Hi PWC. I'm sorry to hear you are still doing so poorly. Have you considered, or is it even possible, to get another surgeon who is willing to cut the sutures holding the discs in place? I've never heard of this, but think it could be done. I'm assuming you have found a new tmj doctor. I know you are trying to stick with conservative treatments at this point, due to the problems you have had. Does anyone say you will come out of this? Can the sutures be stretched or anything? I'm just amazed that someone would do this. Have you found anyone else who has had this done?
As for me, I am still not completely healed. I'm not supposed to chew until Aug. 1st, but couldn't wait. I chew on occasion, and every time I do, I deal with excrutiating pain the next day. I understand I started too early, but what's going to happen at that magical 6 month mark that's going to make it okay? If it's killing me now, won't it then? I thought for sure I was healed at this point. I've managed to get my opening up to about 47 or 48 mm which is incredible. I don't know what a normal opening is, but this is close enough for me. The side I had the discectomy on still rubs and grinds, but the doc said it's normal. It's not associated with pain, so at this point, I won't worry about it. I got off all my meds except the anti inflammatories, but now, I'm considering going back on something. I guess I'll take it easy for the next 2 months, and see what happens then. I'm just so sick of yogurt, applesauce and soup. I've been planning my Aug. 1st meal for awhile now, but I think the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich may be out forever!