Yeah, and at time it was so strong that my ear would be twisted and pushed up off the side of my head. I can tell you that EVERYTIME I have a muscle flap done the "problems" go away then it seems after a while and the muscle is stretched back out again the problems start again. I have had the muscles on both sides of my neck buldge so far off the sides of my neck I looked like a freak and when that would happen I could not turn my head, breathe, swallow ect. I have yet to be able to pin point something I am doing that triggers it, since I have just been driving down the road and had it happen.
I want to add something here......in 1997 when I first began having really bad problems with my TMJ all of these things we are discussing NOW on this board, soem of the doctors I was sent to to "HELP" me would tell me
"Well, now that problem/issue/ ect. has nothing to do with your TMJ" YES it must since sooooooooooooooooooo many other are experiancing and have experianced just about the same thing, we just describe it in our own words. Such as the Shooting Pain" that would rip through the left and right sides of my head, I would describe it as being struck by a bolt of lighting or being stabbed in the head by ice pick. Yet so many others have the same pain. I feel so LUCKY to have found an Oral Surgeon who LISTENED TO ME and did not send me to a shrink. If SSD would allow US to write the requirements for SSD for TMJ so many others could be helped since we have lived this and are living with it. Okay, I am done venting. Thanks for reading!