Just wanted to add a couple of things....forgot. But, of course, being weened off all my meds is playing with my mind.
There is a great website for TMJ concepts...can't give the name...but search for it. It has a lot of great information. Also, try calling them up. They are great with information, they have helped me tremendously. They spent hours on the phone with me. It was awesome.
Also, see if you can get articles about the success of such a surgery. The journal of oral and maxilliofacial surgery is an awesome source. I had to pay for some articles; but, heck...it helped me make an informed choice.
As soon as I am up and around, I will let you know my progress. If this helps someone, even just one person, then I am thankful.
For me, it has been a year and a half (almost) of hell. The pain has changed me. I am not the person I used to be and I am struggling with that. My body is tired of the fentanyl pain patch. The pain causes extreme nausea and vomitting. I've passed out. I am completely not able to focus at work. The pain is indescribable. I've given up trying.
So, my only option is this surgery. The screw which I bit into damaged my TMJ to this extent. No, I am not happy. But, I realize I have to do this to try to regain my life. I so much want to be the girl I was before 5/04. I miss her and will take this gamble...hey, isn't life a big gamble anyway
Try as much noninvasive procedures you can. I always say this. I can understand the pain. Most of us on this board can understand, though all of our experiences are unique. Please, do not go through surgery UNLESS no option is left.
This procedure *the total joint replacement* is a very strenuous procedure. It is hard. It is rough. And, the chance of experiencing no pain is almost impossible. Just research. research. research. If you live near a med school, go to their library. Research all you can. Use the internet....when I went through this as a teen...it didn't exist.
Just take care and hang in there.