I went to a fantastic oral surgeon in Delray Beach, FL by the name of Dr. Westine. He was knowledgeable, gentle and kind. The first treatment he reccomends besides the obvious splint therapy is stress reduction. Does any one have any tips on how to find out what makes you stressed and how to eliminate it?
Of course, some will say to seek professional advice on this one...But, I do not think that's always the case.
I'll tell you what I've done to simplify my life.
The first thing, it may sound a little harsh; but....it worked, was to find out who was stressful around me, friend wise. I basically had to cut out their drama from my life. This takes a while to accomplish; but, it does help. True friends will always be around; but, others, the one's I call energy hogs have to go... I stopped calling them and hanging out with them.
Concentrate on your healing. That is the most important. Regardless of how hectic your life is, make sure you take time for yourself. Take a quiet walk, alone. Take a nice hot bubble bath. Go to a quiet room and read a book or magazine. Try doing some yoga....or, you can go to Border's or the like and read up on meditation....This can help..Meditation isn't about new age hokey pokey..It's about truly relaxing. There are great books on the subject.
Another thing I did was to carry a small notebook around with me 24/7 and notated when I was stressed out...what happened, who was around, my reaction.... I re read it weekly and figured out a lot. There were some people who were so negative, that I was being negative. I soaked it up like a sponge...oooh. So, I try to avoid them, as much as possible. I also learned if I was overacting to things and learned that the only thing I could do was to control my reaction....And, I started to read affirmations like, "Peace, Be Still." in my head until I felt calm.
Above all be good to yourself, surround yourself with good positive people, and allow yourself to feel what you do...it is better to feel now, than to be an erupting volcano...
Oh, ya, and I write as much as possible in a journal.. It doesn't have to be something special...I have a 50 cent notebook. No one sees it. And, sometimes, what I write makes no sense....it just helps get some of the craziness out...so, that I won't be that erupting volcano.
I read your posts. Did he do any x-rays or anything or check your bite?
Its hard to eliminate all stress, it's more the way we react to stressful situations. If I find myself getting edgy I just try to remind myself to calm down. Also if you can stay away from people that stress you if you can. Sounds like your oral sx. thinks this is more a problem of stress than physical then. Boy that is great- hope it works for you.
I wanted to add that I quit caffiene and make sure I get pleanty of Calcium and Mag- also exercise is a good way to de-stress.
You are right about the caffeine, cal/mag, reducing junk food, and exercise. Those all help with any kind of health difficulty.
I went to a TMJD specialist and got relief from wearing a night and a daytime spint. He is outside of Ft. Worth, Tx, and is great!!!!!!!!! Dr. Jeff McCarty
Also, pray to God that He will lead you in the right direction for your particular problems. He is faithful to always be there for you!
My ear pain and headaches were getting unbearable and the stress of teaching aggravated my TMJD problem, so after several doctors, we narrowed it down to TMJ dysfunction.With the proper splints, I am now Advil free for 5 days.
Those are some fantastic suggestions. I've been thinking of taking up Yoga. I also have some orthopedic problems, mainly hips, wrists and ankles, (honestly I thought these problems were all connected,) and yoga and other stretching excersizes may help this as well. As for x-rays, we did an open and closed panaramic, but I eschewed the MRI. (Too expensive!) But the doc thinks I have a displaced disks as opposed to degenerative disks. He also says there is no bone damage at this point, (whew!) and that three weeks in a splint will do me some good. I'm hoping that with some anti-stress efforts and judicious use of tylenol and splint, I'll be back on solid food soon. What do you guys think of therapy? I'm honestly not sure what stresses me out more, money, my job or my scary ghetto neighboorhood, but I know that most of these stressors are nothing I can readily fix and I need to learn to deal with them, (because I can't eliminate them!) What do you think?
Only you know if therapy is right for you. But, beware. I know there are great, qualified therapists out there. And, they can help.
But, let me tell you about an experience I had.....I went to a therapist for a totally different, yet traumatic event. This doctor wasn't prepared to handle what I was going through. She had no clue as to how to counsel me. Being in pain, I wasn't strong enough to see through her shortcoming.....until, a year and a half later.
I guess I relay this is because if you are considering counseling..research and try to find someone who is trained on chronic pain....
And, actually, I have been considering just that. Most of those around me don't know how to help me...and, to be honest...it is getting a little old. I feel like their lives continue and my life is on hold...so, that is why I am considering counseling...
As far as your stress...why don't you try writing, or journaling. Have you ever did that? For me, this is the only thing which keeps me sane, at times. It helps get all the craziness out of my head.
I think everyone had great ideas...eating right (of course that is difficult with TMJ) and exercising are important things to do..My doctor just told me how that could positively affect my healing. It can't hurt, huh??