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Old 08-24-2005, 12:26 PM   #1
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Tmj Headaches

I have migraine headaches from my TMJD. These are in my left temple and are hard to deal with. I wonder what anyone else is doing for their headaches caused from TMJD? Is there any medication anyone has tried for these that helps? Any suggestions Thanks

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Old 08-25-2005, 04:37 AM   #2
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Re: Tmj Headaches

I'm still not sure if my pain and headaches and dizziness are from my inner ear (vestibular infection I had in May) or from TMJ. All I get told is "Dunno, you are too anxious". Well DOH, anyone with the pain I've got would be anxious too.

However, what I have done which has helped me with my pain (all in that muscle on the scalp and behind the ear and down my neck and into my
shoulder) is:

professional remedial massage
Atsragalus Forte (liquid)
Glucosamine supplements
Multivitamin supplements
Vasalvar manouvre and others for my e-tubes which are constantly blocked or closed.

and just yesterday I started using Nurofen Migraine twice a day (sick of being a martyr with pain I'm gonna do drugs whenever I need to now) and Difflam extra strength gel (benzydamine hydrochloride 5%) on the muscles of my jaw, behind my ear and on the scalp where it hurts. Could all just be placebo effect but it's better than doing nothing. I've also worn my magnetic back support night and day (probably does nothing but I'm trying everything I've got) and pushed my chin in whenever I feel it sticking out like a goose neck. I'm also making myself very aware of clenching during the day. Oh wearing my glasses all day too.

I have emailed every single dentist within 300 km of me who uses the NTI-tss and have had *one* reply and this guy wants me to travel another 500kms to get an orthotic "placed" whatever that means. All I want is *one* little standard NTI-tss to *try* and do you think I can get one - NOPE! (I'm in Canberra Australia) if anyone can help me with that one I'll kiss you


Old 08-25-2005, 05:47 PM   #3
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Re: Tmj Headaches

Hi there

I too suffer from terrible headaches from my TMJ. They are a daily thing. It is a good day when I don't wake up with one. But I can count on one by mid afternoon. I see a pain management DMD who specializes in treating TMJ and we have been working on getting relief from these horrible headaches. I am finally starting to get some relief. Presently I am on Topamax, Soma 4 times a day and Norflex twice a day along with other pain medication. But I believe it is the muscle relaxers that are addressing the headaches. I also just had back to back trigger point injections done into the temporal muscles and into my cheek area and just above the ear. I think this all together finally had done the trick. This has been the hardest issue to address with my TMJ and also the worst part of my pain. These headaches can get overwhelming and land me in bed. The other thing I do alot is wrap an ice pack around my head. I use one of the flexible gel packs put into a jaw bra from a previous surgery. I find the ice works much better then heat.

Hope this helps some.

Va gal

Old 08-25-2005, 08:12 PM   #4
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I too have had this problem for a while now and i get headaches all the time. All the over the counter drugs dont work, and i dont want anymore medicines to take. So here is what i have found will help. If my head hurts really bad, I'll turn off the lights, put a fan blowing right on me and then I put a really cold wet wash cloth over my eyes and on my forehead. turn off tv's and radios unless you find it soothing. I personally find the sounds that the AC and fan makes really soothing....Something else that works are those face masks. I believe they are supposed to reduce eye puffiness but it still helps. they are the masks that are filled with liquid that you put in the refrigerator or freezer and then put it on. They have one that you can see with it on or one that you put on with your eyes closed. They are really cheap. You can get them basically anywhere that has similar products. I got mine at meijer. it was 3.99 for two of them. it could be different somewhere else, but 3.99 was good for me. They both really help with cooling you down and soothing your headache. I get headaches nearly everyday, probably stress and jaw headaches. So this is what i tried and it helped me out. it may or may not work for you. i dont know. but its still a nice little tip to try if you havent already.

Old 08-27-2005, 09:09 AM   #5
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Re: Tmj Headaches

What kind of dr. did your trigger point injections in your temporal muscle. I get trobbing there when I chew or talk and continous humming in my ear. I think I
have temporal tendinitis which is causing my problems, because I have no physical problem with my joint, Thanks.

Old 08-27-2005, 11:15 AM   #6
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Re: Tmj Headaches

Thanks so much for all the info & tips. I'll try the ice packs. Seems like I do better when I'm off and at home on the weekends - but when I have to go to work (very stressful job) my headaches start up again!!
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that has this problem.

Old 08-27-2005, 03:02 PM   #7
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The doc who does my trigger point injections is my DMD, tmj dentist. He is a pain management DMD. He is the only dentist/doc I see for my treatment. At this point I am only having my pain managed, not actively seeking to be "fixed". My joint is beyond being fixed. The trigger point injections do hurt when they are being done, but I think they break the cycle of spasms, hence breaking the headache cycle.


Old 09-19-2005, 04:19 PM   #8
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I too have very horrific temple headaches from TMJ. It feels like there are ice picks in my temples and my eyes are going to straight across to the girls desk in front of me. I take Maxalt for my migraines, but really need to get the bottom of this Tmj. I am trying to find a way to treat it. Your not alone!

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