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Old 03-30-2004, 10:52 AM   #1
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for those who are doing well with splint

I am currently in splint therapy. I am trying to hear from different people who are doing well using a splint. How long was it till you felt some relief and did you wake up one morning and just feel better or did your pain subside alittle at a time. do you still have some bad days just not as many. right now Ive been wearing my splint for 3 weeks but im really not counting the first week because i didn't keep it in the whole week. i havent had any relief yet but i guess its still to soon to tell. thanks for any help.

 
Old 03-30-2004, 12:15 PM   #2
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

i felt better with my repositioning splint about 2 days after i began wearing it. it was actually quite dramatic for me. my muscular pain was reduced almost immediately, and it helped my migraines, which tend to be associated with muscle spasms. i still got 'normal' headaches every day, but they were manageable, tho. my joint noises were reduced except for the right side, which began popping -- it had been permanently displaced. as well, i wasnt deviating as much.

i was at a point where i told my bf that if i was like that [pain- and symptom-wise] for the rest of my life, i would be content.

i jinxed myself, tho, because i had a setback after 5 months of splint therapy, and im not doing that great.. time will tell if i'll get back up to the [good] level i had.

in general, it can take anywhere from 4-12 months to feel relief. it completely depends on the person, their type of symptoms, and so many other factors. i'd give it a few more months before you give up.

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Old 03-30-2004, 05:02 PM   #3
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

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I am currently in splint therapy. I am trying to hear from different people who are doing well using a splint. How long was it till you felt some relief and did you wake up one morning and just feel better or did your pain subside alittle at a time. do you still have some bad days just not as many. right now Ive been wearing my splint for 3 weeks but im really not counting the first week because i didn't keep it in the whole week. i havent had any relief yet but i guess its still to soon to tell. thanks for any help.
Hi:
I am in the 6th month of splint therapy and I am doing very well. I am getting ready to move onto phase ll very soon. I was lucky I think because within a few days of starting splint therapy I began to feel much better. I've had one really bad set back but it didn't last even 4 days so don't give up on your splint, it could still work. Just hang in there.
Tiffany

 
Old 03-31-2004, 09:23 AM   #4
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

I posted this response on one of the other threads, but maybe it can give you some encouragement, too:


I have been trying to get my 16-year-old daughter to contribute to this message board because I thought she could provide some insight and encouragement on her TMD treatment - but she's 16 and she has a lot of other things in her life and hasn't been nearly as consumed with this process as I have (thank God).

She is also getting ready for Phase II - probably in the next couple of months. She has been in splint therapy for 16 months - quite a bit longer than we anticipated. During that time we had ups and downs. Her doctor said she was "one tough nut to crack", but we all had the same goal which was to avoid surgery. I'm so glad we were patient. She has been able to fully open her mouth with no more locking for the last two months.

Last night, as we were in the doctor's waiting room, a young girl was leaving the examining room with her brand new, big old honking splint and tears in her eyes. The doctor told her to chat with the "expert" (my daughter) - I hope we convinced her to be patient and let the splint do its job - the same message I would like to share with those of you who are

 
Old 03-31-2004, 10:35 AM   #5
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Hi there - I've been in an upper splint since October, and wearing a splint 24/7 for the last 4 out of 5 months. My ortho is pleased with my progress and I noticed a reduction in my TMD symptoms of facial pain, jaw ache, headaches within about a week. First, I noticed a lot of muscle fluttering in the jaw region for a week, which the ortho said was normal. Although my pain has been much reduced, I still have limited jaw opening, and jaw clicking/popping.

I thought I was doing much better since I started treatment, but I just posted today that I seem to be having somewhat of a setback with increased pain/discomfort. So, I guess treatment is an ongoing process with setbacks too.

I will do anything to avoid surgery however, even though my joints are showing deterioration, and my X-ray showed bone loss too.

