Re: Does stress and constant worrying make the...
I take anti-anxiety (yes, the big V.) 1/2 of the smallest dose available during the day and 1 of the small dose at bedtime. It helps me keep my shoulders down and my jaw relaxed, somewhat. I am fortunate enough to still be able to work, despite my muscle spasms, but have to take frequent stretch and walking breaks. Thank goodness my employer is understanding.
I worry about long-term affects of V., but I am, just like everyone else, just trying to get through this with minimum pain and further damage.
I found a good chiro that also upon every visit has his staff perform ultrasound, heat and massage. My insurance is not very generous for chiros (10 visits/year), but this practitioner has agreed to keep his patients at the co-pay level after they've topped out. I'm hoping to give them a try next week.
My insurance allows an unbelievable 90 visits a year for P.T., which I had 10-12 visits, but to be honest, with one P.T. working on up to 5 patients at a time, it only wasted my time and money.
I've yet to find the right TMJ specialist in my area. Working towards researching #3.
I've had some relief with Epidural Steroidal Injections in my cervical spine and an Occipital Nerve Block, but it is dwindling.
On we go.