the thought of chewing gum makes my spine crawl. for me, my pain and symptoms get much worse after chewing, laughing, smiling, eating, etc. so chewing gum is a huuuuuuuuge no-no for me, since my problems are muscular related.
when i got botox, i had to chew gum right after it to make sure the botox was distributed throughout the chewing muscles. before that, tho, i hadnt chewed gum for about 8 or so years because of the warnings from my TMJD doctors.
i've read everywhere that if you have TMJD symptoms you should really avoid chewy foods and anything that puts extra strain on your TMJs.
i find it extremely interesting that gum helps you. i really dont know what to say about it..
have you discussed this with a dentist?
[This message has been edited by saaraah (edited 09-28-2003).]