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Old 10-10-2003, 11:03 PM   #1
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Well it all started when I got my hair cut. I really took time to look at my face because it seemed like it leaned one way. Almost as if it was not symmetrical (sp?). I "think" I have heard that sometimes TMJ can cause your face to become of or crooked? She told me to hold my head straight, and I was like uhhh.... I am. I felt so embarrased. It is crooked. And then my mom was trimming the ends because it was a little crooked and she told me to hold my head straight and once again I was like uhhhhh.... I am. Do any of you have this? I mean it is kinda embarrasing but you can't notice it unless you actually study it. I cannot tell that my eyes and ears are "perfectly" lined up but maybe will the TMJ doctor do something to test this ya think? I have no clue and I would really like to know if my face is crooked or what?

Like I said, do any of you that have TMJ have this? I was thinking maybe it is because of the muscle pulling sometimes the TMJ joint itself can exert, so it pulls my head down? Well I hope one of you can help me! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/yawn.gif ~Ear~ http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif

 
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Old 10-11-2003, 09:29 AM   #2
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Ouch,
Put this on your list to bring to the attention of the TMJ specialist when you have your appointment. It is probably significant to a diagnosis and treatment.

 
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Old 10-11-2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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Gen Den,

Why would that be important for a diagnosis. I've seen asymetrical face on the list of tmj symptoms. I thought no ones face was the same on either side ...very few anyway. Does this contribute to TMJ ...or is it because the discs are displaced or the bite changes ...which changes your facial appearance?? What do you know about this?

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Old 10-11-2003, 11:10 AM   #4
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That's what experts do. They put together clues to come up with a diagnosis. It may or may not be significant. It may be tight muscles that are pulling the head into a crooked position. It could mean any number of things. It may also not be important. It is one more piece to put into the puzzle for diagnosis.

 
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Hi GenDen,

You're right that's what the experts do. I know my TMJ specialist said that my facial features, etc were not symetrical. I think that's the way I was born.

So, how is your treatment going? I know you said you had a set back after some health issues. Are you in a splint at the moment? Were your joints sore when you started treatment. I am wearing my new splint 24/7 and it's easier than I thought to wear it. The hard thing is not stressing the jaw by talking too much, or moving the jaw around and not opening too wide. The diet changes are a chore too. I have to eat differently than the rest of the family. I'm left with a very sore jaw joint and I'm praying that this settles down if I don't open my mouth and eat soft. It's probably going to take one day at a time. I never did have an MRI, my TMJ doctor doesn't use them.

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Facial features are not symmetrical. However, if the head doesn't sit straight on the neck (shoulders), that is something else. It could be tight muscles on the side of the neck.
I am in a splint. Just had it adjusted again. Doing fairly well, but I am resigned to the fact that I will always have to eat soft foods and be careful not to stress my jaw joints and associated muscles in any way.

 
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Hi GenDen,

That makes perfect sense. I'm glad to hear that you are doing better. I don't mind eating soft foods and I guess we all need to take care of our jaw joints...but, someday I hope to be able to eat things like a sandwich, or a salad, or some kind of meat again. Beef in a blender just doesn't sound great. My TMJ doctor said I will be able to eat apples again someday. Now that I'm not even going to try, unless it is cut up in very small pieces. GenDen, how long have you been strugglng with TMJ? For me it's been about 2 years now. You are seeing a specialist that uses the Functional Jaw Orthopedics, right? Sounds like it is working out for you.

Take care GenDen!
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Old 10-11-2003, 08:54 PM   #8
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Originally posted by Ouch-ear-pain:
Like I said, do any of you that have TMJ have this? I was thinking maybe it is because of the muscle pulling sometimes the TMJ joint itself can exert, so it pulls my head down? Well I hope one of you can help me! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/yawn.gif ~Ear~ http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif

I had this. You can get it fixed. Don't expect dentists or doctors to do it. They believe that the
cranial bones are fixed and immovable. Not so and there's new research coming out to prove it. Japanese researchers found a quarter inch of cartilage in one of cranial joints. That allows for a lot of movement. The edges of the temporal bones are actually designed for movement and articulation with the other cranial bones. Four very strong muscles attach to the base of the temporal bone, including two major postural muscles of your back. Your whole body and your posture and any asymmetries can work their way up into your head and face and tmj area. To get help you'll need to find a good osteopath, cranialsacral therapist or neuromuscular therapist. Some chiropractors and physcial therapists may know too.


 
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