Re: Is this TMJ related?
Don't give up. I have been sent to the shrink several times in the past year. I was told I have TMJ and then the same specialist said that I only have TMJ like symptoms that are being caused by something else. I swell up like a chipmunk and for a petite frame, my face belongs to somebody else when times are bad. My muscles (ever since wisdom tooth extraction) have spasms and then I battle to relieve them. A hot bath, Elavil (works like a charm when times are bad), herbal teas have all been helpful. I have been to a neurologist as I lost all feeling in my right cheek where my wisdom tooth was extracted. I was brushed off like a lunatic so I tried another neuro and another...It seems that during wisdom tooth extraction, sth went wrong and I am now faced with getting the other two upper wisdom teeth removed which are probably also contributing to it as I have a tiny mouth. After some dental work on my first molar my bite has also changed so it is as if I am running in circles. I visited about 5 dentists to eliminate bad teeth as being the cause. Have you ruled out teeth completely? Finally one dentist had the brilliant idea, after I begged them to, to take an updated x-ray of my root canaled tooth that has been uncomfortable and bingo...big abscess under it that led me to the brink of developing Ludwig's angina symptoms over the weekend. Landed in emerge and now I am now on heavy antibios and undergoing retreatment. Originally, my physio thought my muscles were the main thing tensing up and causing the chipmunk look, but my salivary glands seem to be struggling as well because of the infection. Have you had an MRI done to prove jaw disc dislocation or inflammation or to rule out salivary gland problems? Mine isn't displaced but because I have rheumatism (only 27 yrs old though), and following all the dental stress on it, I have developed TMJ symptoms but no dislocation is visible...just a fluid blocking it.
Don't give up. Just make sure you have ruled out every possible other thing that can cause TMJ symptoms like bad teeth (failed root canal), NICO (osteomyelitis causes TMJ symptoms so have your blood checked), rheumatism...
You are not alone in this...I have been told I am a hypochondriac with psychosomatic pain!!! When a problem can't easily be diagnosed, then the shrink is the easiest solution for docs.
Take good care,