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Old 06-07-2005, 07:50 PM   #1
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TMJ and disabiliy

Have any of you applied for disability insurance with TMJ as your main or one of your medical complications? I did and I finally won but it was a very long hard battle proving that having jaw joints out of place can mess up your whole head (ears, head, balance, ability to get nutrition, chronic pain, depression from pain and lack of being able to communicate with your mouth...etc) Im always thinking they are plotting ways to take it away from me.

Old 06-07-2005, 11:38 PM   #2
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Re: TMJ and disabiliy

Papergoods ,
I am happy for you. TMJ is not considered a disablity here in WI , which isn't cool. It can definately affect one's whole life ! My TMJ specialist said he'd never heard of anyone winning disablility here in WI on TMJ alone. I say that if insurance companies , medical programs , dental policies and what have you won't cover this disorder ;then TMJ will become a major disablity , ( in time. ) It bothers me that society has to be so thick - headed and ignorant. Yeah , it's easy to be paranoid about people believing us ! I believe you and so will everyone else here. I feel lonely , myself sometimes. TMJ can be a nightmare. You hang in there.
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Old 06-08-2005, 01:21 AM   #3
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Re: TMJ and disabiliy

Thanks, yea its not considered a disability anywhere, my disability of course was not won on that alone Ive had a bunch of spine surgeries as well, but when I applied, the problems affecting me the most were stemming from the jaw, the dizziness, the nausea, brainfog, the total facial pain anytime I smiled or tried to eat, Click clack!

its amazing this thing we use to breathe, eat, communicate, swallow all these major life functions controlled by this jaw. thing is I could win the battle of the pain,up until it took over my ears, when it got my ears it got my head and boom, I was out of the loop.

I did have to write to my local house of representatives office to help, but I did get coverage, so far I havent had quite as much luck getting coverage for treatment, everything is deemed not proven to work or something. But heck if some spint or PT takes you out of pain for a night!

Old 06-08-2005, 05:45 PM   #4
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Re: TMJ and disabiliy

Can tmj make you feel dizzy? Also, on the side that I have tmj, is it possible to feel pain behind your eye or have blurry vision at times? I had my eyes checked and there is nothing wrong, so Im thinking it might be from the tmj????

Old 06-08-2005, 10:17 PM   #5
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Re: TMJ and disabiliy

Oh my yes TMJ causes dizziness. One of the biggest reasons I know of is that it plays with your middle and inner ears, which in part control balance. This sounds weird, but I read all the medical explanations of it and didnt understand a thing, then I read the chapter of Burt Reynods biography where he describes how TMJ took him down for a while, he explains the dizzy factor very well, it goes back to your ears. Somehting about the eustation tubes dont drain right and you get fluid in your ears (one possibility) and the other is the refered pain to the ears since the jaw joint is so close. There have been times Ive walked into a store and had to hang on to the cart because I feel so disoriented.

Old 06-18-2005, 10:42 AM   #6
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Re: TMJ and disabiliy

dizziness is definately part of tmj.

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