me with intractible headache -- for 2 years (I mean abnormal excruciating head pain and pressure). Before I knew it my once asymptomatic jaw was really symptomatic. I'm not sure if I'd never had that myelogrm if I'd be where I am now... or would some other event have triggered the onset of this.
Since you do seem to have some other joint issues, I would be really careful about proper body mechanics - and good muscle strength building (without stressing the joints).
In the meantime.. I do hope you can connect with a good tmj specialist....someone who understands the neuromuscular approach..and perhaps hypermobility too.