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Old 03-31-2004, 11:18 AM   #6
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hello it took me about a month to fell some differance, an about three to rely notice a big differance however after 13 months in lower an upper splints i'm pain free an going on with braces phase two at 46 an doing very well matter of fact today is orthodontic adjustment day an i look foward to seeing movement , an a long time of a pain free pretty stright smile , joe martin

 
Old 04-01-2004, 05:56 AM   #7
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

I've been in lower splint therapy for 6 months. I've worn it 24/7. My doctor and specialist have sent me to a chiropractor who is really good at getting the muscles of the face, neck and head to relax in addition to treatment with the splint. The first night was really painful for me in my right jaw, but after that I began to see great improvement. My headaches and jaw noises have decreased, as well as pain in different areas of my head that I had to check the first time I went there. Each time I went in, my opening improved. In December, they took records again, and were pleased to see that my jaw is going naturally to it's new position (which is where it should have been all along.) They recommended that I get crowns instead of doing braces since I have degenerative arthritis in my joints. I have to get the okay from my insurance first, so if they say "no," I'll go the braces route instead. I clench at night, so they say that if I wear an NTI at night, it should eliminate my headaches all together. Maybe you should call whoever is treating you, my person said that i should get improvement within 7 - 10 days. Maybe your teeth aren't meeting the splint correctly. I had to have mine adjusted just shortly after and adjustment because I was in more pain. Let them know, there may be something they can do to help.

 
Old 04-01-2004, 06:45 AM   #8
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

HI MosMom,

Would you be so kind as to share the problem your daughter had. Did she have problems with the joints or discs? Did she have an MRI? Was she in a lower splint that she wore 24/7 and/or did she have a different splint that she wore at night? Any information you could share would be helpful and give the rest of us an idea what to expect. It sounds like you found a very good doctor.

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Old 04-01-2004, 07:50 AM   #9
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

Good Morning, gpw57 -
My daughter's problem stems from a displaced disk, but this diagnosis was done with no MRI. I actually wanted to get one for her, but her doctor wanted to hold off because he knew my insurance covered none of this and he felt confident of his diagnosis based on his 20-something years of experience treating TMD. If she had not responded to treatment, he would have ordered an MRI.
Her treatment began with a night only upper splint. When she didn't show improvement, he switched her to an upper splint that she wore 24/7. (As an aside, I would like to say how proud I am of my daughter for sticking with this process with such good humor). She showed gradual improvement with that and could actually string together a few days in a row where her jaw wasn't locked in the morning.
Then we had the depressing relapse. Jaw locking every morning. Locking during the day. Sometimes staying locked for days.
He then made her a new upper splint - I can't remember the name - with a big ramp to pull her jaw forward. She started improving again. Seemed to gain almost a full range of opening in her jaw. She said it just felt slightly off on one side...like it just could open a little more, but she could definitley live with the way it was. Then one morning, about two or three months ago, she gave a big yawn...felt a huge "pop" and....instant relief. Her joint has felt great since then.
When we were at the doctor's the other night, I told him how I read about disks being "recaptured" and asked if that is what happend to my daughter. He felt that was a misnomer and that disks are re-shaped, not recaptured. Whatever it's called, I hope we continue our path in the right direction.
In a month he will make models for braces and a lower splint to keep her jaw/bite stable until the braces do their thing.

Anyway...that's our story...sorry if I've been too verbose. Best of luck to you all.
Mosmom

 
Old 04-02-2004, 04:42 PM   #10
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I had a "temporary" splint made yesterday. It is what my dentist called a platform splint. I was already feeling relief by the time I was driving home. I thought it was pretty amazing because I have spent most of the last 3 weeks in bed or on the couch with agonizing symptoms and dizziness so bad at times I couldn't open my eyes.
I hope all who are doing well continue to do so!
Karen

 
Old 04-27-2004, 10:43 AM   #11
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

geevee624,
I was re-reading some old posts and came across this thread. I was wondering how you were doing with your splint now that you've had it a little longer.

Mosmom

 
Old 04-27-2004, 05:29 PM   #12
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Re: for those who are doing well with splint

Hi i have had a lower splint for about 4 months that i wear 24/7 and i have gotten so use to it i kind of feel lost without it. I have gotten better i can open my mouth a little wider and my jaw does not deviate as much. I was getting all kinds of weird symptoms like muscle aches, anxiety, headaches really painful ones behind the eyes, ***** feeling etc. and even though i still have these sometimes they are not everyday like they were. When i have bad days like this past weekend it is easy to jump the gun and say this is not working because we all want an instant cure but then i try to remember what it was like before my TMJ shed some light on the situation and before this mouth guard how i was in pain and different symptoms that were not even related and every doctor had a different theory and they thought you were some hypochondric and that keeps me going in hopes that there will be a day i can get past this all. To tell you the truth i would rather wear this splint the rest of my life then deal with the pain i had before the splint. Again there are setbacks and now i am getting dizziness but i am hoping it is just part of the process of getting my jaw realigned and then i can move on......

 
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