I have been a night clencher/grinder all my life, but I had no symptoms of TMJ whatsoever until 9 months ago after coming off Klonopin too fast and my muscles all went into spasm.
About three months post-withdrawal, my jaw began to click and pop. It wasn't painful, so I didn't do anything about it. A couple of months after that, I noticed how tight my whole face and head felt.
I am now at the point where I can barely function as my whole head, scalp, neck, and jaw are so painfully tight and in spasm. I can't open my mouth real wide, and my teeth all hurt like crazy.
I understand that getting treatment early in the TMJ problem is so important. I'm wondering if I let this go too long and now I'm in big trouble? It seems to me that I went from zero symptoms to very bad symptoms in a matter of 9 months or so. Is this usual? I just can't believe how fast it got this bad.
I suffered for 14 months before I found the right dentist and the right treatment - so there IS still something you can do!! Just don't wait too long, as it can take some time to find the right dentist/treatment.