I have clenched my teeth for as long as I can remember but it has gotten much worse over the past year or so. I clench down pretty hard and I make my wife slap me because I make this really stupid face when I do it. I have had dizziness (more disequilibrium than spinning) since college and have tried a few medications. I have had all the tests done (ears, heart, head, blah blah blah)and my doctor is convinced it is anxiety. I'm currently on Lexapro, but in the back of mind I think that TMJ could be causing some of this anxiety. I don't have any noticeable pain, but my jaw does pop on the right side when I open my mouth and my ears feel a bit clogged from time to time. My doctor doesn't seem to think that clenching my teeth could cause any of these types of problems, but it seems like I have heard many people on these boards say otherwise. Any thoughts out there?????? Thanks
I've been to 3 doctors all telling me different things. 1 doctor told me stress, another doctor told me anxiety, another doctor told me to get more rest etc... Then finally I went to a qualified doctor and he did x-rays, he saw that I had some scar tissue in my bone, near my joint. This is what was cauing me to have TMJ-like symptoms. The moral of the story is, if 1 doctor has told you it isn't TMJ, don't worry and don't be convinced. To me this sounds like TMJ, I don't have contant pain either, actually I almost never get pain, its mostly annoying pain. So now that I know it's this, I will see more qualified people to see what I can do for the problem. Please find some doctors in your area that are qualified to treat this. Maybe speak to a good dentist about. TMJ is VERY often mis-diagnosed so don't worry. Please let us know what happens! Take care.
I don't ever recall ever hearing about the tmj joint or tmjd during school and I also don't think most Drs. know about it either.
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