I am new to this board and am here as a result of my jaw now locked for over two weeks. I have a history of grinding my teeth at night (I am 28), and my jaw started locking for the first time in Nov 04. It started off where I would wake up and it would be locked but would unlock after several minutes. Then gradually I would awake each day and it would be locked sometimes for hours. Now this is the first time it's permanently locked. I tried muscle relaxers, valium (from the ER), heat-cold-massage and nothing worked. So I went to a TMJ doc who said it's a problem with the disc, not muscle and I now have a bottom splint. As I've been reading through this board, I've noticed several people have their jaws locked for months and years. This really freaks me out. So I wanted to take a poll: For those who have/had locked jaw for significant lengths of time, how many are still locked and for how long? What have your treatments been? Same questions for those who are no longer locked- what worked and how long did it take?
Thanks in advance! I want to know what I'm in for